Practicing real estate is usually a team effort between real estate agents, consumers, closing professionals, brokers, and a myriad of other people involved for inspections and closing services. Do you ever feel alone in your practice? Some days it seems as if you are the only one swimming in your direction, while everyone else is going opposite of you.
The practice of real estate can sometimes be challenging, and just when you need help, it seems as if everyone has left the building. Do you ever feel alone in the challenges of practicing real estate? It shouldn’t be that way, but try as we might, there may be days when we feel totally alone in this career! Support at home is crucial and without it, you are 100% on your own. There may be days when you absolutely have no back-up in domestic issues. That’s when you probably need to step back, breathe in, breathe out, move on (Jimmy Buffet). Sometimes it’s better to put today’s business on the back burner until tomorrow or until you do have some back-up.
Do you ever feel alone when you’re sitting at the desk, waiting for the phone to ring? I’ve always considered floor time as opportunity time, but there were days when I couldn’t wait for my floor time to end! It was so boring, and I could not muster the energy to make the time worthwhile. Now, this didn’t happen very often. Normally, floor time was beneficial. If I wasn’t getting walk-ins or phone calls, it gave me an opportunity to contact my sellers for their weekly update, or for me to reconnect with prospects or even a chance to sharpen my skills with some courses. My broker taught me from the beginning to challenge myself every day, to be 100% connected to my Daytimer, and to block off time for much-needed rest or family time.
Practicing real estate is the greatest career in the world, especially if you love people, enjoy challenges, and love motivating yourself. I rarely felt alone, but I will admit that occasionally I did. When those occasions came along, I did the only thing I knew how to do. I surrounded myself with people, but not ordinary people. I surrounded myself with winners, real estate agents I looked up to and could learn from. I realized early in my real estate career that if I, in fact, was alone, I need not be lonely.
When you start your real estate career, you meet lots of people. Get to know some of them. The people you meet early on will be there 5, 10, 20 years down the road when you are recognized as a seasoned successful pro. You never need to feel alone in this industry. We are all here to help, and if you find one of the very few who won’t help, put that person on your “To Do” list and later in your career, be there for them when they feel alone.