Each one of us, no matter our age, has been here long enough to have experienced a time in life when things aren’t right. Practicing real estate, like teaching real estate, can be a roller coaster from month to month. Emotions can run rampant if goals aren’t met, worry can set in, frustrations can mount. So, what is a person to do when things aren’t right?
Some of us hide within ourselves while we put on the emotional face the world expects of us. We smile, laugh at anecdotes, carry on lively conversations, and then we go home exhausted from all the pretenses of the day and kind of melt into ourselves. Others react differently when things aren’t right. They enlarge their resolve, they become warriors, they don’t let themselves get down, and they operate despite the conflicts around them.
However you react when things aren’t right depends on your make-up, how you were raised, what you truly believe about yourself, and if you listen to other’s assessments of you and/or your situation. Sometimes we wish we could be the other person and react the way they do, but we are who we are and it is what it is. So, regardless of how we react, when things aren’t right, we must find a way to steer them back into order.
In the practice of real estate, we have a choice to make. We can either allow the circumstances to stay the same or we can change them. In life, it’s pretty much the same deal. We cannot afford to let other people’s actions affect us so badly that we cease to function properly. We’ve all heard them: “Sellers are yellers and buyers are liars.” “Real estate would be an easy career choice if we didn’t have to deal with people.” And then there are the uplifting ones to ease our disappointments: “High expectations lead to higher disappointments.” “One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” “When life gives you lemons, just make lemonade.”
When things aren’t right in our career, we must fix it quickly. We cannot focus when our minds are on disappointments. When we are teaching at TEAM Hughes Real Estate School, we normally can quickly assess certain students’ needs. Some come into our classroom with lots of burdens, and some fail because they cannot commit to the course. We help them by caring about them, we commiserate when they share their disappointments, and most importantly, we try very hard to motivate them, to help them focus on the goal just ahead of them, and we encourage and counsel them to understand that no matter what our situation is today, the goal of getting a real estate license is for their tomorrow.
So, when things aren’t right for you, keep your head up, look forward, and use the disappointment as a springboard to your next success. Contact TEAM Hughes if we can help in any way at all. We love to serve people.