Boy, the American presidential elections start to get on my nerves. I just don't want to hear about them anymore. That's despite the facts that a) I am not such an avid follower of news and b) I am not in the USA.

Anyway, it occured to me that the business of winning elections is a lot like sales. Yet, I've never heard of anyone who first worked in sales and then started a career in politics. The best I can think of is Arnold Schwarzenegger who had two careers in showbiz before becoming a politician.


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Anonymous said...

I think americans have a sense that sales is not really an honorable job.

If you make something that people want and sell it to them, you're doing a good thing. That's OK.

When you persuade them to buy something they wouldn't have wanted if you hadn't persuaded them, that's kind of sleazy. Or it could be. And if all you're doing is handling the details of matching up people with what they already want, how do you matter? The whole point of salesmanship is to get people to buy from you when they'd otherwise buy something just as good or better from somebody else, or else not buy at all.

I don't know whether that's why we've never had the head of an advertising agency running for a major position. It could be a factor.