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Awarded At The Company Picnic As Outstanding Associate Of 2016

Today, July 30th, 2017, was the day of our company picnic.

There were games, face painting, toys, food, soda, water, and the good people of my company.  I brought my family.  It was after all a family affair.  Workers and their families all gathered at the state park, and enjoyed an afternoon together.

At the beginning of the party, there were awards given out to all the stores, and to individuals.  All of the managers received an award, for what is outstanding about them, and a few of the associates also received awards.  I was one of those few associates who was recognized.

In the beginning of the awards I received a notable mention for my sales work, and it was said that I really busted my rear end out there doing the work.  Then all of the stores got their awards, and then they did the individual awards.  I got one of them!

She said a brief thing about me, that I worked hard and was the best associate of the year, and then they gave me the award.  When I came up and accepted it, the president of the company said that I shouldn’t act like I didn’t deserve it.  I smiled for the picture.

I got this award to commemorate my service to the company in 2016.

Proof Of Success

My award honoring me for my work at the company.

It made me feel good that I was one of the few people honored at the awards.  I know that a lot of people put a lot of sweat and tears into the place, and I know that I won’t go around bragging about how I got an award, as anyone working at my company should get an award.

I just wanted to share this with you to further cement my authority as a success, and so that I have credibility when it comes time for me to advise you on how you can improve your work life.

I’ll leave you with one tip I can give you that might earn you an award:

Suit up and show up.

The rest is hard smart work, loving your customers, working in harmony with your coworkers, among other things that I could go on and on about.

Just wanted to let you know that I’m continuing to have success, and I’m being recognized for it.

Here’s to success of Your own,

Jesse Creel

A Tip If Your Schizophrenic And Love Personal Development

That tip is simple.

Put What The Voices Say Into Your Own Words

I’ve been experimenting with this for a while, and it just came to light that I should put it down into words, so that other people might benefit from it as well.

As a schizophrenic myself, I know what it’s like to live daily with voices in your head.  I’ve been dealing with it for years.  It was so mild at first that I simply thought I was gifted and in tune with the universe.  When things went badly and then got worse and worse, until finally I had to admit to a doctor that I heard voices, I was diagnosed and received treatment.

Over the course of the last 7 years I’ve been through a whirlwind.  I finally, over the course of the last 2 years been able to stabilize my work situation.  I would say that my success is attributed to God above all else, but that therapy and medication have also leveled me out a good deal.  I don’t know that I could have done what I have done without the aide of doctors and therapists.

What I have done is to realize that work is just a part of life, and that I shouldn’t invest all of my energy in playing the lottery.  When I left the job I was diagnosed as a schizophrenic at, I prayed I would finally win the jackpot, and I wouldn’t have to worry about trying to work when I was hearing all these voices telling me they wanted me to die.  Whether it be of Cancer, or murder.  Once I realized that work was just a part of life, that I could go on playing the lottery but it would be even better if I liked my job, then I was not seeking, but was given an opportunity at a new job where I would get more hours.

The truth of the matter was I didn’t want to work.  I hated work.  I dreaded the day, everyday, would sleep as much as possible (I thought that was the best part of my day) and would do nothing with my time but listen to the voices.  That was at one of my lowest points.  At this point in time I’ve been holding a job for almost two years, and I like it, and they keep promoting me.  I’ve even been made a salesman-the only one in the company- and I sell for 3 different stores.

One of the tricks I’ve developed is to make what the voices say my own when I’m explaining it to myself or someone else.  When it’s just a bunch of emotional blabber I don’t think much about it.  When they tell me I’m a loser, I replace what they say with my own idea of myself (that I’m a winner) and visualize what that looks like.  It happens all throughout the day.  The truth is I’m really only mildly schizophrenic, the voices don’t consume my existence.  Sometimes, at points in the day I may go a while without even hearing any voices at all but I still do hear some hallucination everyday, without fail.  When the voices get deep, soul-less, and scary, that’s when I know that I have a condition, and that I’m not imagining I’m a schizophrenic.  I really am a schizophrenic.  No one else hears these things.  Although the voices would have me believe that other people CAN hear what’s going on in my head and the freaky part of it is that sometimes other people’s body language confirms that idea.

Maybe it’s just my own feelings influencing what other people are experiencing, and that would explain the body language.  They can’t hear what’s going on in my head, even though it might seem like they can.  I find that on my sales work, when I talk to people, they really have no clue whats going on in my head, they are just happy to serve.

