Are you Successful, or Cynical?

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster - Rocky Mount

A loaded question, don't you think? As a Broker/Owner of a real estate firm in Southwest Virginia, my journey has been quite interesting. I have met many, many people along the way. As a 32-year old wife & mother of 3, my career has developed into a 'lifestyle change'. Yes, you read that correctly! Fairly often people ask me, 'how in the world do you juggle your business with your family?' Well, here it is: it's simple, real estate is a lifestyle change. It is not a 9am-5pm job by no means! If you think it is, you could not be more wrong. This job is very tough! It is quite rewarding in many ways IF (and only IF) you are willing to put in the hours and work for it! As with any profession, your success is based on what YOU are willing & able to contribute to it. I was not selling real estate during the "Boom" years around 2003, so I can honestly say that I have worked for the business that I have gained over the last several years.  And I am happy about that. It gives me a different sense of accomplishment! As a leader in many areas of this industry and in the community, nothing gets under my skin more than someone that feels that life should just be easier for them. you think the rest of us just sit back and wait for business just to fall in our lap? GROW UP! Think about it for a few minutes, the Agents/Brokers that are producing in a tough market are those that set goals for themselves. We get up in the morning and begin our day by asking ourselves questions such as:

What house am I going to sell today?

How can I better my advertising today?

Who's business can I target today?

Which one of my strategic business partners should I reach out to today?

We are ALWAYS thinking of new ways to improve, as well as asking for constructive criticism from colleagues. If you take the time to ask those around you what you can do to improve, you may be surprised at how much that will help you grow your business. The world is a cynical place. Let's not allow your real estate business to be that way also! Our industry needs more of those who can work together and accomplish more together! There is more than enough business to go around, so please....use your head, be creative, be positive, grow your business and try to decrease your cynicism! Only YOU have the power to be all that you can the end of the day, you will be much happier with your business endeavors.

Comments (5)

Gayle Beyer
Welcome Center Realty 772-336-8583, FLA777 - Port St Lucie, FL
Port St Lucie FL Real Estate Broker

You truly get out what you put in. This is not for the weak hearted but it does allow for some flexibility (client permitting that is). Love the positivity. I do thinhk everyday... what sale an I going to put on the board?

Nov 02, 2011 06:03 AM
Rich Gaasenbeek
IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM - Toronto, ON
Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!

Angie, I like your positive outlook! The right mindset and perspective is key to enjoying what you do, and being successful, like you mentioned, but I also would like to add that it's important to have certain systems in place. For example, a real estate CRM. This allows Realtors to ensure they're keeping in touch with clients throughout their lifetime, and organaizing their contacts, communication history, and Active Business properly.

Nov 02, 2011 07:28 AM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I'm not sure, after reading your post, where the CYNICAL part comes in. I was going to answer that I'm BOTH successful AND cynical. Cynical and negative don't necessarily mean the same thing.

Nov 02, 2011 08:31 AM
Long & Foster - Rocky Mount - Rocky Mount, VA
Broker Associate, REALTOR

Interesting opinion Leslie! My post relates more to the growth of business and that if people would decrease their cynicism, and make changes that start within themselves then the growth of their business would increase.

Nov 02, 2011 08:45 AM
Long & Foster - Rocky Mount - Rocky Mount, VA
Broker Associate, REALTOR

As well as encouragement to view the glass as half full, rather than half empty! :)

Nov 02, 2011 08:47 AM