Today I was putting the finishing touches on one of my engineering reports and when I produced a graph, there was a problem. In the middle of the five year graph the data flat-lined to zero for 7 months. I KNEW the product wasn't inactive during that time frame, so Houston, we have a problem! My first thought after discovering the "opportunity" is not printable!!. I'd just spent the better part of a week finalizing this report and there's a deadline coming up.
But the good news? I was able to figure out where the missing information was and reintegrate with the main data fairly quickly. A couple of hours later everything that needed corrected was corrected and the report finalized and in approval stage. A little bit of luck, but a whole lot of not panicking knowing how to problem solve led to a good outcome. Welcome to the thrilling life of engineering!
Lesson learned, product those key graphs FIRST since the graph makes the information more visually apparent than tabulized columns of numbers! If I have a mistake in the raw data, the graphs will show me and save me from making a mistake.
Now I'd love to say I have NEVER made a mistake as a real estate agent, but I have.
I'm human, it happens despite the best intent to not have it happen.
The key is what I do post-failure. Do I learn and improve, or repeat the same mistake?
Personally I figure there are so many NEW things to do wrong, why waste time repeating a mistake?
Many years ago we had a buyer upset that we didn't tell them to switch their utilities before moving in to their new home. We did everything right throughout the purchase EXCEPT that warning. End result, we had an unhappy client and after the fact there was nothing we could do to fix it. The power was off and the utility companies arrive on THEIR schedule. Part of our now standard checklist is (repeated) reminders to buyers about getting the utilities switched over prior to closing.
There are many other things we've learned over the years, some without making mistakes, others after taking a few hard knocks lessons. The end result is a seamless process for our current home sellers and home buyers that protects their best interests.
Want to discuss how we can best help you? Just give Bill a call at 513-520-5303 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.
Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,
Bill & Liz aka BLiz