The point of this post was to get you to think about what the voices are telling you, and how you can put your own spin on it, and make it positive.  If they are telling you to kill yourself, well maybe that should lead you to question whether or not your living your life in balance.  Maybe you need to make some changes in your behavior that’s going to support a healthier life.  If your in the personal development niche like me, your going to want to make positive changes in your life, and your going to want to be a little better today than you were yesterday.  So maybe your voices can help you to improve your life?

Whatever they tell you, make sure you make the story your own.  Put your own take on what the voices are telling you and shed some light on it.  In this way you can take control of your mind and feed it positive messages that will help you to persevere and create the life you want to live.  Personal development (i.e. reading self improvement books, and journaling) will help you to put that positive direction on what the voices are telling you and really, will help you to become unstoppable in everything you do.  Because we are positive people, we are going to have a positive effect on the world.

I just wanted to take the time today to write this and let you know how I have managed to cope and prosper with hearing voices everyday.  I hope that my work serves you to help you better cope and prosper in your own life.

Here’s To Your Success,

Jesse Creel

Work Produces Income, Therefore I Speak About Work

This post will be about the last two days I was at work in the store.  I wasn’t performing sales operations.  I did what needed to be done for the company.  This post is simply to inspire you to know schizophrenics can work.  Although I’m not like schizophrenics you may see on YouTube, I do hear voices everyday, and they tell me anything from the bad to the good.  I influence what their talking about with my thoughts and actions.  I’ve learned to cope with the voices that tell me to die, and am making some changes in my life that I think will really benefit me in the future.  I think we as workers in the USA or anywhere need to take a minute to acknowledge that by working we ARE really heros.  We are supporting our families, contributing to society, and if your anything like me, giving to help the less fortunate.  That’s part of the reason I keep this blog, and that purpose is to serve schizophrenics valuable knowledge they can take action on.  If you like what you read, consider subscribing to my email list, you’ll even get a free ebook.

Day 1 Speaking About Work

They had me take the day off sales calls because the company truck needed to be picked up.  It had just been worked on to fix the refrigeration in the back and something to do with a brake line.  We tried to pick the truck up earlier in the week but it wasn’t ready yet, the part hadn’t come in.

First thing in the morning I go with a coworker, him driving, to the truck yard.  We talked about him getting a better paying job, and a new opportunity he had to do something exciting.  I talked about my blog, and shared with him what I was doing online.  We talked about learning finances even when we didn’t have the money to invest.  It doesn’t go without saying that I write for schizophrenics, so when I told him I had a book called “Schizophrenic Sales Success” I didn’t know what he would think about it.  It didn’t occur to me to ask him to join my list, as I have with another one of the people I know.  We got to the truck yard.

The guys weren’t there yet, and we pulled up on the owner who was about to open up the gate.  I thought I was meeting with the guy I’m used to dealing with, but this was the owner of the yard.  He said we could “absolutely” park our car in the yard while we figured this whole thing out.  I didn’t know if we could take the truck until the guys showed up at 10am, which was about 10 minutes away.

Turns out the keys were in it, and the owner, seeing as the account was already settled, just let us take off.  I like dealing with the business owners, those are the people I like dealing with, not that I don’t like talking to receptionists. At any rate, I was back to the store in a half hour.

Originally I was under the assumption that someone would be going with me to help me move the 60 cases of water I was going to pick up.  When I finished picking the truck up and got back to the store they told me I was flying solo for this trip.

So off I went.  I went to the store, picked up the 60 cases of water, and drove to the 2 other stores and then back to my home store.  I dropped off 20 cases of water to each store.  I really didn’t even mind doing it on my own, it just takes a little longer.

And I’m in for the long haul, everyday.  That’s part of my philosophy.  In my sales capacity I want to build long term relationships, where they order every year.  This day though, was about driving, and then after I lifted 60 cases of water worked with the meat at the store doing sandwich portions.  It took from from about 10am to 2pm to deliver the water.  I got off around 4 so it really wasn’t too bad, I got in at 9.  I got some hours!  And that’s what I need to exist right now.

Really I could use a lot more, but my job is a blessing.  There’s a lot I can build on as evidence in this blog.  This was day 1.

Day 2 Speaking About Work

Friday is TryDay Friday at my work.  Recently they started doing free samples, a summer thing, every Friday.  For a while we were sampling ribs, but now we’ve moved on to our meats, cheeses, and cookies.  It’s my job on Friday to host the TryDay Friday.

It’s really pretty easy.  First thing I do some house maintenance, and help out my coworkers.  I chat with them.  I go to the bank for my boss.  I come back from the bank and start the session.

It’s 3 hours long and today it was eased by my blog, which I reread and thought about.  I reread Success Hourly and it made me think that I really need to wrap my head around not smoking.

