Real estate can be an extremely tough business.
I don't mean long hours hard work tough (but it is that too) for this example I
mean mentally and emotionally tough. We are essentially providing a service, and
there are 1000 other agents in line behind us that can provide the same service.
Knowing this we often bend over backwards to please our clients- not only
because of dedication to them and our profession but to keep them as clients.
Sadly, no matter the amount or frequency of back-bending we do, we sometimes
lose a client to another agent.
This is where the emotionally draining aspect
of this business comes into play. It always hurts to lose a client. Always. It
is an ego blow, a disappointment, a letdown, and sometimes a financial setback.
Let's be real- selling real estate isn't for charity we actually do this to make
I have had a pretty good track record over the
years in retaining clients, but I lost one recently. A big one. An important
one. A friend. I still am not sure why- and for the purposes of this post it
isn't important. But what IS important, is that I realized today while washing
dishes in my kitchen that relative to everything else that has happened this
year it doesn't matter. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day for reckognizing what we
have, how far we have come and for those that enrich our lives. I have an
amazing, healthy family. I have a warm, comfortable home to live in. I have
plenty of food to eat. I am an American and I get to enjoy all of the rights and
privileges that affords me. And- on top of all that- I get to help people at
very important times in their life. Throughout this year and the past 8 years I
have met and helped so many people either find their first family home, purchase
their first investment property or helped them out of a crushing financial
burden. Many of these people have become friends, but they have ALL enriched my
life. I would not be where I am today without them, and for that I am truly
No- I am not going to let this ONE thing get me
down. I have way too much to be thankful for.