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Have You Ever Disliked A Fellow Salesperson For Being Luckier/ More Successful Than You?

โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿธ I like to think sales is 50% luck and 50% skill when it comes to succeeding. As humans, it's hard not to get jealous or feel down when you see other people crushing it and you're struggling. Curious if other savages have felt similar emotions and what they have done to remind themselves you shouldn't compare yourself to others. "It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate." -Henry David Thoreau


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overheard_sales
Politicker
+6
CEO - Overheard_Sales
Love to see the dogs eat, but this is a competitive game. if you aren't at least getting a little frustrated when others are having success and you're not, you gotta check your own drive
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Yes! I always celebrate the wins of my counterparts and I truly mean it. The pissed off part is directed at myself, not them.ย 
bonez
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
Completely agree with this. Hate seeing teams get to a point where they refuse to acknowledge or praise others because they're that competitive. It's a great way to divide a team and avoid sharing tips and tricks amongst AEs. Always celebrate someone else's win but then reflect on what they're doing that I can steal so I can beat them next month. It's a balancing act.ย 
MrMotivation
Politicker
+4
Sales
Meh I think anyone is going to get a bit jealous over certain things...ย 

For example, three years ago in an enterprise sales role, a teammate of mine had two Blue Bird inbound leads that were already prepared to buy our product before we spoke with them. They were not reviewing other solutions. They both hired decision makers who had left partners of ours, and both REQUIRED that their new company buy our product as apart of their agreements to join the respective companies. You couldn't make this up. Both deals were worth more than his annual quota and he closed them both in the same quarter with incredibly quick sales cycles, compared to our average sales cycle length.ย 

But if someone is getting jealous about someone else succeeding when they work harder, I don't agree with that.ย 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
I want some inbounds like that๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค
RealPatrickBateman
Praised Answer
+3
Account Executive
BLUE BIRDS!!!! ๐Ÿฆ
HoosierDaddy
Opinionated
+3
SDR
Unless they rub in their success during my down month/q. Then they can eat shit
Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+5
Digital Business Associate
I've stopped being jealous like I was when I was younger. It's easy to think 'must be nice' when you see someone with better numbers than you. But if someone is consistantly crushing I tend to be the curious type and try to figure out how. Maybe some of it is luck, well how they hell do they keep finding it?
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Great mindset/perspective to have when you see your co-workers crushing it
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Anyone who says they've never been envious/frustrated is lying lol. It's normal, especially if you've been having a shitty month. The difference is how you handle it. Seeing someone close a huge deal and thinking "aw man, I wish that was me," but then also thinking "good for them, my turn next" is different than "ugh everyone closes deals but me, I suck, screw them, they're all just lucky."ย 

Handling success well is very important too - nobody likes a braggart. I only dislike one member of my team, and it's because he doesn't know how to win gracefully. He likes to rub it in when he's winning, but I've noticed he doesn't do much to celebrate other teammate's successes. That sort of shit is annoying.
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
That is the worst, but karma is real and people who pull shit like that end up paying for it usually.
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
Nah, them making sales doesn't shrink my pie, lets go out there and get it. If anything my competitive nature makes me ramp it up a bit when I see someone else's name at the top of the lists.ย 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Iron does sharpen iron
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
There's usually some form of jealousy involved. But that'd only motivate me to work even harder
Ryscott0317
Politicker
+6
Territory Manager
Iโ€™m only jealous if I feel someone doesnโ€™t deserve it. If youโ€™re grinding hard and succeeding, good for you.

Unfortunately, Iโ€™ve seen way too many people getย handed things then act like itโ€™s their โ€œamazingโ€ skills that got them where they are ๐Ÿคฌย 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
I only get irritated when somebody is clearly less polished/doesn't know the product/etc
paddy
WR Officer
+10
Account Executive
I had this one guy I used to work with who would go around telling the entire fucking office how he scored a qualified meeting with an amazing company and then would call it a day (this was extremely annoying when I was having a shit day cold calling) and I never rooted for him to lose but whenever that meeting would yield zero outcome I couldn't help but get a little joy because of his utter cockiness.
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
The worst kind of rep. I get being excited about a meeting, but bragging about it is such a bad look.
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AdamUpchurch
Good Citizen
Idk man
Sales is Timing, Talent and Territory.ย 

Iโ€™ve been on teams where less talented SDR had an awesome territory and contact us leads, while I was an outbound mid-market rep because I had more experience when we were hired.. he got a bunch of layups and a promotion because he was lucky to get an easier market.ย 

did I dislike him? no. But did it piss me off he made more money and got a promotion because of luck. Fuck yea.ย 
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Sales Evangelist
What's better than being surrounded by successful people around in every aspect?!ย 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
My momma always liked to remind me if you hang out with 4 millionaires you're likely to be the fifth!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค
RealPatrickBateman
Praised Answer
+3
Account Executive
Momma always said.... #mommaknowsbest
MaSaaSter
Opinionated
+4
US BD Lead
I love to see my teammates doing well, don't get me wrong, especially since we are a smaller company looking to grow. But that is also a double edged sword. Being a smaller company, seeing my colleagues do well is amazing, but I also feel like I am constantly being compared to them as well (both in the positive and negative respect). When I am in a slow period, and they are doing well, I feel like there is additional pressure on me. So yes, I love to see them do well, assuming I am doing well also. This may be attributable to my competitiveness as well lol
SammySandbags
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
don't hate the player, hate the game
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
I mean if you are in sales, itโ€™s because you are a competitive person so totally normal to feel a bit of jealousy, just donโ€™t go crazy
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Like most things, there is a fine line. Completely agree
coolcat
Opinionated
+2
Sales Executive
If people work hard and are pleasant and helpful, I'm super happy for them. If they have easy quotas and good patches/territories then it gets a bit harder.ย 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
My old colleagues nicknamed meย schadenfreude...
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