February 17, 2012 — According to some of the ‘faithful’ a violation of any of the seven deadly sins is a surefire way an ‘evil-doer’ will spend eternity in Hell. And with a particular Republican Presidential hopeful coming up from behind (no pun intended 😉 ) in the primaries I found myself thinking about his disdain for sin and sinners, and that naturally led me to thinking about offenders in our industry.
So here’s the scoop. I, too, sometimes misbehave. If you do as well and are in the ‘biz’ and worried about not going to heaven when you ‘pass’ (and ‘pass’ you will), then you may want to monitor your activities and see if you are on a fast track to the ultimate and ever-so-permanent ‘underworld’.
For example, if you are a timeshare developer and treat people (e.g. prospects, clients, associates, employees) like dirt and are quick to anger (wrath), yell a lot and punish employees without a second thought and also believe ‘kindness’ is merely an unproven theory solely reserved for suckers and sissies then you might be a sinner!
If you have a ‘VP’ (Executive) position and are still conducting business in the exact same manner as you and so many others did decades ago (sloth); are on cruise-control, lazy and always opposed to new ideas, methods or ways to improve business (aka: ‘work’) then you, too, might be a sinner!
Should you be a PD who has an intense and selfish desire for power and money (greed) and your idea of generosity is to reward those who ‘keep you’ by treating your team once a year to a couple of “Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready” $5 Pizzas at the end of a work day and you call that a company ‘party’ then you might be a sinner!
If you are a DOM and take a deep pleasure or satisfaction (pride) in your achievements without the humility and acknowledgement of what others have contributed to your success then you, too, might be a sinner!
Sex and passion are good but if, as a Closer, you desire (lust) too much flesh and have no self control, constantly groping and/or hunting ‘prey’ within the work place (and especially if you are married) that could be an indication you might be a sinner!
On the chance that you are on OPC who is overly aroused by someone else’s possessions (envy) and feel resentment towards them, which motivates you to earn more so you can buy more and say whatever it takes to get a ‘tour’ in the door, you, too, might be a sinner.
And if you never sold a week in your life or more than one (or all) of the aforementioned characteristics describes you to a ‘T’; if you achieved any level of authority or power in the ‘biz’ and the “Peter Principle” (to rise to a level of absolute incompetence) is another way your peers describe your achievements; then the breaking news is you already have a one-way ticket!
Especially if your success was achieved not by being talented but exclusively via glad handing, brown-nosing, being phony, lying and betraying others, etc. Because if that is the case then without doubt you are going to hell in a hand basket and there is a very special warm comfy seat already reserved in your name!
Oh, and should you believe that you’ll have time to ask for forgiveness before the end comes and that your sins will be ‘washed away’ then you should know that when most of us ‘pass’ we do so unexpectedly.
So if you want those Pearly Gates to be open and Gabriel and the boys to welcome you with open arms, then you might want to consider, starting ‘today’, an attitude/personality and/or ‘soul’ adjustment because you never know…
As Jim Morrison of The Doors taught us in “Roadhouse Blues”: “The future’s uncertain and the end is always near…”
Can I get an AMEN?
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