Not too many people I know wouldn't appreciate a pat on the back now and then, figuratively speaking anyway! In our industry, we may get reviews occasionally, and sometimes we may even ask someone we have gone the second & third mile for to help them get over some hurdles in the process if they mind writing a "recommendation" for us on our website.
Sometimes, unsolicited "reviews" and "recommendations" may be negative, and can be an avenue for some disgruntled client, or former client" to vent their frustrations and take it out on us! Our local newspaper even runs a special insert this time every year where people "vote" on the "Best" among all kinds of businesses..including ours. In looking over the "survey", I needed to vote for businesses I never even heard of, and for types of businesses I never found a need to shop with...so how could I possibly know which one really did the best job in their field? Well, it helps sell more papers I suppose (that edition anyway), strokes some people's egos, and the "winners" tend to buy an advertisement. Like in political races, it's really all about who gets more of their followers to vote for them.
Have you ever sat in your doctor's office and wondered how he or she ranked in their graduating class? ( I wouldn't recommend asking them!) Knowledge comes from studying and learning, experience comes with time, and wisdom in making the right decisions, to Bible believers, comes from God! Do we always "score 100" on the tests of life? Not hardly! Twenty-five percent or more of licensed realtors in our state got out since 2007; That's when I went "full-time". I've never experienced the years when realtors could just "show up". I work very hard though, and so far, I'm still "here". I participate in our local association, serving on committees and chairing two at this time. I strive to attend continuing education classes far more than just enough to keep my license active, and am pursuing designations that I hope are pertinent to reaching my goals. And yes, I pray for wisdom too.
So, hats off to all of you out there trying your best to do things right. Congratulations to my fellow survivors! Here's hoping 2011 is going to bring us some great totals for the year!