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The tortoise and the hare (who really is faster, hmmmm...)

 The Tortoise and the Hare

I was thinking the other day of different types of real estate agents that are out there...  And I thought about two types.  There are those that run full speed and those that take their time before they make a move...

Imagine you had to walk around the block several times a day.  This block had many cracks and holes that you could fall into if you were not careful.  There were low hung trees that you had to duck under and dogs behind fences that my startle you.  One direction the sun is in your eyes that makes you have to hold your hand up to shield it.  Later in the block there are roses with thorns that grow near the sidewalk that could poke and prick you! 

Now it seems that this block that you have to go around several times a day is dangerous, right?

You have two choices to make.  You can run or you can walk around the block.  The runner trips on the cracks and holes. The runner hits the trees, and gets startled by the dogs and all of those things.  They have to pick themselves up and bandage the cuts and bruises.  The going is quick, but they have many battle scars.

On the other hand, the walkers that take their time going around the block step over the cracks, and around the holes.  The duck under the trees, and remember to wear a hat when facing the sun.  They also see the dog ahead and cross the street to avoid him.  Always looking down to watch their step, going is slow, but it is safe...

The key question I have is this...  If you have to go around the block several times a day, several times a week...  Who will actually go around the block more times?

Hmmm.... 

Does the safe walker do more laps per day?  I mean, he doesn't have to bandage up wounds, or ice down his knee.  He is methodical and will not slip up in his attention to the details...  Learning as he goes, never making a mistake since he thinks everything through.

Does the fast runner do more laps?  Sure he falls down and hurts himself but he continues to get up and keep running.  Over time, do you think the runner will learn from his falls and jump over the holes?  Do you think he will learn from the branches and duck after awhile?  Do you think he will remember where the dogs are and run around them?

So the question I have is this...  Does the safe Realtor get farther quicker?  Or does the risk taker get farther in the long run. 

Do we learn from our mistakes that ends up making us stronger?  Or do we learn from our preparation to anticipate the future?  Or is it a combination of both?

Interesting thoughts, there really is no right or wrong answer...

 

Chris Alston

 

Home sales and purchasing specialist

Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino

19400 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite #200

Cupertino, CA 95014

408-850-6955

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