"If You Want To Increase Your Success Rate, DOUBLE Your Failure Rate"

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"If You Want To Increase Your Success Rate, DOUBLE Your Failure Rate" a Thomas J. Watson Quote by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe

If you think of yourself as successful, I would guess that you're picturing a version of you that lives in a dream house of your design with little to no financial stresses and surrounded by your loved ones who are all enjoying life together. I can guess that because that's what I think of, along with getting to travel where ever I want, whenever.

That "successful" version of you is a goal, and what keeps you working hard today in the hopes of achieving that tomorrow. It is good to have a clear vision in mind for what you want! But what happens when you're faced with failure in your efforts to success? For me, it can feel like my clear vision gets a little muddled because my failure keeps me from achieving my "successful" self.

In reality though, I'm now a bigger step closer to it! Failure is such a scary word, and it leaves a sour taste in our mouths when it happens. But without it, we would never really know when we have truly reached a point of personal gain or taken the right step in our careers! We must accept our failures, brush the dust off, and keep on moving forward so that we can one day attain the version of ourselves. Or, hopefully, and even better version!

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Michelle C. Carr-Crowe and the Get Results Team (established by the late legendary Silicon Valley super agent Judy Carr) are known as the "Lynbrook and Cupertino Schools Experts." Coaching clients to success is Michelle's passion, making her and her team creative catalysts for positive change in people's lives. She is a Silicon Valley-based multi-million dollar real estate consultant, author, coach and trainer who works by referral only.

Her designations have included: Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Accredited Consultant of Real Estate (ACRE), Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS)Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE),  Property Marketing Expert (PME), Real Estate CyberSpace Specialist (RECS), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

Michelle is an internationally-published freelance writer with over 1,200 traditional articles in print and online, co-author of two books on Silicon Valley-specific real estate as well as over 68,000 blog posts on Blogger, ActiveRain, Examiner, FaceBook, Realtor, Trulia, RealBird and others. She enjoys reading, traveling, animals, nature, family, dancing, staging, consulting, coaching and praying. Check out her blog at www.activerain.com/results or visit her online at www.michellejudycarr.com. For RE$ult$ ... Just Call ... (408) 252-8900.



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Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Or to paraphrase famous hockey star Wayne Gretzsky, "You miss one hundred percent of the goals you never try for."

Jan 18, 2018 08:29 PM #7
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

FYI, Thomas J.Watson, was the chairman and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM). He oversaw the company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1956. My father worked for IBM for 35 years. The current Watson that plays chess against masters is named for IBM's Thomas J. Watson.

Jan 18, 2018 08:38 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hustling the numbers is pretty damn effective in so many ways that it’s not even a question! :)

Jan 18, 2018 10:06 PM #9
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

If we never fail at anything, we aren't trying anything new. Yawn. That won't get us anywhere.

Jan 19, 2018 02:58 AM #10
Keji Ogunleye
Fairfax Realty, Inc - Greenbelt, MD
GRI, SFR, KejiYour Realtor

Every no is closer to a yes.

Jan 19, 2018 03:47 AM #11
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great point.  this is similar to the idea behind many of the sports giants, such as Babe Ruth.  While he held the record for years on number of homeruns, he was also the leader in strike outs.  You gotta try...and learn...and adapt.  that's how you win.

Jan 19, 2018 04:43 AM #12
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Failure can knock the wind out of you - but if you get up and hit back, and hit back, and hit back, success will come. 

Great post!

Jan 19, 2018 06:21 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michelle

I like to think of them as lessons learned...the word failure is so negative. BUt your point and this quote is right on target!

Have a great weekend.


Jan 19, 2018 07:22 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It can take a whole lot of failure before you reach success. It's the ones who keep moving forward (having learned from their mistakes) that achieve that success!

Jan 19, 2018 07:44 AM #15
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Failure is a good teacher!  YOu have to be open to it and not beat yourself up when you stumble.  Builds character!

Jan 19, 2018 11:43 AM #16
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

The no's we get build character and I have enough character now. You are correct though, to succeed you have to fail along the way.

Jan 19, 2018 12:48 PM #17
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

A No is not a failure.   A No is an opportunity.

I made this quote back in the early 1990's:  "If you don't ask the question that answer is already No!"

"Never assume the answer is No...if you ask, sometimes they will say Yes!"  

I believe the same is true with Failures. Failures are an opportunity to learn. To learn why you were not successful, why you did not attain success. 

Another one of my old quotes:

"If I had quite after the first time I ever failed...I would never have learned how to walk."

"Never give up on No's...sometimes they realize they should have said Yes and are waiting for you to ask again!!"


Jan 19, 2018 02:29 PM #18
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

if this is our turn....carpe diem. We wont be back this way again

Jan 19, 2018 03:47 PM #19
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I think it was Tom Hopkins who advised us to welcome every "NO" because it brought us that much closer to a "YES!"

Jan 19, 2018 04:40 PM #20
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Every person will fail, get "NO" as a response.

What is important is what did we learn from that experience and what action will it produce.

Thomas Edison pushed past more failures than most people would endure, yet he kept going until he reached success.

I find inspiration in those who do not quite because of a failure.

Jan 19, 2018 04:58 PM #21
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
Lending With Competence And Character

Hall of Famers fail 60% of the time. The best golfers in the world are the best because of how they recover from their failures. I think you learn more from your failures than your successes. 

Jan 19, 2018 06:12 PM #22
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Michelle, Failure is a given in life. No gets through life without it.  When we embrace the "failure" we learn from it. That makes us stronger and better prepared for impending success.  

Jan 20, 2018 10:37 AM #23
Nancy Pav
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA
Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor

I read a book last year called "go for no".  In essence, it said we all stop when we get to the number of yeses we are shooting for in a week, or month etc.  This one said to shoot for nos.  We all know that with every no, we are one step closer to a yes.  

So, go out and get those nos!!

Jan 20, 2018 01:07 PM #24
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true.  We'll never succeed if we don't attempt and fail.  Great post!

Jan 20, 2018 05:38 PM #25
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Thanks for your timely thoughts. I received some bad business news yesterday. Thank God there's a lot in the works!

Feb 17, 2018 08:47 AM #26
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