I hate dealing with idiots!

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Real Estate Agent with Florida Future Realty, Inc. BK3071625

Cape Coral SunsetI cannot believe what that idiot did today!

Sound familiar? Do you constantly end up dealing with ‘Idiots’ in your real estate business? They don’t know what they are doing. They clearly haven’t read the new laws! They don’t even write up a contract correctly! Sheesh, we should all ‘Raise the Bar’!

It is funny that I am writing this. I have definitely had my moments dealing with ‘idiots’. Yep, I said it. But you know what? Looking back I clearly could have handled the situation differently, better even. Instead of allowing the initial frustrating thought to take over I should have stepped back and realized that EVERYONE makes mistakes.

We all have our moments of saying or writing something ‘stupid’. We have all messed up some document before. We have all misspelled something in our day! We have all done something completely incorrect.

But you say, “I take responsibility for my actions”. Or even “No, I don’t make mistakes”. You are crazy if you think you haven’t made mistakes. We all do! Great, you take responsibility for your negative actions but you don’t think others do? Well maybe you could respond with kindness and actually HELP them out instead of ranting about what they do.

For instance, in this current market we are dealing with a LOT of bank owned properties, short sales and investors. Some of the real estate professionals around here have been handling short sales and/or bank owneds for years. Others are just now starting to take these kind of listings. It appears that the ones who have been handling it for longer are (from the newbies mindset): Rude, non-responsive, even unprofessional
While they are: so much more professional. They would of course answer their phone and most certainly return all phone calls promptly, take more photos of the house, be nicer to agents who ‘are trying to sell this house for the listing agent’!

Funny thing is though on the flip side of the coin these listing agents are “tired of all the stupid questions”, “exhausted with the low ball offers”, “too busy to explain to every buyer’s agent how to write up an offer properly”, “knowing the property is priced so low it will sell fast & don’t need to take 10 photos of it - it is a foreclosure after all’.

Sound familiar? See the problem? Everyone is too worried about everyone else and not worried enough about themselves. We all need to focus more on our own professionalism, our own friendliness, kindness and ethics. We will never force someone else to be something they are not but being rude to them will not help - in fact that will make it worse! (i.e. viscous cycle)

Next time you are thinking about ‘ranting’ about some ‘idiot’ agent/any other person rethink it. Think about being kind and doing something way more productive with your time! Like maybe ‘helping’ someone out!

And please, don’t convey your opinion to the public or your customers. It will only make you look like the loser. People want to be around happy, kind people - not jerks.

So leave your negative attitude, huge ego and BS at home and come out and be positive, have fun, be professional and be more successful!

No one is perfect but we can all make a better effort to be ‘better’. And ‘better’ is not telling someone else how to do their job. It is being better at your own!

My 2 cent rant for the day ;)

Make it a GREAT one!!!!! And wouldn’t you rather be HAPPY than RIGHT?

(and the photo is there to help you RELAX :))





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Lori Bowers
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We learned several years ago form a Tom ferry Seminar to only attract perfect clients. We tell the clients this upfront. Most of them that aren't perfect leave us promptly. Sure makes like good.

Jul 21, 2010 05:50 AM #1
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Shelley Rowton
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Great reminder that some days, we might be the 'idiot'!  All we can do is try our best not to be, and deal kindly with those that aren't so successful in that endeavor!

Jul 21, 2010 05:53 AM #2
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Jul 21, 2010 07:57 AM #3
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Bryant Tutas
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Susan. I am a very even tempered person. It takes a lot to get me riled up. But I have to say it is real difficult in this current market staying kind. Thanks for the reminder.

Love the video. Very peaceful.

Jul 21, 2010 11:40 AM #4
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Stephanie Davis
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Thanks Susan! Such a smart approach.

Jul 23, 2010 02:39 AM #5
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Jay Lloyd
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Hi Susan, Thanks for the insightful post. The video really captures your kind nature. I don't think negative talking or thinking is beneficial to anybody. jay

Jul 23, 2010 04:12 AM #6
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I agree.

Sometimes I am torn in how to handle a difficult situation that came about due to someone's lack of thought.. that's the reason that I like to think them through.

It helps me if I stop and think about what I'm trying to accomplish in the long run.

Aug 28, 2010 10:15 AM #7
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Russell Hensel
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Great post...thanks. Its nice to know there are still nice people left in the world. Our economic times are at a place where tensions can build as well as stress. But maybe instead of getting mad about those days off...take a bike ride to the park with your family. Most of the best things in life are free...just have to take the time to enjoy them!
Nov 20, 2010 03:07 AM #8
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