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Vices/Addictions

What bad habits has sales contributed to or been the source of? For me, I dip tobacco way more than I used to, especially not traveling or being in front of customers in person. Really need to cut back. I know many have had issues with alcohol in this game, even before the pandemic. Caffeine? Pills?


No matter what, don't be too hard on yourself.

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fuzzy
Notable Contributor
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CMO (Chief Meme Officer)
I smoke A LOT of crack
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
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Regional VP
Well I was more asking about addictions you’d prefer to give up. Honestly, crack is an essential item.Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Senior Account Executive
Oh so you're wanting us to give up stuff? I'll keep my caffeine addiction a little longer...
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
If I didn't work in sales I think I'd be able to easily eliminate alcohol from my life (with the exception of the odd glass of wine with dinner or something.)

I don't have a drinking problem, at this point it's 1-2 drinks a week. But I know alcohol is not healthy for me, and it can quite easily get out of hand especially when those around aren't drinking modestly.

The trouble is that alcohol is so engrained in the culture of my office, and in most sales atmospheres in general I find. It's not to say I think I'd be made fun of or questioned if I told my colleagues I'm not a drinker. It's just easier (and more fun) to participate.

Hope that made sense.Β 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
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Regional VP
It does.Β  Even if you're not pressured, social norms are easier to just align with rather than disassociating with.
SalesGal
Politicker
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Account Manager / FSR
It definitely makes sense and I think many of us have felt the same social pressure you did. It’s super smart and mature though that you’re aware of the possible risks and keeping an eye on it. The awareness will definitely contribute to keeping it under control.
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
Learning to disconnect on the weekends
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
That's a VERY common one in our game.
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
ouch hurts in the feels right now...
KnightoftheJaguar
Contributor
+1
Senior Account Executive
and on holidays!
Soldmysoultoselltech
Praised Answer
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Account Executive
This hits deep
Executioner
Opinionated
+3
Business Dev.
Hit me. How do you turn off on the weekend?
YoungGoat
Opinionated
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Surgical Technology Specialist
Fast food for sure. Especially when I'm on the road
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
Pizza has that control on me.
SalesGal
Politicker
+6
Account Manager / FSR
It’s crazy how little healthy quick alternatives exist on the road. Before the pandemic (when I was still going on the road) I had started packing a lunch and eating my car just to avoid eating fast food everyday. Not very glamour but it worked for me.Β 
Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Junk food/snacking during heavy dial days, always have a bowl of sour patch kids to keep the energy up.

Fast food on the road.

And weekend video game binges during lockdown, gyms are still shuttered locally so it's been hard to keep up an at home workout.
RealPatrickBateman
Politicker
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Amateur Butcher
After eliminating caffeine and chewing tobacco, I am down to my final vice... Nicotine pouches. Zyn or On and only the citrus. They are my ride or die 🀣
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
BIG fan of Zyn! Switch back and forth between that and Grizz wintergreen. Haven’t tried On
UnderQuota
Praised Answer
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Digital Sales Manager
I used to work in the start up with a really chill attitude. I was doing my SDR calls with my feets on the table and a beer in hand.Β 

Meeting were the same thing all the time, going to the pub, sit on a terrace with all the colleagues, drink and smoke until we were not able to walk straight.Β 

By looking back I now understand that this big part of socialisation between colleagues and managers was done after the office hours. I was considered by my peers, only because I was the only SDR taking cocaine on the desk of my boss (with him of course).Β 

I was aware of everything happening in the company because of those moments. I knew thing i shouldn't know.Β 

Political games and social moments in the company strengthened all of my addictions. Not the job itself but everything that implied the fact of working with weirdos like me.Β 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
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Regional VP
Thanks for sharing that @UnderQuotaΒ How you been dealing with it during lockdown? Has it helped not being in that environment?
UnderQuota
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Digital Sales Manager
I have a tendency to drink a lot and smoke a lot of grass. Fortunately I am not a big fan of harder stuffs.Β 

So yes during lock down it was almost everynight until my mental health could not handle it.Β 

from my point of view, addiction are less of a problem when you are surrounded by peers who can motivate you even with an Hangover.Β 

Now i just do sport everyday and hide my booze.Β 
So lockdown did not increase my addictions but it surely made me feel like shit about them.
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
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AM BDR
1st Bad eating habbits
solved it once but then returned to it when we worked remotely the structure of commuting and being in the 5am club vanished.
2nd is being dependent on caffeine nominally coffee and teas

I was in the cigar business but thankfully they are hard to come by in Egypt so that went away.

I don't know if being a sneaker head is a bad habit, but if that's where I spend most of my earnings...
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
Seems like a cool hobby that you enjoy, wouldn’t call that a bad habit! Thanks for the reply
SADNESSLieutenant
Arsonist
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SDR
I pretty much just smoke weed all day to stay chill, sometimes I smoke more when im stressed other times I smoke less to be more productive, but besides that nothing really, I have about a cup of coffee a day sometimes 2.
fodysseus
WR Officer
+6
Growth Manager
Ice cream...nectar of the gods
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
I'm also a big ice cream fan. Favourite flavour?
SaaSsyB
Opinionated
+1
SDR Manager
Caffeine, Juul, flowerΒ 
beermoney
Politicker
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SDR
Nicotine - showing my age here butΒ remote work has really escalated the frequency with which I buy vape stuffΒ 
cw95
Politicker
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Pricing Executive
Not being able to actually save money. Just all goes on having a good time after work at the pub.Β 
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