True niche confession: I only lasted one year in the corporate world. After 12 long months of working for a big magazine publisher, my boss very diplomatically said, “I don’t think a structured corporate environment is really the right place for you.”
I was confused and asked if he was firing me. He said well, not really, but it would be a good idea if I started looking for another job!
So I ended up starting my own publishing company at 26 years old. What were perceived as my weaknesses in the corporate world, such as not following proper procedures, or coming up with my own solutions to roadblocks (and other corporate infractions) have served me quite well as an entrepreneur and in my ad sales career.
Here’s an example of a common ad sales hurdle and how to overcome it, Poobah-style: