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2 More Deals Down, And That Makes 12 Career Sales

Part of me wants to write something different, something less about me, but I don’t want to disappoint on the title, so this post is about me scoring 2 more deals.

It came today when I looked at the deliveries.  There were three.  2 of them I had dropped lunches off to previously.  Free lunches, 2 of them, for them to be loved by.  Then they ending up ordering again.  It’s a beautiful process.

Right now I’m focusing on schools and I’m selling fundraising for the schools, for the students to sell our gift cards for the school to make money.  All I can say is that I do the work, I get paid, and I just pray that I’ll get the deal, that everything will work out.

I really am set up to do something epic right now.  I’ve got the school fundraising I’m selling, and I’ve got Christmas.  I hope to get a deal for each.  Really it doesn’t matter because I get paid whether I sell or not, I get paid to do the sales work, not for the sale.

So I’ve got a good job.  I’m happy.  The voices get worse the more I get involved with selling, but I figure that just comes with the territory and I’m in for an interesting ride.

I just wanted to report another one of my successes, a magical moment, for you so that you could trust me in the future when your on my email list.  I want to build this thing up for you, so that you become a raving fan of mine and buy everything I sell.

I’m working on an album now, and I’m going to give it to my wife first.  It’s really about her, as I write love songs, so I want to know what she thinks about it.  I’m pretty excited about the feedback as I’ve been working really hard on it.

Although I can’t kid myself.  Playing guitar and writing songs and singing them is easy.  I do it for fun.  I figure I might even be able to make a living at it.

So there’s a lot more to it than just making sales and earning a reputation as a great salesperson at my work.  It’s also about my hobbies, my personal life, my family, and the list goes on and on and on.

I got these two more sales, and it makes me feel better because they are investing a lot of money into me to get sales.  Hearing that it’s working is GREAT news.

I want to do more.  I want instead of visualizing that I’ll win the lottery to visualize being a “great sales success” at my job.  I figure it couldn’t hurt.  It would only take me out of one delusion into another, but one I might be able to actually do.

I don’t know if I ‘ll be able to actually do “great sales success”.  I’m addicted to cigarettes, drink alcohol, and party.  I don’t know that people with those problems can live their lives in balance enough to really have massive long term success.  I could be wrong.  I never thought I would ever make it this far with a sales job.

I am making it, despite my struggles in my personal life.  I am successfully earning a steady paycheck and helping to support my family.  As a schizophrenic, even though only mild and never hospitalized, I see that as an accomplishment.

I am accomplishing things.  I’m doing the right things and I’m getting better results everyday.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Hopefully the next post will be less about me and more about how I can help you, and I hope that I can.

Here’s to Your success,

Jesse Creel

Getting Paid, And Knowing Your Going To Get The Sale

That’s the beauty of an hourly sales job.  They pay you by the hour, whether you sell or not, and you do the work.  Sure it may not pay as much as a commission sales job, but that’s also harder to do.

When the company has invested in you, the sale comes naturally.  You find your people.  They will talk to you.  They will have you a little longer than most of the people you talk to.  You find them a few times, maybe if your lucky 4, throughout the day.  I try to make their day a little better.  Sometimes it’s like it’s working.

All I know is that I haven’t even been working there 2 years and I’m already doing what the owner was doing.  Food presentations.  Lunch and learns.

And I really think I gave a great presentation at my last meeting.  It was with a dozen people and I did 5 minutes.  I almost want to do longer.  Really get my presentation skills up there with the best of them.  I made my audience laugh a couple of times, and at one point I had to stop to answer a question from the audience.

She wanted to know if her sandwich came on lettuce instead of bread, to which she found the answer was yes.  She didn’t eat bread.  She’s a special customer and we cater to her.  God help the people who work there when the special orders come in.

It really is work fulfilling orders.  There’s a lot that goes on with it that the customer might not be thinking of.  If I had a longer presentation i would fill them in on things.  Things like the torch.

The torch is used to glaze the hams and turkeys, and the people, when they are using the torches  are really sweating.  That’s work.  I did it for a little while, but I really wasn’t any good at it, and I got a terrible blister on my left hand from holding the torch.  They found other things for me to do, but they use those things in our stores… it’s amazing what they do to the meat!  Fire and sugar and spice, down into the meat.  Makes for a great flavor.  It’s special to me and it’s what I’m selling.  It’s a good product.

People love it.  They will stand in line for it for an hour over the holidays.  Three times a year, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, it’s all hands on deck.  They stand in line, and we work, and they get their hams, and we get their company, and their money.  It’s a fine place if you like ham or turkey, or even vegetarian if you eat that way.  We do it all.

