I was recently at a Wizard’s game and during the warm-ups I was looking around the stadium and noticed there were hardly any fans at the game. Yes it was a beautiful day outside yet people had paid hundreds of dollars on their tickets and still didn’t go to the game (courtside seats and center 3 sections on each side are sold out for every game). Earlier in the day I had conversations with a few other season ticket holders who asked why I would go to a game when they were so bad and the team they were playing – the New Jersey Nets – were even worse. After giving it some thought, the answer came to mind and it was dedication.
It made me realize it is hard to have dedication when things aren’t going well. When you have to give it your all when the chips are down or when you have to make a commitment and there are other choices that appear to be more appealing like the weather, the time obligation required and in a lot of cases – short term sacrifice for long term gain. Truly, it can be difficult to go all in day after day when faced with adversity.
In business, so many people give up when they are so close to success and it made me realize that they don’t have the dedication required to succeed. They try one thing then stop, then try the latest fad and don’t get results and move on to something else always looking for the easy way to success and it is never the case – you need dedication for success.
What does it mean to have dedication? Perseverance, commitment and devotion are characteristics of dedication and are essential elements of success. The thought process of it is easier to do nothing than to put forth the time, energy and effort to get the results is relevant in today’s market more than ever. Dedication to your education is critical. Dedication to the development of your sphere of influence and its growth is necessary. Dedication to market research to know trends is an essential element for success. Dedication to your clients is a key area of focus. Dedication to showing up and putting in the effort is essential.
Think about this, the winners in life persevere when things look the bleakest and come out on the “other side” stronger, smarter and better equipped to handle the next challenge. They have made the commitment to grow and learn from their experiences and become better in their chosen field. As previously mentioned – you see it all the time in sports – many athletes “just mail it in” and many professionals do the same thing when faced with misfortune. Be devoted to your career. Be willing to sacrifice the time and resist the temptations of outside elements to get ahead in the business. Decide if you have the loyalty for the business required to go to work every day and perform at the highest levels and attain success. If not, you should find something that gives you this type of drive. If the dedication, commitment, and devotion aren’t there for you in real estate – get out of the business and get into something else where you have the drive to succeed. Get it? Got it? Good!