One of the best ways to improve habits and continuing on a positive path is to look back and analyze your actions. I’m going to start a new post series called Failure Friday Lessons Learned that I will attempt to identify something I did wrong or could have done better over the past week. The infraction may be something big or it may be something tiny, but if not corrected I will be destined to repeat that same mistake over and over again.
What I did Wrong This Week…
I sent an email instead of making a phone call.
During the past two weeks I started advertising for short sales on craigslist to see if I could attract any Realtors who may have some short sale listings. I’ve described this in detail here in this post, Short Sale Comissions. After two weeks of posting ads, I finally was contacted by someone who had a few short sales. Great! so I shot Nick a quick email letting him know. This is what Nick had to say to my email..
call me. Email is for disconnected relationships.
It took me 1 half second after reading his reply to pick up the phone and call him. Just take a minute and think about those 5 words, “Email is for disconnected relationships.” I’m not going to go into a long post explaining what that mans, It’s just correct.
The lesson I will be taking from this past week is that Real Estate Investing is about building personal relationships with people and you can’t do that unless you talk with them on the phone or face to face. Email is good for sending notes, it’s not good for establishing that bond which is so important to success.
What did you do wrong this week?
If I’m admitting to one of my mistakes, I only think it’s fair if you admit a mistake you made this week. So fess up and leave a comment. It feels good to admit your error in judgment and I can guarantee it will be helpful and reassuring to someone else.
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