So if you ever need ham, I’m your man.

Especially if your reading this from Baltimore, MD, I love you.  Just reach out to me on the contact page, and maybe we could set up a deal.

Because that’s really what I’ve been doing, is working on becoming a great sales success…

That’s not to say this thing with the lottery is over.  Really it’s only just begun.  I won $50 yesterday, and $1 today.  I did not win the Mega Millions jackpot, even though after I won $50 on the scratch off, I bought 2 tickets for the Mega Millions.

The point is I must have spent over 5 years visualizing for the lottery win, and having dreams about it happening, and did not win the jackpot.

I just thought that the time I could spend visualizing winning the lottery I spend on making my job work.  What’s the worst that could happen if I did that?  It’s either going to work out, or it’s not.  The visualizing isn’t going to hurt anything.  Or will it?

Should I just leave it alone and try not to think about it?  Should I occupy my time with doing housework or reading?  The answer to these questions must come from within me.  I say onward, and lifeward.  If that means visualizing yourself getting a big deal, even though it makes your symptoms worse, keep visualizing getting a big deal.  When you get it, it might even come as a surprise you’ve waited so long for it to come.

And it will come.  You’ve done the work.  You wear the sales uniform.  They have your phone number.  All it is is dropping the information off with the secretary.  I don’t actually talk to the people in charge of doing the fundraising.  It would be good if I could meet those people right there when I’m giving out the information.  They however are not in, so I have to work with the secretary.  They usually like me to just say hello, drop off the information and leave.  I don’t stay very long, unless they let me.

What I should say to them is I’ll give them $100 if they don’t buy what I’m about to sell them.  I heard that on a Tim Ferriss podcast.  There was a guy who sold credit card processing on transparency, and service and outsold everyone else in the company.  That’s what he would say to them when he walked in the door, he said he would always have their attention.

I don’t know if I would say that to someone in a school, which is what I’m focusing on this month of August 2017.   But that might be a good line for a business person.

The point is, I don’t visualize for the lottery, I visualize for great sales success.  What it looks like so far is reading and journaling.  And I want to get this work done for my family.  I have a son, and a daughter.  I have reasons to work.  Not to say you can’t have reasons to work if you don’t have kids.  I’m saying that having kids can’t hurt your reasons to work.

Those are my sentiments for this day, I hope that your days are great, and that you have many more ahead of you,

Jesse Creel

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

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

Value Based Writing For Those Who Want To Improve

And isn’t that all of us… Those who want to improve.

I say the way to improvement is to read books and keep a journal, and most importantly to experience everyday life.

Right now I work hourly and collect my pay.  I’m moving up and becoming a salesperson, and that’s great but as Jim Rohn put it “Work harder on yourself than you do at your job”.

So that’s what I do.  I read and write and keep notes.  It’s hard to put into words how that learning can help you, but I believe it does.  You just have to keep the faith.  Your learning will help you.  So that’s what I do, I learn.

But as they say, experience is the best teacher.  And I get experience at my hourly job.  So that is my best teacher right now.  I hope that this blog becomes my best teacher and that I have an impact on millions of people, but that is yet to come.  Right now the best I can do is work hourly and collect my pay, and learn and read and write in my free time.  So that’s what I do.  It’s simple really, do the thing and you will have the power, so Ralph Waldo Emerson says.

The value here is to tell you, you can do it!  You can be a success at your hourly job and you can be a success writing a blog.  It can be done!  And you can do it too!  You just have to try and try harder and work towards your dreams.  I don’t know that I will ever make a million dollars off of one of my ebooks, but I can try!  I can write it and let the words do the work for me!  And you can do it too!  You just have to try!  And like my boss says at my hourly job, you have to do MORE than just try! You have to DO IT!  So that’s my plan, and that’s what I’m doing right now as your reading this, I’m making it happen.

And you can do it too!  Be inspired to take action in your life and become a success in whatever your doing.  Whether that be working your hourly job, whether that be becoming a success in sales, whether that be becoming a success with your blog and ebook, I’m here to help you.  I want you to succeed.  Take your coffee and drink it, and feel good that your in good company that is really interested in your success.

And if you really want to go over the top, and become a public speaker, then make a video and put it on your blog.  That’s one thing I learned from going “all in” at the Empower Network.  Make videos and put them on your blog.  You’ll learn from them and they will make you into a good public speaker.  You may not please everybody from the start, in fact you may have a very rocky road, but you will learn and you will become better.  So just do it.  You will have the power.  I trust you.  I want you to learn.  Become better, and have a better impact on the world.  You can do it!

