The Top 1%

Remember Bill Clinton's campaign saying, "The economy stupid!". This post is not about politics. It's about sales and sales rock stars.

OK. Let's go. So, I'm watching the news this morning and I hear, "If your credit score is in the top 1%, you've got a better chance of getting a date!" (I think they said 728.)


Then I remembered that we just raised taxes on the top 1% of wage earners in the U.S. and that got me thinking about what it takes to be in the top 1% of anything. Think about all the top 1%'s. What % get nominated to the Grammys, the Emmys, the Oscars, etc.? What % of athletes get to the MLB, NFL, the Olympics, etc.? What % of auditioners for American Idol make it to Hollywood?

So, I did a Google search for 1% and found this article. The article begins with:

"In the aftermath of the worst recession in decades, the richest Americans have been getting richer, a lot richer, while most Americans have gone the other direction."

Now, don't get your political panties in a twist, remember this is about sales. Think about that excerpt. Doesn't it make sense that the rich get richer faster? First of all, they were smart enough and worked hard enough to get rich in the first place. Then, when the recovery begins, they're smart enough and willing to work hard enough (and have more resources) to recover quicker. Doesn't that sound logical?

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Look at any company. What % of their employees are true rock stars? Remember this article about sales rock stars? I meet 100's of salespeople and work with very few. Most just don't want to know and do what it will take to be in that top 1%.

Do you want to audition to be the next sales rock star or are you hoping for a hike in the minimum wage?

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