I recently had the pleasure to be Committee Chair and emcee for the 2008 Sales Award for the Chicago Association of REALTORS. It was a good event with great turnout, approximately 400 people, and the feedback was extremely positive. The format was different, it was a networking reception vs. a stuffy dinner that limits the time you have to really talk to your colleagues in the industry.
When times are tough and people have to work extra hard, to acknowledge that success is especially meaningful. The hard work that kept this industry moving forward, the hard work that kept them in the game, the hard work that made them realize why they are in the business in the first place.
THESE are the TIMES we recognize, acknowledge those people who CHANGED, ADAPTED, FOCUSED and HUSTLED to stay on top. Talk to these Top Producers and find out what mojo they have or use. As they say the cream rises to the top.
15.7 Billion dollars worth of real estate was sold in the Chicago market in 2008, that did not happen without all of YOU; whether you did 1 deal or 100 deals YOU were part of that success. By the way, success does not travel alone it is accompanied by cooperation the foundation of our industry.
If you are looking for inspiration the Sales Awards provided it. Colin Hebson spoke about knowing your own self worth. Barbara O’Connor, told us that we need to get back to basics, relearn all those things that made us successful. Iris Ade said she hustled everyday. They have a plan to Thrive in ’09 and so do I!
I believe there is no substitute for hard work. You can wait for things to change or HUSTLE! A great man once said, “Good things come to those who wait… The things left over by those who HUSTLE!! That great man has been in the news a lot lately, he just turned 200, Abraham Lincoln.
So, tell us how you plan to HUSTLE to make some Cash Flow. Inspire others about how YOU will THRIVE in ’09!
We have to take the lead and cooperate with each other. As Napoleon Hill has written…
“The successful leader must understand, and apply the principle of cooperative effort and be able to induce his followers to do the same. Leadership calls for POWER, and power calls for COOPERATION.”