I am now almost a year into the newest phase of my life …retail sales. Funny thing, that is exactly how I started ….
My family owned a pharmacy in Glen Cove. I learned how to “work ” in that store. How to behave with customers. How to treat coworkers. How to behave as an employer and as an employee. I got my work ethics from working in that store. Which to this day means not calling in sick or being late to work…people depend on your dependability.
(sure do wish I still had that hair)
Now that I am back in sales, I look at my job through 2 sets of eyes. First set is as a store owner ( no I don’t own this store) and second as an employee. It makes me look at the bigger picture as well as the daily picture in front of me (the customer).
It has not been an easy 10 months. I still can’t support myself on solely my commission…and that has become frustrating…and truth be told…it aint easy being on my feet all day on a hard floor traipsing back and forth showing customers this and that. But I am still here and still able to wake up every day and have somewhere to go and make some money.
I have made new friends at work. We are a very diverse group of people and that in of itself is on the one hand very cool and on the other hand challenging…so many personalities…so many divergent cultures…and yet most days we get along pretty well and usually are respectful to each other.
But…let me tell you about the ugly side of sales…and a side I do not proscribe to or condone. Sales people can be vicious and negative…they will try to psyche you out to ruin your mojo…INTENTIONALLY….I truly have never worked with sales people who exhibited this kind of behavior before and it is really despicable. They will steal your customers, your good mood and steal a sale if they can …and have no issues with this. I for one like to sleep at night…so I make sure I treat people well, don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to me (customers and sales) and be as kind and patient I can with all the people I face during the day….
Last month was my best month ever…sales and commission….I look forward to continued growth…personally and professionally.
Is this the last career I will have …who knows…at least I am working…and steadily…and for that I am grateful.
Hey I did get new glasses as a result of this job…..