AS I LIKE IT!
DECEMBER 30, 2016
THE WORST NIGHT OF THE YEAR
New Year’s Eve sucks! Now, that sounds like I have a problem with change, but I don’t. I hate New Year’s Eve for good reason. I’m an alcoholic. Granted, I haven’t had a drink in 31 years, but, I still harbor resentments where “Amateur Night” is concerned.
Those of us who were serious drinkers didn’t need a special occasion to drink. We did it every day, and, we knew how to do it. The very idea that on one night, the rest of you would decide to get knee-walking drunk, baffled us. We drove under the influence on a regular basis and knew how to do it. The rest of you posed a serious threat as you drove home with a snoot full.
On New Year’s Day, y’all had a bad head and resolved never to drink like that again. We professionals were too experienced to ever completely sober up, and we seldom had a hangover. A Bloody Mary or a cold beer taken upon awakening could head off the dry heaves. I was always happy to get back to normal and lose the rookies.
In addition to being a Rummy, I have always made my living as a salesman. A salesman’s year is filled with lows of personal rejection and failure and the occasional high of closing a deal. I have always believed that success in sales could be attributed to 10% talent and 90% hard work, and after 365 days of slaving away, I usually had a pretty good year.
The sad fact is, that no matter how successful I’d been all year long, come New Year’s morning, I was completely behind again. Last year’s superstar had to start from scratch, just like everyone else. Talk about depressing! Fortunately, a career in sales doesn’t allow the luxury of depression, so I’d pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.
The other side of working in sales is that you don’t have a cap on your earning ability. The corporate suits worked on a fixed salary, but I had no limit, and that’s exciting. You live by the sword, or you die by the sword, and I like it that way. I only spend one night a year worrying about it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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