Originally Posted by Amit_S
So what should a salesmans' purpose be? To find someone who needs what he has - or to create a market for his products even though it might not be needed?
In 1 way I think this is wrong- cause this might cause the person to change his long term goals and all. In the heat of the moment he might go in for instant gratification but later feel bad about his descision....
On the other hand- since I am not forcing him to buy, not lying about anything, the products are delivering the best possible results -theres nothing wrong in trying to create a need for the product. After all- if he does buy it although he doesnt need it, its him who needs to put his priorities straight.
P.S.: honestly now, do you guys think I'm a wimp for asking these questions?
I think it would be stupid not
to ask these questions. What, are you going to go through life with your head buried in a bucket, trying not to hear the little voice that says, "You're a lying, cheating bastard!" as you fall asleep at night? Drown it out with beer? Work harder and harder, hoping more money will somehow solve the problem?
Or are you going to face the problem head-on, decide whether it's possible to be a salesman without being a lying, cheating bastard, and decide what to do with your life based on an honest answer?
IMHO, it's perfectly possible to be a salesman who provides good value to everyone he meets (I'm kind of assuming you're a guy... switch genders if necessary) and honestly helps the world. But only by the method you call method 1: to find people who need what he has. Trying to sell people stuff they don't need, although it is the American way of life, is almost always cheating. It's mean. It's seperating people from money they need to give them stuff they don't.
But look at the people who need
your stuff. People who can't get out of bed in the morning from pain, and your supplement will let them have their lives back. People who are losing money because they don't have a website, and your technology will make it possible for them to put one up. People who spend extra hours in the kitchen because their knives aren't sharp enough to cut their food. You're doing them no harm by selling to them. You're doing them harm by not
selling to them.
So search your soul, and determine whether there's anyone who needs your product. If not, find a different product. If so, find those people. The rest will follow.