As we mature, it’s natural to contemplate why we are here and question our purpose. We become more aware of time being precious and have a growing desire to be of service.

As I originally entered the entrepreneurial world, my focus was on moving my business forward. At the time, media interviews provided excitement.  Even so, the attention quickly became fond memories and nothing more.

In spite of all the stressful situations encountered in the sales arena, I did my best to move forward. Eventually, I became an entrepreneur. I began to see the reasons for being where I am and the underlying meaning of previous experiences. It was the start to realizing my purpose.

Underneath the seeming non-ending chaos, I held two visions close to heart. One was to be able to help communities at large. My closely held idea is to travel the world.

Social media enabled me almost to accomplish both ideas. Each day I attempt to share helpful insights plus job openings that help my audience. Likewise, I share beautiful photos from around the world. The pictures are planting further ideas on where to travel next. And I have connected with people from around the world. I now view my actions as practice for the day I become a travel blogger.

“Overcoming all of the roadblocks are what got me to where I am today.

The need to interview for a new job year after year gave me insight on interviewing skills. My original form of helping communities was to help job seekers interview well.  The knowledge I learned the hard way was formatted into an easy-to-digest methodology . I soon wrote the book, HIRED!  The content offers my interviewing stories.  Tips conclude each chapter for readers to successfully acquire the job of their desire.

Being different was my motivator for leaving the comfort zone at a young age to begin the traveling journey. Meeting people in various parts of the world improved my communication skills and openness to hearing out new ideas. 

Laughable now, it seems every new direction I attempted to take was privy to three exclamations:
* You can’t do that!
* Ridiculous, that will never happen!
* It’s impossible!

Successful salespeople and entrepreneurs seek out loopholes and attempt the new without asking for permission. Should a boundary be over-stepped, one asks ‘why’ to better understand and avoid the same error in the future. Sales taught me valuable lessons. Most of all, I learned to be more determined than ever. While sales may not entirely be my purpose, the endeavor enabled my purpose.

Sales Lessons

1. Listen to feedback
2. Share my perspective
3. Negotiate an improved outcome

My three sales lessons work for almost every situation. Ironically, sales management had a tough time dealing with my listening, asking questions, and then repeating their words from my perspective. The negotiated outcome was always to my favor.

Humorous Example

Sales Manager: Either you begin selling like everyone else, or I will fire you; understand?
Me: Yes, I do understand. But if I’m selling incorrectly, please explain why I’m always at the top of the scoreboard.
Ending: Dead silence giving way to me having authority over my style.

Your Story: Realize Your Purpose

Early in your career, it may be challenging to recognize the talent you have awaiting. Accept all that comes your way, and dedicate yourself to learning from each experience. 
Be Strong and Become Stronger

Unless you absolutely have to, do not let anyone dictate how to live your life. Stick to your own rules of ethics and always be truthful. Knowing your priorities and values will minimize any harm that can come your way. Always look out for your benefit as well as the benefits of others. Doing so will help you realize your purpose.

As time marches forward, figure out how you may help communities in need of your talent and wisdom.

Do you sometimes think about:
* The compliments paid to you
* Questions people ask of you
* The areas in which you discover the most enjoyment?

Answering the questions posted after each bullet point may guide you to your next level of achievement. For some, it becomes their a-ha moment. Capture the new thoughts as ideas flow.
One secret for success is to figure out how you may realize and advance your purpose and use it to benefit many.

Sales Tips: What Is Your Purpose?

1. Commit to daily learning
2. Accept hurdles to more quickly move past
3. Learn the lessons from roadblocks
4. Take note of what you do to move past the challenges
5. Teach others how to overcome their obstacles
6. As you learn, dedicate yourself to teaching others
7. Share online the best of what you find insightful
8. Seek out collaborative efforts
9. Only partner with those holding a similar standard of ethics
10. Celebrate Success!

Author's Bio: 

Breaking Barriers
Elinor Stutz broke through barriers long before doing so was popular. She defied the theme, “women can’t sell” to become the top producer at every company she ever worked while ignoring attempts to get her to quit.
As CEO of Smooth Sale, Stutz adapted the motto, “Believe, Become, Empower.” Stutz is a motivational/inspirational speaker, author and sales trainer.
• Stutz’ first book, Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building that Gets Results is an International Best-Seller.
• Her second book, HIRED! has helped many secure their desired jobs.
• The Wish: A 360… mentors readers on how to build influence.
• The Smooth Sale blog is rated as a Top Sales Blog.
• Kred declared Elinor to be A Top 1% Influencer
• @RiseBoarders ranks Stutz as a Top Sales Guru
• Tenfold lists “Top 65 women Business Influencers”
• CEO Magazine Declares “One of the brightest sales minds to follow on Twitter”