I had never heard of this movie. No surprise, there are a lot I have not heard of.
Door to door surprisingly enough is about a door to door salesman. Mind you, not your ordinary run of the mill salesman but an extraordinary one.
Door to door is about Bill Porter. Bill lived with his mother in Portland, Oregon. What made Bill an extremely interesting and engaging character was the fact that he was born with cerebral palsy.
Now one would think that would preclude him from even getting a job let alone a door to door sales job.
He applied and interviewed at the Watkins Company and the man who was doing the hiring initial refused him. Bill walked out dejected with his mother standing across the street waiting for him. She gave him that look and he turned around, went back in and proceeded to sell himself and got the job.
Now mind you Bill speech was slurred and he had many physical impediments. He told the man who was hiring to give him the worst route they had. His words were “what do you have to loose.”
For the over 40 years of Bill Porter’s career he was the embodiment of tenacity, keen observation, patience and persistence. He became loved by his customers and he loved them and always wanted the best for them. He built the worst route the company had into a thriving business and eventually became salesman of the year for the company.
He never gave up in the face of adversity. He never quit no matter how negative people were towards him in the beginning. He didn’t let his bodily pain stop him. He loved his job and it showed. He did it day in and day out without complaint. He even worked late into the evening when everyone else had gone home to make that final sale.
On some level I could relate to this story having done door to door sales many years ago. It is tough. Probably one of the toughest jobs one might ever do. I learned how to do it from a friend who was successful at it. I had a young family and it seemed like a good way to support them.
I remember having weeks were I did not sell anything. I continued to go out day by day knowing that I would eventually sell again. But it finally got the best of me. I was not able to handle the rigors of the job and not having a steady income was wearing hard on me so I gave up. I had the talent but not the tenacity, the persistence. The only handicap I had was between my ears.
Hats off to Bill Porter, an inspiration to us all. He proved that anything can be conquered and long as we have the right mental attitude.