That’s what writing does for you, it helps you get your life together.  At any rate, I did the TryDay Friday and talked to some nice people, and that’s my job.  I’m giving away free product, and people love that.  Sure, some won’t take it, but some take even more than they should.  It all evens out.  And they buy!

We sold a good amount of sandwiches considering it was raining heavily for some of the day.  Really it was a slow day.  That’s our summertime.  It’s time for sales work, and generating more business.  The store doesn’t do much. It’s the holidays that’s the reason my company is in business.  It’s 50 hour weeks, 7 days straight.  But it’s okay, because the rest of the year is easy, and it’s a fun job with good people.  Granted we don’t make much.

I’ve read that high paid salespeople and CEO’s can be the most miserable people.  It’s the poor who are just happy to be alive and take great joy in living.  I don’t believe it for a second.  I think that you simply have more choices when your rich.  Really compared to alot of the world, I have alot of choices, and I’m poor compared to a wealthy American.  I set aside the time I’m spending now to live that life.  Of making it.  Granted I have a lot of help.

I am impossible at staying focused at this point, but I was speaking about my Day 2 at work, and I did the TryDay Friday.  Afterwards it was just working with the team until there were only 2 of us, and we closed it down at 6.

I got there at 10, left at 6, did 8 hours.  And it was fun, it felt good, I like working with the people I’m working with, there’s growth opportunities, I get the best jobs which is driving and I love driving.  I can really zone out and getting paid to do it is great!  I also like working in the store as I did on this day, with coworkers, some of which I would also consider friends.

So I like producing an income, and working those hours, whether I’m selling or I’m working in the store, is giving me that income.  And I’m a schizophrenic.  I can tell you that talking to people helps to relieve the schizophrenia.  Instead of imagined voices I hear their REAL voices and it’s a relief that someone doesn’t know what’s going on inside of my head.

Ending Speaking About Work

 

The end is that there will be another post about work, because it’s never ending.  With continued work is continued opportunity to improve and become MORE of a success.  I hope my work inspires you to work yourself, and if you like it and would like my free ebook “Schizophrenic Sales Success”  get on my email list, and you’ll get the book and updates to this blog.  This is a win win.

To Your Success,

Jesse Creel

Schizophrenic Sells Deal Number 10

Success

This picture is my personal approval of journaling and writing to grow your life.

The point of this post though is to inform you that I’ve made another sale.

This brings my count to 10 that I know of.  It’s possible there have been sales even though they didn’t say my name when they ordered.  In some ways it’s difficult to track what’s your sale.

But I’ve been keeping a count of my sales, and so far it looks like after I found out from one of the managers I had made another sale, I’m up to 10 now.  She said that they called and wanted to place a $200 order, but in working with the customer, the manager said she was a little crazy.

The manager said that she clearly took the order for a veggie tray, and the woman said she thought she had ordered a fruit tray.  The manager said the customer was just a little off. I figure the quality of the customer will increase over time, as I get better.

So it’s a celebration.  I’m having green tea and writing this blog post.

Really I can’t tell you what it’s like to be on the phone with a customer actually taking the order, the people at the stores do that.  I just send them to the store and they are served by the associate.  I can tell you what it’s like to do the work.

I was out today for instance.  Selling.  One of them told me no, they didn’t want the food, and on the way out there were wasps blocking me.  I had to proceed slowly with caution.

There were also dragonflies.

I just walk in and offer them lunch.  Two box lunches to be exact, one ham and one turkey.  Both made that morning.  On top of the sandwich they get a side, a drink, a cookie, and a pickle.  They get two of those, and a fold with some ordering forms, lunch specials, and coupons if they want to come into the store.

I park at a large office building or business park.  Today it was a business park.  I took 4 bags and 4 folders and started walking.  I went into the first place.

They wanted the lunches.  They were nice.  I went to the next place, they didn’t eat meat.  Then I gave away the 2nd.  And so on.

A couple people told me they didn’t want it, but for the most part everyone accepted and was friendly and happy to see me.

One particular place, a skin therapy place, the people were very friendly and happy to see me.  They were both women, and we got along great.

On top of getting delivery orders I’m also getting foot traffic.

Just today, I did a followup to a real estate agent, and he said he was going to come in for lunch today.  It just so happened I was in the store he was in, and I got to thank him on his way out.  It was great.

I did hear something like his voice after I was off.  I was outside.  I couldn’t make out what he was saying but his message seemed like it was saying I was good.

I love it when the schizophrenia makes me feel good.  Like I’m good.  Schizophrenia can really be a blessing.

And you can stay thankful for your blessings everyday when the voices start telling you you are going to die.  Thankful for another day you can live life. Another day you can raise your family, you can work your job, you can work on your goals, you can try and get a little better, another day.

