I want to leave my high-paying job to sell BMWs -- am I crazy?
August 13, 2013 8:51 PM Subscribe
Long story short, I graduated two years ago and broke into a prestigious industry with high pay and high stress that I thought I would at least find interesting
Very soon after joining, I quickly realized the job was not interesting at all. I believe my role does not have as big of an impact as I initially thought it would, and most of all, I don't believe in the industry anymore.
I'm tired of the politics and I started off on the wrong foot, which ultimately tainted people's perception of me early on.
As a result, I've had motivation issues from early on and my performance has been average. I am one of the few people in my class of hires who was not promoted this last cycle.
Oh, and I had been dealing with social anxiety and depression for the longest time, which had a huge, huge, huge impact on my performance.
posted by 6spd to work & money (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have no future at this gig anymore and you'll see in my posting history that I am deeply passionate about cars.
I've been looking at new jobs for a couple months, but there just isn't anything within the corporate world that really gets me going. Instead, I want to indulge in my passion for cars and sell BMWs (my favorite brand).
The strengths I now have, now that I've successfully treated my social anxiety and dysthymia, ironically enough, are social skills. I'm naturally an introvert and I have excellent communication and listening skills. I'm so much more confident and no longer have those mental roadblocks that in the past literally prevented me from speaking like a 'normal' person with a healthy dose of self-esteem / confidence.
It's almost as if I've channelled all the negative patterns I developed from being socially anxious (reading body language, reading people's emotions, etc.) into core strengths. I can so easily connect with people now and open them up in conversations by being an active listener while also contributing my own personal experiences / opinions to conversations. As a result, I'm finding that I'm actually a really likable guy that people want to be around.
So... now I want to combine these interpersonal skills and my passion for cars into a 'career' in selling cars. I'd most definitely be supremely over-qualified in terms of education and work experience, but I don't have any sales experience. But, sales are a skill I do want to develop and I firmly believe sales skills can help ANYONE.
I want to quit my job ASAP and apply for a job at my local BMW dealership. For the first time ever, just thinking about it makes me tingle with excitement and all the negative aspects of car sales that I've read up on simply look like 'workable' obstacles that I can challenge and surpass. My past, old, mentally-ill self would have interpreted these obstacles as firm roadblocks that ultimately would prevent me from even considering such a career.
Am I crazy for wanting to do this?