How exciting it is watching the Olympics this year! It’s fantastic to see people breaking into gold, racial barriers being broken, and swimmers churning up the water in ways unseen before.
I always wonder how these athletes do what they do. Who saw the spark in them at the beginning? Was it always in their own heart to accomplish this? Who kept them going when they got discouraged? What techniques ensure that they’ll deliver their best?
Katie Ledecky’s swim for gold tonight in the 800 meter left me in awe… and looking up her coach, Bruce Gemmell, who just happens to be from Delaware. It’s here he swam as a kid, here he competed and learned, here he returned to coach.
In his bio, I found this:
Bruce Gemmell’s Five Pillars of Coaching:
1. Hard work works
2. Patience is a necessity
3. Beauty of knowing more gets great results
4. Be in it for the athlete
5. Always be prepared to learn
Pretty simple pillars and they apply to pretty much any goal, I think.
Apply them to our industry:
1. Hard work works. Yes, you need to work smart, but you DO have to work.
2. Patience is a necessity. Patience in negotiation, patience in listening, patience in walking through the steps of a transaction.
3. Beauty of knowing more gets great results. Knowledge of the industry, of the tools, of your market, of the documents… I could go on. And conveying that knowledge to your clients is what helps to ensure your success.
4. Be in it for the athlete. Be in it for your clients. Be in it for your industry. Be in it for your future.
5. Always be prepared to learn. A REALTOR® who I respected from the first day I met him reassured me one day when I told him that I felt intimidated by all of the more experienced REALTORS® on our committee. “Monica, don’t ever be intimidated. Every day is the first day in this business. There’s always something more to learn.”
Not sure who you’re rooting for tonight, but for me, it’s whoever gives it their all. #GoTeamUSA