How persistent are you?

Home Stager with Academy of Staging and Redesign

I've always believed I could do anything I put my mind to do. I wasn't right all the time, but that was my attitude. So it wearies me when people instantly complain that something can't be done or it is too hard. You don't know unless you try. And even then, maybe you just need to try harder or be more persistent.

Sometimes it's helpful to learn from examples outside our own industry.

I know a young woman who desperately wants to be a rock star. She was booked to play at the South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, TX next week (one of the largest, most prestigious festivals in the nation with over 300,000 attending). Usually you can't get booked anywhere unless you have already a well known band. But 3 weeks ago the booking fell through yet she really wanted to go to perform but also to network with industry professionals.

She started contacting every venue in the vicinity of the festival, asking to perform during their down time between acts or whenever they would let her. Initially she got few responses because venues are already booked or because they never heard of her before. But she was persistent. She followed up her email contact with hundreds of phone calls and she kept the initiative and follow up and kept it up for over a week. It took hours of her time - time she badly needed to rehearse and get a new song ready to perform


Well, her persistance paid off. She is now booked for 9 shows - quite possibly even more shows than any other band in the festival.

You may not get everything you want in life - and you may have to try again and again and again. But if you are dedicated to your success and you hang in there, anything is possible.

The woman is Spankie Valentine. You'll be hearing a whole lot more about her, of that I have no doubt - none whatsoever.


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Rick Thomas
Fort Myers, FL

Awesome story!  A negative attitude leaves you defeated before you even leave the starting gate!  I'll be following this Spankie Valentine!

Mar 10, 2011 06:16 AM #1
Nancy Fraser
Exit Realty Premier - Massapequa Park, NY
Realtor, Massapequa Homes for Sale 516-729-0278

Persistence and being positive always pas off

Mar 10, 2011 06:17 AM #2
Art Hademan
Century 21 Real Estate Center - Mount Vernon, WA


Good message especially during this time and in this current market condition.

If you aren't persistent then you'll get nothing in return.

Follow up and being persistent - two of the many real estate golden rules!

Thanks for the blog.

Mar 10, 2011 06:21 AM #3
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