✅It’s OK to Admit Your Failures...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC BK659279 
Winston Churchill Quote     
Let’s face it, we have all had failures. No matter how hard we tried, some things just didn't work out. 
As Real Estate professionals, I think it’s ok to admit that there were challenges that we weren't able to overcome. That’s how we learn and grow and become better sales people and better leaders. 
"Acknowledging your struggles and shortcomings can be very beneficial" says Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Alison Wood Brooks.  “This can be inspiring for others to admit you made mistakes along the way”
Brooks co-wrote the February 2018 working paper, Mitigating Malicious Envy: Why Successful People Should Reveal Their Failures, with HBS doctoral students Karen Huang and Nicole Abi-Esber and professors Ryan W. Buell, Brian Hall, and Laura Huang.

"People find you more humble and likable when you not only reveal your successes and accomplishments, but your struggles and shortcomings, too,” she says. “If we want to see positive workplace outcomes, we shouldn’t underestimate how important it is to be seen as humble, grounded, and well-liked.”

It’s important to remember that it’s ok to be real and admit that not every listing will sell, despite our best intentions. Not every deal will go through as we had hoped and things happen that are out of our control. Not every advertising campaign is successful. We try things and some work out, others don't.
That's life...unexpected things happen. Deals do fall apart. 
The lessons we learn through experience, make us more knowledgeable and tough.
We come away knowing that experience shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s ok to admit that some times we tried and failed but we are still here. Still in the game....
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Joyce Marsh, Broker/Owner

Joyce Marsh Real Estate Company

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Comments (29)

Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

Kathy Streib Wow! That’s really amazing. Thank you!!

Feb 16, 2019 07:07 PM
Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Falling down is one thing, getting up is more impressive 

Feb 17, 2019 05:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joyce - where would  many of the world's best and brightest be without the occasional mis-step, error or failure? Good enough for them, right? What about me?

Feb 17, 2019 06:14 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Joyce,  Excellent blog and one that is so true for all of us.  I give myself some time and move on.


Feb 17, 2019 06:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I used to expect perfection from myself...what a silly woman I was then.  Nobody is perfect, and the yin and yang of life is part of joy and learning. Now, failures are just lessons - hopefully, we learn, adjust, and move on quickly. 

Feb 17, 2019 07:03 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

It's how we all learn and people who ONLY talk about success ,...are not being honest.

Feb 17, 2019 07:20 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a wonderful post, I really like the angle and the wisdom it imparts. Sharing our failures takes vulnerability, but it allows others to know us better and see the real person not just the Facebook persona.

Feb 17, 2019 08:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I learned from my parents, that failures are the steppingstones of success.  Cheers!  A

Feb 17, 2019 10:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joyce:

There is lots of sage advice in your post. We all have failures and admitting to them, learning from them, and moving on (and no dwelling on them) is essential.


Feb 17, 2019 11:54 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Well said, Joyce. I've always thought it someone has never failed at something, they may not have tried anything. Failure is an integral part of success. No one wants it, but it's hard to avoid it if you're charting new territory in your life. 

Feb 17, 2019 11:56 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Thank you, I am trying to change the course from fatal to manageable to 'I can pay the bills' to 'hey, I'm successful again!'.  Thanks Joyce.

Feb 17, 2019 01:35 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Failures lead to success..it's how we learn..teachable moments.

Feb 17, 2019 02:42 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist -  the experts at anything have failed.  I see failure as a learning experience.  Excellent post.  I am glad that Kathy Streib highlighted.

Feb 18, 2019 04:11 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Life lessons, whether good or bad, up or down, help us with our daily decisions.  We do learn from our mistakes as well as our triumps.  Thanks for sharing. An Excellent read!

Feb 18, 2019 06:08 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wow, radical critical thinking, accepting personal responsibility for your successes and failures.

I thought the zombie indoctrination mantra said to always play the victim and look for someone else to blame for your failures and lack of success. 

Feb 18, 2019 06:35 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I will always remember the story of Michael Jordan not making the cut for his middle school team. He worked harder than ever until he made the high school team.

There's no time for feeling sorry for yourself - you have to recognize your failures in order to achieve success!

Great post, Joyce!

Feb 18, 2019 07:09 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

This is true not just in business, but in life.

Feb 18, 2019 08:54 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Joyce, great post. Failure is inevitable but, as long as we get up, dust ourselves off and keep going it's not final. I think it's the best way to learn and always respect when someone shares a failure. It shows strength and character. 

Feb 20, 2019 04:27 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

It's important to experience failure, even when it really hurts.  I have a deal right now that may flip and I'm wondering...should I have done something differently?  Smart pp learn from failure and don't blame others.

Feb 20, 2019 12:49 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Ted Williams generally recognized as the best hitter in baseball history failed over 60% of the time he came to bat

Feb 20, 2019 10:09 PM