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Quality Or Quantity

 

 Quality is always better than quantity!

Or is it?

 
A teacher told his class of pottery students that he would grade half of them on the number 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 number of pots they created would count. For the "quality" group, all they had to have at the end of the semester was one perfect pot to get that "A" in the course.

They set to work. The wheels whirled 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.

The moral? Good work is not a perfect work. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 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.

 

 

Margaret Rome pottery

Boy, did I learn and develop 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.

 

  • The more people I meet, the luckier I get.
  • The more risk I take the luckier I get.
  • The harder I work the luckier I get.
 
 
                     I have been very “lucky” in this wonderful world of real estate!
 
 
 
 
 
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Comment balloon 34 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • December 07 2019 03:08AM

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Margaret, what a great message - thank you. The reward is indeed in the journey. 

Posted by Gwen Banta (Sotheby's International Realty) 4 months ago

I forgot to mention that I love your pottery - you are a very talented person!

Posted by Gwen Banta (Sotheby's International Realty) 4 months ago

 

 

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) 4 months ago

Morning Margaret.

I've lost so many battles that I can't remember how many.  Regardless, I still get up, dust myself off and I'm back in the battle.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 4 months ago

Good morning Margaret. Must say the attempt at quantity with quality in mind is better that the quest for quality lost in planning. Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 4 months ago

Hello Margaret - a good example of a topic that is always not so easily understood.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland quality is most important.... the goal, as I see it, is to maintain quality while increasing quantity.... but that's just my thought for the moment....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 4 months ago

Practice certainly helps us hone a craft. Perhaps it's a bit of both - quanity and quality.  Although, as a generaliztion - quality wins in our book. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

Interesting food for thought. In some areas I prefer quality - friends, dessert, books - but in other areas I prefer quantity - leads for sure.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) 4 months ago

Hi Margaret,
I knew we were in trouble when the teacher used the word "perfect".  I grew up conflicted about this very subject. I entered a lot of sewing and knitting competitions and perfection was the goal.  I won a lot of competitions.   However...

I discovered over the years that perfection doesn't translate in business. You just have to get out there and do the best you can with what you know. With experience comes increased competence and I think that's what we're talking about.  We constantly increase in competence as we learn. But we have to do to learn, don't we? Never stop learning because things are always changing and the perfection of yesterday is not the perfection of today or tomorrow. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

Barbara Todaro Quality is most important but without quantity like practicing a field goal kick a gazillion times, the quality may not be achieved.  

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Margaret Rome - its just my opinion, but it's the best motivational post I'll probably ever read. I know a lot of people who are afraid to start because they think they need to be perfect, and it's the wrong way to think.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) 4 months ago

Carol Williams  Would love to see you write about this.

Your comment would make a good stand-alone blog! ''We have to do to learn.''

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Hi again, Margaret,
I could make a couple of blog posts about that subject... maybe more!  Good idea!

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

Carol Williams, I will be looking forward to your posts!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc So good to see you. It was a pleasure catching up with you. So many good ideas! Wishing you all the best!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland good one! It's like sports, one isn't good, certainly not great at first....but give it time and practice it can become good maybe even great.  While out golfing some folks get all upset because of  a  lousy shot Me, not at all.  It's just one more shot closer to a good one. Plus I enjoy the journey of walking on the course!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart International) 4 months ago

Hi Margaret:

There's a valuable life lesson in that story, as well as from your own career as a ceramicist (love those creations)!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 4 months ago

Hi Margaret- I am so happy that this was featured!   While quality counts, sometimes you have to just forge ahead and keep trying. You do your best and understand that nothing will ever be perfect...always a work in progress. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

I have often wondered about whether quality or quantity is best.  I have seen agents who work diligently to put cans (listings) on the shelf, but don't service them all that well once they have them.  Yet, others who work fewer numbers have provided quality service.  I think it just depends on the people behind those two labels, "quality" or "quantity."

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Margaret, lovely works of art you have created.  And what interesting parallels to real estate sales.  It's the numbers.  If one says no, it's on to the next.  Love this story.

Posted by Kris Collis, Associate Broker, Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102 (Smart Way America Realty) 4 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Thanks for the feature in OFC.

It depends on the people behind the two labels,  "quality" or "quantity."

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Kris Collis, Associate Broker  Thank you and so glad you love the story..always figuring a way to turn everyday life to real estate.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Thanks for sharing!!!

Good work is not a perfect work. 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.

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 4 months ago

Always look forward to your comments Sham Reddy CRS 

Have a great day, my friend!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Refreshing to read about "pot" that isnt smoked or grown but made......

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 4 months ago

Richie Alan Naggar Reminds me of the story back when I was in the university where I was learning my ceramic craft. My son stopped by for a visit and stated that someone was smoking pot. How do you know? He said smell it. I  said it always smells like that, I thought it was the smell of the glazes. Thanks for the memory.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Thank you for the reminder to keep moving keep trying and success will come. Have a blessed day full of joy and happiness. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) 4 months ago

Laura Filip Thank you for your lovely comment. Tell me about the bouquet of flowers you are holding.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Laura Filip Those flowers and the story of your clients and friends would make a good blog.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Just the post I needed to read this morning Margaret! I've been playing the start typing-not perfect-delete-start again-not perfect-delete-start again ... game for a while now, forgetting that it does not need to be perfect! It just needs to be authentic, coming from my heart and my brain. Not every post we write will be a mind-blowing feature worthy post. That is okay. As long as we continue on, we are making progress. 

It's not just luck that got you where you are today, it's determination, belief, hard work, talent, hunger, passion, kindness, innovation, boldness, creativity,.. and a whole lot of other things.   

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) 4 months ago

Andrea Bedard And a comment like yours is the reason I continue to go on, write, list, sell, share and move forward each day. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

The art is just doing.  We will get better with time and experience.  Loved your post.  

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) 4 months ago

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