What I’ve learned is that we are all going to die.  You can be certain that you only have so much time left.  That being said, with respect to that, it makes you want to live more fully today.  It’s a special trick you can learn from schizophrenia, a deep gratitude for life. You’ll need that gratitude when your selling.

For me it comes easy because I’ve landed a job that pays me whether I sell or not.  I do sell, and I will probably be getting bonuses, but right now it’s my hourly.  Not everything I do is sales activity, I do work in the store helping the customers or doing prep work.  I enjoy working with the food in the store, and I enjoy doing the sales work.  I enjoy getting results.  Sales.  More sales.  Many sales.

That’s where I’m going, many sales.  Who knows, I might even be able to drastically increase my income in my current job.  I’d like a 6 figure a year job, but considering my inability to work for several years, I think staying where I am is a good move.

They like me where I work.  They’ve promoted me.  I do things no other associate in our 3 store company does.  My advice to you if you hear voices, is get a job with people you can work with.  People who will love working with you, and that you can love working with.  I know it’s possible, because I’ve found such a place.

Even if you don’t make that much money, you hear voices and you can do your job.  You bring home SOME bacon.  Being a productive member of society is much better than just staying at home only working on your dreams.  It’s much better to work and then have your side hustle, that is IF you CAN work.

So my message to you, if or if you don’t hear voices everyday, is to work.  If you want your line of work to be in sales, then sell.  It’s hard for normal people to sell, your going to have to work extra hard and extra smart just to do the same job a normal person would do, but you can do it!  Just find that right place for you, and work your tail off.

Also if you want to get a free ebook on how to sell when you hear voices you can get it on the home page.  www.jessecreel.com

Thanks for reading, here’s to your success,

Jesse Creel

My Quit Day Was On July 15th, 2017, Here’s What’s Happened So Far…

On that Saturday, the 15th of July, 2017, I lit up a black and mild on my way to my therapist.  I smoked half before and half after.  Then when I got home, I put on the patch.  It’s kept me from buying cigarettes.

I admit, I had a slip today.  I smoked 2 black and milds.  In the morning.  I took the patch off to smoke them, because my mom said that could cause problems, but I put the patch back on after I was done.

That’s it, I quit and I’ve only smoked 2 black and milds since I put on the patch.  I don’t even like the taste of tobacco anymore.  I’m over it.  I only smoke because I want to be bad, and the easiest way for me to be bad is to smoke.

But I don’t want to be bad, I want to be more good.  So I’ve been using the patch and chewing nicotine gum.  They sent it to me free of charge from the Maryland Quit Line.  I told them I was a schizophrenic, and they noted that in my file, that the voices told me to smoke, but I don’t mind.  It’s not like the internet doesn’t already know.

I was listening to some of my music today.  I recorded a new song, and then I listened to it, and other things I had recorded.  It was fun.  It also made me think that smoking really played a role in making my mind a bad place to live.  In one of the songs I quote “Probably going to die at an early age, put me right in my grave.” Smoking was making me think some awful things.

I hated myself when I was smoking.  I knew that it was no good, and I was only doing it because I was addicted.  In some of the songs you can hear me coughing over my guitar playing.  I really must be done with that.

I quit on July 15th, 2017 and I had a slip, but I want to keep stopping smoking.

I’m chewing the gum right now.

It’s not really that you chew it, you only chew it 5 times or so, and then you “park” it in between your lips and your gum.  It gives you a tingle when it’s there just to let you know it’s still poison and you could do without it.  But it’s better than smoking, that’s for sure.

There’s no good reason to smoke, and I don’t want to be bad.  I want to be good.

I’m working my way out of this hole, and it feels good to be getting free.

I slipped, but I’m still on the way out, and I’m going to get there, God help me.

And I hope He helps you too.

I hope we can do this together, and get set free for the rest of our lives.

Thanks for listening,

Jesse Creel

The Silence In Between The Voices Is Enlightenment

Hello,

My name is Jesse Creel.  I heard in a podcast that you should write as if someone has never read any of your other work.  So I’m writing this to you to tell you I’m a schizophrenic, and I was diagnosed at Christmas 2014.   I had done all kinds of sales jobs after the voices first started to mess with my day, and I lost control and asked some guy to fight at my work, because I thought they were all disrespecting me. That’s when the music really started to turn against me.  That’s went all the drinking and smoking and living my life out of balance really kicked me in the ass.

I had the best job I have ever had in my life, or maybe the second best considering where I now am, but it was a good job that paid me a good living.  And I was making guitars!  I was contributing to rock and roll!  Really what got me was my lack of interpersonal effectiveness.  I had a primo job, and I asked to be moved to a different, less prestigious department.  It was all because of the group of people I was working with, and it made me want to leave.  I was delusional, and the schizophrenia-which I didn’t know I had at the time, I thought I was psychic- was feeding into the delusions.  The delusion was they didn’t want me there.  The music was confirming my feelings.

