Continuing our “Live Inspired Summer Reading Theme,” this week’s blog sheds new light on selling. Whether or not you consider yourself a “salesman” or not, you are. We are all some form of sales person because our life roles require us to “serve” in some capacity. This week’s focus is on a book that can be truly life changing if you read it and give it a chance to sink in. Sure enough, the title is “The Greatest Salesman In the World.” Don’t be put off by the title, instead be surprised by the content, motivated by the depth and inspired by the author’s creativity.
For me, I prefer to think of the words “sharing” or “serving” rather than selling since the word “selling” tends to have a negative connotation in our culture. We tend to think of a sales person as someone who is pushy, charming, manipulative, sleazy, etc… Those terms are quite degrading and negative. However, in this week’s focus book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, author, Og Mandino offers a new paradigm for the salesperson.
I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.
For me personally, I don’t like to sell. I like to encourage. I like to inspire. I like to motivate. I like to share. I like to serve. Selling? Not my thing, but it sure should be. Here’s the thing, in life, if we are not selling something, then we are being sold to. If we are not sharing, then we are not effective. Selling isn’t a bad, negative thing.
Selling is a way of life. It is making a living.
It is making opportunities, products and services available to those who need them.
So, why, should we shy away from selling?
This book made this summer’s Live Inspired Summer Reading Guide (go ahead and download the FREE guide by clicking here) because it’s such a vast paradigm shift away from what our culture views as selling. Og Mandino takes the concept of sales and shares a rich story of a hungry young man who takes a journey of a lifetime to find his purpose and, in turn, finds great success. The main character encounters challenges, failures, discouragement and despair, but in the end, he finds the greatest treasure of all.
This short and simple book can be read in one sitting. Don’t let it’s title or smallness fool you; however, because inside are treasures and wealth for every reader who is ready to change their situation for the better. This is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time, and that’s why I’m sharing it with you.
If you seek wisdom, this book offers it.
If you seek answers to questions, you will find many.
If you seek inspiration, you will find it.
If you are ready to move forward and grow in your life, business, faith and relationships, this book is a great place to start!
You have mastered the art of living not for yourself alone, but for others, and this concern has stamped thee above all, as a man among men.
Ready to move ahead and be inspired and have some tools to help you? Then get The Greatest Salesman in the World today! And be sure to leave a comment about your experience with the book.
Don’t forget about the Live Inspired Summer Reading Guide and Journal.