If he stays healthy, Luka Dončić will be this year’s NBA Rookie of the Year, and possibly an NBA All-Star.

Not too bad for a 19-year old!

Watching him closely last week in Boston, when the Celtics played the Mavericks, something stood out to me about this teenage basketball phenom. He spent a lot of time during warm-ups interacting with 21-year NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki.

Dirk & Luke pregame

Think about it, Luka wasn’t even born when Dirk started playing in the NBA! And keep in mind, Nowitzki isn’t just your average professional basketball player. He’s an NBA champion (2011), NBA Finals MVP (2011), NBA Most Valuable Player (2007), 13-time NBA All-Star (2002 – 2012, 2014 – 2015), and is considered one of the greatest power forwards of all time.

If you think their interactions on the court are coincidental, you probably also think it was a coincidence that the Dallas Mavericks traded up 2 spots in the 2018 NBA draft to select Dončić so he could be mentored by Nowitzki during what is his most likely his last season in the NBA.

The Mavericks knew all along that Nowitzki would be the perfect mentor for Dončić, and 40-plus games into this year’s season, the Mavericks organization is looking like geniuses.

Finding the right mentor is critical if you desire greatness in whatever business or industry you are pursuing. If an expert has spent 10,000-plus hours perfecting his or her craft, it would be foolish not to glean from their experiences in order to accelerate your success.

I regularly receive emails from ambitious entrepreneurs asking for various favors and tips in the door-to-door sales industry. In fact, last week I had received this email:

I would like to thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise. Your book exceeded my high expectations based on the reviews. Even before I finished listening to your book for the first time I had myself convinced I need to come out and work with you.  

I have a window cleaning business in Arizona and would like to gain the unique selling skills your business has to offer. Making this happen would require me to take a plunge into the unknown and make some hard decisions, but I am convinced the experience will be worth it. 

Over the years, I have gained a range of sales experience including: Retail, door to door sales (Newspapers at the age of 13, commercial window cleaning in my early 20’s to current), networking, telemarketing, etc. However, with complete honesty and humility… if I thought I was great at it, I probably would have never picked up your book in the first place.

I would love to hear your thoughts, and see what possibilities we can create for each other…I am just focused on making a better life for me and my Son is what this all boils down to.”

What I appreciate most about this email is the ‘honesty and humility’ expressed by this individual, knowing he needs an expert mentor to reach his potential.

I look forward to helping him achieve his goals of a better life for him and his son.

Willing and able mentors don’t grow on trees, and you might find the process of discovering a qualified mentor frustrating and challenging. Nevertheless, the dividends of selecting the right person can pay off in a big way!

The Dirk Nowitzki’s are out there, it’s your job to find them!

If you are considering the why’s and how’s of finding an expert mentor, consider the following articles:

                3 Reasons All Great Leaders Have Mentors (And Mentees) by Brian Rashid

               10 Reasons Why a Mentor Is a Must by John Rampton

               Finding a mentor by Ryan Holiday

Dirk signing my son’s hat

As a side note, kudos to the fans at the TD Garden in Boston for giving Dirk a standing ovation after the game.

 
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If you’re interested in learning a proven formula for success in door-to-door sales, keep reading!

In my 20-plus years in the door-to-door sales industry, I’ve learned the 3 most important characteristics successful sales reps have developed. In my book, Door-to-Door Millionaire, I call these characteristics The Values of Victory: Hard Work, Mental Toughness and Commitment.

Hard work is essential to D2D success

While interviewing hundreds of potential door-to-door sales reps, I’ve asked what characteristics they possess that would make them successful on the doors, and 99 times out of 100, the sales rep would say something like, “I’m a hard worker.”

Over the years, I’ve learned that the definition of a “hard worker” can mean different things to different people. For a farm kid from Idaho, hard work could mean waking up at 4:00am to get his farm chores done before school and then finishing his farm chores after school before dark. Conversely, taking the garbage out could constitute a hard day’s work for somebody else.

Regardless, there’s no substitute for hard work in door-to-door sales! The only way to make sales is to be on the doors, interacting with potential customers. To a certain extent, door-to-door sales is a numbers game. The more people you talk to, the more sales you make.

Last week I spent some time at Strait Blast Gym in Dublin, Ireland. John Kavanaugh, author of Win or Learn, and the first-ever Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in Ireland, trains top-level fighters in this gym, including former UFC champion, Conor McGregor.

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One of the first things that caught my eye in the gym was a banner quoting Conor McGregor which reads:

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

I can attest that this quote is just as true for door-to-door sales reps as it is for professional fighters. The most successful sales reps put in the work, day after day, door after door, and that’s how they become successful. If you want to be great at door-to-door sales, or anything else for that matter, there are no shortcuts.

You have to work!

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You did it! You finished the summer sales season and are likely back to school and normal life.

