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January 13, 2011 / realestatetrainingau

Please all and you will please none…

Remember the old fable by Aesop, about “The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey?”

A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?”

So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”

So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”

Well, the Man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yoursu and your hulking son?”

The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.

“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:

“Please all, and you will please none.”

So, what’s the lesson in regard to Business, or to Real Estate?

Well, you can’t possibly make everyone happy. There’s NO way – no matter how hard you try, and it doesn’t matter whether you are in sales, property management, or a business owner.  And, no matter how many times people say “I love what you’re doing, and thank you so much!” There will always be some who aren’t happy. No matter how much you second-guess yourself and try to offer value – someone will not appreciate what you’re doing.  And no wonder, in Real Estate you deal with all different types of consumers who have differing points of view on just about everything.

Let your own personality and integrity guide you in your travels this year, and always make decisions based on doing what is the right thing to do.  Make sure your decisions sit well with you, because the old man was right.  You can’t possibly make everyone happy.  And whatever you do, don’t get caught carrying a cranky donkey!









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