I have recently been challenged to find meaning in my job. Sometimes that can be difficult when I work "in sales". It often seems that in the sales business we do a lot of superficial stuff- give gifts, go for lunches and happy hours with clients, go to endless networking events always with the intention of bringing in new business. At the end of the day I sometimes question whether what I am doing has any meaning and whether it is making a difference in the world. Two things that mean a lot to me. When I started my "sales" job I knew I would have to network a lot. A word that TERRIFIES my INTJ, Introverted, Virgo self. Last month I attended a networking event hosted by a large local newspaper and loved it so much (shockingly) that I decided to attend it again this month. There was a very special guest at the event whom I had the honor of meeting that changed my perspective on the meaning of my so-called "sales" job.
Martin Greenfield. Known as America's greatest tailor. He is also an Auschwitz survivor. This incredible man lost his entire family in the concentration camp and when American soldiers liberated him from the horror he was living in his life changed forever. He came to America at 19 and started working in a clothing factory which he later bought. He has tailored suits for Eisenhower and many other presidents and celebrities. I had the privilege of hearing this man's story and he shared his inspiration and encouragement. I took a picture with him and he even kissed me on the cheek! He was so GENUINE and KIND. An ordinary person such as myself had the honor of connecting with an extraordinary person such as Martin. It made me realize that what matters MOST is connecting with each other. As a "sales person" I have so many opportunities to make connections with so many people. That is an extraordinary thing and I am more grateful now more than ever for the job and the opportunities that I have.
If you have never heard of Martin Greenfield I would highly encourage you research him and read his book.