Odd, I find myself doing the same thing now. Selling myself door to door. Right off the bat, you have to get used to some rejection. If we get really fortunate, perhaps 40 per cent of people will vote this time around, That means, for at least half the front porches , I am a complete waste of time and effort.
I get it. A lot of people are disillusioned about the process...either because of the time it takes to get anything done, or because of their perception of most political candidates as self serving, and uninterested in what the public thinks....
Sadly most of that isn't true, at least not in the beginning.
I come from a business...broadcasting, where ego is always part of the equation. It's not that you want everyone to like you. I would tell young broadcasters you can't make everyone happy. It usually doesn't work out well trying to do that. Be yourself, and it's not hard to remember how to act every day. The worst situation for any broadcaster is to be...well...nothing, To have no persona, or values, or character people can relate to is the beginning of the end.
I have lived a public sort of life for a long time, and whether it was on the air, or in print, I made every effort to be real, and give my honest reaction.
When I come to your door, you will get more of the same. We might disagree on some things. But I'll always be willing to hear your part of the discussion. That, to me, is the biggest part of the job