A tale of two shoe salesmen

There is a tale about these two shoe salesmen who travel to a third world country in search of new business opportunities.

One man calls his wife the moment he lands, telling her, “Honey, I’m coming back home. There’s no hope here. Nobody here is wearing shoes, so there’s no one to sell to.” He boards the next flight home.

The second man calls his wife and says, “Honey, you wouldn’t believe what I found here. There is so much opportunity. No one here is wearing shoes. I can sell to the whole country!”

There’s opportunity everywhere. When we have a consciousness of expecting the magic to happen, it will happen. We’ll find the right people, we’ll move in the right circles, we’ll ‘bump’ into the right solutions. It all starts with that opening in the mind.

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Comments

  1. That’s funny – you could interpret someone who has a lot of shoes as a good sale, too: they love buying shoes so they’ll be an easy sell!

  2. That’s funny – you could interpret someone who has a lot of shoes as a good sale, too: they love buying shoes so they’ll be an easy sell!

  3. I love this story. I’ve shared it with my sales team. It’s so much more exciting(and productive)to be an optimist!

  4. I love this story. I’ve shared it with my sales team. It’s so much more exciting(and productive)to be an optimist!

  5. Nancy Baughman says:

    Great story! It’s all in how you look at things.

  6. Nancy Baughman says:

    Great story! It’s all in how you look at things.

  7. John,

    Great story. It reminds me of the story of the hunter versus the gatherer.

  8. John,

    Great story. It reminds me of the story of the hunter versus the gatherer.

  9. hum, that,s interestimg what,s the metaphor for shoes,what,sthe next big thing thank,s

  10. hum, that,s interestimg what,s the metaphor for shoes,what,sthe next big thing thank,s

  11. I believe! What a great story John. Thank you for sharing it. It’s a parable for all of us who have taken steps to adopt a belief system that serves us (as well as many others)!
    Peace,
    Chris

  12. I believe! What a great story John. Thank you for sharing it. It’s a parable for all of us who have taken steps to adopt a belief system that serves us (as well as many others)!
    Peace,
    Chris

  13. thanks, I need all great story, it reminds me of why I dont want a regular salaried position ever again.

  14. thanks, I need all great story, it reminds me of why I dont want a regular salaried position ever again.

  15. Stavroula says:

    This story is so right!Unfortunately I would act as the first salasman did.

  16. Stavroula says:

    This story is so right!Unfortunately I would act as the first salasman did.

  17. lilianyky says:

    This is a great story! I really wish that what I hope for will come true soon. =)

  18. lilianyky says:

    This is a great story! I really wish that what I hope for will come true soon. =)

  19. this is so prfect a reminder …thank u

  20. this is so prfect a reminder …thank u

  21. A great example of the power of perception and a reminder of how we can miss out on fabulous opportunities if we don’t have the right attitude.

  22. A great example of the power of perception and a reminder of how we can miss out on fabulous opportunities if we don’t have the right attitude.

  23. in very challenge there are enormous opportunities for unprecedented success: the darker the night the brighter the light

  24. in very challenge there are enormous opportunities for unprecedented success: the darker the night the brighter the light

  25. “And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

    Matthew 17:20 NASB” …. Thank you John and God Bless you

  26. “And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

    Matthew 17:20 NASB” …. Thank you John and God Bless you

  27. Yes John it’s a great story! It’s also the difference between being a pessimist and a optimist…..you can see the glass as being half full or half empty….thanks again

  28. Dr. Debbie McFarland says:

    This is great! In my business as a chiropractor this translates easy for me….everyone has a spine!

  29. Well done John… most people miss opportunities due to ‘old world programing’ you are leading people to ‘the real potential’ Thank you!

  30. Well done John… most people miss opportunities due to ‘old world programing’ you are leading people to ‘the real potential’ Thank you!

  31. Maryam M. Ismail says:

    Dear John, this is very true. It all begins and ends with the person. Not the circumstances. With your permission, I will share this story with my 12-years old son. Regards,

  32. Maryam M. Ismail says:

    Dear John, this is very true. It all begins and ends with the person. Not the circumstances. With your permission, I will share this story with my 12-years old son. Regards,

  33. Realy wonderful!sometimes uniq opportunities are found where we don`t expect them and may even be ignored.That would be a pitty.

  34. Realy wonderful!sometimes uniq opportunities are found where we don`t expect them and may even be ignored.That would be a pitty.

  35. Thoughts and attitudes are powerful!

  36. Thoughts and attitudes are powerful!

  37. A great story. Reminds me of another one:
    Two brothers grew from a poor family with a drunk for father. One grew to be a bum like his father while another became an executive CEO of a large organisation. Both were interviewed separately on their stste. One said “My father was a drunken bum so I saw him all along and also became like him.” The successful one said the same thing “My father was a drunken bum, I saw him all along and didn’t want to be like him.”

    All a matter of your perspective.

  38. A great story. Reminds me of another one:
    Two brothers grew from a poor family with a drunk for father. One grew to be a bum like his father while another became an executive CEO of a large organisation. Both were interviewed separately on their stste. One said “My father was a drunken bum so I saw him all along and also became like him.” The successful one said the same thing “My father was a drunken bum, I saw him all along and didn’t want to be like him.”

    All a matter of your perspective.