Work, work, and more work. Selling shoes isn't rocket science, it's pretty easy, but still it's tougher than you think. I'm really getting a crash course in salesmanship 101 here. I think most men would be surprised how psychological the process of shoe buying actually is. Emotions, self-image, getting a "bargain", peer dynamics, etc. all play a large role in what shoes people decide to buy. You've got to know how to work those factors if you want to be a good salesman.
Another thing about being a salesman is the importance of hitting targets, ex. selling so many pairs of socks, etc. You're measured in your effectivesness by every conceivable rate and statistic you can think of. If you don't meet your goals, that's money out of your pocket and you can certainly expect to get chewed out by the manager. So, you've just got to deliver the goods as they say.
Oh, one more thing- I could have been a movie star. The casting folks from the Will Ferrell movie finally called, over a month and a half after the casting call. Of course, during that time a found a full time job, so when my Dad answered the phone he "decided" for me that I wasn't available to participate. Thanks Dad, I could have been rich and famous and hanging out with Ron Burgundy and Ali G.Ah well, that means I can't sit around on a set all day reading a book while the gaffer, best boy, and key grip do whatever they do. You can click here to find out more info on the movie, now called "Hide, Wide, and Handsome". Interesting.