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When I walked past my co-worker’s desk yesterday, I noticed a prayer pinned to the board by his computer. It looked different from other prayers. This was a salesman’s prayer.

I’d never seen a prayer written specifically for entrepreneurs and sales professionals.

Now, I’m not particularly religious myself. But I do believe in having faith in something. That could be faith in God. It could also be faith in yourself.

I’ll explain why faith is so important in sales after you read the prayer.

The Salesman’s Prayer

At first, I had no idea who wrote it. The original piece of paper had no author attribution. So, I took a quick photo with my phone and brought it home to investigate.

After a little research online, I discovered it was written by Og Mandino. He is most famously known for writing the sales book: “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” Which I actually have on my bookshelf today.

Give this a thoughtful read before we continue.

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You may have noticed a few missing words up top. For your curious mind, here is the complete text:

“You have taught the lion & the eagle how to hunt and prosper with teeth & claw.”

There’s a good reason to have faith

Sales is unlike any other role within a company.

Every day you need faith. Faith that the seeds you plant today will grow tomorrow.

You need faith that for every email you send, one prospect will eventually respond.

You need faith that for every phone call you make, one lead will eventually answer.

For me, sales is not about making money to buy material goods (although I do from time to time). Instead, sales is about acquiring the skills to bring value to the marketplace.

It’s not just about achieving your sales goal, but enjoying your journey along the way.

Conclusion

If you think it will bring you inspiration, you can print the salesman’s prayer for your desk.

Remember to have faith. Have faith that the work you do today will make for a better tomorrow.

Share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I’m always listening.

 

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30 Comments I’m Not Religious, But This Salesman’s Prayer Made Me a Believer

  1. Bethany says:

    Hi Ian – Thank you. I am in sales for 4 years now and am really enjoying your writing. This is wonderful. – Bethany

  2. Rich says:

    I believe that’s the ending excerpt from”The Greatest Salesman in the World” by OG Mandino

  3. Kyle says:

    Ian, thanks for the follow on Twitter, and for this post- it’s exactly what I needed to read this morning.

  4. Jim Kim says:

    That is powerful stuff, thank you for sharing it with the world, Ian!

  5. Charile says:

    Thanks Ian…. Excellent – Made a copy and it sits on my desk!

  6. Corey says:

    Thanks Ian!

    This is a beautiful prayer and I will be printing it out along with getting that book. I look forward to seeing you soon.

    Corey

  7. Tim Allen says:

    Thanks for the link to the print version of the prayer! Putting it up now…

  8. Dima Damaj says:

    Hi Ian
    Your post is exactly what I needed to hear today.
    Thanks.

  9. Jen says:

    This is exactly what I need to read! I just took up a sales role n was feeling overwhelmed… Will b printing n pasting in front of my desk. Thank you.

  10. Benedict says:

    Thank you for post this prayer for salesman like me, I’m a real estate agent and I hope find right client and sure buyer .i need sell this month atleast 1 unit for have extend a contract our company. . After i read this prayer i have increase my faith from god. God is good , he has planned for us.

    • Ian Adams says:

      You are welcome Benedict. In case that plan isn’t what you want had in mind for yourself, make sure you talk to 10X as many people as your biggest competitor. Then make sure you tell all those people a story about how amazing they’ll feel when they live in the unit you are selling (I trust you are selling a quality product). Make your prayer a reality.

  11. Mary A says:

    Thank you for posting this. My bf always gets a sale every time I get done praying this prayer for him. Thank you so much!

  12. Cham says:

    Hope this will work for me, It’s like I’m always struggling to hit my quota every quarter :( How come my other teammates got lucky receiving huge amount of orders everyday :( I know I must not get envied with them but I can’t help compare myself to them. We even exert the same effort, and sometimes I believe I exceeded my objectives yet I don’t see the outcome fruitfully. I’m losing hope….

  13. Tom says:

    God is good, Sales is great…..

  14. I’m so thrilled to have stumbled upon your article and this prayer this morning. It’s perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Taufiq Haque says:

    I’m religious, and believe it or not, I use this as a prayer as well. Og Mandino is the man. Speaking of, any salesperson here looking for online jobs? I’m hiring.

  16. Daniel says:

    Hi Ian,
    I am so thankful to have accepted your invitation to come over to your site. This article on prayer is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing it. Blessings!

  17. SHALI says:

    THANKS IVE ALWAYS READING THIS PRAYER AND EVERYTIME THAT IM READING THIS PRAYER I GOT SO MANY SALES

  18. maria says:

    I never expected to land in your article where all I searched for is a prayer for salesperson. I’ve been working in retail for years now and you’re right, ‘sales is about acquiring the skills to bring value to the market place.’ I can’t understand my superiors, we all do our job pretty well and keep up the progress but they are not even empress but always finding faults instead of being grateful and appreciate our efforts. It is truly sad and thus hurtful to think that we do watever it takes but all they want to listen is themselves. We do understand what they wanted us to be, but are they sensitive enough towards us on how we really actually work hard? It is not easy being said your best is not enough when you did everything beyond your expectations. I never thought the prayer will come from one of my favorite book of all times and am happy to know it. Thank you for sharing it to people ☺️☺️☺️ Honestly, it always reminds me of so many things specially faith, courage, challenges to face your fears, how to appreciateand love your life, and the will to make things happen. Wonderful book indeed ?

  19. Ana says:

    Beautiful and powerful prayer, and I agree you need faith in everything you do, and if you have faith that things will happen they most certainly do!! Thanks for sharing it!!

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