Yesterday I found a political ally has changed his views and is now working on legislation I strongly oppose. As Democrats in Idaho we have very little influence in how our state is run. When the Idaho’s education secretary proposed then succeeded in passing three laws that hurt Idaho’s children and teachers there was a bi-partisan outcry among the populace. The outcry was so great that the laws are up for a vote in December. Most of my ally’s and some of my usual political adversaries were working to change the laws. Yesterday I found that my friend is now going to be working for the other side. I am very sad. I was hoping that my friend would have helped us get rid of the bad legislation.
So this leads us to how we handle disappointment. In our field of real estate there is a lot of it… We have it in our personal life… We have it in our political life… So far I will admit to a pretty dismal start of my new year…
I had my suitcase full of money client where I could taste that commission check. I had a client decide it isn’t time to buy a home. I had a listing fail inspection and the buyer walked. I had to pull the listing and wait for repairs. My father had a stroke and needed help on a project. The old dog is peeing on the carpet again and her cough is coming back. I have no obvious clients in the pipeline… I was handling everything but my dad pretty well. But today I am disappointed. Perhaps I am sad because my friend seems to be what others have said in the past… But I thought better of him. What can I do? I need to think.
How do we handle disappointment in our lives and our business? Usually I just shrug it off and move to the next project… I go to the next client but as February begins I enter is with a heavy heart. Sometimes it is the move of one person. Maybe it is the accumulation. Maybe later today I will have figured out and have a new client. Maybe I will work harder to help with the voter referendum. Maybe I will drop everything and help dad in Israel in a month or so (or just visit him and his wife). I wish I could get paid for political or social work but alas I am a democrat in Idaho and the jobs are few and poorly paid. There is so much that could be improved if we had more money. I guess that is true in my real personal life. If I sold more houses I would have a more solid future. So how do I handle my disappointment and get on with my life and business?
I will get through it… I usually just suck it up and get on with it. I imagine that is what I will do today… I will go to the office and try to prospect for a bit. Does it hurt to make public disappointment?
So if you want someone who would serve you well give me a call. I can help with their real estate needs and I will be too busy to be disappointed and my outlook will change.