The picture isn't of a salesman, it's of a shyster. I know it can be easy to confuse the two.
I'm a salesman by trade. But more importantly a salesman in life. Always have been, probably always will be. Working with the public since I was 15 taught me alot. One important lesson I learned is, almost everything is a sale. Getting someone to buy the creme brulee dessert is a sale. Convincing your spouse to let you go golfing is a sale. Life is a sale.
Sales isn't a dirty word. It's actually a word that describes opportunity. Sales just means I have what you want or need. You also have what I want or need. We agree on a transaction that ends up with both of us having what we want or need. Sweet!!
Most sales don't even involve money.
How is that bad?
A mutual opportunity that benefited both parties. Sounds good to me.
So, the next time you need to offer your wares (a crown, veneers, or whitening)....take pride in knowing they wouldn't buy it if they didn't want or need it.