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Knife The Tao Te Ching of Sales cannot be fully explained.
To say it’s about listening,
might construe Sellers never ask questions.
To say only buyers decide to purchase
might construe Sellers never close.
In neither case, is this completely true.

Language has limits in it’s ability to describe.
To say a knife is sharp,
omits the back of the blade is dull.
To say Sales is this or that
Is to say you don’t know Sales.

The Master Seller cannot be fully described in words.
They are artists of imagination, talent and skill.

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Rainy day cloudsSome say you need to take
the good with the bad.
But the Master Seller sees no difference.

Some days it rains
Some days the sun shines.
Both necessary for
For a rich harvest.

Knowing that the easy day
is balanced with the hard,
Make hay when the sun shines
For tomorrow it may rain.

Question Mark

There are many tasks in sales and some you naturally attract you; organizing your desk, preparing your script, going on cold calls, tidying your contact data or schedule . These things are all well and good UNLESS you’re doing them to avoid real work. Ask yourself “What do you dread doing?” Ask yourself , what are the things you find hard to do and then consider that maybe, just maybe that’s where you’re failure lives?

Take a moment and look inward. Do you have any suppressed self-destructive traits or childhood hang-ups that are roadblocks to promoting your dream? Are you putting yourself out of business?  Today, focus on one thing you avoid. Put it on the top of your to do list. Do it right now!

See the world as it is
Focus on the hard
until the hard becomes easy.

Will Rogers, the famous Cowboy humorist  from Oologah Oklahoma once said that strangers are just friends he had not yet met.  This is the view of the Master Seller. The  last post spoke about how we should see strangers as ourselves and not be intimidated or shy in their company.  The hardest part of cold calling is getting over this fear of having the door slammed in your face. And indeed that may happen.  But trust that most folks will treat you well.  And the few times this happens is an opportunity to laugh at how silly people  can be. 

The Master  Seller knows that with rejection comes opportunity.  Being awake to this reality, brings a smile and acceptance. 

Concerned soley on the fundamentals of sales
The master seller doesn’t get caught up in the pomp and theatre.

Focusing on the essence they avoid the fluff
Dwelling  in reality they  can  do no other.
Letting all illusions go
They see the situation as it is navigating rocks and reefs as necessary.

To some it appears they do nothing
Yet they accomplish much
While others busy themselves with activity
They have even more left to be done.

The master seller doesn’t get caught up in pomp and theatre
They focus on the essence and avoid the fluff
They dwell in reality and can  do no other
Letting all illusions go.

They see the situation as it is
Navigating rocks and reefs as necessary.
To some  it appears they do nothing
Yet they accomplish much.

While others busy themselves with activity
They have even more left to be done.

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