When starting OVER, 4 leverages to take from your past and apply to your future.
You’re not starting from scratch. You’re starting from experience.
The Sales Life is not just for those in the sales profession, it is for those who are building the life skills of selling because we are all selling our way through life. In every episode I’ll show you how to take the skills that we learn by the sales profession and apply them to your personal life so that you never settle again. The sales profession has not only financially rewarded me, but more importantly it taught me how to get back up after being bankrupt, demoted, and divorced. The skills of selling literally saved my life.
In this episode you’ll learn how to switch gears from the heavy feeling of having to start over to leveraging your experience moving forward.
After years of being at the same job, being in the same relationship, once having money in the bank, or a chiseled body starting all over can feel overwhelming because you tend to look back at what you once were versus look forward at what you can do now.
Podcast’s Palestinian Princess, Hala Taha, is no stranger to adversity. Today she has risen to the top of the charts with her Young and Profiting (YAP) podcast, but it’s been a hard fight. After being blacklisted in the radio industry and having her own show on MTV cancelled, Hala had a choice to either give up or press forward.
Because I’m talking about her on this episode, you can pretty well guess that she chose the latter. She told Steve Olsher of Podcast Magazine that
when you are starting over, remember you are not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.
Read that again. You’re not starting over, you’re starting again. Sure, it’s all new and unfamiliar but you’re not starting at zero, you’re starting with a huge advantage because you have experience over many who don’t.
4 leverages that you can take from your past and apply to your future.
- “What skills did I not have then, but I have now?” Sales has taught me how to communicate better, think quicker and more creatively.
- “You don’t have to stay in the same field.” You think that you have to stay in the same field because that’s all you know, right? Wrong. You know more than you think, but you stay in the same field because it’s familiar. The reason why you can’t get ahead is because life is trying to tell you to stop gravitating toward the same things. Life is not going to pave a road for you, but she will create a path. You already took the “L” anyway, try something new!
- “How can you adapt your learned skills to your new situation?” Developers will often create a new product using the old core because that’s where the strength lies. How can you walk into your new situation and match your learned skills to new situations? You situation is new to you, but old to them. Think of the tremendous advantage that you have over others who have been in the same environment. (P.S. That was you a week ago!)
- Become a ranger not a sniper. Maybe you became too much of a specialist in your previous life. You stopped taking chances and began playing it safe to protect your title or image. If nothing stays the same, why should you? My demotion was THE BEST thing that ever happened for me because I didn’t have to keep the facade up anymore and could begin trying new things. (See #2 You took the “L” already)
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