Real Estate Porcelain Pots & Babe Ruth

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

Quality vs. Quantity

 

 

A teacher told the class of pottery students that half of them would be graded 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 amount of pots they created would count.

For the "quality" group, all they had to have at the end of the semester was just one perfect pot to get that "A" in the course.


                                          

They started to work. The wheels were spinning 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.

 What's the moral of this story?

Babe Ruth-signed baseball sells for world-record $183,500

Good work is not a perfect work. Babe Ruth struck out over a thousand 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.

 

 

Free form porcelain Margaret Rome

 

 

 I learned and developed 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. I'm not afraid to take on a challenging listing, a hard to sell listing, a listing that has been on the market for a long time, a unique funky property or wonderful sellers that I like and respect.

Many agents will only take on a 'for sure listing'...one that will be comparable with others on the market. They make sure they will easily appraise, are perfect move-in condition, and also in the "right" school system. 

 

I am so thankful for each unique property and for this wonderful real estate career!

Thinking of buying or selling a unique home

Call Margaret Rome

 

 

Margaret Rome

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Hello, Margaret. Thanks for a great post. I agree when we stop trying to be perfect at work we learn and grow through our mistakes.

Aug 31, 2020 01:41 AM #14
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The more we do, the more we learn and the better we get! 

Enjoy your day!

Aug 31, 2020 04:58 AM #15
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Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - this is a great story with al moral that can be used in every walk of life.  My take away is don't be afraid to fail because each failure gets you closer to success.

Aug 31, 2020 06:07 AM #16
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Great Title.

Aug 31, 2020 08:04 AM #17
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I love it, Margaret! Great analogy and oh, so true! It's like those who say, "I've been doing this for 25 years," in an effort to show their superiority in the business. The agent with the true superiority is not one who has dabbled for 25 years but, one whose productivity reflects a vast amount of experience. 

See you tomorrow!

Aug 31, 2020 11:59 AM #18
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I love it, Margaret! Great analogy and oh, so true! It's like those who say, "I've been doing this for 25 years," in an effort to show their superiority in the business. The agent with the true superiority is not one who has dabbled for 25 years but, one whose productivity reflects a vast amount of experience. 

See you tomorrow!

Aug 31, 2020 11:59 AM #19
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Debe Maxwell, CRS You really understand..."productivity reflects a vast amount of experience."  I'll be there at 2 PM.

Aug 31, 2020 12:16 PM #20
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I love the lessons rolled up in here. I often tell the story about Picasso, walking through a park one day he was stopped by a lady who asked him to draw asketch of her daughter. Picasso quickly drew the sketch and asked the woman for a sum of money. She was outraged, saying the sketch only took him less than two minutes. No, said Picasso, I have drawn for many years completing untold numbers of sketches, so that this sketch was perfect in such a limited amount of time.

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I love this so much. Great analogy and story. One thing is for sure, real estate is never boring.

Aug 31, 2020 02:22 PM #22
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Another good analogy. Same with surgeons, dentists, and doctors!

Aug 31, 2020 07:20 PM #23
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Paula McDonald, Ph.D. Not one boring day so far. Always good to see you!

Aug 31, 2020 07:21 PM #24
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Such a great analogy!  "If at first...."  Is pottery like working in the dirt, great therapy?  When I lived in Alabama, I began working on my flower gardesns so that I'd spend an hour a week, just on the beds.  I caled it "dirt therapy."  Because no matter what I did in those beds, it felt like a spa for the brain! 

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The best part of it all is that I never thought I would hear those three things in the same phrase ever

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Hi Margaret:

There's a powerful lesson, and message, in your post. Love the analogy!

Jeff

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Jeff Dowler, CRS It is a powerful lesson. Will we see you at tomorrow's Zoom with Ben?

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Hi Margaret- I cannot believe I almost missed this wonderful post. And the analogy is so right!!!! We learn from trying and we learn from our mistakes. I admire the talent you have as a ceramic artist. 

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As a lender, I have transitioned from quantity to quality. I am happy to have learned my craft doing thousands of loans for large banks. Now I like being able to solve problems other lenders can't and having control over the transaction. Service and quality are what is needed for purchase lending, I let others work on refinances and quantity.

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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I love this post!  It reminds me of, If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  Each blog post is not perfect.  Each listing is not perfect.  But we keep trying.  If we stop, all is lost.  

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Great story and great life lesson, Margaret! I'm so glad this was featured!!!

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Thanks Sharon Tara Always good to see you. Hope you are doing well.

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