Get Your Foot in the Door

        Get Your Foot in the Door

Get your foot in the door in our present day society suggests that one should at least take up any entry level position in an organization and then work oneself up until one gets the position one so desires or is qualified for.  Get your foot in the door seems to have gotten its origin in the previous century which sounds a long time ago.  But if you remember or read about the days before the internet and in many cases the telephone, when commerce was taking shape in the industrial world, people had to do business going from door to door. 

 

Many merchants as they walked about selling their products, and so that they continue their pitch to home owners would keep one foot in the doorway to avoid having the door being closed before they’re done in the hopes of getting a sale.  Political canvassers have also used this technique in the past. 

 

So when you use the phrase “get your foot in the door” just remember how it may have gotten its origin.