I think you have to love giving advice if your career is in real estate. You are not spending your own money. You are advising others on how or where to spend theirs. One thing that you have to do is learn how to give advice and then step back and let the buyer or seller make their own decision. Sometimes it is tough - when a Buyer will clearly be overbuying a home and eating macaroni for the next five years, when the house is in horrible shape and the Sellers cannot or will not do the repairs you have advised them to do.
There will always a time when it is best to only give your best advice and then step away. There will also be times when, despite being requested to do so, the person making the request really does not want your advice. He or she may only want you to say what he or she wants to hear. If you differ, then watch the reaction and adjust.
This week I got a couple of requests to provide advice and assistance. It is an honour to be asked. It was also a big surprise when my advice was actually followed. One person even apologized for not following everything I said to the letter!!! Shock. Okay, it is very rewarding to think that others want to have your advice.
Now my advice to you....
Keep your expectations low on what advice others will follow and you will seldom be disappointed.