Of the same opinion still…

During my quest for the perfect opportunity, product, woman, friend or business partner, I’ve “Discovered” an imperative passed down through the ages.  I believe I first heard it from a leading distributor in one of the many direct sales organizations I’ve joined over the years in “Pursuit of the Life$tyle”…

The political correctness of our “advanced” society would probably not permit such a comment to be made in this day and age, but it speaks volumes.  Most likely because the author used the word “Man”, rather than “person”.  Regardless, it would have saved me a lot of time and energy if I had adhered to the quote;

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still”

There seems to be some debate over who coined this profound phrase, but whomever gets the credit, many are at fault for not following this sage advice.  I am certainly one of millions that think convincing and persuading others to follow in your footsteps is the path to success…

In my soon to be released book, “In Pursuit of the Life$style” – Confessions of a serial Entrepreneur“, I detail the wisdom of this “Think and Grow Rich” like advice.  Napoleon Hill had it right, Dale Carnegie furthered the thought, and I can tell you from experience, that multitudes of failed business endeavors can be traced back to “dragging people into a business”, for then you have to “drag them across the finish line”…

Even with a nationally distributed skin care product in pharmacies across the land, I still found it impossible to “convince” many potential business partners to lend a hand.

If I could offer just one piece of advice to any fledgling business builder, it would be simply this;  NEVER convince, persuade, sell or tell anyone about your plans unless they are sincerely looking for someone like you and what it is you do…

As any sales professional will attest, there’s nothing like “closing the deal”, and the “thrill of the kill”.  But if your efforts are directed at the wrong prospect, they will be “of the same opinion still”.