Pop quiz…You see a slimy lizard crawling on the forest floor. Do you:
a.) Run away, or
b.) Grab it and see how COOL it looks close up?
I recently spent the week at Shawnee National Forest with my family over Spring Break. Getting lost in the wilderness was wonderful (our National Park system is truly a treasure), and I was reminded of a valuable life lesson that often comes from spending extended time with children. It’s an attitude I call – “I’m All In!”
I am happy to say that my wife and I have raised 3 kids (1 boy and 2 girls) who are only too glad to grab the varmint and ask questions later. In fact several creatures, including the one pictured above, came back to us for inspection during our trip. Kids have this impulsive and inquisitive quality that I think we tend to lose as we “grow up.”
And so it can be with selling. You start out with a fire in your belly, eager to take chances, lean into the wind and be aggressive. You go out and grab that new client, working a bare new territory into results, whatever the situation calls for – You’re All In.
Over time, there is a tendency to grow cautious. Sometimes for good reasons, after all you don’t want to chase any unqualified opportunity that comes along. But sometimes, it’s just plain old complacency setting in. Before you get involved, you want the “Glengarry Leads,” safe and predictable.
Get out of your comfort zone! Remember that child-like instinct and just go ahead and grab that creepy crawly. You can always put it down later if it’s too gross. But it might just turn out to be that big deal you’ve been searching for. I’m All In!