What traits do athletes have that can translate to sales? Quite a few, actually. They know that they have to put in the work at practice to see results in the games. Salespeople have to show the same attention to detail in their accounts.
The good news is you can shift and restore the reputation of sales as a professional career. In fact, it's time for salespeople to ban together and clean up the reputation of the sales profession so we can get to a "yes" sooner and be viewed as trusted advisers and collaborators.