Twenty (20) Years in the Business Does Not a Mentor Make

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Twenty (20) Years in the Business Does Not a Mentor Make (30DC25)

Every now and then we run across the real estate agent that boast "I've been doing this for 20 years" as if to say, look here Rookie I stopped learning years ago so there is nothing you can tell me about this business.  There's a certain tone that is really saying "just sit back and take notes and watch my smoke."

When someone makes an unwarranted point of pointing out their longevity in the business it always makes me wonder if they feel that they'll garner instant respect.  Is an auto pilot announcement really warranted or should their actions be reflective of your unspoken claim?

I have never had a mentor (directly) but I've taken notes in the background.  I've watched performers with positive energy, a master plan, good habits that consistently reap results, and I've adopted some of the best practices of these producers.

I don't make the claim that I've never had a mentor as some sort of statement that I'm "all of that" even without having had a one on one mentor relationship.  Not having a mentor may have been my saving grace in that now my knowledge base is broader than any one person could have ever provided.   And as I have only been in the business for 5 years, I am still a mentee being educated by mentors that are available at my beck and call. I'm not pigeoned holed into being paired with a single person, affiliated with a single company. 

I can learn whenever I feel like it.  I can pick and choose the best practices for me and my business from multiple sources .

We're in a business that is constantly changing and selecting a mentor requires evaluating that person and listening for cues that will let you know if they are changing with the times or stuck in a time warp.   Is the mentor open to new ideas and willing to incorporate some of the old school lessons with the new school.  Does the mentor seem like the type that will allow you to bring something to the table by way of knowledge and/or youth if that's the case.

I have not mentored anyone and may not be in a position to do so at this moment.  But what I will always bring to the table is an open mind and a mind that is willing to absorb new things like a sponge or surround myself with people who will or are willing to do likewise.  Even if I don't agree or initially grasp a concept, does not mean I'm not willing to go out on a limb and give it a try.  I do believe that there are no rewards without some risk.

My name is Charita Cadenhead and I've been a real estate agent for 5 years.  Although I am a broker/owner, I don't know everything there is to know and the funny thing is that I don't know of anyone who does.

If you are seeking a mentor, I know where you can find one or many:  www.ActiveRain.com

 

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Charita Cadenhead
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Keller Williams Realty

Margaret I believe having a mentor is the absolute best route to go.  Had my circumstances been different, I probably would have had a mentor as well.  You were very fortunate and I hope you are paying it forward.

September 18, 2010 05:01 PM
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Dawn Rupersburg ABR, CRS, AHWD
Coral Shores Realty, Full Time Realtor
Coral Shores Realty Inc.

I just cringe when someone starts the conversation with all their years in this business.  It tells me  this person is going to be lazy.  I mean who cares how many years you have in the business if you don't get off your butt and do your job.  Were here to work together and take care of the public.  

"I've been doing this for 20 years" as if to say, look here Rookie I stopped learning years ago so there is nothing you can tell me about this business.

September 18, 2010 11:12 PM
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Charita Cadenhead
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Keller Williams Realty

Dawn I hear your frustration. Lazy, to me, is a pretty strong word so I don't know if I would say that, but I wrote the post so I definitely "get" that some of the veterans assume some liberties that aren't warranted.   Trust me, I'd be the first to admit if I'd come across a veteran who didn't want to get it together and hold up their end of a deal.  To me, that would be run neck in neck with not living in the NOW.

September 19, 2010 07:13 AM
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Claude Labbe
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When I hear "I've been in the business for x years", then I usually expect there will not be room for discussion or negotiation.

I'm in WashingtonDC, and many times, I also hear "my client has a law degree from <a school>", or "I'm a lawyer", and again, I feel there will be little room for discussion or negotiation.

 

If you flip those statements, the entire world opens up "I've been in this business for x years, but maybe you can teach me this new approach" would be nice.  I sure hope that's how I can be in the future.  Because don't we all find we can learn from all sorts of different people?

 

September 19, 2010 11:40 PM
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Charita Cadenhead
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Claude we can all learn something from someone else (young, old and in between).  The oldies should show an interest in what newer agents have to offer.  I thought that type of resentment went away with the 80's.  Good point.

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