My Broker Sucks! - Part 3 of 3
As I last left off, my broker MADE me clean-up my home office. (Yes, I had NO choice in the matter. She made me do it!!!). And she'd suggested that it was a reflection of my life. Humph! Now, to be perfectly honest, I do have some chaos in my life. I'm not complaining here, just being honest about what's happening in my 'other' world.
My wife and I are currently sharing our home with my two adult sons. One is in college and the other has been unemployed for two months. As a parent, we help where we can, right? Okay, so that's a bit of the challenge. My wife and I both work from home offices. The boys are in and out. I went through my late summer medical challenges. So, life around here is .... in a word ~ chaotic! Similar to what my office was.
Hmmmm..... the garage is 1/2 full of the boys stuff, and our stuff..... my wife and I are planning a garage sale between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This is a long way around to the reflection I have been doing between reading and journaling, cleaning up the office, looking at our lives with adult family in the home, etc. And I have come to the conclusion that (oh my goodness, do I really dare admit this) MY BROKER WAS RIGHT! The office was a reflection of what was going on in my life.
Since cleaning things up, some interesting things have occurred. First and foremost, my energy and focus have been much clearer. I have one contract that has closed and a buyer that I have been working with for a few months has made an offer and had it accepted on another property. This is significant if that we've made two previous offers that weren't accepted. My buyer is ecstatic. While we will not close before Thanksgiving as we'd originally hoped when started looking, we have a window to do so before Christmas.
So why does this make MY BROKER SUCK? BECAUSE SHE WAS right! Oh I hate it when other people are right and I'm not RIGHT! Everyone understands that, right? NOT being right is er .... well .... sort of like being .... WRONG! Gasp, horrors! Not, it's not simply a male ego thing..... it's just this weird ATTITUDE that I have. I'm working on it, and reading, journaling, getting coached on business practices, and sharing life experiences is honestly, very, very helpful. But to have to admit (mostly to myself) that other people have great ideas and that I was NOT right, especially when it comes from my BROKER, well, I make it a challenge in my own mind! HOW CRAZY IS THAT?
To wrap this up, I must honestly say that my broker is not only a great coach, she's a terrific person and a friend. While she has challenged me to do the right stuff, coached me on the things to do to build a successful business, network with the right groups, grow by serving others in the real estate community and develop good business habits, I have always had the CHOICE of doing things or not. This has been a challenging time over the last couple of years for everyone in this business. Yet, with vision and optimism, we are creating long lasting relationships with our community. The one other comment about my broker I'd like to close with is this. We like to say around here, that "IF YOU'RE NOT HAVING FUN, YOU'RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT!" So it's not about right or wrong, it's about being joyful and having FUN! So, I CANNOT honestly say anymore MY BROKER SUCKS!