Afternoon. 2.30 PM. Intense struggle to focus on work and combat against sleep after a heavy lunch, only to be broken by an annoying phone call – a sales call.
“Sir, I guess you should buy our product, xyz.” A tepid request.
“But I don’t need it”
“But sir…..” a founder pitching me her new product, which transpires me back to my startup days.
(cool flashback sound and swirl)
“Sorry, but I can’t buy your product.” A suit and tie, and a firm no.
“But we have such a great tech – we have an embedded system, and an android application.” Me trying harder.
“Not interested” Firmer no.
“But …” I eagerly pushing it.
“Not interested” Cold-as-the-north-pole no!
“But why?” Almost teary-eyed me.
“Because I don’t need it”
I drop my shoulders and walk away, realizing an important fact – Sales is probably the toughest job in the world. Be it your fancy degrees, or coding skills, nothing makes sales very easy. And you lose your heart and mind for hearing the 100th reject.
To rise for 101!
(Flash-forward swirl and sound)
“and that’s why you should buy our product” that 20 something finishing her pitch.
“Listen, kid, I hope you manage to sell your dream, without selling your dreams!”
A smile on my face (but a confused kid, I suppose)!