Are Strengths Any Different Than Weaknesses?

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Are Strengths Any Different Than Weaknesses?



     This month, Carol Williams invites us to share our strenghts, weaknesses, and how they affect our business.  When it comes to strengths, I like to think I have a few.  When it comes to weaknesses, I know I have many.  In some (ok, many) cases, my strengths ARE my weaknesses.


     One of my biggest strengths is my combination of tenacity and persistence.  I worked for a sales company in college that had a phrase on the wall:  Persistence Brings Prosperity.  I believe it, practice it, and preach it.  There's not a wall I can't break down, not a job I can't get done, and not a race that can't be won.  Everything's within reach with enough hard work.  That attitude gets me through bad days, keeps me marketing when I don't feel like it, keeps me calling leads when I'd rather be doing other things, and has brought me a lot of success in both business and my personal life.


     Persistence has it's downside too, and it comes in the form of fatigue.  See that picture above to the right?  That's me.  Both the guy standing up (most times), and the guy on his back (when I hit a wall).  Working hard and working long hours can wear on anyone, and it certainly does on me.  I have a pretty long running engine, but when I hit a wall, I hit it hard.  I can work 15 hours days with the best of them, but when I do it too often or for too many days in a row, my battery goes into the negative, and I need time off, and time away from the world.  Thankfully I have an ocean and mountains within an hour of my home, and they're my happy places where I can fill up my batteries to do it all over again.  But when I hit that wall?  Call me worthless for a day or 2.


     Along with working hard, I also have a knack for multitasking - I can take apps, move loans through our process, meet with business partners, keep in touch with past clients, blog, and more -- and outside of work my schedule can be even more crazy between church, meetup activities, sports, Big Brother OC, and trying to maintain relationships with friends and family.  I'm pretty good at bringing it all together, scheduling full days, getting everything done, and getting things done well.


     But along with long hours, a packed social schedule slowly but surely wears the introvert in me down, and that wall smacks me in the face again.  Typically once every couple months I need to get the heck out of dodge, take a couple days off, not talk to anyone, not check my emails, and hang out in the mountains, alongside a river, or by the ocean.  


     My strengths are my weaknesses, and despite the masses screaming from the rooftops about 'balance' and 'moderation', I tend to live, and enjoy living, in the fast lane.  I like being busy, I like working, I love playing, and slowing down for rest isn't really my thing.


     Thankfully, I've got a tremendous team to back me up when I do hit 'the wall', and my recharge period is usually as short as a weekend.  I've also learned to plan pretty regular weekends away so I get to recharge before my batteries expire.  Speaking of which, keep a lookout for some fun pictures from the Channel Islands, which is where I'll be recharging my batteries this weekend.






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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi John,  Your tenacity is a great talent in this business!  I'm so glad you have a team to allow you to get away and recharge!  Thanks for the entry into the Challenge.

May 19, 2017 06:45 AM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

John, I think we might have similarities in the way we approach things, except I'm lousy at getting time off and recharging.  I'm an introvert, so while I do like helping people buy and sell homes, spending extended periods of time with any of them (even ones that are fun to be with) just zaps me.  I'll get home, sit down and just want to put my head on the table rather than moving on to the next thing I need done.  Bill

May 19, 2017 10:42 AM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi John - This post really resonated with me, and I can relate to your comment about being backed up by a strong team - Mary, in my case and vice versa - when that collision with the wall is inevitable. Have a great weekend!

May 19, 2017 12:49 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, I do believe the same thing, our strengths ARE our weaknesses.   Great entry for Carol's challenge.

May 20, 2017 07:20 AM #4
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Great post & I agree with you on strengths becoming weaknesses. Also, some might use your strengths against you. You might be too predictable.

May 20, 2017 09:20 AM #5
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I think it is very true that our strengths can also be our weaknesses.  In the real estate & loan business there are a lot of different facets and that helps us excel but also can hinder us - for example, my attention to detail is excellent for finding the right properties and writing an awesomely accurate contract, but I take half the day to complete a CMA that takes my husband 30 minutes (with the same results).  Also, I noticed you say you are an introvert.  Me too - that's a tough thing to overcome in a people oriented business....hope you can recharge some today.  Have a great Sunday! -Kasey

May 21, 2017 08:51 AM #6
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I applaud this post. It's honest and describes many of us in the business. I fully believe our strengths are also our weaknesses. Balance is the key, and of course SO hard to achieve. Enjoy those breaks when you take them, because we NEED them so desperately.

May 21, 2017 08:56 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Totally agree with you and think this was very well put. 

May 22, 2017 12:48 PM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening John Meussner ,

Have a delightful time in the Channel Islands and congratulations on the well deserved featured post! I totally agree and often our strengths turn into our weakness.... we just need to learn with the pro and cons!! 

May 22, 2017 04:09 PM #9
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

John, me thinks you mastered the art of constructively providing strengths and weaknesses--not an easy thing to do.  

May 22, 2017 04:22 PM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John

Really enjoyed this personal story, but I'm not surprised at reading any of this. Clearly your strengths serve you well. Glad to see you recognize the need to recharge and decompress from time to time, and do so in ways that please you and fulfill your life!


May 22, 2017 05:20 PM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning John, what a great post from your heart. I can relate to it on many levels except the "team" part. I can work twenty days straight, 15hr days but then, I need to get away for a couple of days. Enjoy your time at the Channel Islands!

May 23, 2017 04:54 AM #12
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

John, you have done what many find to be difficult, be honest about yourself.

I am glad you know when to get out of Dodge. A lesson for all of us.


May 23, 2017 05:53 AM #13
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Very good assessment here. Two sides of the same coin - one side a strength and the other a weakness. Very perceptive.

May 23, 2017 08:43 AM #14
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear John,

Very good description of workaholic behavior. I tend in that direction too, but am trying to learn how to have more fun. Say hi to the garibaldi fishes for me. 

May 23, 2017 09:40 AM #15
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Totally agree about our strengths and weaknesses being flip sides of one another and one coin, John. Good traits, carried to an extreme, can turn ugly on us.


May 23, 2017 08:01 PM #16
Realty One Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
Broker Associate & Licensed Architect

I totally agree with this, and I believe our weaknesses are our strength.  

May 24, 2017 06:08 PM #17
Elena Roud
Locations, LLC - Honolulu, HI
Realtor, Russian Speaking - Honolulu Homes

I had to see this reminder today , thank you for catching it so well. I do belive that we intentionally have to take the time off to recharge without feeloing guilty .

 I accept and honor my need for quiet time, I feel like my best self ! 



May 25, 2017 01:21 PM #18
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

I have the same issue.  I have been working consistent 14-16 hour days and have to learn to make time for myself and my family.  It's good to make money, but not at the expense of life.

Jun 21, 2017 02:42 AM #19
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