I have been very lucky!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

My friend Toby Davis in Charleston, SC, sent me a story that really hit home - gave me one of those "Ah Ha!" moments. At the same time, it reminded me about what it means to be lucky in real estate or in anything you do in life.

A teacher told his class of pottery students that he would grade half of them on the quantity of pots they produced, and the other half on the quality. In the "Quantity" group, it didn't matter how good or bad their results, only the total weight of pots they created would count. For the "Quality" group, all they had to have at the end of the semester was one perfect pot to get that "A" in the course.

PotterThey set to work. The wheels whirled and the "Quantity" students turned out pot after pot, improving with each creation. On the other side of the room the "Quality" students thought and planned, and agonized every nuance of their creation. The strain of trying for perfection paralyzed many of them so that they ended up with nothing but unused lumps of clay.

The moral? Good work is not perfect work. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he kept picking up that bat and standing at the plate. Not everyone you meet will be a client, and you won't sell every house you list. But if you keep meeting people and talking to prospects, you will find clients and even new friends.

MR with potteryThose of you who know my background can understand why this got to me. I was that ceramic artist and I made lots and lots of pots, tried new techniques, and learned a lot. Boy, did I learn and develop my talent! Some pots were not so good and some were really, really good. Some I even tossed before they got to the kiln. But many are in my home, and many more are decorating other homes and being enjoyed by clients who purchased those pots.

Now I use this same talent in my real estate career.

  • The more people I meet, the luckier I get.
  • The more risk I take the luckier I get.
  • The harder I work the luckier I get.
I have been very “lucky” in this wonderful world of real estate!

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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Margaret, Great post and a wonderful example of how important it is to get up to bat more often.

The more you try the better you get.

Have a great weekend.


Oct 13, 2006 03:23 AM #1
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
That's something all new and all frustrated agents should read...when you're in that dry spell of 'no' clients, keep going to get to the 'yes' ones!  Thanks!
Oct 13, 2006 04:04 AM #2
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

A much needed post, Marge...and very timely...... I subscribe to this idea wholeheartedly.....

The more people you meet and talk to about real estate, the more people you will find that want to use you....



Oct 13, 2006 04:19 AM #3
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Your "Luck" really means to me you have been "Blessed" ..

To have a prospering job that you enjoy as well as a hobby to showcase a talent  (gift) you have.... and it sounds like you have found a way to balance your life...good for you !

Sometimes we can end up lopsided in this field and who wants to burn out with the cycle starting to recover!!!

Oct 13, 2006 05:26 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
Amen to this.  What's the old saying?  "Luck is when opportunity meets preparation".  But nothing happens until someone takes action!    Keep these kind of posts coming.  
Oct 20, 2006 03:51 AM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol, Thank you.

Cheryl, I appreciate your comment.

Michele, Balance is what we are all striving for.

Thanks Alexander

Leigh, 'Yes' is what we are after!

Kristal, Thanks for you wonderful words.

Do you think that almost a year is TOO LATE to respond to comments? Going over old posts... finding that I have missed replying...like this one. Better late than never sure applies here!

Sep 20, 2007 09:59 PM #6
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