Choke On It Or Gum It...Why Bite Off More Than You Can Chew??

Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

This morning I read a post by Conrad Allen titled “success is biting off more than you can chew…and then chewing it” and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic.  Most who bite off more than they can chew will “choke on it.”  I don’t think it’s reasonable to think that anyone is capable of biting off more than they can chew and doing it successfully.

Reaching a maximum level is realistic, and we each have that level.  We each know when we have reached that peak; the point where we feel we cannot accomplish another new task and do it properly. 

It’s at that point when we need to stop and make major changes to the way we do business.  We need to work smarter rather than harder.  Analyzing our day to day routine; improving our methods of marketing; and delegating basic duties to others to prevent us from wasting time on trivial matters. 

When one thinks about every task that we perform during the day, the only task that the agent must have full control over is the task of listing property.  Everything else can be done by a licensed or unlicensed assistant.

No one ever needs to bite off more than he/she can chew, if that person learns to work smarter.  Working smarter is not working harder.  It’s eliminating from your day tasks that others can do.  Learn to delegate, and you’ll make more money with much less effort. 

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Barbara Todaro, sales manager of RE/MAX Executive Realty 

308 W. Central St...suite E

Franklin, MA 02038



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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Morning Barbara, very well said, I have to agree that most people who try to bite off more than they can chew soon get overwelmed which leads to failure. Slow and steady wins the race.  Have a great Tuesday

Jul 10, 2012 06:26 AM #1
Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

You are so right Barbara...i hope i reach that maximum point someday...i would love to be a listing machine!

Jul 10, 2012 06:28 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes" always leads to failure..... not a question about it...

Ginny..... you takes time to reach that point..... Lorraine just lists and I do the marketing.... someone else does the agreements.... she will eventually be a listing machine....

Jul 10, 2012 06:35 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate 818.516.4393 Cell

Good morning, Barbara -- it's the most organized and efficient people who are the most successful --- a place and a person for every task.  This business can be overwhelming without the proper systems in place.

Jul 10, 2012 06:41 AM #4
Sue Ellett
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group - Marble Falls, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

So true - know your limitations and when to say "when".   It's a lot easier to say "yes" than "no", but sometimes you just have to!

Jul 10, 2012 06:41 AM #5
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good advice. I mentioned you in my post today.

Jul 10, 2012 06:43 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Michael.... you are sooo right.... systems are essential and everyone needs to have a function so the agent can do what agents do to make money....list property!!!

Sue....yes, sometimes you do have to....

Gita....thanks....hope it was something nice and not how I screw up.... :(

Jul 10, 2012 06:54 AM #7
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties Realty - Pineville, LA
Your Pineville Louisiana Agent

Delegate carefully though. That 7 buck an hour assistant may cause more problems than they solve.

Jul 10, 2012 09:14 AM #8
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Hi Barbara.

Many times in the past I forwarded jobs to the others in the industry...

Jul 10, 2012 10:06 AM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes" get what you pay for....

Jul 10, 2012 10:14 AM #10
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Joshua.... yes, referrals are a good way to keep things flowing....

Jul 10, 2012 10:15 AM #11
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