Part of our homework this week was to watch one or all of the movies listed on week 13. To chose to watch Door to Door. Besides the fact that I was down in the dumps after watching it, it was a good movie. In fact, I think I might have seen it before.
The movie was about Bill Porter. A very persistent man with cerebral palsy. His DMP was to be a salesman. His father was a salesman, and he decided to be one too.
During the interview for the job, he was turned down because he was handicapped, but that didn’t stop him. He asked for their worst territory, just to prove he could do it.
He wen from Door to Door, one rejection after another, and he kept his positive mental attitude and just continued on. He was mocked and had many door slammed in his face but his persistence would not allow him to quit. He was a salesman, and was going to make it work, no matter what.
His plan of action was to continue on and now t let anyone stop him. As the years passed, he went through all sorts of hardships, but would not give up. When others told him that he could get help from the government, he refused, “I am a salesman!”
He continued on for years, and developed meaningful relationships with all his clients. He was even named salesman of the year by his company!
As the years progressed, and computers took over, he finally retired. However, that didn’t last long! He was a salesman and went back to his old company, and even though Door to Door salesman were obsolete, he was hired back after his old boss read an article about him in the paper.
In th beginning of his years of trial and tribulation he knocked on a door and the mother answered. Her son got scared after seeing him and called his company to complain. All those years later, it was that little boy, now a newspaper writer who wrote the wonderful article about him that got him his job back.
With all of the adversity this poor man endured, he had a definite purpose, and nothing would make him stop being a salesman. I don’t know if I could have dealt with the rejection the way he did.