The Secretariat is a movie based on the true story about the life of a thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays the trainer, Lucien Laurin. The movie has been out since 2010, but thanks to DVDs, I just watched it this week. In addition to being a movie about a horse, there are so many nuggets of wisdom in this movie. Nuggets as it relates to direct sales lessons, specifically lessons for direct sales leaders/managers/directors.
Taken from an online review of the movie: “The theme of “girl power” is played up in this movie. Penny finds herself a woman taking on a male-dominated world, having to stare down everybody from the loud-mouthed owner of Secretariat’s rival Sham who dismiss her as “just a housewife”, boorish hecklers in the stands at the races, pushy reporters who questioned her horse’s ability, Ogden Phipps, the richest man in America, and closer to home, her unsupportive husband who pressured her to sell her father’s money-losing farm and horses rather than complete the mission of owning the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. In the classic “underdog” storyline, she stands up to them all and wins.”
If you haven’t seen this movie, I give it a two-thumbs-up and it is definitely worth the rental. I found it at my local library; perhaps it’s available at Netflix or Redbox too.
Whether you are currently a direct sales leader or you are in the process of becoming one, consider the summary above. Even without seeing the movie, can you identify somewhat with a girl-power theme in a male-dominated world? Sure a majority of independent direct sales consultants are females, but consider the senior ranks of managing and leading a large organization. You’re essentially CEO of your direct sales business, responsible for most facets of your business – marketing, sales, human resources, accounting, operations, logistics, transportation, etc. [Read more…] about Direct Sales Lessons Learned from the Secretariat Movie