Making Sales In Tough Times – Old Black Hen

blackhen3How do you make sales in tough economic conditions? You adopt the old black hen philosophy.

I can’t credit the author of this little poem / parable because I have had it for so long that the source is long forgotten. However, it is a great little story! One of Business Owners Board expert speakers, John Blake, gives practical training on converting more leads and making more profitable sales. Check out our events!

The Old Black Hen

Said the little red rooster, “Gosh things are tough.
Seems that worms are getting scarcer, and I cannot find enough.
What’s become of all those fat ones is a mystery to me.
There were thousands through that rainy spell, but now where can they be?”

The old black hen who heard him, didn’t grumble or complain,
She had gone through lots of dry spells, she had lived through floods of rain.
So she flew up on the grindstone, and she gave her claws a whet,
As she said, “I’ve never seen the time when there were not worms to get”.

She picked a new and undug spot; the earth was hard and firm,
The little rooster jeered, “New Ground: That’s no place for a worm”.
The old black hen just spread her feet, she dug both fast and free,
“I must go to the worms”, she said, “the worms won’t come to me”.

The rooster vainly spent his day, through habit by the ways,
Where fat worms had passed in squads, back in the rainy days,
When nightfall found him supper-less, he growled in accents rough,
“I’m hungry as a foul can be. Conditions sure are tough”.

He turned then to the old black hen and said, “It’s worse with you,
For you’re not only hungry, but you must be tired, too.
I rested while I watched for worms, so I feel fairly perk,
But how are you? Without worms too? And after all that work!”

The old black hen hopped to her perch and dropped her eyes to sleep,
And murmured, in a drowsy tone, “Young man, hear this and sleep –
I’m full of worms and happy, for I’ve dined both long and well
The worms are there as always – but I had to dig like hell!”

Oh here and there, red roosters are holding sales positions.
They cannot do much business now, because of poor conditions,
But soon as things get right again, they’ll sell a hundred firms,
Meanwhile, the old black hens are out, and gobbling up the worms.

Author unknown.

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