Ask An Ambassador: Fall Down, Get Back Up

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This weekend we had family visiting from Maryland and our 13 year old nephew wanted to go to an area skatepark Sunday afternoon, so off we went to Middletown's Baker Bowl.

The skatepark was fairly large and had a handful of skateboarders, mostly looking to be in their early 20s and each was working on their skills.  Now depending on your viewpoint of Life, you could pick one of the following two quotes and skate with it:

  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results
  • Practice makes perfect

Now some of those guys fell down.  A LOT.  I watched one guy try to grind a low rail over and over...and over...and over.  Each time the skateboard either hooked the rail and off the guy went, or he didn't get enough speed to make it to the end of the rail, and again, off he went.  Or he'd shoot off the end of the rail but not stick the landing.  But finally he nailed one.  Slid down the rail, off the end, kept his balance and landed the trick.

So was he insane?  Or practicing until perfect?

The key to success is knowing which of the two quotes applies to you and your situation.

Is it possible to improve with practice? 

I know my blogging today is significantly different than my first blog posts back in 2010.  Looking back at them I'd say I fell down quite a bit.  I wrote things that wouldn't help my business.  I didn't have a purpose, just writing to write.  Chasing points.  I didn't know where to find photos that I could use to spiff up my posts.  I wasn't up on the fundamentals.  How do I add a link in my post?  How do I change this?  that?

So either I was nuts or I was practicing, but over time the basics started to click thanks to the help from the ActiveRain community.  Posts started to have more purpose.  A patio home niche developed.  I got to know builder's reps.  I learned where to find the communities.  How to create custom Google maps.  Eventually I knew enough to gut a Wordpress site, set up a new theme, upgrade my IDX provider and start creating search pages that would get results.

I'm still practicing.  Regularly someone in this community comes along with a new "you really need to do THIS".  Sometimes I agree that it will work for my market, so I've got something new to learn and implement.

I'm not perfect yet, but when I fall, I get back up and get on the keyboard again. 

Practice blogging and you'll get better and better, and then the phone starts to ring. 

Business is good, thanks to lots of practice and blogging. 


Keep getting up :)


 Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

A saying I read a long time ago:

       Fall down six, get up seven.


Nov 06, 2018 05:33 AM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The ability to get-up & go again is no accident. Mankind under grace needs this

Nov 06, 2018 06:23 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Bill(and Liz) - each of your quotes you share may be appropriate depending on the situation. My skateboarding "career" was over long ago. Blogging...Hmm there may be hope. 

Nov 06, 2018 07:05 AM #3
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

It's scary to look back at my first posts, or my first listings, or my first photos!  It's all good practice and that's how I view it.  :-)  Thanks for the pep talk!  I'm off to practice more blogging!

Nov 06, 2018 10:29 AM #4
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Practice certainly makes one better! (Not necessarily perfect, but definitely better!)

Good for that skater for continuing to try and finally landing his trick!

Nov 06, 2018 10:34 AM #5
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

I love failure.  It makes me perfect my game.  Or else!

But I am trying to find childhood analogies here... hmmm. I tried oil painting and that didn't work very well.  I gave up.

I picked up guitar by myself to woo a high school flame: I had motivation in this case and kept playing and playing to learn to be better and better.  It didn't help much.  She fell in love with the New Kid in town.  And he didn't care a whit about her.  He went for the cheerleaders.

But now I play a pretty good guitar!!

Nov 06, 2018 10:35 AM #6
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

There's no question that practice makes perfect.  As long as you're seeing some progress... (and progress is by no means instant).. keep it up.

Nov 06, 2018 01:00 PM #7
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

I make sure I am motivated everyday! As they say, "try and fail, but don't fail to try"

Nov 06, 2018 01:13 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Falling down and getting back up is a valuable lesson, in life and in our real estate business. Sometimes there’s more falling down than we would like but if you don’t get back up, well, you’re in a pickle.


Nov 06, 2018 02:10 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill- great analogy and you're right, both quotes can be considered accurate depending upon your situation. Your practicing of writing patio home posts seems to have paid off for you. 

Nov 06, 2018 04:12 PM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Bill,

So glad to see this post featured. You present some valuable perceptions about practice makes perfect and  falling down and getting up! Progress is the key! You figured out this blogging thing and business is your measurement for success!

Nov 06, 2018 04:15 PM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Yes, both quotes are accurate. The trick is for us to know the difference between things we should drop and things we should practice.

Nov 06, 2018 07:54 PM #12
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was so lucky that I had an early quick payoff in blogging and that kept me at it and of course it was a slow growing process and heaven knows I made some blogging mistakes.  I wrote one once that had people here telling me... I was nuts for putting it out there.  (it's not out there), but I did take their advice and change the tone of the message and re-write it.  Practice, learning from others, learning from mistakes... it's all part of life and blogging.

Nov 07, 2018 09:42 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bliz is is a find line between knowing when it's time to 'hang it up' or keep on going on....and that ppplies to every facet of life and business.

Nov 07, 2018 11:14 AM #14
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

This blogging thing doesn't work for everyone, but then maybe they didn't practice enough. I practice everyday and it seems to be working!

Nov 07, 2018 01:47 PM #15
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Practice makes perfect, however how much pain can one endur to get to perfect? With blogging practice helped, but it was the tips from others that vaulted me forward

Nov 07, 2018 03:10 PM #16
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

this is such a good post in many ways... good inspiration for people starting out blogging and a gentle nudge for those of us who may be slacking off a bit.... or a lot!

Nov 08, 2018 12:01 AM #17
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That skateboarder slightly tweaked his speed/timing/landing style until he found the right combination. So he wasn't really fitting into the definition of insanity! 

Practicing different ways to do something can definitely result in success!

Nov 08, 2018 03:35 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, what a great analogy, Bill! You know, I can't imagine falling on concrete over and over and over again...this is SO much easier than that, right?!

Nov 08, 2018 07:44 PM #19
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