Missionary work is just like sales work. The process, the daily routine, and
the training ... it's sales training. So when it comes to business and
sales, those who were once missionaries have all the right tools AND experience
Hugh, I don't think this was done with any scientific evidence. This is
just more of a fluff feel good piece on serving with a huge twist in faith
promotion. It is nothing more nor nothing less. Just telling like it is.
Hogwash! It teaches young men to work hard. To do often what they don't
want to. To have self discipline. To be an entrepreneur, you need to look at
ways of rewriting things. To challenge rules, and why things are done a certain
way. The hard working, self discipline, patience, are all admirable traits, but
not the ones that make risk takers. Entrepreneurship is all about looking at
new ways of doing existing task, or creating net new task. Not something
missionaries are taught to do.It doesn't take away from the
missionary experience, and the strong benefits of that time served. But looking
and working outside the box is not one of them.
At the annual Christmas party for a large southern California company my husband
worked for we had to sit through one of the most disorganized and meandering
talks I have ever heard by one of the top executives. We would begin
to feel hopeful the end was in sight only to realize he was heading off in
another direction. Time froze. It was all we could do to
look more interested than desperate. I remember being struck by the
thought that I had heard much more organized and prepared talks from children in
Primary (the LDS organization for kids ages 3-11) or youth speakers (ages
12-18).I guess this man succeeded in business in spite of never
having the opportunity of learning how to give talks as we do in the LDS
culture, but he sure put a whole crowd through agony - and I'm certain we
were not the only victims of his long winded, wondering speeches. (OK LDS members, no comments about High Council speakers!) :)
I'm not so sure a Mission does anything to improve your vocational
abilities. I walked in the rain and knocked on doors for 2 years that were
never opened. Not once did I ever give a first discussion. But I hung in.
I've been selling most of my life but it didn't have a thing to do
with the Mission experience. I wanted to become a geologist but couldn't
get through the math.