Times like these can be very challenging for people in our industry and I admit it has been for me.
Last night I was taking a break between appointments and diving into prep for an upcoming listing and men's figure skating was on the TV. First up was a little guy from France, only 19 years and he had this air of focus and confidence about him. The TV announcers then told a little of his personal story, how he'd been left in the streets of some town in Brazil as a baby and later adopted by a French family & raised in France.
He gave one hell of a performance but wound up not placing. But "WOW," he still an Olympian!!
I love the Oympics, everything about them and I've particularly noticed this year (maybe they've don it in previous years & I was clueless) that there are a lot of stories about the challenges, injuries and hardships that many, many of these athletes endure year after year after year JUST for the chance of competing winning in the Olympics. They can't all be up on the podium though and the vast majority will NOT win a medal...............and they know it!
There are other stories, too...about some athletes who've had injuries so severe that they almost give up and quite trying for that medal. Some athletes scrape and scrape to do everything they can to get to the Olympics while some others are already millionaires with corporate sponsorship.
And then there's the Georgian luger who was killed the day of the opening ceremonies....AND HIS TEAM CARRIED ON FOR HIM.
If they can persevere, so can we.
But there is blind perseverance and smart perseverance. Blind perseverance is when we stick to our old, innefficient practices and strategies. Smart perseverance is taking a look at what isn't efficient in our business and learning or teaching ourselves something different or doing something smarter & maybe easier and then STICKING TO IT.
Sticking to it - perseverance - is the key, the buzz word, the mantra!
I wonder if Yogi Berra ever said anything about Perseverance?
So, why do I love the Olympics? Because it helps me put my own challenges into perspective. Because they remind me that great things are possible & that thousands, if not millions, of ordinary everyday people are out there who've had it rough, turned it around, got a smarter mindset and then stuck to it.
There are good people all around us who have persevered, come out stronger, conquered their dragons (or an unrealistic seller or few) and who have WON!!!
You can too!
So are you going to challenge yourself to be a real estate Olympian?
Think about that over the next few days as we continue to hear stories of perseverance and greatness coming from the throng of Olympians out there in Vancouver!