Coming Up With a Clear Vision for Your Future
Recently I took up mentoring new agents in our formal mentor program at Long & Foster's Gainesville office. My decision to leave mentoring was based on a lack of time and dwindling patience. Having a mother with Alzheimer's can do that when you are also juggling running your own real estate business. Having a bad outcome with a mentee can make you not want to return.
After mentoring one mentee, Edith, for two years, she refused to honor the compensation part of the program, which would have been paying me a referral fee on the transaction. In retrospect, I should have seen that nastiness coming with Edith. She was a mess of negative energy from the start and seemed averse to doing anything to make her real estate career take off. I suppose Edith thought the universe owed her a living. Not happening. You have to work your tail off in this business to get anywhere.
Yesterday, I met with a brand spanking new agent to our Long & Foster Gainesville office, named Danielle. Danielle is bright, energetic and easy to be around. We chatted about what she expected out of her real estate career and how she wanted to move it forward. Ultimately, we were trying to determine if we were a match for each other.
Danielle's challenge is going to be her full-time job. It won't leave a whole lot of time for her to do real estate, but we talked about strategy to get it done. Anything can be done if you are motivated enough. Well, it was easy to tell Danielle was motivated to make real estate work. She told me she put a copy of her letter of resignation from her full-time job on her vision board. This girl is the total opposite of Edith.
It's a pleasure to be stepping back into the mentor program and find myself inspired by the mentees I'm taking under my wing. They are teaching me new ways of thinking and inspiring me to achieve even more in this business. They add as much to my life as they are gaining from my working knowledge of this industry.