The REAL road to success?

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I found this illustration a few weeks ago and it really remind me of my life and how I built my business.

Many of my friends now look at me and are amazed that I run a real estate team in two cities, and that I am not stressed about bills, or that I can take a vacation a few times a year. Every single one of these friends also knew me when I could barely afford rent, was a month behind on all my bills and really could not do anything fun at all.

So, what changed?

I learned from failure! That is right LEARNED, I failed at business once and real estate twice before starting in Columbus Ohio. When I was doing real estate in Dayton Ohio, I expected everyone to want a high end customer service type of experience, however for that area it's not what people expect. They want down to the bones basic. The time I failed before that, I expanded to fast and failed to set up a solid foundation of how my team would handle leads and keep in contact with them until they were ready to buy so we would not loose a single client.

I can honestly say, I wasted a lot of money learning what worked and did not. There is no way I could have learned as fast as I did without experiencing it, a book, college I think mistakes would have still been made and I expect to make more though hopefully not as bad.

What was your road to success? Any bumps or even failures along they way you learned from before ultimatley reaching a high level of success?

                                                        Stefan Winter of Winter Group Failure & Success

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Stefan Winter runs a real estate team in Las Vegas called Winter Group at Keller Williams Realty.


Stefan and his business partner Blanca Barajas also own a successful marketing consulting firm, as well as a real estate Podcast & course called Keys To Real Estate Leads. Stefan now spends his time expanding his real estate brand to other cities including Chicago, Columbus, Dayton and in 2016 Dusseldorf, Germany. 


The Keys to Real Estate Leads Podcast (coming Oct. 5th, 2015) will focus on interviewing top agents and real estate professionals on branding, marketing, and becoming mega agents in any market. Keys to Real Estate Leads also offers a course that teaches agents how to dominate and stand out from the crowed in the noisy online world as well as helping agent NOT BUY LEADS! 


The course covers everything from building a professional website, building landing pages, and generating tons of leads from Facebook, Google and other online sources. If you want to succeed, it is a great investment that teaches you how to do every part of online lead generation and does not just keep selling you products.



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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Stefan, thanks for your comments on my blog. And welcome to Activerain- a wonderful place to learn and networking. Any questions about Activerain, just let me know, I will do my best to help.

Through experience, either we learn from others or our owned mistakes.

Feb 15, 2014 09:17 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Stefan, welcome to ActiveRain, and great topic as we stumble around when first entering this career, and glad to hear you are now on the right path.

Like Kwee, let me know if you have any questions.

Feb 16, 2014 09:03 AM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Stefan, what a great Post, very true and inspirational. I agree with you 100% too many people look at things the wrong way hence the do not go to the next step...the road to success is clearly paved with failure along the way, Endre

Feb 20, 2014 10:36 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You have to learn from your mistakes and move reminds me of the Albert Einstein quote:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Welcome to ActiveRain!  I look forward to more posts from you!

Feb 20, 2014 11:12 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

All of us learn from our mistakes. Many of us reach success by finding a niche where we can provide a higher lever of knowledge and service than our competitors. 

Feb 21, 2014 09:54 AM #5
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I think the one on the right definitely sums up most successful people today.

Feb 21, 2014 09:39 PM #6
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