Right now I’m writing this and I’ve had a couple of beers and now I’m drinking a glass of wine.  I’m also struggling with quitting cigarettes.  Sometimes they make me feel great, other times they make me feel terrible.  But I figure that with enough income I can live whatever lifestyle I want, whether that be a lifestyle of drinking and smoking or not.  I would be able to do it if I made enough money.  So I’ve got to make more money if I want to drink and smoke.  Otherwise, I’ll have to quit and just work my hourly job and pay my bills.  Pay my bills over time and get debt free.  That’s my ticket, or my ticket is to write this blog, add value to a massive number of people and then make my money that way.  Chances are I would make a lot more money that way than just working an hourly job.  So I’m going for it.  And I want you to know that if your doing it too, I’m in it with you.  I’m in it for the long haul.  I know success doesn’t happen overnight, so I’m willing to work for it.  And work hard I will.  It just takes time.  So time I will give it.  And I know that if I keep learning, and keep working on my blog, that if I keep adding value, people will be attracted to me and want to buy things from me.  That’s my ticket and that’s what I’m working towards.  I hope the same for you.

Because with the age of the internet, anything is possible.  Yes the climate is getting warmer and it’s nice but it’s also scary… are we effecting things in a way we can’t reverse?  Are we doing something wrong as a whole?  All I know is that you can only do what YOU can do, and you can’t put the whole of society on your shoulders and say it’s my fault.  Because it’s not, it’s just our evolution.  And if our evolution is to destroy our planet and everything in it, then so be it.  We’ve had a good run and can’t expect to live forever.  On the other hand we can learn to improve and become better, which is what I’m striving towards.  We can eat less meat, smoke less cigarettes, drink less wine, and live a better life.  That’s what I say, become better.

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better” -Jim Rohn

Because that’s what you’ve got to do, and by God we will do it.  We will become better, we will succeed.  We will be the best versions of ourselves.  And that’s what this website is about.  It’s about improving people’s lives.  It’s about making the best of what we have.  It’s about taking that best of what we have and making it better.  It’s about taking more from life than life has initially given you.  And it’s about giving.  It’s about giving more of yourself, and doing everything you can to have an impact on people in a positive way.  To influence people to TAKE ACTION and make positive change in their lives.  Please TAKE ACTION NOW.

It’s all about making your life better.  If that means doing the dishes, then do the dishes.  If you have laundry to do, do the laundry.  If you have to take the trash out, don’t hesitate or wait, take the trash out now.  If it means you have to go to work and do your hourly job, then go to work on time and do your hourly job.  If it means you have to write a blog post to inspire the world, the write the God blessed blog post that is going to inspire the world.  Just do the thing.  You will be happy you did.  You will leave a legacy for the rest of the world to know who you were and what you stood for.  I just went on a walk today and this is what I found.

I was thinking about my values because I want to live a value based lifestyle.  I want my values to guide my actions.  I don’t want to act on my impulses anymore.  So I wanted to think of the top 4 values in my life.  This is what I came up with:

  1. Health
  2. Love
  3. Growth
  4. Success

I think these are good values to live by and want to live by them myself.  So that means little to no smoking, and continuing self education until I succeed.

These are just the values I want to live by, you can come up with your own.  You may want adventure, freedom, security, or whatever.  There are alot of values you could come up with, you have to choose your own.  I just thought that for me, this was a good starting point.

The point here is you’ve got to read good books on personal development to get these kinds of lessons.  You’ve got to think and keep a journal so you can write down your own list of values and know what they are so you can live by them.  And not just your values, but how you can work hourly, how you can sell, and how you can blog… and how you can write ebooks.  Because that’s what were after right?  We want to make a million dollars selling our first ebook.  And God help me I will show you the way.  I’ve just got to do it first.  But I believe it can be done, and I’m here to be a leading learner, and show you my results as I go.  Right now, I’m getting comments and getting twitter followers.  I know that anyone else can do the same.  Now I’m set on selling an ebook and making millions of dollars, and when that happens the blog posts I make will be of a different tune.  For now, they are for inspiration, they are for your enlightenment, they are for your pleasure.  As I think they will be after I make my first million.  And trust me, I will make a million dollars on the internet, or much much more.  It’s coming the time when this is going to happen.  Trust me, I’m going to make it happen.  Just wait and see.  Like Jack White said in his “ball and a biscuit” song…. I’m the seventh son, and you might not care about me now, but you will by the time I’m done.

So I leave you with that.

