Sell. Selling. Sales.Hmmm.... let me see if I can tackle this from the other side of the fence.
Not very popular words, are they?
Quite frankly, I wasn’t initially sure whether I would be banished
from the blogosphere for daring to use the word “sell” in my tagline.
It's not that I have any problem with the word "sell" or the idea of "selling" at all. What I object to is the absolute requirement imposed on us to sell whatever we do, failing which society will punish us in the severest possible ways.
I grow veggies to a very high standard of organic practice. I love to grow veggies. I always grow far too much for our own use. I am happy to give them away, because I know that people will be getting the best, tastiest, most nutritious food in the world, and because giving away beautiful, sun-ripened veggies is a way of gifting the gift that the Earth has given.
But if I want to stay alive, to keep a roof over my head, I am forced to sell.
I'll say it again: I have no problem with the concept of sales. I just don't want to do it. It's not my thing. I can "sell" if I have to, for a limited time, but in the long run I am deeply uncomfortable and unhappy doing it. That's why, in any business venture, I make sure I seek out team members who are good at selling and love doing it.
I also love to teach people about organic gardening, programming, Java, software design, sustainable living, peak oil, alternative energy and self-sufficiency, but I have no desire in me to "sell" these things.
I know, I know; someone is going to tell me that my enthusiastic preaching on these subjects is just selling. Nonsense, I say! Nonsense! Selling is when someone actually pays me money for those things. Up to that point there's no "sale", and my point is that, in the world as it is, I have no choice but to sell. If I just keep doing things for the love of them, I'll... well, I won't starve, since I have all those veggies, but I certainly won't be able to afford many of the necessities and pleasure of modern life - stuff like electricity, connectivity, computers, transport.
So. Its not "sell" that's the problem, but "coerced into selling" that is.