The other night I was channel surfing and I came upon a program called “Kitchen Nightmares”. Have you ever watched this program? The premise is that Chef Gordon Ramsay is called to a restaurant in order to rehabilitate it. It appears to be the same format in each episode. He redecorates, clears the place of rodents and dirt, changes the menu, and uses a tough-love approach on the owners and the employees. At the end of the hour-long program, the new restaurant is a smashing success.
In this particular episode, Chef Ramsay asks one of the owners the following question, “When was the last time you gave 100%?” The owner responded by saying that he could not remember the last time that he put 100% effort into anything at all.
I immediately began to reflect on that question and the response. I could not for the life of me fathom the concept of not putting lots of effort into my work. As short sale aficionados, we must put 100% effort into our transactions; it’s the only way that we can obtain the approvals. We must take looming foreclosure dates very seriously. We have the future of some family’s home in a file on our desk. Not taking that seriously would imply that we do not care about the future of others.
It’s easy to put 100% effort into something that you love—your passion. Maybe it’s running or bicycling. Maybe it’s cooking (probably not for the restaurant owners on “Kitchen Nightmares” the other night). Maybe it’s real estate.
Gary Vaynerchuk, in his book Crush It!, says that it’s important to chase your passion and not the dollars. When you have passion for what you do (such as real estate), then you might work for long hours—and not even call it work. Not sure that I would stay up until 2:00 a.m. calling bank employees. But, if I have a short sale file that requires a little extra something, I’d certainly put in the effort.
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