I have a friend that is going to Columbia law school. He is planning on being an attorney in Knoxville. Or it might be California. I’m not sure, but then again, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t actually gotten a job anywhere yet so…he’s not really sure either.
Being an attorney can be a good life, it takes some work, which is fine, and then if you do good you can become a partner and be rich. That’s the dream right? Become partner at a big firm and just make billions of dollars? I think it is. That’s my friend’s intentions at least if not his dream.
My dream is a little different. For whatever reason becoming a lawyer has never been my real thing. It was my sisters, it has been a few of my friends, but it was never mine. I am all for the being rich part, I’m just not interested in being a lawyer so much. I’m interested in maybe doing some other stuff that I haven’t quite ironed out. I’ll figure it out, I just haven’t quite yet.
For as much as I don’t want to be a lawyer, I’m still glad they’re around, and I’ll be gladder when my friend graduates from Columbia and I can have him as in-house counsel.
Once upon a time, I knew a man that was a genius. Yes, he was literally a genius. It was quite astounding. He had gotten a perfect score on the ACT and could have done anything that he wanted. He chose to be a high school chemistry teacher. I’m not saying that as a bad thing, I’m really not. I promise.
I would ask this friend all sorts of interesting questions. It was quite fun. He always knew all the answers. He could tell me why I needed to put eggs in my cookie batter and why eating that batter was probably not the best idea. He could tell me about how the microbes in my body worked and why I needed all of them. He could tell me about science and math and history. It seemed like he knew everything.
Now, years later, I have no idea where he is, or what he is doing, but I have a question for him. I really need to know what xsl-fo is. I don’t understand it. I’ve studied it and researched it and done everything I possibly could to understand it, but I still don’t quite get it. I need him to explain to me what I can’t quite grasp by myself. Oh friend, come back and explain xsl-fo to me!
Ah, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when people are happy to be alive and want to talk to everyone that they meet. They want to laugh and have fun and play. It’s a great time of the year. It is the time of the year right after the annual field sales training meetings. Oh, did you think I was talking about Christmas? Silly goose.
No, field sales training is awesome and very essential. It makes people happy. See, there are very few people in the world that were born to be salesmen. (I say salesman, but I’m also including women in this, so please don’t be offended.) True salesmen are very rare. It takes a personality that is fully of emotion but that takes nothing personally. It takes someone that can get knocked down on a constant basis, but that will always get back up again, learning from their mistakes and doing their best to do better the next time. These are the people that can talk to anyone and everyone and who want to be the best they can be. These are the people that are born salesman and have no need for the pick me up that is field sales training.
For the rest of us, though, field sales training is essential.