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During the 80’s, when I was transferred from the sales branch to the training department, I was frankly insulted.  I believed that I was being penalized for spending too much time explaining the product “how-to” to the prospective customer.  Although I realized that my job required that I sell a specified number of widgets to meet the sales quota, instead, I tended to spend quality time with the prospect(s) focusing on their current tasks – and how to use our product(s) to achieve those goals.  My manager felt I was spending too much time on the “training” and not enough time selling.  So I half-heartedly accepted the transfer (really had not choice) and moved to the next phase of my career reluctantly and with anguish.

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“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always a chance for you.  What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”         ~ Mary Pickford, silent film actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


If I could return to that point in time – I would return with a tougher skin, an enlightened mind, and a willingness to try to new things quickly.  I would be more open and flexible even if I did not understand the decision(s).  I would view each assignment as a new learning opportunity to remake, revisit, or refurbish myself.  To that manager (if you are reading this – you know who you are) ,,, Thank you for seeing more in me than I saw in myself.

I do not have the opportunity to go back in time, but I will go forward in 2015 with that new tougher skin, an appreciation for my unique abilities and welcome the “do-over” opportunities in the future.



(Updated 12/23/15)

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