Whenever Erik goes to the gym, he speaks with the top sales rep of the gym. This individual has been working with this particular gym chain for years, and brings in more orders for new members than anyone else.
Recently, this individual has been talking about how he is looking for a change in his career. What he wants to do, is take his sales skills and bring them to the other gyms in the chain in order to teach other sales reps how to effectively sell memberships. He had been talking about this a lot, but just recently talked to leadership about it, and is getting the opportunity!
The moral of the story is: you can talk about something all you want, but if you do not take action, it is not going to happen. This individual was able to ask leadership for what he wanted for his career, and he got it – something a lot of employees do not do. In business, it is important to speak up and make clear what you want. Sometimes you may not always get the answer you want, but you will not receive anything if you do not ask!