Take care of yourself, and good luck in life,

Jesse Creel

Sales Success And Getting An Hourly Rate

So they pay me mileage, for what I drive, and they pay me hourly… 11 dollars an hour.  There’s talk about what they call bonuses, but I know it only as commission.  And when your getting hourly plus commission you know your in big business.

And I wanted to write this to you to report my progress and to notify you of the changes this website will be experiencing over the next few days. You see, I want to write about sales now.  I’ve written some about schizophrenia, and I want to move beyond my illness now.  It’s a chemical imbalance in my brain, and not a result of the bad things I’ve done in my life, or so my grandmother says.  I spoke with her on Friday, yesterday, Feburary 10th, 2017.

And I told my grandmother, just as I’m telling you now, that I went out for 3 days and came back with 2 orders!  One was for 450 dollars!  It was only my first full week working the sales job and already I have orders!  I haven’t even gotten my button up shirts, business cards, or name tags, and already I have sales!

This is obviously great news for me, my company, and everyone else involved.  Somebody gets to eat some food they can love, and I get to build a relationship!  How wonderful it is when your work pays off!  This should be an inspiration to schizophrenics and those who want to make it in sales that it can be done!  And it can be done no matter what your going through!  You may have to eat it for a while, working endlessly and getting nowhere, but keep plugging at it and you’ll get there.  I’m living proof.

Now I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  It’s only two sales.  I don’t want to be writing about building long term sales success after making only 2 sales, but I sure am a testament that if you work hard, read books, and keep a journal your going to do well.

And read the right books.  Things that are going to inspire you to take action in the direction of your financial dreams.  Your relationship dreams.  I want to sell but personally I think it would be awesome if I could set up a passive income stream from an ebook and this website that would be totally automatic!  Do the work once and it pays you for the rest of your life!  While you sleep!  And all the better the good reviews. And if you do your job as a writer then there will be no shortage of good reviews.

And I don’t want to bring politics into it but in Donald Trump’s inauguration speech he said at the end that “God was protecting us”.  And I believe that’s true.  I also believe he’s not only doing it for the USA!, but God is protecting the entire world, and every person in it.  There’s no doubt bad things can happen, but it’s about taking the lessons of those bad things an applying them to one’s life.  That’s about as political as I get.

And when I hear voices, because I do hear voices, voices that tell me their scared, that their mom is scared, it makes me think of how me selling might make someone fear for my life.  It can be a scary world out there, with lots of crazy people…(but most of them good, and interested in forward progress) and these people are concerned for me.  I just tell them I am fine and press on with my day.  That’s the way I know how to do it, I’m a machine.

But that’s really all I wanted to tell you.  I made one sale for 450 dollars and then I made another for 7 box lunches in the same day!  It worked!  I haven’t made any sales in years, and this is my first time back in the game.  I seek to improve and make more sales!  I think you can get an hourly job and work your way into sales! Even if your schizophrenic! Let your bosses trust you and you will get the best jobs!

My bosses are even talking about getting me a desk in the office!  And they were talking about giving me a raise to 11 dollars an hour and they did it.  That’s a lot especially if your getting bonuses.  And there’s talk about getting me bonuses!  I’m so happy I’ve been telling everyone about my success and celebrating it every chance I get.

Really though, now that I’m finishing this post and it’s Sunday, and I have to go back to work tomorrow, the celebrating is coming to an end.  The work will never stop and neither will I.

If you liked this post, and would like to share your sales success, please leave a comment.  Let me know what you liked best about this post and tell me how you think I might be able to improve it.  I would love your feedback.  Also tell me about any successes in sales that you’ve had.  That would be great to begin a kind of community that supports each other.

Thanks for reading!

Jesse Creel

Hearing Voices, A Guide To Navigating The Waters

If your hearing voices everyday, you should definitely go see a psychiatrist.  They’ll most likely give you some drugs that will help you cope.  And you should take them, for the sake of stability.  And you should also seek talk therapy.

But I am not a doctor, and I can’t give medical advice.  All I can tell you is that taking RisperiDONE and talk therapy helped to stabilize me.  I have now been able to hold a job for a year and a half, and am receiving promotions there too!  I am able to contribute to my family and help support my two children and my wife.  Things are not always easy, but they are getting better.

Even with the Risperidone and therapy I still hear voices.  They just don’t effect my actions like they used to.  Now I know that I can have success, I just have to work hard it at.  And working hard I am.

I am however taking on new stress.  I have been promoted to Sales Coordinator at my job at Honeybaked Ham and my new job, one that I will do for a few hours a week, it to grow the companies sales.  This involves dropping off free samples and then following up, following up, following up, following up, following up.

