A Drudge First?


    Ignacy Paderewski is not a name well-known in many households today. He was born in a city now located in Ukraine.

    He was hugely instrumental in seeking the favor of President Woodrow Wilson to help Poland became an independent nation that was not part of the Russian Empire.

    However, for those who know music well, the name Paderewski is synonymous with the playing and composing of classical music.

    At just 18 years of age, and as a mark of the skills he had particularly in playing the piano, this man was offered the opportunity to become a teacher at the Warsaw Conservatory, which is one of the largest and oldest music schools in Europe.

    Over the course of his life, he gave many concerts around Europe and the United States.

    It is said that at one concert, a woman was enamored with him and his playing. After several minutes of this unwanted attention, the great pianist is said to have stopped her and said, “Madame, before I was a genius, I was a drudge!”

    Each of us has the ability to do what we want with our lives.

    However, many of us do not avail ourselves of the opportunities that present themselves. We might want to take advantage of them, but we are not willing to be a drudge first.

    For example, I might say that I would LOVE to expertly play an instrument, or that I would LOVE to speak fluent Mandarin. The reality is that I do not play an instrument with a great degree of skill, nor do I speak fluent Mandarin.

    The question is not whether I have the ability to do either of those two things for I have the ability to take lessons and learn how to play.

    It is no different in real estate.  Buyers, sellers, and agents all have their part to play in how real estate is bought and sold.  Buyers and sellers need to spend time interviewing each agent and see whether there really is a fit.  Too many listen to a realtor spiel, but do not do their due diligence.  In the end, there is frustration when they find out that the realtor they picked does not always do what they said they were going to do and a little bit of background work would have revealed this.

    On the part of agents, too many hold a license and do what they can to get by on skills learning, education requirements, etc.  Some may even wait until their 3 years is almost up to cram for a few classes.  This does not do a great service to the people of Cheyenne that we are supposed to be serving.

    So, when it comes to becoming better…

    The real question is this —

    What am I willing to give up in order to become good at what I say I love?

    A person who wants to be the best in their business will spend time researching and studying the lives of those who have been successful.

    A person who wants to play an instrument must be willing to turn off the television and spend hours mastering the scales and arpeggios.

    A person who wants to become fluent in a different language needs to find others who speak that language and learn the nuances of the language as well as the culture.

    The truth is this. While I say that I would LOVE to expertly play an instrument, I do not really WANT it bad enough to make the necessary sacrifices.

    I am not willing to become a drudge in order to be considered a genius in the field of music.

    It is particularly true in the West that we live in a fast-paced society and culture. We want instant gratification. Why take years to learn scales and arpeggios if somebody could wave a wand and magically impart such a skill to us?

    I am glad that there is no such wand for we would not have great appreciation for the skills and years required to become a genius or a top-notch service provider.

    If we want something bad enough, we MUST learn to make sacrifices. We MUST be willing to learn from others. We MUST stop trying and thinking that shortcuts will still allow us to become the best in our business.

    Striving to be the Best for Cheyenne,

    Mark Escalera – Cheyenne Realtor

    Military Relocation Professional (MRP)

    307-286-0396 — Mobile phone

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