The luck of the Irish – Well I guess I have a problem or two

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Photo courtesy of chidseyAh, the luck of the Irish. A wonderful little statement, but I seem to have two problems with the statement and my own life. The 1st it seems that I am not Irish, and the 2nd is that I believe luck has nothing to do with it!

You own your own business. That is what real estate is all about, right? So why count on something such as luck to get you to the point you consider yourself successful? Work hard, have a good business plan, and have the capital to at least get you started.

So many people get in to real estate with stars in their eyes, knowing they will become rich. But, it seems in real estate school they forget to tell you about the part that this business is expensive even with all the free marketing tools out there.

I've seen many agents forget one or two of the steps to become successful and they eat though a life savings because of the dream that real estate promised them. I've been working since I was age 11 and I can tell you, from the people that I met, the ones that succeed in what ever they do are the ones that plan and work hard. (But, in this business, you do need capital.)

So, instead of complaining about how bad business is, go and do some work. Go out and find new clients, because they certainly aren't finding you!


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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


Truer words have never been spoken about real estate or any venture you go into.

Feb 02, 2009 08:32 PM #1
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

You said it so well, savings are good, but hard work and prospecting go much farther to a successful real estate career. It is a career and not a job!

Feb 02, 2009 11:10 PM #2
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

This isn't active rain's parenting 101.  Too bad that people need to hear this stuff, but you're right on.

Feb 02, 2009 11:41 PM #3
Amy Salisbury
Leading Edge Properties - Charles Town, WV
West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley

So true, Todd!  I have talked to new agents who have unrealistic ideas about their income the first year in the business, to whom all I say is "work hard and you might achieve that goal."  Far more frequently I talk to seasoned agents who continually cry the blues about this market.  I have little sympathy!  Work your business, change your attitude.  Otherwise, you may as well get out...

Feb 03, 2009 03:42 AM #4
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I'm a firm believer that you make your own luck. People whom others call "lucky" are usually positive thinkers and self motivated.

Feb 03, 2009 04:08 AM #5
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


A realistic approach to this business, and hard work and effort will go far.


Tom Braatz

Feb 03, 2009 06:50 AM #6
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

As always Todd, excellent advice. Very straightforward and direct.

Feb 03, 2009 08:16 AM #7
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Todd- you said it well my friend....we do need to work hard, smart, and go after business if it's not coming to us :)  Good job...

Feb 03, 2009 02:28 PM #8
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


It's not hard work when you love what you're's hardly working...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Feb 04, 2009 09:27 AM #9
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