The Least Successful Realtor (#OvercomeRejection)

Today’s #OvercomeRejection post is written by Noah Martin. You can find him over at his nearly abandoned blog. Enjoy!

Hi, my name is Noah and I’m a Realtor®. I’ve been telling (and retelling) my friends and family that for months now.

I enrolled in the Real Estate training classes and passed with flying colors the day before turning 18. I passed my licensing test with high scores. I printed colorful business cards.

I also called everyone I knew, sent out 200 post cards, and made a Facebook page.

About a month into the business, after all the training and meetings, I prepared to make an offer on a home. But the client’s credit was as usable as a nuclear waste site. It fell through.

Next, (and weeks later) I showed 8 homes over an hour away from my home. When we were about to sign an offer, the clients changed their minds.  So I talked to more neighbors, trained at more meetings, made more cold calls, showed more homes.

When, a relative wanted to buy a home in the city I was thrilled. Let’s do this! {Finally}. I showed them 10 homes. They found one they liked, I drew up the offer, and they changed their minds. They’ll rent instead.

Months of planting, planting, and planting seeds of communication. Months (and months) of smiling at my friends and clients, telling them I loved my job.  I felt like I was living a lie. I wasn’t successful. I was a waste of time.

That was the final straw that broke my camel’s back.

But only for about a day.

You may not know me, but I’m not a quitter. I won’t let being the youngest and least successful Realtor you know, stop me.

Today, I’ll pick up my phone and make those calls. Today I will make every effort to be the best agent a client can have. And one day, I’ll print on my business cards, “XX years of experience”.

And I will know that every damn tear I cried that first year was worth it. I’ll tell myself I’d do it all over again if I had to.

So that’s what I tell myself today.

Check out some of the prior #OvercomeRejection posts here:

“This Is How I Deal With Rejection” by Kelly Chripczuk
“It Wasn’t My Writing Being Rejected – It Was Me” by Amy Young

“Permission To Try Again” by Lisa Betz
“Don’t Feed the Bear” by Sarah Gingrich

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And finally, two quick things:

I posted a fictional short story last Friday, and I’ll be continuing it this Friday (that’s right, mark your calendars – this is only two days away). You can read the first part of the story HERE.

I’ll also be reading some of my material at a writers’ retreat at God’s Whisper Farm in southern Virginia in the middle of July. You can attend the entire weekend or come just for the reading on Saturday night. Check out details about that HERE. Space is limited. 

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