While the whole world is celebrating Lata Mangeshkar’s legendary life and work and mourning her death. Let’s see if as salespeople we can learn something from the legend.
- She had Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke award and even France’s highest civillian honour of france the national order of the legion of honor
- She sang in more than 20 languages
- She held in the Guinness record for being the singer who’s sang the most number of songs in the world at one point of time
- She’s left an unprecedented and unrepeatable impact on the Indian culture & entertainment industry.
- She and her songs have become an inspiration for singers for generations to come
Irrespective of what field you are in, I’m sure if you will want your work to be recognized and celebrated! Just like her.
But she also
- Dedicated 67 years of her life to her single craft
- Sang in 20 different languages (what’s the first day wouldn’t watch a movie and a language that we don’t know)
- Wasn’t swayed by the shazam of the success and fame (ever wonder why you’ve never seen a Lata Mangeshkar ad, hint: it’s not because she hates money)
- Just stuck to her craft and kept going through highs and lows, trends and fads
Today most singers how careers like Tommy Singh from Udta Punjab. They shoot up to fame and just in a few years vanish, and get replaced by some Janardan
Yes, we all want that sort of fame and success, rewards and recognition from our craft and our careers.
But who would do the same thing over and over for 67 years and yet never get bored of it?
Instead of living a high and in the moment life like Tommy Singh and Janardan!
This applies not just to singers but to people in every single profession.
Warren Buffet and Investing, Steve Jobs and Apple, Rajesh Khanna and acting, Rahul Dravid and Cricket!
Pick any exceptional sales professional and you’ll realize that he might have been talented at the beginning but he’s also dedicated years of his life with an unwavering focus to perfecting his craft!
And then I see talented newcomers
- Who get offended and agitated when a prospect doesn’t show up for a scheduled meeting
- Or if a ‘hot’ prospect starts giving a cold shoulder after three ‘great calls’…
- Is baar incentives kam aayi hai, ya wahan se better offer mil sakta hai so mai ja raha!
- 13 days into the job – Yahan growth nahi h! I need to switch
- Ek to us XXXXX prospect ne suna dia aur upar se manager kehta h handle karna seekho, ksis ke naukar thodi…
Ya to is nayi job ko ek opportunity ki tarah use karo, ek challange ke tarah se lo sales skills perfect karo aur sach mein grow kar jao
Ya fir fase raho inhi chote mote maamuli issues mein!
Imagine agar sachin 11 saal ki umar mein seekhne ki jagah pe coach change karne pe focus karta?
Ya Lata ji gaana gaana chor ke agent dhudhne ya change karne pe focus karti!
If you give your time, dedication, and focus to improving your skill
then in just a few years you will be the master of the art who gets recognized all over the place
or you can always keep jumping from one trivial problem to another and never amount to anything!
What’s your choice?
Here’s my suggestion
Think big, think long term, put your head down and get to work!