Why most Indians hate sales jobs

I accidentally discovered the deep rooted bias most of us have against sales. My five year old son asked our neighbour for some biscuits she had given him some days  back and the neighbour dint have them right then, so she said sorry and my son was fine too. But my mother who accompanied my son to the neighbour, was far from okay. She said she felt bad that my son had to ask someone else for something. She told me why he should ask someone else when we could get him stuff ourselves….Aha..the penny dropped…So since childhood we are told that asking anyone for anything is not a polite or nice thing to do,..And SALES, by the way is just asking perfect strangers for all sorts of things: some time to talk ,  a meeting, request to see demo, all leading up to finally asking him to buy your product. No wonder most of us instinctively dislike sales. Blame it on our parents 🙂

P.S.: I have met a number of MBAs wanting to do a “marketing” job but not a “sales” job


3 thoughts on “Why most Indians hate sales jobs

  1. Prasoon Gupta says:

    I still remember when my father used to tell me everytime when I had approach somebody else for anything,” Poocho to sahi,mana hi karega. Puchoge nahin,to you have already lost the chance of getting it”.
    This attitude of my father used to piss me off a lot that time,but now I realize what did he make me learn 🙂

  2. Jitan Sahni says:

    Hi Sales is not an option. We all sell : Everyday, to our coworkers, managers, spouses, friends, children – everyday. Sooner we realize this – better it is. Its something must for survival. The “salesman” thing that vivek is pointing to is just a matter of economics – Once the economy starts giving better returns to salesmen – more will jump in.

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