I remember the stark contrast between the voices and reality when I heard a song, right after I had asked to be moved- that said “Your making my dreams come true”.  When I overheard my boss tell one of my coworkers I was moving I heard his reply that that was not the best idea.  Hindsight tells me my coworker was right.

I should have stayed where I was, and tried better to live with my coworkers, one in particular.  Gotten along with the grab-assing, and did my job, and eventually manage them all.  That’s not the way history played out though.

In the end, I enjoy the work I do more than I ever did making guitars.  I get paid less than what I made at the guitar factory, but I get more time off.  Really, if you take what I make by the hour now, I’m making more than what I made at the guitar factory.  What it comes down to now, is just making more deals.

Because the schizophrenia, to you schizophrenics out there wondering, is not what is actually going to happen.  The voices have a lot to say.  That doesn’t mean you should believe what they are saying.

Here’s another tip.  If you’re thinking of something you want to do, and you know that you’re going to be unhappy until you get it, and your choosing carefully what you want to be unhappy about until you get it, then it won’t matter if the voices tell you no.  You’ll be able to accept rejection and move on to the sale.  If you can get shaky like me, don’t worry, the shakes will pass.  You are unstoppable, and if you take that attitude, and do the work, shakes or not, you will be happy you did it.  Especially when you’re getting results.

So it doesn’t matter what the voices say.  Take the good with the bad.  And you don’t have to take the bad, and believe in some f*cked up future outcome if that’s not what you want.  You can offer them tea in your mind, and let them know “I hear you”.  Acknowledge them, and they may even leave after a while.

This, my friends, leads me to the point of this article.  Short and sweet, but it’s here for your pleasure.  And that is, enlightenment, for a schizophrenic, is the sound between the voices, when there is no sound.  Things are clear, you know what you have to do.  I read it in a book that that’s the way it is for meditation.  When your own thoughts stop and there is just silence.  For schizophrenics, even if your mild like me, when the voices stop, and your not thinking anymore, that’s when the enlightenment comes.  At least that’s what it feels like to me.

For me what I have to do is sell.  I have a sales job.  I am a schizophrenic, my bosses know I’m a schizophrenic, and they knew I wanted to sell, and they made me a salesman.  I have a great company behind me, and it’s really easy to sell.  I don’t even have any quotas!  I just sell what I sell and they pay me by the hour.

So far I have 9 sales that I know of, and most likely more I don’t know of.  My plan is to stick it out through Christmas and see if I can land a Christmas deal.  My company has a gifting program, where companies can buy gift cards, hams, or turkeys for their employee’s for that special time of the year.  I’m collecting the leads for gifting now, in the summertime, so when September comes around I’ll have some places I can go to.

I would like to land a 6 figure a year sales job, and I don’t think that it’s unrealistic to think I could do that.  Sure it would be 5 times what I’m making now, sure it would be more pressure, and sure the voices would probably get worse at times… but my job now is giving me a great deal of confidence that I CAN sell.

Then again, you never know.

My quit date is tomorrow, July 15, 2017.  I’m going to save a lot of money, and more importantly my health.  There won’t be this unnecessary suffering.  I’ll be tobacco free.  If I just quit cigarettes I’ll save $200 dollars a month, and I won’t need to get a better job to pay my bills.  I won’t need money for anything but wine.  And of course food, to pay my credit card bill, to save, and to give my wife some money.  And maybe take the kids out to the carnival.

We all need money.  And I’m making it.  And I’m a schizophrenic.  A mild schizophrenic, but a schizophrenic non the less.  On top of that I’m selling and getting results!  It doesn’t matter what the voices say!  You can have success, you just have to do the work!  So do the work!

I really appreciate you reading.

Here’s to your success,

Jesse Creel

Jesse Creel Makes Sale Number 9 On His Path To $100K A Year

Hell Yes!  I made another sale.

I wouldn’t have even known I made it if I weren’t for the fact that I was the delivery person today.  I asked to leave early and had 45 minutes until I was going to leave, after doing my sales work and followups for the day, and there was a delivery that needed to be done.

So they sent me out to do it.  And upon arriving, I recognized the place as a place where I had dropped off a couple box lunches about a month ago, and cookies last week.  We really do our best to make sure that our prospects know about us, and we give them a little free product to wet their whistles.  That was the case with this sale.

