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What is the biggest mistake you've made that could highly impact you now?

I'm in high school and I am working really hard right now so I can have my dream career as a realtor in the future. I don't want to make any mistakes or say no to any opportunities that are handed to me because I can probably use the skills I've learned and apply that to my future job. I want to learn to not make mistakes or prevent them from happening so I don't regret anything. goals realtor realestate realestateagent mistakes

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Steward "Tony"’s Answer

We all make mistakes in life, in business, in love, in many other aspects. In real estate, what can send you to the top is your ability to listen to what your clients want and not give them what you think they should have. Listen to those who are seasoned in the business and follow their lead. Be a shadow to the movers and a shakers, taking note to what you like about how the business is done and also what you do not like about how the business is done. This the way you can be a self fashioned professional which people can trust. Be the good parts and trash the bad.

However, this will not keep you from making any mistakes, but it will keep them to a minimum and hopefully not be huge mistakes. Just smaller ones which do build character over time.

Always remember that there is no Win or Lose in a career climb, just Win or Learn. If you fall, always Fall Forward by admitting your mistake and making good in its resolution. That will bring you respect, commitment and yes a few small battle scares. Enjoy every minute of it.

Well said. Karen A. Larson

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Karen A.’s Answer

Some of the lessons most ingrained in me now were due to mistakes that I have made. As long as you analyze the mistake to see what you could have done differently and try applying the lessons the next time the situation comes up, the mistake was not a failure. Regarding not wanting to pass any opportunities by, while I agree that you can probably develop transferable skills in many such opportunities, I might suggest being a little choosy to see which opportunities offered you might help you the most in your real estate career. I think it's a fine career choice. In Real Estate specifically, there are many laws that you need to keep in mind, and mistakes here can be costly, so be sure to study all of the fine print that you are expected to know. Review the specifics and quiz yourself. Hopefully your firm will let you shadow some experienced realtors who can also help show you the ropes.
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Keith’s Answer

Never under-estimate the level of politicking in education and throughout your career. If you are a person that avoids discussions of governmental politics, understand the underpinnings of those government relations often apply within your scholastic programs and eventually your career. The phrase, "It is so much what you know, but WHO you know." is apropos.

So, make sure to respect that politics exists (i.e. catering to the head coach for playing time, recommendations for new ways to work). Unless you are lucky enough to be independently wealthy, we all mostly work for someone. And that someone likely answers to someone else. That power dynamic is always at play. So, focus on the relationships and maintenance of those relationship because you never know when you will need to draw upon those to further your career or establish one.

Always show respect and try to avoid burning bridges as your career goes on. The contrary will only create additional challenges to your ultimate goal.
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Matthew’s Answer

This is a good question and you are wise to seek advice around the topic of mistakes. Of the many benefits of inquiring about the past, one of the greatest is the opportunity learn, grow and improve. While I do not presume to have all the answers, I encourage you to study hard, invest in worthwhile relationships, and be willing to take calculated risks. It is natural to want to be successful in all endeavors, but do not let the risk of failure preclude you from trying. Ironically enough, limiting yourself based on the fear of failure and regret, can lead to regret itself.

One additional note that is worth emphasizing, in an increasingly digital world, be mindful of how you present yourself and your personal brand. Once something is published for the world to see - it is often impossible to erase completely.
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Simeon’s Answer

I wouldn't say that the vast majority of mistakes will hold you back for the rest of your life. One mistake that might have affected me was not investing in building connections with my fellow business students during college. I could have had more options career-wise if I had been a part of a business organization or talked to some of my business professors some more.
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Anita’s Answer

This is a great question. We hopefully learn and grow from our mistakes. There is no such thing as perfection. Seek out mentors who understand what you are trying to accomplish and have your best interest at heart. Make sure the opportunities make sense. That’s where a mentor will come in.

Have you ever thought about conducting informational interviews with people who are doing what you want to do? This could be helpful. You can ask all sorts of questions and possibly learn from the conversation.

I hope this is helpful.
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Bobbi’s Answer

Don't be afraid to take risks and with that, mistakes will be made. Learn from those mistakes. It's important to put yourself out there. Show your drive, your passion and your vision. It's important to develop and maintain relationships. Meet people in all walks of life and maintain those relationships.

Best of luck to you.
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Chris’s Answer

A mistake I learned was thinking I had "made it" after receiving my first official job after college. I was happy at the time and I thought I was doing well money wise, but 3 years later I noticed people passing me in my career and realized and I needed to work even harder to climb the ladder as soon as I can and start to plan real work and life goals instead of being complacent.
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