There was an introverted writer who fancied herself a gifted salesperson. If only I had the right thing to sell, she told all her human friends and animal companions.
Last May, AT&T did call her in for an interview to sell mobile in its stores on a part-time basis. No offer.
Then in November she tried again, methodically applying the lessons from failure [as Silicon Valley advises]. The part-time opportunity was with a partnership between Wireless Advocates and Staples to sell mobile phones, mostly very smart ones, in a newly created center within Staples stores in Connecticut. There were not one but two interviews. She was hired. After the third day of training, she knew. Probably so did they. Nothing beats losing an illusion for pain and humiliation.
Then this month she began as a freelance blogger for financial-information powerhouse Motley Fool. Her first post on Kodak was picked up by financial bulletin boards such as Yahoo's. Rallied by that success she decided to deconstruct Staples migration from copy paper and printer toner to high tech. She worked harder than she ever had. Here is the result. Yahoo et al. picked it up.
The introverted scribe was then ready to live the rest of her life writing. She never again foisted herself on any organization as a salesperson.