Quality Or Quantity

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

 Quality is always better than quantity!

Or is it?

 
A teacher told his class of pottery students that he would grade half of them on the number of pots they produced, and the other half on the quality. In the "quantity" group, it didn't matter how good or bad their results, only the total number of pots they created would count. For the "quality" group, all they had to have at the end of the semester was one perfect pot to get that "A" in the course.

They set to work. The wheels whirled and the "quantity" students turned out pot after pot, improving with each creation. On the other side of the room, the "quality" students thought and planned, and agonized every nuance of their creation. The strain of trying for perfection paralyzed many of them so that they ended up with nothing but unused lumps of clay.

The moral? Good work is not a perfect work. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he kept picking up that bat and standing at the plate. Not everyone you meet will be a client, and you won't sell every house you list. But if you keep meeting people and talking to prospects, you will find clients and even new friends.

Those of you who know my background can understand why this got to me. I was that ceramic artist and I made lots and lots of pots, tried new techniques, and learned a lot.

 

 

Margaret Rome pottery

Boy, did I learn and develop my talent! Some pots were not so good and some were really good. Some I even tossed before they got to the kiln. But many are in my home, and many more are decorating other homes and being enjoyed by clients who purchased those pots.

Now I use this same talent in my real estate career.

 

  • The more people I meet, the luckier I get.
  • The more risk I take the luckier I get.
  • The harder I work the luckier I get.
 
 
                     I have been very “lucky” in this wonderful world of real estate!
 
 
 
 
 
                                                    Margaret Rome
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Carol Williams, I will be looking forward to your posts!

Dec 07, 2019 08:58 AM #15
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Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc So good to see you. It was a pleasure catching up with you. So many good ideas! Wishing you all the best!

Dec 07, 2019 09:06 AM #16
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland good one! It's like sports, one isn't good, certainly not great at first....but give it time and practice it can become good maybe even great.  While out golfing some folks get all upset because of  a  lousy shot Me, not at all.  It's just one more shot closer to a good one. Plus I enjoy the journey of walking on the course!

Dec 07, 2019 11:50 AM #17
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Hi Margaret:

There's a valuable life lesson in that story, as well as from your own career as a ceramicist (love those creations)!

Jeff

Dec 07, 2019 12:48 PM #18
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Hi Margaret- I am so happy that this was featured!   While quality counts, sometimes you have to just forge ahead and keep trying. You do your best and understand that nothing will ever be perfect...always a work in progress. 

Dec 07, 2019 03:15 PM #19
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I have often wondered about whether quality or quantity is best.  I have seen agents who work diligently to put cans (listings) on the shelf, but don't service them all that well once they have them.  Yet, others who work fewer numbers have provided quality service.  I think it just depends on the people behind those two labels, "quality" or "quantity."

Dec 07, 2019 04:24 PM #20
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CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 07, 2019 04:24 PM #21
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Margaret, lovely works of art you have created.  And what interesting parallels to real estate sales.  It's the numbers.  If one says no, it's on to the next.  Love this story.

Dec 07, 2019 05:56 PM #22
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Myrl Jeffcoat Thanks for the feature in OFC.

It depends on the people behind the two labels,  "quality" or "quantity."

Dec 07, 2019 06:12 PM #23
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker  Thank you and so glad you love the story..always figuring a way to turn everyday life to real estate.

Dec 07, 2019 06:16 PM #24
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Thanks for sharing!!!

Good work is not a perfect work. Not everyone you meet will be a client, and you won't sell every house you list. But if you keep meeting people and talking to prospects, you will find clients and even new friends.

Dec 08, 2019 05:17 AM #27
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Always look forward to your comments Sham Reddy CRS 

Have a great day, my friend!

Dec 08, 2019 06:31 AM #28
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Refreshing to read about "pot" that isnt smoked or grown but made......

Dec 08, 2019 06:35 AM #29
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Richie Alan Naggar Reminds me of the story back when I was in the university where I was learning my ceramic craft. My son stopped by for a visit and stated that someone was smoking pot. How do you know? He said smell it. I  said it always smells like that, I thought it was the smell of the glazes. Thanks for the memory.

Dec 08, 2019 07:22 AM #30
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Thank you for the reminder to keep moving keep trying and success will come. Have a blessed day full of joy and happiness. 

Dec 08, 2019 09:46 AM #33
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Laura Filip Thank you for your lovely comment. Tell me about the bouquet of flowers you are holding.

Dec 08, 2019 10:17 AM #34
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Laura Filip Those flowers and the story of your clients and friends would make a good blog.

Dec 08, 2019 06:07 PM #35
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Just the post I needed to read this morning Margaret! I've been playing the start typing-not perfect-delete-start again-not perfect-delete-start again ... game for a while now, forgetting that it does not need to be perfect! It just needs to be authentic, coming from my heart and my brain. Not every post we write will be a mind-blowing feature worthy post. That is okay. As long as we continue on, we are making progress. 

It's not just luck that got you where you are today, it's determination, belief, hard work, talent, hunger, passion, kindness, innovation, boldness, creativity,.. and a whole lot of other things.   

Dec 09, 2019 07:20 AM #37
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Andrea Bedard And a comment like yours is the reason I continue to go on, write, list, sell, share and move forward each day. 

Dec 09, 2019 04:12 PM #38
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The art is just doing.  We will get better with time and experience.  Loved your post.  

Dec 10, 2019 08:16 AM #39
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