I went in to do the delivery and there were two people in there.  One of them had me place the bag on a table and signed the credit card receipt.  On the way out I told the other one that we really appreciated their business and we are happy to serve them.  I also told them that I hoped they would really enjoy the food.

In my head, on the way back to the store, I saw myself spitting on a sandwich.  I’m a mild schizophrenic, so I’m always seeing and hearing things in my head, some of which I don’t want- like the spitting, and some of which I do want- like I love this.  In my head my own vision of me encouraged me to hock a loogie onto the sandwich, to really get some mucus on it.  I found myself actually wanting to clear my throat of mucus.  I have to fight not to have those visions, but they come consistently and it takes work.  I DO NOT spit on the sandwiches, and I think it’s disgusting to even imagine it.  So it’s constant work, but it’s the work I want to do.  It takes work to fight off negative visualizations and come to a place that’s peaceful and harmonious.  That’s part of the job for this schizophrenic.

Working for my company that I work for now is a great experience.  They have taken me from a broke deadbeat to someone who can contribute a little to my family and to the world.  Just yesterday I gave a homeless person a five dollar bill.  I like to do that, it makes me feel like I’m giving back.  And it’s easy to do, because there are a lot of homeless people begging for money, but it’s more than just to give, although that’s one of the main reasons.  Another big reason is that it’s helping to teach me how to sell again, something I’ve tried doing for years, without any consistent success. Now with my current job, I make money whether I sell or not, which is a blessing because at first I didn’t know if I had it in me to sell or not.  I had failed so much that all I wanted to do was work hourly.  As the universe would have it, an taking an hourly job was not the end of my sales career.

I recently saw an ad on Craigslist, for a sales job, selling solar panels, that claimed to pay $100-150K a year.  With that kind of money I could do a tremendous amount of giving, especially to my family.  I do after all have a wife and two kids.  Right now I’m paying some money to help support them, but I’m not even coming close to what it takes to support a household.  The only reason we are afloat is because of my wife’s work. That doesn’t feel good to me.  I, even though I am a mild schizophrenic, want to be the breadwinner.  Even if my wife were to keep her job, I should be able, and want to be able, to put my family into a bigger house, where both kids would have their own rooms.  Right now we live in a 2 bedroom townhouse, and don’t get me wrong, we’re blessed to have a roof over our head, but if I keep working on this sales thing, we could have a better roof over our head.

The way I figure it is, each sale is a sale closer to a job that pays me 6 figures a year.  Right now I make a 5th of that, if that, working the hours I work.  But I am learning, and I am growing.  My job is giving me the confidence I need that I CAN sell a great product.  I’m going to give it some time, and let the sales come in, and keep track the best I can-which is difficult because when the prospect becomes a customer, they don’t always tell the store that I was the one who peaked their interest.  Nevertheless I’m keeping track the best I can, and so far I’ve sold 9, with the prospect of getting 10 in a few weeks.  Right now my goal is to earn 2 sales each time I go out with 8-10 stops.  I think that’s a good goal, realistic, and will put me in a position of confidence with my sales job.

So, in short, I’m working on it.  I know at the perfect time, with the due amount of work, my dreams will come true.  My goals will manifest, I will be the success that I deserve to be, schizophrenia or not.  My hope for you is that no matter what you’re going through you can gain some insight from my story and maybe find the inspiration you need to continue working in sales, no matter what your body, your mind, or the world is telling you.  I had to suck it up and get an hourly job after failing for 5 years in sales, and I would give you the same advice, if sales doesn’t work for you, then get an hourly job.  You never know where it might take you, it might take you to where you wanted to be in the first place!

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Here’s to your success!

Jesse Creel

How Does A Schizophrenic Sell Another Deal?

The answer is simple… WORK!

For a schizophrenic in sales, work means more than one thing.

It means you do the physical work, of prospecting, talking to, and following up with businesses, and it also means you do the work inside of your head that allows you to think clearly about loving your customer.

For me it means eliminating sex from the equation.  Sure, sex sells, but so does a good product.  You don’t have to be sexy, and you don’t have to be wanting sex or wanting to give sex in order to sell.  What you have to do is talk to your voices and tell them that you love them and thank them for being in your head.

When my thoughts and my words have aligned, the voices will tell me to get “out”.  That simple means to speak what I’m thinking.  If I’m working in the store giving out samples of the product and I think to myself that I’m going to wish that customer that’s about to walk out of the door a great day, then I get “out” and say exactly that.  A lot of times the voices of the customers will say that “I am”.  It means whatever you want it to mean.  For me it means that I’m in the game, and I’m here to serve.

