Love this from the NYT interview with Cristóbal Conde, president and C.E.O. of SunGard
Q. What’s your best career advice for young people?
A. My advice to young people is always, along the way, have a sales job. You could be selling sweaters. You could be selling ice cream on the street. It doesn’t matter. Selling something to somebody who doesn’t want to buy it is a lifelong skill. I can tell when somebody comes in for an interview and they’ve never had any responsibility for sales.
Here is the rest of the interview