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It's OK To Screw Up

 

"Successful people know the only way we learn is by doing - which means we're going to screw something up along the way."

Convincing ourselves, we can read enough books, listen to enough podcasts, sit in enough classes, to learn it all first will do nothing but keep us stuck right where we are.
The way to get smart is to try new things, new ideas, as long as you continue learning from your mistakes.

 

 

 Learn from mistakes Margaret Rome

 

Please don't wait until everything is perfect to start doing.

You can't learn it all; you can't take every class, master every bit of technology, read every RE article, memorize every script, absorb every word from gurus that you strive to emulate, and expect perfection.

It ain't going to happen!

 

But you can have the confidence and use a bit of chutzpah to try your ideas, your techniques even before they are perfect.

And should they bomb, hopefully, you've learned something. And if it works, incorporate the design and then improve upon it.

Use the mistake as a stepping stone. Only you define your success!

You don't have to wait for the world to approve. When you have an idea, go for it!

It's okay to screw up if it turns into a learning experience.

I ask: What have you screwed up lately? What have you learned?

Btw this post was inspired by my friend Jasen Edwards.

 

Margaret Rome

 

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Comment balloon 41 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • February 13 2020 04:01PM

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I don’t know how many times I have told real estate classes this very thing !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) 6 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - no risk no gain.  You have to make mistakes just don't keep making the same one over and over again.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

Morning Margaret.

Yes ma'am, I know each week I'll screw up something, it's always a learning lesson

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 6 months ago

Hello Margaret - "perfect" doesn't exist in reality but  consistent learning is a lifelong activity.  Accompanying that learning process, much can be achieved.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Bravo to this concept. We can’t grow if we aren’t spreading our wings. Sometimes we do make a mistake-shake it off, find the lesson, try a different approach and keep moving towards the goal.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

Hi Margaret,
As imperfect beings it's impossible to do everything right all the time. I've discovered that making mistakes and making things right can actually turn into an opportunity.  Taking responsibility for our mistakes and fixing them is a sign of a true professional.  It's hard to be mad and someone who says "I made a mistake but I'm going to fix it."

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.) 6 months ago

Hi Margaret- no successful person got there without mistakes or mishaps. What elevates them is that they picked themselves up and learned from what they did or didn't do!!! Well done. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 6 months ago

This is good advice to share. I should have recorded all of my mistakes...there would be enough material for a book.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Michael Jacobs Good comment: ""perfect" doesn't exist in reality but consistent learning is a lifelong activity.  Accompanying that learning process, much can be achieved.  "

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Carol Williams Love this comment:  " making mistakes and making things right can actually turn into an opportunity.  Taking responsibility for our mistakes and fixing them is a sign of a true professional. ''

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Kathy Streib Another really good comment:

".. no successful person got there without mistakes or mishaps. What elevates them is that they picked themselves up and learned from what they did or didn't do!!! 

Thanks for the feature in your weekly series!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Roy Kelley If we recorded our mistakes...there may have been enough to fill the old encyclopedia. Wonder if anyone remembers them?

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Well said, Margaret, and some great advice. As we have heard many times, "experience is the best teacher."

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 6 months ago

If I hadn't screwed up so many times I would have learned nothing!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) 6 months ago

Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland,

No one is perfect and I always tell new agents to jump in with both feet and stop getting ready to get ready! We are all human.....the point is to learn from mistakes. Glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Great advice.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 6 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS So true. Nothing beats experience!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Margaret Goss That's how most of us got so smart! :)

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

 

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I've been thinking about you. Love this comment "...stop getting ready to get ready! "

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

You learn more from your mistakes than from the things that go right, in fact you might not learn anything from the things that go right.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 6 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 That's one way to look at it. :)

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

If you stop trying, you basically give up. No one is perfect, try and try again, you are only human. Very inspiring reading Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland .

Posted by Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson, Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643 (Century 21 Doug Anderson) 6 months ago

Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson 

Good to see you and glad you found this inspiring.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Oh, gosh, pick a moment! It's always a learning curve for me. That's the excitement of our work, nothing is by rote. AND, as an artist, I'm ALWAYS trying new things. If it works, well, then I try to improve on it next time! OR....just bless it, leave it be and then move onto the next experimental piece. So much fun and so freeing! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) 6 months ago

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate Love your comment and I can so relate. As an artist just keep trying new things, if it works just improve it.

And it is all so much fun!!! 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

I don't remember where I read this because it was SO many years ago: "The only way to avoid making a mistake is to do nothing - and THAT is a mistake."

We can't avoid it - we'll make mistakes. The important part is to learn from them.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 6 months ago

Marte Cliff  Good comment~

Doing nothing to avoid mistakes is not an option!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

“Use the mistake as a stepping stone”
Couldn’t agree more Margaret! Thanks for the shout out!

Posted by Jasen Edwards (Creator, Good Selling Formula™) 6 months ago

Jasen Edwards Thanks for the inspiration and your Sunday morning podcasts!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

So true, Margaret! My new favorite saying this week has been, Done is better than perfect. Try something, get it done, and move on. Thanks for this timely reminder.

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) 6 months ago

Mimi Foster I like your new saying!  "Done is better than perfect."

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

It depends on what the task is, doesn't it? That's why every successful process has been beta tested prior to launch. Avoidance of activity because of being fearful simply indicates that more training is necessary so your actions become reflexive from supreme confidence in your ability to superior performance. 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) 6 months ago

Hi Kimo Jarrett  Like your comment. 

Avoidance of activity because of being fearful simply indicates that more training is necessary 

 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Learning is like trying a new recipe, and tasting as you go along, and adding a little more of this or that.

Posted by Zippy 6 months ago

Good analogy Zippy!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

I love this topic of learning, endless learning, Margaret and have various ideas on my bulletin board to keep me inspired to keep learning. Here is more:
A man's judgement is no better than his information... and
You make a lot of mistakes in the crucible of power. You may make poor judgements. You don't let it eat away at you. It's the experience of being alive.

Posted by Zippy Larson 6 months ago

I spent too much time chasing down information from someone that cold called me.  I will ask more questions next time before getting in my car.  I was a little upset but..I learned!

Posted by Susan McCall 503-481-2256 Principal Broker-Oregon, Listing and Buyer's Agent (Compass Realty Solutions) 6 months ago

Always! It makes you fine tune your procedures. 

 

Another one is to not worry about who should be blamed but focus on finding a solution to the problem.

Posted by Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna) 6 months ago

It's embarrasing to make a mistake but better to learn from it. Some pp though will never admit to the error

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 6 months ago

Zippy, You are such a good writer with so much to share. I wish you would reinstate your AR membership so you can blog.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent  Sorry you were in this situation. As long as you learned, all was not lost.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

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