Lessons from Barry

As most of you know, Barry Sanders was a prolific running back for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and set several collegiate single-season records.  He then went on to be a 10 time Pro-Bowl back for the Detroit Lions and amassed more than 15,000 rushing yards before suddenly retiring, just a single season short of becoming the all time NFL rushing leader.  Check out this video for some of his unbelievable moves:

This week, a friend of mine drew the analogy between Barry Sanders and the ideal sales rep.   Sanders was a performer, no doubt.  He was consistent too, making the Pro-Bowl every professional year he played the game (even with a perennially mediocre offensive line).  But more than anything, he was humble.  When Barry crossed the goal line, there were no celebrations or dances, no hidden Sharpies in the socks (a la Terrell Owens).  He just handed the ball to the referee, ran to the sidelines, and rested up for his next time on the field.

Get the job done, act like you’ve been there before, and move on when you don’t love it anymore.  I don’t know a whole lot about his personal life, but that’s a professional role model if I’ve ever seen one.  Thanks, Barry, for the lessons.



One Response to “Lessons from Barry”

  1. IntelligentSelling Says:

    Thanks Wil!

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