I've Been Told To Go F*** Myself
Updated: May 27, 2021
Yeah, you read that right. A few times actually... so I've decided to write about it.
Before I get into it, i'd like to discuss a big reason why I believe people don't start that business or follow that dream. We fear rejection. Did you think I was going to say money? Nope. Many of us are afraid of being rejected which leads to a fear of sales (and it is alllll about selling). Some sell products or services, and some sell ideas. No matter what the case may be, you still have to sell people on why they should spend their time and money on you. Which brings me back to my purpose for writing this post...
“you should go find a new line of work.”
Today wasn't much different than any other day. I spent it glued to my desk attempting to "sell", and I was told many, many times to "go f*** myself". I was even told by one lovely gentleman that I "should go find a new line of work". Excuse me sir, do you really believe I'm going to quit working towards my dream because you're not interested in it? Ooookay.
So how do we handle these situations? I'll tell you one thing we don't do... and that's quit.
Talk About It
When you finish dealing with a major jerk, it's okay to take a break and talk about it. Talk to your biz partner, vent to your spouse, text a friend, etc. I probably annoy my loved ones with stuff like this all the time, but it's great because sharing with them helps me take a step back and see how ridiculous it really is. Most of the time I just find humor in the situation. Laugh it off, take a breather, and get back to the grind! (Just be sure not to do this in front of any customers or employees.)
Don't Take It Personal
The world is going through a lot right now. Many people are stressed, irritated, and don't have much patience left. It's possible that you may come in contact with these people on a bad day, and they'll make sure you know it. A lot of us have even been this person before. We're all human, and we all have bad days. Don't let someone else's bad day ruin yours. You have way too much to look forward to on your way toward success.
Also, you may even deal with the nicest person in the world who just doesn't like what you're trying to sell. That's okay too! Onto the next. Now you have more time/product for those who do love what you have to offer.
No Is Good
Say it with me now! "No is GOOD and No is NORMAL". Remember that only 25-percent of leads become sales. In the most competitive industries, the percentage is even smaller. Regardless of what business you run, you're likely to get more rejections than closes. But hearing no means you get to weed out all the bad apples that would otherwise be getting in the way of you finding the good ones. And trust me, when you find a good one it'll 100% be worth it! You'll be grateful for all the no's you heard.
Try teaching yourself not to expect a "no", but to love a "no". Turn it into a learning experience. If someone gives you a reason for their non-interest, take that reason and come up with a way to deal with the objection the next time.
Lastly, just don't give up. Good things take time, so keep working at it. Practice learning different sales techniques. There are thousands of Youtube videos you can watch that'll help you become better and stronger. You got this, keep hustling!