I have been in sales for over 20 years and in that time I have been both employee and self-employed. Last few years I focused on phone sales because you aren’t waiting for the client to walk in the door you call him. This allows me to have some control over my goals and ultimately my pay. But I went too far.

In one company I worked for there were so many leads and so little workforce I saw an opportunity to make more sales. I was working fifteen hour days with almost no breaks and I didn’t even scratch the surface. After two months my voice started to drop in the middle of calls. Not only that I started to have a hard time breathing. One day I was home alone and I felt that I couldn’t breathe and found myself on the floor. This was the first and so far the only time I lost consciousness.

After talking to my doctor I decided to take it down a notch. I still work hard but I don’t over do it. Why am I telling you this? I hope you will learn from my mistake and take better care of yourself.