Motivational Monday...Are You Adding This Important Ingredient?

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Motivational Monday...Are You Adding This Important Ingredient?

 

When we first moved back to Delray Beach from Northern VA, the market was down everywhere. Agents in Palm Beach County were having to learn about short sales, bank owned properties and, for many targeting a lower price pointjust a thought property. 

 

While I was beginning my staging business in Palm Beach County, I met many agents...some who had coasted during the previous years, now floundered. 

 

At one of my Women’s Council of Realtors, I had the good fortune to meet a seasoned agent who’d been through it all. When I asked her what her secret to success she said very matter of factly…

 

I’ve been around long enough to know that while it would be easy for me to just work my referrals, I know that I have to keep at it.  I go to as many seminars and courses that I can, especially to keep up with the new technology. And I keep at it!! 

 

That agent worked steadily during 2008 and after that. She knew that the recovery would not come that year or even the next. I learned so much from her just chatting with her at these breakfasts. 

 

Just like so many of you here in the ActiveRain Community, you kept after it, doing whatever it took during the down years. You tried blogging but didn’t stop after a few months. You learned about Facebook marketing and making videos as well. 

 

This isn’t just about being an agent, stager or lender. For any of us who are seeking a goal, it’s not enough to know how to do something or even to be ready and willing to go after it.  We have to have a never-give-up mindset. 

 

finish line







The hustle brings the dollar.

The experience brings the knowledge. 

The persistence brings success.  Ross Simmonds








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Kathy Streib
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Keith McMullin technology changes at a rapid rate these days and it's so important for us to keep up. 

Hi Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® that is so true. It would be easy to get complacent and do what you've always done. 

Dec 09, 2019 12:25 PM #29
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel Similar to Patriot's Coach Belichick always says...focus on doing your job, not the other team. 

Rose Mary Justice Haven't you met others who were unwilling to learn a new way of doing something. 

Dec 09, 2019 12:32 PM #30
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I've observed the members here who continued to learn and market and not give up!!!

Margaret Goss the momentum keeps us going!

Dec 09, 2019 12:35 PM #31
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Hi Lisa Weiler it's so easy to give up when things don't seem to be working. 

Scott Godzyk I saw how hard you worked during those years!!! And, it's paid off. 

Could not have put it any better Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty 

Dec 09, 2019 01:40 PM #32
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Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson that always reminds me of the late Jim Valvano. I still cry when I watch his speech. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I was lucky to be able to be around some remarkable agents in my area as well as the ones here. 

Dec 09, 2019 01:42 PM #33
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George Souto taking that step and continuing can be hard especially when it feels like you're going against a strong current. 

That's it Beth Atalay When we moved back to Delray in 2007 I met a lot of agents who kept doing things the way they had always been doing them. 

Dec 09, 2019 01:45 PM #34
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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There are days when defeat is in the air but then I pick myself up, put on a smile, and keep going forward. That's what it is like in this business. It's not for the weak or the meek of heart. 

Dec 09, 2019 01:45 PM #35
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Tammy Lankford, That's wonderful!!! You're already ahead of the game and it continues to pay off for you. 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Thank you!  I too love Mondays because it does feel like a fresh start!  Like you're opening a book to a brand new page. 

Dec 09, 2019 01:48 PM #36
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP you're so right.  It isn"t for the weak in spirit or mind. There are many ups and downs and you have to be willing to pick yourself up and go on. 

Dec 09, 2019 01:52 PM #37
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Lottie Kendall
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If we learn and implement just one thing every day, think of how far we come in one short year. Persistence is ghe name of the game.

Dec 09, 2019 03:09 PM #38
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James Dray
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Morning Kathy.

I got my license in April of 2008, clearly I had a difficult first year.  Now, thankfully things are going good.

Dec 10, 2019 02:04 AM #39
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Carla Freund
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Kathy, I started my NC business in 2007/2008. I saw many people leave the business because they were just coasting. You had to work harder but, it paid off if you did.

Dec 10, 2019 02:22 AM #40
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John Henry, Florida Architect
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'Keeping after it' is probably the main motivator for me right now!  Competition is tough, the market seems to be moving slowly, etc.  You just cannot lie down!  Thanks, Kathy

Dec 10, 2019 04:25 AM #41
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Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
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We have always had to work hard in real estate just harder during some times.  Being a full-time real estate agent means to understand the market and learning how to adjust as the market adjusts.

Dec 10, 2019 04:34 AM #42
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Kat Palmiotti
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We have to continue to work at something, and know when it's time to admit that specific thing really didn't work and focus on other things. Trying something once or twice is NOT enough!

Dec 10, 2019 05:46 AM #43
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Kathy many agents did give up in my area back in the down market. Some of us carried on and figured out what it would take to get back up again. My Mom taught me, when you're through learning, you're through. And I adhere to that to this day. Always something new and exciting to learn or do.

Dec 10, 2019 09:23 AM #44
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Kathy:

Wise words here!! A never give up mindset is pretty important, coupled with continuous learning and growth!

Jeff

Dec 10, 2019 11:21 AM #45
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Hostess with the mostess...

Dec 10, 2019 11:49 AM #46
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M.C. Dwyer
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Thanks for writing, Kathy, sharing what you learned from that experienced agent.    I particularly enjoyed the quote you chose for your closing!

Dec 13, 2019 10:15 AM #47
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So true!  It's important to not become stale, keep learning and growing even in down markets!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 20, 2019 11:11 AM #48
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