I say that 5 times because in the book my boss gave me to read about selling their product, they say that you have to have 5 points of contact to sell anything.  So there’s much more to the job then just dropping off a free lunches and praying for sales.  There’s work involved, and it’s stressful.

I don’t want to come off as annoying, but I have to call my prospects repeatedly if I want to make any headway.  And I must make headway. I must make sales, and I must make many of them.  I’ve done great at working there as an hourly employee but this new position is going to require that I produce more.  Bring more to the table.  Be more.  Find it within myself to sell.  And on top of it all, I hear voices everyday, and sometimes I hear my prospects in my head!  Sometimes it seems like their actually talking out loud to each other, like the voices would in my head, and their saying hateful things about me.

But I can handle it, besides, we all get what we deserve.  This is just an opportunity for me.

But if you hear voices everyday, then you should probably just listen to them, and then, MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND as to whether you want to act on the things their talking about.  Unless that of course is hurting yourself or other people.

For instance, the other morning, one of the voices shouted at me to floss! as I was brushing my teeth.  I thought that was a good idea and was happy to have a little reminder to take good care of myself.  That is an instance where I would recommend you listen to your voices.  If they are telling you to call out of work I would recommend that you just go into work anyways, and make your money.

Sometimes the voices will have good ideas, sometimes they will have bad ideas, just like you.  Part of life it making those decisions that are going to impact your life in a positive way.  We all just have to grow up and make good choices.

I suppose, in short, that my guide for navigating the waters of hearing voices everyday is to master yourself.  Their just voices in your head, they don’t control you, you control you.  You can succeed despite the challenges.  And take heart that there are other people out there, with the same challenges as you, living good lives.  You can have a family, a job, friends, a life.  I just want you to know, I believe in you, and I know that anyone can overcome what their going through and come out the other side a better person, better off.

Take care, and with time, may you live a great life.

Thanks for reading.

Recovery From Schizophrenia, And Working A Part Time Job

The voices didn’t bother me much today.  Lately that’s been the case.  On the way to work today I heard one of them say “Cancer”, but that’s about it.  The rest of the voices are just unintelligible noise that I can’t understand.  I just move on with my business when I hear such voices.

But I had to work today at 10am.  I got up at 8:30.  I went to bed at 10pm the night before so I got 10 and a half hours of sleep.  I still felt tired when I got up, but the coffee quickly cured me of that feeling.  I went in and started on cutting the tomatoes while I waited until the time it was for me to leave for my delivery.

So I cut tomatoes for about a half hour, with a tomato cutter that seemed like it needed to be replaced.  Then I left for my delivery.  It was an especially large delivery, of about 120 box lunches.  To be delivered to BGE in Waldorf.  I went there, it was 15 miles from the store.  I delivered the lunches, got in my car and headed back.

When I got back it was time for me to make the portions we use for sandwiches.  You cut the turkey in half, put it on a tray on the scale and repeat until the tray is filled up.  You can do 2 buckets at a time this way.  My job was to do 5 buckets.  It takes 2 turkeys to fill a bucket.  So I used 10 turkeys.

I got 4 of the buckets done, by putting .20 of a pound into each bag.  Then put the bags in the bucket.  Repeat until done.  That’s it!  I did 4 buckets and then they needed me to go to the bank.  For some reason, they say it’s because I act like I really care about the place (and I do), they trust me with the deposits.  I went to the bank and by the time I got back it was about 1pm.  I had to finish the last bucket, collect my mileage money, and then it was time for me to leave!

I got 28 dollars and change from doing the delivery, plus the mileage it took me to get to the store as it was not my home store and they pay for your gas when you have to drive to the other stores to work.  28 bucks, plus my hourly rate of 10 dollars an hour.  So I made 58 dollars today.  Not bad considering I’m a schizophrenic!

But that’s about how my day went today.  I’m getting in the habit of writing with my free time so here I am, writing.  My plan is to create another stream of income from my writing, so I’m going to work it hard until I get to where I want to be.  I don’t have much traffic, maybe 50 hits a month… but it’s a start and getting a comment the other day on my article “Schizophrenia, Healing, and Empowerment” was a real shot in the arm.  I celebrated the comment in private and with my wife.  I was very excited and look forward to more.  I know people are coming to my website and reading my work, and one of those people felt moved enough to leave a comment!  Success!  Now I’m just working on getting Adsense up on my site so I can make money from clicks.  Get that additional stream of income going.  Monetize from the start… that’s what I read online in an article about how to start a business and make a million dollars from it in your first year.  That was the thing that stuck out to me, that I had to do… monetize from the start!

