[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Day 12, May 14th, 2016
So, I started a new job on Monday. Outside sales. If you’re not sure what that is exactly, don’t worry, up until about two weeks ago I’d never heard of it either. Essentially, I go from business to business and sell office supplies to them at a discounted rate. That’s right. I’m now one of those guys that you all roll your eyes and sneer at when you see them walk into the front door of your workplace. Don’t deny it, until I started doing it I did the exact same thing. I was usually thinking something unkind about them as well, something along the lines of, “Oh great, a conman…” or “Why doesn’t this idiot try getting a REAL job? He couldn’t find anything less demeaning?” Well, I can now tell you from experience, this job is about as real and tough as they come.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left”]”I walked into 65 businesses today and was told to F-Off at least 64 times with varying levels of politeness. One guy literally said that to me….Well played sir, well played.”[/x_blockquote][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Imagine for a moment that your job, the only thing you need to do all day, is convince people to save money on stuff they’re gonna buy anyways. The catch is, everyone you meet is a stranger, they all think you’re trying to hustle them, and most rate your existence right above ring worm and just below a cockroach. Not really that easy. Especially if you know absolutely NOTHING about sales. That’s pretty much my job. I meet strangers that want to strangle me and try to convince them to save money. I am amazed at how many folks would rather spend twice the money and time than they have to out of some sense of loyalty to a company that is kinda ripping them off. Either that or to “stick it to me.” Astounding. I walked into 65 businesses today and was told to F-Off at least 64 times with varying levels of politeness. One guy literally said that to me. But only because it was Friday and he doesn’t believe in paperwork on Fridays. Well played sir, well played.

Now, you may be wondering why I’m doing this, why be “that guy”, right? Well…. I get to spend each night with my boys now. Even in the first week of not knowing a damn thing about what I am doing, I made more than a week’s worth of pay at my other jobs. This means that I can finally go back to having only one job. It means that putting my boys to bed can be a nightly thing. That I can finally go to bed with my wife at night instead of kissing her goodbye each night and crashing into my bed each morning as she is getting up. It also means that I have a lot more sex. Seriously. I had no idea my wife liked me in a suit so much. If had known, I’d have gotten into the habit of wearing them more often.

“Why are you all dressed up? Going somewhere important?”

“Yes actually. The grocery store. I’ll see you when I get home, (wink, wink).”

[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://dadsofdestiny.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/willpower.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]I finally get to have dinner with my family again. No more cold left overs to eat while sitting in my car at 4am. The job is tough, it challenges me in ways I didn’t expect. It’s totally commission based pay, so if I suck at it, I don’t get paid. That adds another layer of challenge, and I love it. I dread putting that stupid suit on every single morning, but I also can’t wait to get out there and test my willpower against that of an untold number of ass-hats each day. The best part though is by far my family time increasing. I never realized how much I missed brushing a tiny human beings’ teeth, or fighting with said human over a book because I want to read it out loud and he wants to chew on the pages.

If it sounds like I’m trying to sell the idea of sales as the ideal career then I apologize. It is NOT for everyone. But it’s working for me so far. I guess what I’m trying to say is a two part piece:

  1. For the love of Pete, treat the salesmen that come into your workplace with some decency. Maybe offer them something to drink if you have it. It’s a rough job and if they’re good then they’re not trying to screw you over, just give you buying options. Hell, most of them aren’t any happier about the prospect of meeting you for the first time than you are of meeting them. Just be kind. It’s a serious grind.
  2. Enjoy the time you have with your family. I’ve been working two jobs nonstop for about a year now. Yeah, 7 days in my work week for almost a year – about a month shy of a full year. I’ve missed a birthday, Christmas, numerous trips and family events, countless hours of playtime with my kids, my youngest son’s first words, my oldest son mastering the challenge of defecating into a toilet (it really is a big deal, but only a parent could be proud of crap in a toilet I guess), and any number of other big events and holidays. I’ve missed my boys and them growing up. Sure this new job is scary, but it is giving me the time to spend with my kids. So cherish that. If you have a career already that gives you that, awesome. If you don’t, well, don’t get so wrapped up in work or looking for that work that you miss the good stuff at home. It’s precious, and slipping by a little more each day. Don’t miss it.

I leave you with a quote from the wise and venerable Mr. Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

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KaiCiunus

Former Dadmin at Dads of Destiny
My name is Chris. I am a 28 year old father of two, with a beautiful wife and almost no clue what I want to be when I grow up. I am a an unarmed security guard for various construction sites, involved in marketing and outside sales for a consulting company, and a logistics specialist for a production audio company. And those are just the jobs I have outside of my home life.
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