If you are a schizophrenic and want to sell another deal, or maybe sell your first one, my recommendation is get with a product that sells itself.  If you look for it, it will look for you and you will find each other.  For me, my product is food.  Everyone needs to eat to live, so as some of the great sales books I’ve read have taught me, you must be in the business of supporting life.  I think it was Tony Robbins who wrote that “Life supports that which supports life.”  All I can say is that I do my best, and I’m starting to sell some deals.

So far, my results have been ok.  They are not great, and they are not terrible.  For me, as a schizophrenic doing ok is an accomplishment.  I would like to do better, and I work to be a little better everyday that I’m alive, so I would eventually like to become GREAT.  For now, I just do ok and I have 8 deals under my belt that I know of.  I may be responsible for more, but right now I’m not interested in taking credit, I’m more interested in doing the job well.  So as far as I know, I have 8 deals to my name and am looking to up that number each day that I sell.

What’s great about today is that I found out that I made that 8th sale, and it came from the work I did the day before.  I dropped off a cookie tray at a construction business and on the very next day they placed an order.  The product and the sales system the company has in place do all the work for me.  All I have to do is suit up, show up, and allow the deal to happen.  If you are a schizophrenic like me and have been struggling in sales for years, then it may be time to get an hourly job that gives you a steady paycheck to pay your bills, and then work your way to a better position within the company.

For me that’s the way it worked.  I got a job at a low hourly rate, and worked my tail off.  I have to give credit to my boss that hired me, because she gave me a chance when I wasn’t doing well with working.  She believed in me, and helped me to grow.

Fast forward 2 years and I’ve received several promotions and am now a salesperson for all three stores in the company.  Out of all the people working there I was the one they chose to sell their product for all three stores.  It’s really a prestigious position as I get to work with the president and owner of the company. I am the only one who does what I do.  Part of the credit goes to my reading and writing habit which has helped me develop as a person and shoot off useful quotes in conversation, and part of the credit goes to me being honest with them about my schizophrenia, and my path of limiting alcohol and quitting cigarettes.  I’m trying to move my life in a more positive direction, and that got their attention.  Along with expressing a desire to be in sales because of the growth potential eventually landed me the gig I have now.

The main benefit is that it gives me a greater opportunity to serve, which is the purpose of my life.  Service is what I am setting my life up to do, at work, at home, and on this blog.  I especially want to serve schizophrenics, and help them achieve things in life that the voices, whether it be their own or someone else, say they cannot do.  I want to serve as the catalyst for schizophrenics to breakthrough addiction, dependence, and bad choices because of the combination of their own missteps and what the voices have led them to believe.  I want to be a light for schizophrenics to show them that you don’t have to cheat on your wife or girlfriend, that you can work and you can do ok in sales, and that you can quit smoking.  I want to do all this and more, and I’m not going to stop until it’s done.

So there’s a taste of my plans for this blog but mainly I wanted to let you know that I’m a mild schizophrenic, and I’m selling things.  I’m doing ok.  I’m quitting cigarettes and have reduced the number I smoke by one each day.  Yesterday I smoked 12, down from a whole pack a week and a half ago.  My quit date is on July 15th, 2017.  I’m not looking forward to smoking none.

Then again, I am.

I just wanted to write this to you to let you know that you can do it, you can sell.  Work with the voices and let your own thoughts co-create what you hear, and direct your mind and your feelings to a place where people will know, like, and trust you.  You can do it!

Here’s to your sales success,

Jesse Creel

The Prospect Jumps For Joy When You Tell Them Why Your There

That’s the way it goes when you’re giving away free food.

At least, people are grateful the majority of the time.

Today I was out on sales calls working for the store to generate repeat and new business.  Today I took out cookie trays and gave them to folks that have ordered before, and a couple places that haven’t ordered yet but that I had already visited with box lunches.  I stopped at 9 different places and at all nine places, the people there were ready to accept the cookies.  Some were short with me, and others wanted more information.  You take the good with the bad.

At one particular stop- I won’t name any names for the sake of protecting my prospects- I stopped in to give them the free cookies.  I recognized the receptionist as she was the one there when I came last to give them two free box lunches.  As she was last time, she was brief with me, accepted but behaved as if she didn’t have time to chat.  There was however, 3 other people standing in the room.  They overheard that I was dropping off cookies and when I looked around the room, their faces were delighted, and they all started cheering!  I smiled and told them that I was happy to make their day a little bit better.  In hindsight, I should have taken that opportunity to talk to them a little bit more, as they seemed excited to see me.  That’s something I will do better next time.

