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2 days ago

I do, actually, and I find it fitting that this is my 3,000th review. When I found RIA, I was sitting in a cubicle in Hartford, CT, crunching numbers as an accountant with a lot of free time on my hands. Fortunately for me I found RIA by complaining about Cubs-killer Steve Bartman, and as a result I wrote to Magellan who filled me in on the ways of the world in San Francisco. Less than a year later I was living there, as a human resource manager which was a little closer to what I wanted to be doing. After my horizons were expanded a bit in SF and in the world of business, I discovered that sales is a career and it offers the pay, variety of flexibility that until that time I could only dream about. I moved to a couple different places trying to find my footing and then I found the career that I'm still in. I sometimes think about whether it is my dream job, something that I was born to do. I always thought acting was my dream job, and maybe it still is, but I found success easily in my current career. I still don't consider myself a true salesman, certainly not like a transactional car salesman, but I have found my niche with this long-term relationship sale, and it's a career that I really felt good about investing time in, because it felt right. Through this career I've had a chance to move back to SF, travel to all my favorite cities in the west coast and around the state, I've met my wife, bought a couple homes in SoCal, have two kids, and have had the time to pursue my martial arts and acting goals. I consider myself very fortunate, and when I look back I really did put the time in to investigate this career. When my friends were out partying (not that I didn't meet up with them later) I was spending 2 hours a night reading up on sales and this career in particular. God helps those who help themselves as the saying goes.

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3 days ago

In 2006 I became friends with a guy who worked in academic publishing, which is a fancy description for textbook sales. I never knew it was a thing. I ended up being roommates with him and I'd see him go up to Flagstaff for a few hours to meet with a client, and then come back and his day would be one at 2. That was really appealing to me. Not that I had to be done with work at 2 every day but I liked that he was going onto college campuses to work and that he had a lot of flexibility. I remember someone called him out and said, you get paid well for just sending out sample textbooks and taking people to lunch. He replied, there's a lot more to it than that. Having been in the industry for 12 years now, I can tell you that there really isn't a lot more to it than that.

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138 days ago

You know what, RateItAll changed my life. I was sitting in my cubicle in the Hartford accounting firm I worked for, bored and fantasizing about how to get out of there, when I decided to complain about life long Cubs fan Steve Bartman's decision to interfere with a catchable baseball that may well have changed the tide of the series for his dear Cubs. I found RIA to do that, and then I reviewed other things. I read Magellan's SF reviews and I thought, now that place sounds interesting. Six months later I was living out there. I found a job that better suited me but still, I felt something was missing. I decided to give sales a try and I got a phone sales job where I had to make over 120 calls per day. I felt worse at times than I did at the accounting firm and I was about to quit when my good pal Ridgewalker said hey, minkey, the job sucks but you have to stick with it until you get successful at it. And he shared pages and pages of ideas with me about how to make that job a little more bearable, a little more fun...and I actually started hitting my numbers. A year later I got what was my dream job. I've since taken two other jobs but I'm still in sales, still in that same industry. I've found a couple side passions but the older I get, the more I think I found my life's work in this industry, and living here in California. My friends Magellan, Ridge, and Chalky have made this place a rich experience for me. Several others helped to educate me in this thing called life as well. RIA is a community and I have learned that in life, having a community can make a big difference.

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138 days ago

I don't think it's much easier, just more necessary.

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138 days ago

Still pretty new at the game, but I can comment on part of this. Being a bit older as a new dad (I was 36 when my son was born, 38 when my daughter was born) I'm in a much better position pound for pound to be a dad and a provider. My patience has improved, life knowledge, life situation...and possibly more important than anything else, I picked someone who right now looks to be a strong mother and partner for the long haul. I can't say for certain that would be true had I even decided to have kids 10 years ago.

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