But that this point in my life the schizophrenia isn’t really bothering me.  The other night I woke up in the middle of the night and heard my brother in laws voice say “Get better Jess.”  I thought that was nice, even though it was only a voice in my head.  I hear my wife’s side of the family in my head a lot… especially my father in law.  I also hear the neighbors voices when I’m out smoking and their going about their business at their own homes.

A lot of them will just say the word “high”.  I don’t know what that means but my guess is that because I’m around they feel like their living in a elevated consciousness.    I don’t know for sure though, like a lot of what the voices say, speaking like dreams do, in ways you could never come up with one your own…. I think when they say the word “high” i just go about my business and like it because it’s better then hearing my own voices say “cancer”.

Because that’s what they say to  me… they say I’m going to die, that I’m already dead, and that nothing will save me.  It makes me grateful to God everyday that I’m alive and I thank Him for another day.

It also helps to be on medication and seeing a therapist once a month.  I would see him more but I’m doing well and we both agree there’s no need to overdo the therapy.  The last time I saw him was just this weekend, and aside from my daughter being hard to talk to and how to deal with that, I had nothing but good things to report!  I had so many good things to report that on the way home I started thinking of things that were going good in my life that I wanted to share but forgot to because we had so much else to talk about.  I didn’t have time with a single session to go over all the good things that had happened over the last two months!

I got through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays at work well… I have been working on quitting cigarettes and making some progress.  My sales territory has expanded again and my bosses are talking about giving me another hourly raise! My blog is taking off, writing all the time and getting a comment.  My therapist even had some information to share with me about improving my blog.  He said he was very excited for me.  Things really are going great, and I’m looking forward to even more success, and even better times.  It’s about time I get my life together, and part of that, a big part of that, is work.

Thank God I have a good job that is allowing me to grow.  I’m increasing my income hourly, as well as having the opportunity to increase it with commission.  They call it bonuses, I call it commission.  Because that’s what it really is.  I don’t get bonuses if I don’t do any selling, and that is commission.  And I’m happy to have this opportunity.  Tony Robbins said in his book “Money”  that when you add value your going to have the opportunity to have economic abundance.  I guess that means I’m really adding value to Honeybaked Ham, and because of that there giving me more opportunity to make more money!

What more could you ask for?

What about a blog that produces an income!

But I’m getting ahead of myself, I really just want to write about how the schizophrenia has subsided, and I’m working a job successfully.  I plan on having more success as a Sales Coordinator there.  That’s going to look great on my resume.  I’m stoked!  And because I’m only doing it part time I have plenty of time to read and write!  I can still work on my dreams!

Really I would like to work 40 hours every week, and I have been looking for a new job on Craigslist… but with this sales opportunity at Honeybaked, I really do have plenty to chew on.  I’ve got to sell!  I’ve got to take the Sales Coordinator position and make an outstanding success out of it!  I’ve got to do it!  I must do it!  This is a great job!

And I would definitely recommend working at Honeybaked, if that fits your station in life.  It’s a great job even though it doesn’t have a 401k.  They take their people and let them grow.  If they do a good job, they are rewarded.  I got 20 dollars out of the blue one day just for doing my job!  The president of the company came in, as she sometimes does, and tried the turkey salad.  It just so happened that I made that particular batch of turkey salad, and she liked it so much she wanted to give me a bonus!  I think the reason my turkey salad tasted so good to her was because I made it with love.  When I’m mixing all the ingredients together I do it by hand, and as I’m moving the ingredients together I’m thinking about doing it with love.  And I think it tastes better!

I used to work at Paul Reed Smith Guitars on Kent Island, in Stevensville, MD.  I worked there for 5 years.  On a regular basis the owner, Paul Reed Smith would buy us lunch and sit us down to talk to us about the business, about guitars, about rockstars, and about our work in general.  On one of these occasions he told us he did an experiment one time.  He built a guitar.  But he just built it, there was nothing special in the way he went about it.  And to prove what he thought was true, he built another guitar, this time he put love into it.  He claims the one he put love into sounded better.  So really, you can figure what goes into making a good business a good business.  I know that putting love into the salads I make at work make them taste better.

I told one customer that we put love into our work and she didn’t find that particularly interesting, she kept her eyes on herself and proceeded to walk out.  I guess it’s better that if your going to put love into what you do, don’t tell people your doing that.  It makes them feel weird.  At least that’s the way it seemed with that woman.

