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How old are you?

I always said sales people have a shelf life, so I'm wondering if people on here feel the same way and how old everyone is?


I recall being 22 fresh out of college as a inside rep and looking at some of the guys in there 40s and just thinking I could never still be doing this at that age. Well, here I am almost 20 yrs later, while I've moved positions a few times, I'm still out here carrying a bag and a number.


I've somewhat changed my opinion on thinking there is a shelf life, but how long can you sustain the sales grind?

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Hotsaw
Opinionated
+2
VP Sales
40 this year... you realize there's not much else you can do to get the dough that sales provide. Not much else I'd want to do at this point.
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
I'm exactly with you. Just turned 40 and have worked my way into a lifestyle that I can't turn away from my "sales income" basically until I hit retirement/empty nester.
Hotsaw
Opinionated
+2
VP Sales
But honestly - what else would you want to do at this point. Covid's been a real slap in the face to the lifestyle, but it'll return. 
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JuicyClay
Arsonist
+5
Enterprise AE
That's what I'm worried about! I'm almost 30 and starting to wonder what career change I could possibly get in to and maker $100k plus other than sales without getting another degree.
caS2ie
Good Citizen
+1
All things people
Recruiting; sales for people :)
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WenWest15
Good Citizen
+2
Principal Business Development Manager
51, so I've lapped a bunch of you already.
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
The key is, how do you feel?
WenWest15
Good Citizen
+2
Principal Business Development Manager
Appreciated. And frankly, a heck of a lot more strategic about when/how/where I spend my time. Lots of LONG term clients make life easier. 
fuzzy
Notable Contributor
+20
CMO (Chief Meme Officer)
Nice try FBI man
funcoupons
WR Officer
+10
Sales Advisor
29...I wish I had gotten into sales sooner. I only found it in my late 20s. Better late than never, I suppose.
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
Glad you found it. I remember talking my brother-in-law into going into sales when he had just turned 30, about 5 yrs later now and he has been on a few club trips and thanks me just about every time we're together. 
BorntoSell
Good Citizen
+1
Global Business Development Manager
I feel you!!
poweredbycaffeine
Opinionated
+2
Director of Sales Development
33 here. 11 years in and I've worked in every sales function you can imagine (carrying, managing, ops, you name it). I have worked with 50+-year-olds at old-school SV companies pulling in 7-figure W2s like Big Blue (easy to figure out), and have been in a bullpen filled with 23-year-old bros. I cannot say there's a certain age where you "get it" and another when you feel like it's time to leave--you either have the bug or you don't.
BigMeech
Notorious Answer
+7
Senior Account Executive
27! I can sustain this as long as caffeine exists. 
Wo
Wolfof7thStreet
Catalyst
+3
BDR
If caffeine ceased to exist I'd be in so much trouble
BigMeech
Notorious Answer
+7
Senior Account Executive
I think we all would. 
Wo
Wolfof7thStreet
Catalyst
+3
BDR
23 and plan on selling for a LONG time! Just got my 1st AE role starting in a month, ready for that real $$
Wo
Wolfof7thStreet
Catalyst
+3
BDR
Wow I did not realize how below the average age here I'd be
MaSaaSter
Catalyst
+2
US BD Lead
You're not alone buddy, I turned 25 last week lol
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MidWestAE
Good Citizen
Enterprise Account Executive
24 for me... Always feel like I'm the youngest in the room...Youngest AE in the company by 10+ years
Wo
Wolfof7thStreet
Catalyst
+3
BDR
Relatable dude, congrats on running with the more experienced reps though!
NeildeSaaSTyson
Good Citizen
+1
Senior Account Executive (MM)
@Wolfof7thStreet keep that hunger alive!  Set short-term and long-term goals.  Think long term when the times are good, use those short term focuses to get you through the grinding days, and see a closer light at the end of the tunnel.  Congrats on the pormo! 
Wo
Wolfof7thStreet
Catalyst
+3
BDR
Thank you for the kind words
Rallier
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
26
PMAisTheOnlyWay
Opinionated
+1
BDR
I wish I was taught the SaaS world sooner for sure, I always ran away from sales because of my own preconceptions of the role, you know the slimy and typical sales guy.
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
I've worked a few college job fairs recruiting for our sales team, and its funny the number of people that RUN from talking about becoming a sales rep. Its definitely a don't knock it until you try it type of job. 
PMAisTheOnlyWay
Opinionated
+1
BDR
Hahahaha that's funny,  in this particular situations, in my 20s, I can see my self just slowly walk away, terrified 
Wo
Wolfof7thStreet
Catalyst
+3
BDR
One of my VPs told me "this isnt the type of sales your parents talk about. This isnt slimy or sleazy, we are actually helping people. This is academic selling, and you need to remember that" and it has definitely stuck with me. Big difference between software and car sales lol
PMAisTheOnlyWay
Opinionated
+1
BDR
That's actually very true, and I'm willing to steal that quote if allowed to hahhahaa
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Accidental_Sales_Guy
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive, SMB
@GetAHobby Are you referring to "self life" for an individual contributor? Or for being in Sales in general? I see you're an RVP, so I imagine the grind of carrying a bag and a number may change if you're mixing mentoring and leadership with your closing expectations.

