"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted...." Randy Pausch (1960-2008)
If the above is true, many of us should have the equivalence of a PH.D in Real Estate by now! Surely with the current housing market and economic climate many of us have earned the right to say we received our "education" by the school of hard knocks and we have earned it.
But one thing life teaches us is that sometimes the hardest teachers andthe most difficult lessons are the ones we learn the most from. In life just like in school there is a balanceof repetition and rote touched with moments of creativity and excellence.
So maintain your balance...
DON'T stop networking, contacting leads or prospecting through your past referral and client base. Utilize your professional organizations and on line social sites to expand your knowledge and your influence. It is easy to forget the importance of simply communicating with past clients and peers and letting them know they are appreciated. And, don't forget the power of creating and building new relationships. There is synergy from actively being involved with others either as a group or one on one.
REMEMBER to take time for yourself and your loved ones. They are your true support staff at the end of a hectic day, week, etc...
KEEP SWIMMING... but occassionaly change your stroke! There is a large amount of frustration in our market place and everyday more and more people get discouraged with the lack of hard results from their efforts. If what you're doing is not working try something new. Sometimes just breaking the mold can get get you out of a rut and onto a path of positive energy and results. As my husband is fond of saying, "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."
KEEP LEARNING. Raising the bar in our personal and professional lives can at times seem a difficult task, especially when we are being pulled in many different directions. It becomes even more critical when times are slow or there are new practices and rules requiring us to relearn or take an entirely new direction. However, by adding those elements of ongoing education, dedication and involvement you create the forward momentum and drive that can push you forward and through what can appear to be difficult times.
This is not rocket science, just a simple reminder of what works in a sometimes weary world, and the good news is it is not career specific but works in all walks of life!