It makes me realize I should be putting a tremendous amount of love into my writing.  I think it would come out better.  But I haven’t been thinking about it, I’ve just been writing.  I guess I need to think about that more, and starting now and from here on out, put a massive amount of love into my writing.  I know how to put love into the things I do.  I can feel that I’m doing it.  It feels better.  It feels more valuable.  I love it!  So I had better start writing with love, especially if I want to add a massive amount of value to a massive amount of people, like Tony Robbins says is the key to creating wealth.  I’m going to make it happen, God help me.

So what you can learn from this post, what’s valuable here, is my example.  That with therapy and medication, over time you can rebuild your life.  And you can make it into something you love!  Something that’s really really good!  You can work a job, get paid, be valued, get promoted, and continue on the path of improving wherever you go.  Whether it be in the store, out on deliveries, or out on sales calls.  You can make it happen!  I read just last night a story of success about a schizophrenic who works at Sears as a salesperson and has consistently produced the top 1 or 2 results in the store!  Not bad for a schizophrenic!

And if your struggling with symptoms and things aren’t going well for you I remember a piece of advise my therapist told me about a year ago.  He said if the voices tell you to call out, or your losing motivation and feel you can’t do what your family is asking of you… he said “JUST DO IT”.  He said it in kind of an angry, forceful way to me, and he definitely got the point across.  You just have to summon the energy to do things as if you have your back against the wall and there’s no option other than success.  You can’t die, and you can’t fail, so your going to have to succeed.  That’s what it takes to do your stuff!

Now, this post has been concluded.  I certaintly hope you got value from it, whether your a schizophrenic or not. And as I always recommend, to schizophrenics, or to anyone else, go out there and take massive action toward your goals!  Go read!  Go write!  Go work!  Go sell!  Go take care of your family!  And make sure you take care of yourself!

Thanks for reading.  I love you, be sure to leave a comment.  See you on the other side!

Finding Value In Those Things Which Make Us Suffer

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”  -Helen Keller

For me, one of those things that makes me suffer is schizophrenia.  I’m recovered but at times it still irritates and annoys me that I hear voices.  They are not always friendly and at times they can be downright bad.  What good can come from a voice that regularly wishes you’d die?  The answer, I’ve found, is to thank God everyday, for everyday that I’m above ground.  Life is a blessing, and like any other person on the path of lifelong learning, I seek to improve.

And I am making improvements.  They’ve been coming slowly, but they are definitely showing up in my life as a result of my hard work.  I am a very grateful person and I am always being blessed as a result of being grateful for what I have.  And, because of my gratitude, I am finding new things and more things to be grateful for.  For example, my job is a blessing.

I came on with my company about a year and a half ago, and I started at the bottom.  It just so happened that the store I was working in needed good people to run it so the opportunity for growth was there.  And I’ve seen growth.

On my birthday in 2016 I got a dollar twenty five pay increase.  You may be saying, well, that’s not much at all, but for a low paying part time job, that’s definitely a step in the right direction.  Along with the raise I was also given more opportunity.

My company was aware that I had an interest in sales, that really I loved sales and wanted to be a part of it.  They have been telling me since I started working there that I’m great with the customers.  I do love the our customers.  And I’ve had the privilege of driving the companies box truck on deliveries and various other places and on these trips in some cases I’ve needed rides back to the store.  On these rides back I was driven by who is now the president of our 3 stores.  We had the opportunity to have conversations about life and I expressed the desire to get back into sales at some point.  At first they recommended I try something with my spare time as the job is only part time and they are flexible with hours.

But as time went on the company needed a salesperson.  They needed someone who would be able to expand business and develop new relationships.  So the conversations I had with our president were remembered and they decided to give me a shot at being a salesperson.

So I’ve been doing some work as a salesperson.  Up to this point I haven’t been dedicated on a consistent basis to sales because the store needed me to do the work of keeping it running.  But with one of the other people chosen to be a salesperson deciding that the job wasn’t for them, my company decided to let me have another territory, another store.

There are 3 stores in all, and now I had two of them.  I was the salesperson for two of the three stores and my job was to build relationships.  I was to take free samples of our products around to businesses that have a need for our food and build relationships with them.

Just yesterday I was informed that the president was excited about this new role I was taking on, and that I should be the person to take on all three stores!  I went from being a salesperson at my home store to taking on all three stores in the company!  This position also comes with the title of Sales Coordinator, which is a big step up from just being an associate.  I don’t believe this would have happened if I hadn’t taken the leap into sales in 2010 after I lost my job.  I don’t believe this would have happened if I hadn’t been self educating myself on the topics of sales, leadership, and self improvement.  And this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t first taken the step to just take an hourly wage and forget about sales for a while, while I worked for a steady paycheck.

