Las Vegas is easily one of the most interesting places in the world to people-watch. And when you pay attention, some fascinating things can surface.
I’m poolside right now at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, watching the mosh pit that is the daylife pool scene. The DJ is keeping the place hopping, and there are dozens of people in the pool, wall-to-wall in the water holding various neon drink containers and aluminum beer bottles. It’s a study of see-and-be-seen, and some are taking full advantage of the opportunity.
One skinny chain-smoking guy in his mid-forties, who I’ve named “String Bean”, is playing a constant air guitar and gyrating near the DJ booth, as if to say, “Come and get me, ladies.” He’s had no takers.
A few gorgeous young girls who’ve taken great pains to look their best take their time as they strut their way into the slightly cool water, to a host of onlookers. That scene has been repeated a few times every minute. The large group of single guys notices every pool entry, and sizes them up for possible conversation.
Since I’m more of a shade guy, I’m off under a palm tree typing this while my wife, who loves the sun, is in the middle of it all, and loving every minute of it.
She’s a “watcher”, preferring to enjoy others’ activities. She’s in the majority.
It’s the “action-takers”, those who choose to bask in the spotlight and be seen, that are having the most fun.
How many missed opportunities are going on when we decide to sit on the sidelines as a spectator vs. jumping in and making something happen?
Guys that are content to be their studly selves with their buddies are going to miss their chance to meet someone special. No risk, gentlemen, no reward! This is VEGAS, for crying out loud! Girls are looking their best out here, and you don’t have the guts to approach them?
If you’re in sales, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the pool in Vegas or on the phones at work; if you don’t stick your neck out and risk being rejected, you won’t realize the rewards that come from doing the thing that others won’t do.
Everybody follows the herd. Be different! Stand out and be unique, because you’re either the one who’s making things happen, or the one standing around wondering what happened.
- Bill Guertin is CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of The 800-Pound Gorilla, a sales improvement company specializing in speaking and training for groups of all sizes. Contact him thru his Website, www.The800PoundGorilla.com.