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What does it take to be a successful agent? What is success?

Posted on May 31, 2014 by in Active Rain | 0 comments

What does it take to be a successful agent? What is success? 

One of my fellow Active Rain members asked the simple question: what does it take to be a successful agent? This made me pause: What is success? To many the definition of success is the accumulation of wealth, money and or other material things. To others it is fame or some sort of recognition. To many people the definition of success could be compared to reaching the top of the mountain!

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To me this has never been a long term “goal” to reach the top of the mountain that is, because then where do you go from there? The only place is to go downhill or alternatively you have to look for a bigger mountain and once that is achieved then what? I am sure you get my point…

To me success is not a destination place rather it is a continuous Journey with many twists and turns and many peaks and valleys. Keeping in mind I do like comfort, luxury and nice toys but that is not the goal and that is not how I measure success.

winding road

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I measure my success based on knowing that I gave one hundred per cent client service. Knowing that I did the best for my clients when I represented them in their purchase or sale of their home is my benchmark that I am a success. Keeping in mind not all clients rant and rave about how wonderful I was in giving them sound advice in their Real Estate Transaction. The ones who do verbalize it, I am grateful for the fact that not only did they recognize it but they acknowledged it too!

Many years ago I saw Thomas Keller the Word Famous Chef of Bouchon and French Laundry and others fame. He made a statement which resonated with me, that there were times when he cooked a fantastic meal and no one praised it or they sent it back to the kitchen…then there were other times he received accolades for making a fantastic meal and he thought it was not his best… The message was clear he knew when he made the best meals and when he did not and that is all that mattered. The rest was either a bonus or not that important. So with that said I know I am a Successful Realtor, because I always look out for the best interest of my clients whether they thank me or not is not the most important aspect of what I do. I know I give them 100%effort and good advice, hence I am a Successful Realtor in the greater Los Angeles area!


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