What Religion is Best for Sales Success?

Last Updated Sep 16, 2009 9:02 AM EDT

Frequent Sales Machine commenter IanP recently posted a comment about the impact of religion on sales success. His experience was that Catholics sometimes have problems with sales success because they've been taught to believe that the physical world is evil. He also observed that some Muslims "lacked ambition" because they believed that "Allah will provide."

Of course, it's easy to find exceptions to those observations, but there's no question that general culture (which certainly includes religion) influences the way people approach the conducting of business. I've noticed, for example, that Asian cultures seem to lack the "sales reps are either flakes or crooks" attitude that's pervasive in U.S. popular culture.

I've also noticed a very high correlation between evangelical Christianity and multi-level marketing (MLM). This may be only because both use the same recruitment methodology and thus appeal to the same types of people. But it might also be because evangelical Christianity lacks the "money is the root of all evil" emphasis that's threaded throughout the doctrine of more traditional Christian sects.

Anyway, I'm curious what you guy think about this, so here's a poll: