I have often wondered if being a good/great salesperson was genetic. I have worked with family teams and see something there besides the familiar similarities. My Dad recently sent me a photo of himself and his siblings and his mother taken back in 1980.
I looked at it and reminisced about them and there achievements and there is definitely a sales DNA pattern.
The photo may be a bit grainy but it will make my point.
Starting from the left was my Uncle Donald. Charismatic, charming he was an international businessman that convinced big manufactures that they needed him to sell and distribute their products in Latin America (back in the '50's). He built the largest export company in the US.
Second is my Aunt Roberta, she took her stunning Mediterranean looks and charm and opened restaurants where she was the front of the house and kept them coming back. She is 81 years old now and still looks almost the same and is still working it!
Next Nonna(grandmother) Della, she packed up the old country in 1916 and headed for NYC to become a dancer in vaudeville.
My Aunt Madeline was a knockout with personality plus. She entered the room and all heads turned. During the big war she played on the all female baseball teams, the movie League of their Own was written about her and her teamates. She was the first woman inducted into the NY baseball hall of fame. She is also in the bowling hall of fame and ran the gate at the NY State Fair for 64 years!
Uncle Frankie, in the dark glasses, (always in the dark glasses) could work a crowd. We like to refer to him as our own "Tony Sorprano" jokingly but in his day he was a frozen food sales executive before most people had freezers!
Lastly is Joe, my handsome Dad. He too was a ball player (NY Yankee farm team) and an executive at Pepsico. I used to be amazed by how easily he charmed, wined and dined the likes of Joan Crawford and Nat King Cole. He could (still can) sell anything!
So in wrapping this up I conclude that at least in my case there is a sales gene in my DNA.