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Quality vs. Quantity



A teacher told the class of pottery students that half of them would be graded on the quantity of pots they produced, and the other half on the quality.

In the "quantity" group, it didn't matter how good or bad their results, only the total amount of pots they created would count.

For the "quality" group, all they had to have at the end of the semester was just one perfect pot to get that "A" in the course.


They started to work. The wheels were spinning and the "quantity" students turned out pot after pot, improving with each creation.

On the other side of the room the "quality" students thought and planned, and agonized every nuance of their creation. The strain of trying for perfection paralyzed many of them so that they ended up with nothing but unused lumps of clay.

 What's the moral of this story?

Good work is not perfect work. Babe Ruth struck out over a thousand times, but he kept picking up that bat and standing at the plate.


Not everyone you meet will be a client and you won't sell every house you list. But if you keep meeting people and talking to prospects, you will find clients and even new friends.                                    


Those of you who know my background can understand why this got to me.

I was that ceramic artist and I made lots and lots of pots, tried new techniques and learned a lot.



Free form porcelain Margaret Rome



 I learned and developed my talent! Some pots were not so good and some were really good. Some I even tossed before they got to the kiln.

But many are in my home and many more are decorating other homes and being enjoyed by clients who purchased those pots.


Now I use this same talent in my real estate career. I'm not afraid to take on a challenging listing, a hard to sell listing, a listing that has been on the market for a long time, a unique funky property or wonderful sellers that I like and respect.

Many agents will only take on a 'for sure listing' that will easily comp with others on the market, will easily appraise, in perfect move in condition or in the right school system. 


I am so thankful for each unique property and for this wonderful real estate career!


 Margaret Rome


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Comment balloon 3 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • November 25 2017 01:21AM


Good morning Margaret. Always knew you enjoyed the challenge of helping many! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Striving for everything to be absolutely perfect will have you in the starting block forever.  Get out there and DO IT!

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

If we are only going to sell the for sure properties, we will all starve! Real estate is more challenging than that! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 2 years ago