What I wanted to highlight here is that as a struggling salesperson, who is only beginning to have success at the right job after 7 years of selling, it’s nice to have the experience of transforming someone’s day with what you do.  Maybe it won’t make their entire day better, but it did make that moment better by bringing cheer, happiness, and joking into the place.  As someone who is quitting cigarettes, was told by a psychic that I should work with my hands instead of being in sales, and have been back and forth between whether I should move on somewhere new or stay where I am, that experience was priceless.  It’s not as good as someone calling you after you’ve been there telling you they want to place a 40 box lunch order, but it’s still good.  It makes me believe I’m doing the right thing.  Food is good.  We need food to live.  I am supporting life by doing what I’m doing, and not only is it just any food, it’s good food.

So I just wanted to come to you today with that brief story about how my day was a little better because I got up this morning and did something that takes courage.  As a schizophrenic it’s not easy to sell, nor is it for anyone, but those moments make it worth while when everyone is cheering because you did your job.  I give the company all of the credit because they are the ones giving me the product to distribute for free.  All I have to do is smile, give, followup and ask questions.   Really I do have a lot to do, but the company makes it easy on me.  Most people want the gift of free food.  When your in sales, have been doing it a long time with limited success, it’s a blessing to have the kind of job I have.  I just hope that I can keep doing my job.

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Jesse Creel

Good Morning Schizophrenia

It’s 8am on Sunday morning, July 2nd.  In my sleep I don’t hear voices.  It’s the only time I get a break.  When I wake up music is going through my head and the voices start talking to me.  I don’t believe anything they tell me anymore.

They tell me I’m going to win the lottery, they tell me I’m going to die at an early age in a lot of pain, they tell me I’m going to get murdered, they tell me to cheat on my wife, they tell me to smoke and not to smoke, they tell me I’m going to get Cancer, they tell me to sell, they tell me to work with my hands instead of selling, it’s a rollercoaster ride.

I talk to them.  That’s how I deal with it.  I have an inner dialogue with the voices.  I tell them what I think of them.  I tell them I’m faithful, healthy, that I’m going to quit smoking, that I’m going to be a success on this blog, that I’m going to quit playing the lottery, and that I’m going to work.  It’s a hell ride keeping up with the voices because they always seem to be reading my doubts about myself, and they are fast at speaking.  I am constantly managing them and it’s exhausting.  The silver lining, and there always is one, is that the schizophrenia makes me stronger.  It makes me know what I want and what I do not want, and then it’s up to me to take the actions necessary to move me closer to those things that I do want.

If you have a mild case of schizophrenia as I do, my suggestion would be to work hourly with your hands, at a place where your bosses like you.  If your like me your bosses voices will get in your head and they will be positive telling you things like “work” and “be good”.  My bosses want me at work, and that is a blessing.  I have had a lot of jobs where I felt like I wasn’t wanted there, and it depressed me.  The schizophrenia only added to those feelings, and I became overwhelmed.  If you want to work, you must find a place where you feel like you can fit in.  If I can do it, you can do it too.

If you can work, you have the cornerstone of success to build on.  I am a leading learner, and I’m here to teach you that you can work, and then you can come home and work harder on yourself than you do at your job.  For me, working on myself means I read, journal, do affirmations, work on this blog, exercise by walking, doing pushups, crunches, squats, listen to helpful podcasts that are going to help me succeed online, visualization, love my family everyday, and other things that are set up to make my life as productive and as helpful to other people as possible.  I set up a to-do list and put it inside of a frame and hung it above my dresser so I can see it every morning.  So far it has helped me stay focused on systems that are going to move me in a positive direction in life.

I read in “Tools of Titans” two things from two different people.  The first one said that there is a difference between dreams and goals.  Dreams you can’t really do anything about, but goals you can take action and move towards.  I thought that was good advice.  Then came the second piece of advice.  It said that “losers have goals, winners have systems”.  That at first seemed like conflicting advice to me, especially because I liked the idea of having goals instead of dreams, so that I could set up my life to work on success like I want.  Later, it occurred to me that it really wasn’t contradictory, that the second piece of advice was just building on the first.  Goals you can work towards, but when you have systems in place (like reading for a half hour a day, and blogging everyday) you will move towards creating the life you want to make for yourself.  It’s not about the goal.  It’s about setting your actions up so that each day you are building something of value.  So my to-do list as mentioned above is set up to create those systems in my everyday life.  I am becoming more productive, and I am growing. As a mild schizophrenic, simply having those systems in place, and taking action on them everyday is an accomplishment.  The results don’t matter.  What matters is that I’m taking the right actions!

So I’ll leave you with the recommendation to work hourly, and grow yourself and know yourself with a blog.  Do your best each day to serve others and do it for the sake of being good, without expectation of a reward.  Serve simply to be of service.  I know being useful to others makes me feel good, and it feels like it’s the right thing to do with my time on earth.

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Jesse Creel

 

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