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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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Write you soon,

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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