I've only been in sales for 3 years, and like you at 22, I would be shocked if I was still and individual contributor 10 years from now.
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
Its a little of both, as I have seen people that just love the grind and want to be an individual contributor for their entire career. I don't see that as sustainable for me personally but maybe the masses can do it.

Even though in other leadership roles I've been in, I'm still reporting a number and reviewing SFDC, its just as daunting if not more at time from when I was just worried about my dials and talk time. 
GeneralCorp
Notable Contributor
+14
General of The War Room
My body: 32. My mind: 14.
stratman
Opinionated
+1
Sales Engineer
Old. 
Beans
Politicker
+4
Account Executive
34.

The goal is management at small-mid startups to coach their teams through liquidity events, a couple of those flips and all is well.
MrsTechSales
Notorious Answer
+3
Midwest Territory Manager
32, been in the game since 24
Incognito
Politicker
+4
Master of Disaster
41 and pissed about it lol

But I totally switched careers at 40 into a purely sales role in an entirely different industry. In this one, the veterans are all in their late 50s and still going hard. 

However, I don't want to be doing cold anything in 5 years. The networking and referral systems I'm putting in place should take care of that for me. 
MrMoneybags
Good Citizen
Account Executive
25. the millenium sales guru
SaaSguy
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
25- a couple years in
Dirtbag
Fire Starter
Inside Sales Representative
29 and going through my 3rd year in sales. It’s a double edged sword being in this field. One side being I can’t imagine doing this for 20 years and on the other the income generated from this work is incomparable. Making it very difficult to make a switch. 

One realization I have had through entering sales is my entrepreneurial desires and how much this role parallels with starting and growing any type of business. With that being said, sales is likely a long standing career choice that I won’t steer away from. 
Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+3
Digital Business Associate
36 and in my prime baby
Spade
Catalyst
+3
Global Business Development Manager
I'm 27, but I feel 47 with the damn stress 

🥃
ric26
Good Citizen
Inside Sales Rep
26 but feel like 46 after the last year
Ri
Richio
VP employee Benefits
53 and still at it. ADP alum now slinging insurance. Lessoned learned, build a book vs. mo/annual quota. Starting over every year at $0 sucks. Having an existing book of clients makes life much easier. 
PMAisTheOnlyWay
Opinionated
+1
BDR
34 in june
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
37 here. I figure I can keep the grind going at least another decade. We'll see where the finances are at that time and what the potential pivot will be. 
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
I feel the decade. I have 11 more yrs until we have an empty house so hoping that will lead to something new or something a little slower paced. 
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Senior Account Executive
I have 12 more years, at least til my youngest hits college. 🥵
SADNES5
Politicker
+5
Business Development
I don't feel this old... But almost 40. 
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
Just hit 40 myself and still at times act like 25
Chucken
Politicker
+3
Inside Sales Lead
29, I'll be 30 in the fall. :/
Ace
Arsonist
+6
CEO
just turned 29 2 weeks ago!
Soldmysoultoselltech
Praised Answer
+1
Account Executive
29 going on 57
arosusi
Good Citizen
+1
Sales Executive
Rockstar age 😁
ATX_Seller
Good Citizen
Manager, Account Management
28
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