Lived Through This

Being a Telemarketer Saved My Life

Cold-calling 800 people a day gives you a rare window into human nature

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It’s 6:00 a.m. and you’re eating breakfast. Your phone emits a sudden, cruel cacophony and begins dancing across your kitchen table. When you grab the phone to see who’s calling, you don’t recognize the number. You hesitate.