Written by Matt Bertolli
Working as a Route Manager is not the easiest job in the world but it’s definitely rewarding. It’s a job that best describes the phrase work hard play hard. I can think of the two days that stand out to me most while working this job.
My best day, out on the doors knocking I was learning. That’s the best way to describe it. I was learning from my mistakes. Every rejection I received I learned what to do better next time to avoid getting trapped in a scenario where the person I talked to only thought of me as a salesman on there door. At the end of that day it wasn’t my best money making day but it was a day that would effect the way I presented myself everyday after. I could show people that I was a person trying to give them something that they needed or that was an honest convenience to have. The following days were better because of my willingness to improve and do better.
The second day that stood out to me most followed a day I had made the most sales yet. Naturally I thought I deserved a break and decided to lay back a little the next day. I stopped walking with a purpose, and I took a longer lunch break. It probably didn’t even sound like I cared what I was talking about on the doors. As a result, i was a robot going through motions all day. I allowed myself to be offended when someone was rude to me. I was being acted upon by everything around me rather than choosing how I would allow my day to go. Excuses and complaints came to me easier all day and before I realized it I was willing to cut my day short and give up simply because it was hard.
As someone who loves to socialize and knows what it’s like to struggle talking to strangers, this job helps your people skills in a way you wouldn’t think of. If you pay attention you’ll realize how you can have better self control in multiple ways. For example when you knock on a door and a big dog runs from the back yard you can’t out run it, it’s best to stay still and hope the owner comes to the rescue.
Something I’ve really enjoyed about the job is how many different people I get to meet and how many different experiences I’ve had. They aren’t always the most positive interactions but you definitely develop a way of reading different people you meet and that helps you to determine what’s best to say to them even if that’s just “have a good day.” I enjoy the freedom of being able to make my own schedule. I can choose to be motivated.
In all honesty, it’s not a job for everyone. But just like most trials in life it’s something MEANT to be overcome. When and how is up to you. Is a “bad day” going to affect the next day? Is a “good day” going to influence who you are?
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