Aren't you glad that the world is full of specialists? At least some of them anyway 😊. Today I am thinking about health specialists in perticular as I am experiencing some sever pain in one leg. It's great that we can "Google" just about anything but the information we receive often doesn't tell us what we need to know. In example I just googled leg mussels. Even if I was sure which mussel in the chart below was the one that was hurting it doesn't tell me what to do about it.
What got me thinking about specialists was an article in the Oct/Nov AARP magazine. I learned that The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority lists 212 different credentials or designations. 212! WOW, I thought Real Estate had to many credentials and designations!
It makes me want to ask, "What makes YOU special?".
What puts you on top of the mountain of specialists?
When I was active in Real Estate the credential or designation that was most important to me personally was "Broker". I became a Broker for many reasons but as far as the public reason it was because most Real Estate consumers recognize that a Broker has more training and knowledge than most Real Estate agents (in general) thus I thought the designation would bring me more business (which it did BUT was it worth all the regulations and paper work that went with it?). Of course, like most Real Estate professionals, I enrolled in many continuing education classes (as required in North Dakota) and built up an impressive stack of initials but in reality none of them truly made me special.
That being said I know from reading posts here in Active Rain that there truly are specialists in Real Estate that are focused on the initials they proudly proclaim.
If I ever move from the frozen Northland to the South I will be looking for a Real Estate professional that is designated to help senior citizens find appropriate housing and/or a specialist in patio homes. I appreciate these professionals who actually focus on one or two designations. Keep that focus. What ever makes you special keep at it, hone that skill and people will see that you are indeed special.
A special thank you to Debe Maxwell, CRS for reminding us this month to be thankful. For details on Debe's challenge check it out here.