More good news is that now with 3 stores to sell for, I may also get another hourly pay increase!  At least that’s what they told me today.  I don’t know how much, or when it will happen, but another hourly increase wouldn’t even included the bonuses for successful selling.  I am growing and improving at my little job and I never expected this kind of opportunity when I first started.

Needless to say, I’m excited.  But the work has only just begun.  Sales is a lot harder than just working at the store, cutting the meat and making sandwiches for customers.  I’m going to have to work my butt off for any success and even if I work hard success isn’t guaranteed.  I’m going to have to work smart, develop myself, add value, and act with integrity.  I’m going to have to keep learning… learning about how to build long term relationships with healthy businesses.  I’m going to have to make a success of this opportunity, because failure just isn’t an option.  Success must be my destiny.

So I’ve built my character along the way… especially being a schizophrenic and at one point totally dropping the ball on my responsibility to my wife and children.  I have struggled to work and now that I’ve made a success of myself as an hourly employee I’m being given the opportunity to make a success of myself in sales.  And I have a lot going for me when it comes to my company supporting my endeavors.  I have all the tools for success.  I just have to make it happen.  But as for now, my success in sales has yet to be seen.  I am successful at working a job and growing with a company, and I have that as an asset going into the responsibility of this position.

And there is no doubt in my mind that I will continue to grow as a result of the suffering that comes along with sales.  People say no, they don’t want to talk to you, their short with you, they don’t have a need.  But some people, and I know this for sure, will buy. I just have to find them and demonstrate to them that I am the best at what I do, and that they will benefit by working with me.  My struggle will continue and it can and must lead to success.

But the value I can get from my suffering… the suffering of being a schizophrenic, the suffering of being someone who smoked for 14 years, the suffering of being a husband and a father (where the good vastly outweighs the trouble), the suffering of being in debt, the suffering of spending just as much or more than I make, all of it I can learn from and benefit from, for the highest good of all concerned.

The value of suffering, from whatever your going through, is that it gives you a story to tell.  The stories of going from the bottom to the top are nearly endless when you look up stories of successful people.  You know the story, they start poor, with nothing, aspire to rise above their circumstances and end up changing the world for the better.  They become a blessing for a massive number of people.  Take Tony Robbins for example.  He came from a family who didn’t even have the money to put together a thanksgiving meal.  He swore he would make a better life for himself and look what he’s accomplished!  Granted you can find those stories of success, but they are not common.  It takes a lot more than just hard work to be someone great, and to live a life that’s to your designing.

But to find your value in your suffering, let it make you great.  You came from somewhere that no one would want to come from, and despite your challenges you can make something great of yourself.  And I believe whether you fail or not, whether your successful or not, is entirely up to you.  I believe God will help us when we ask for the help and are deserving of it.  And we are deserving of it when we are working hard and learning, and continuing to grow.  In the name of not only ourselves, or our families, but in the name of adding value to a massive number of people.  When we aim to make the world a better place, and take massive action to make it so, we are stepping into our power.  We are leaving a legacy, we are contributing.  We are making lives better.  We become a blessing to others.  And none of this would be possible without suffering.

So really, it just can’t be done without suffering.  And the more you go through, the better your story will be.  So although suffering isn’t fun or enjoyable, it should be welcomed.  As someone who’s optimistic I would say… “This too shall pass” and you’ll be better off for it.  Squeeze every ounce of value out of your suffering and make the most of it.  When you reach your success, you’ll be happy you had those character building times that made you who you are.  As for me I’m going to take my suffering and make the most of it.  I’m going to stop spending more than I make, and I’m going to save more.  I’m going to commit to quitting cigarettes and be one of the 10% of schizophrenics who don’t smoke (according to wikipedia, 90% of schizophrenics smoke).  I’m going to pay off my debt in the shortest amount of time possible.  I’m going to give more to my family and to my church.  I’m going to start exercising again and make the most of my gym membership.  The change of becoming a non-smoker has taken me 14 years to begin to translate into reality, so I don’t expect all these changes to happen overnight.  I am optimistic however, and I know that if I keep working hard, keep learning, keep improving, it’s going to pay off.  The future is bright, despite my challenges.

If you would like to share your story of struggle, and the value it gives to you, then leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you.  Here’s to your success, and to benefiting from whatever your going through, for you, your family, and for the rest of the world.  Thanks for reading.  Bless and be blessed.

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