What Will I Get Out of It?
(Editor's Note: The following article is reprinted from "The Bulletin" of the Watchmakers' Association of New Jersey, dated June, 1946.) This question is often asked by Watchmakers. Therefore, we are taking the liberty to present an article that holds good in any organization.
The other day a group of league members were talking about getting some new members. One of the men asked, "What can I tell this fellow he'll get by joining the league? Surely that's the first question he'll ask." The question was answered by a man who had been a member of our league for a number of years-and it is so full of common sense-and business sense, too, that we give it to readers, just as we jotted it down, unknown to the speaker.
"You can tell the prospect," said the old-timer, "That he will get out of the league just what he puts into it." And then he elaborated. "The advantages of belonging to a league are so many, I can't begin to enumerate them, but I can frankly tell you that my league work, and the contacts I have made personally, have enabled me to build an ever expanding business in my territory.
"I am a salesman - most everyone is, for that matter - and I have made it my business to avail myself of every facility offered by the league for the growth of my business, and in return, I have given unselfishly of my time for league duties. In this work I have made many friends, met people I could not possibly come to know intimately in ordinary selling.
"It may sound far fetched to you, but I feel I owe the league much more than I can ever repay. The measly $25.00 a year my company pays is nothing, but the privilege of membership, with its opportunities for an alert man, might mean the difference between doing a mediocre job for your company and building a business that really means something to you. "If a man can't see league membership as that sort of give and take affair, then let him play 'lone wolf'."