If this was your first experience in door-to-door sales, what did you think? What were some unexpected surprises and what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

If you’ve sold before, what did you do this summer that made it better than your previous summers? What did you do that made it worse?

It’s important to self-evaluate your overall experience so you can determine if doing it again makes sense, or if the very thought of doing it again makes you nauseous!

More than the money, hopefully you have several positive takeaways. Below are 10 questions to ask yourself when determining if your summer was a success:

  1. Am I more likely now to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger?
  2. Do I think about how to effectively ask questions, rather than just ask yes/no questions?
  3. Did I meet people who made me a better person?
  4. Did I become a better person?
  5. Am I more capable of dealing with rejection?
  6. Do I take pride in my work?
  7. Has my body language improved?
  8. Am I more willing to do hard things?
  9. Does public speaking freak me out less than it did before the summer?
  10. Did I improve my ability to achieve a goal?

Although most people get into door-to-door sales for the money, there can be so many more ways to define the success of your experience. Hopefully, in the coming years, you will look back at your summer sales experiences as a success, regardless of the number of sales you made.

If you are contemplating summer sales again, visit my websites for more information on how to improve your sales skills.

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Now that your summer sales experience is quickly ending, here a few questions to ask yourself as you reflect on your overall experience knocking doors:

1. What life skills did I learn that I can apply to my future?

It’s likely you aren’t going to make a career in door-to-door sales. Regardless, knocking doors can offer you the opportunity to hone and refine life skills that will assist you in your future pursuits. These skills can include; negotiation, managing adversity, how to ask the right questions, selling yourself, and leadership. Hopefully you can walk away from your summer sales experience with an improved skill-set that will benefit you in the future.

2. Did my company keep the commitments they promised me during the recruiting process?

Recruiters gonna recruit. The door-to-door sales industry is chock-full of recruiters who over-promise the summer sales experience. If this happened to you, did your company at least come close to what was promised, or were they way off? Did the picture of the summer sales experience your recruiter painted last winter, come close to what your experience was during the summer?  All summer sales experiences aren’t created equally, if you feel as though you were misled by your current company, don’t be afraid to try selling for a different company next summer.

3. If I do it again, how would I approach the experience differently?

There is wisdom in experience, therefore you should use this summer as a launching pad for future experiences in door-to-door sales. Despite the ‘No Regrets’ mantra that is often used in summer sales, we’ve all had regrets when it comes to knocking doors; “I should have stayed out later.” “Why didn’t I work harder?” “I should have knocked one more door.” Learning from past mistakes is the bedrock for improvement. Move forward in a fashion that will allow you to improve during your next go-round.

These are just a few questions to contemplate as you reflect on your time knocking doors, but there are certainly many others you’ll want to ask yourself as you rank your overall experience. The best news is, you’re almost there, the light is visible at the end of the tunnel! When driving or flying home, be sure to celebrate the positive, and commit to improving those things that you could have done better.

Best of luck on the doors!!!

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Click here to get my book: Door-to-Door Millionaire: Secrets of Making the Sale

 

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My personal best sales day is 23 accounts and it happened on July 4, 2000 in Jacksonville, FL. More importantly, all 23 accounts were sold at the standard contract value and serviced during the next 2 days, meaning I got paid!

Despite my record day, I encountered 3 specific challenges throughout the day that could have prevented me from reaching my PR:

Discouragement

Poor Time Management

Satisfaction

First, I was immediately discouraged at the first door I knocked as the woman who answered was visibly upset that I woke her up on a holiday morning. After that encounter, I questioned whether I should go back to my car and wait 30 – 60 minutes before continuing to knock. Fortunately, I didn’t let this woman’s attitude convince me to get off the doors and I continued knocking. Discouragement on the doors can happen at any time, the best remedy for this is to figuratively pick yourself up, dust off your shoes, and knock another door!

Second, during the early afternoon I started to get hungry. Fortunately, I planned ahead and brought a brown-bag lunch with me that day so I didn’t have to leave my area to get something to eat. I walked back to my car, quickly scarfed down a sandwich, drank some water, and was back knocking doors within 10 minutes. Effectively managing my time was critical to my success that day and throughout my door-to-door sales career.

Finally, once I reached my sales goal for the day (which was 10 accounts), I could have easily convinced myself that I was done for the day and spent the rest of the holiday with my wife. However, I was determined to continue selling because I realized the next day I would start with 0 sales. Getting positive momentum is difficult in sales, so quitting early wasn’t an option for me. Becoming satisfied with our results when there’s still daylight to knock doors is a surefire way to fall short of our potential.

Discouragement, poor time management, and satisfaction are all enemies of success. In fact, all 3 of these challenges are regularly encountered by door-to-door sales reps. The key is to find ways to push through the daily challenges and keep knocking doors!

Any of these 3 challenges could have kept me from having my best sales day, but they didn’t, and they don’t have to stop you either!

Today is your day to get out there and set your personal record!

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