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Are you driven to be #1?

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Are you driven to be #1? - Another question from my coach.

It is a simple question - but once again not to me.

At the end of our conversation, I was wondering if sales is even for me. The conversation with my coach questioned my personality fit with the job.

I am not driven to be #1. I don't care about competition in sales. I will not participate in the office pressure to sell more. I will not push people into situations to meet my sales quota. I will not cheat or lie to achieve company goals. I will not compromise my integrity and personal ethics just to be #1. I will not jeopardize my marriage and relationships with others in the process of becoming #1.

Oh, most importantly, I do not compare or measure myself to others.

So no matter what my answer is, it wasn't what the coach expected, as it is once again getting into the motivation of doing the daily grind to sell more.

Are you driven to be #1? What does it mean to you to be #1?

Posted by

Maria Gerlinger, MBA

Broker Salesperson


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Email: maria@gerlingers.com

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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

LOVE this question and your comments, Maria! I've often been driven to be the best, but never #1 (well, unless you mean AR points for my city - that's different  ).

Seriously, someone once said to me, "You could knock Jane Doe out of the water." (Jane Doe being a driving force in local real estate.) I thought about that a lot, and there was nothing in me that ever considered that to be a goal. I don't want that, I've never wanted that, and I love that you recognize who you are.

May 02, 2016 10:47 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I was never driven to be the #1 agent in town but I was driven to be #1 on Google, which I did accomplish.  I think we all set priorities, based on balancing family and work.

I love the game of golf and a decent player.  I remember being told by one of my friends that I could be a single digit handicapper if I would just practice.  I told her I didn't want to practice.  I wanted to play with my friends when I have time to play.   So, I sacrifice more skill for a social life.  It works for me.  

Great subject to ponder.

May 03, 2016 03:03 AM