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?