The story making all headlines last week about, what's her name, Jennifer Wilbanks makes me want to gag. If you don't care for straight talk you might want to delete this before reading anymore.
Whoever said life was supposed to be a bowl of strawberries?
Whoever said life was supposed to be fair?
Whoever said watching reality TV has anything to do with reality?
Whoever said if you mess up it's OK to blame it on some other person?
Whoever said you are entitled to anything?
Whoever said it's OK to live with your parents until you 40?
Whoever said you don't have to work your butt off to become a success?
Whoever said it's OK to call off your wedding by claiming to be kidnapped?
Whoever said any of these things, whoever believes any of these things, will never achieve any degree of personal success.
I'm not writing this to bash what's her name - she's already got enough problems. I'm writing this for you and to remind myself how important personal accountability is. If you have a problem - resolve to fix it. Do something. Do anything. But don't Runaway and don't point fingers at another living human being. Let me explain.
Some of you know, depending on how long you've been a subscriber, that my younger brother Ray was killed on September 11th at World Trade Center. This thing we call life is very precious. It drives me nuts, even infuriates me, that some people don't grab reins and take more control of their own destiny. My brother Ray, along with hundreds of NYC firefighters, chose to run up stairway, while thousands of other people were racing down that same stairway.
My brother had a choice.
What's her name also had a choice.
One was courageous and one was stupid and self-serving.
Likewise you face choices everyday in your sales career. You choose to get up early, hit snooze button, make milk-run sales calls, call on people you know instead of calling on people you ought to get to know. You might choose to be disorganized, you might choose to be late often, you may choose to have a lousy attitude when things aren't going exactly right.