- Real estate appeals to those of us who want to be our own boss.
- Learn from previous bosses to be the best one you can be for yourself.
One of the appeals of a career in real estate is that for the most part, we get to be our own boss. We are responsible for making sure we do what we need to in order to be successful. I always like to say that the good news about being in real estate is that you are your own boss. But do you know what the bad news is? You are your own boss! Don’t be a lousy one!
I’m going to suggest that you look at the concept of being your own boss a little less practically, and a little more philosophically. Why? For many of us, real estate may not be our first career. We’ve had other jobs with bosses, both great and not so great. What did the great bosses do that made them great? And how can you do some of those things to be a great boss to yourself?
In my new book, “Success Faster: Quickly Launch or Relaunch Your Real Estate Career,” I talk about some questions you can ask yourself to make sure you’re being the best boss you can be, even if you’re the only employee.
Was I a good boss today?
I regularly ask myself, “Was I a good boss today?” Did I provide myself with the tools to be successful? Did I speak to myself in an encouraging way?
Think back to the great bosses from previous jobs. If you made a mistake, how did they handle it? None of us are perfect, and we will occasionally make a mistake. Did you forget to check in with a client? Not handle a negotiation as well as you know you could have? A great boss is going to tell you to learn from your mistakes, move on, and do your best to not let it happen again. And that’s what you should tell yourself.
Set a performance standard.
Great bosses let their employees know what’s expected of them. So it’s up to you to set some goals for yourself. Maybe that’s to sign one client per week, or to work a certain number of hours each day. You should know, quantitatively, if you’re doing your job well.
Remember, you’re the CEO of you, so be a good boss!