In one of Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", he mentions Sharpening The Saw. This is about renewal of oneself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. In today's more difficult real estate times, agents, Stagers, and industry workers can sharpen their saws during slower times. For consumers, note those who continually improve themselves despite some leaner times. Sharpening a saw could be like:
Targeting their business - finding a niche, finding their best customers.
Creating systems - becoming a more efficient professional with automation making the most of their time.
Excellent contact - always in touch with contact data base using marketing tools.
Polished networking - a wide web of social contact which keeps their name out there in many organizations creating relationships.
Today's times can be challenging for the professional. But that's why they call them PROFESSIONAL. If you are one, maintain the highest of standards. If you're hiring one, look for these GREAT qualities.