I hung up the phone a few minutes ago feeling very satisfied with the conversation I just had with an appraiser in Colorado. The man had contacted my office looking for some help. Though he had been appraising almost as long as I have, he has been hit hard by the “housing crisis” and is even contemplating hanging up the old clipboard for good. However, after about 30 minutes with “The Coach,” he had a few more tools in his belt, and more importantly, a renewed hope in his future and his potential success.
I have long been an advocate of surrounding yourself with successful individuals who are willing to share their knowledge. I have been studying the successful for nearly a decade now. There is one thing that I find as a constant with them all; they each have a mentor or coach to help them become better than they otherwise could be on their own. Most of them have more than one. It is a simple principle; listening to, analyzing, and ultimately acting on the advice of others who have gone before can have an enormous affect upon your success.
But what about The Appraiser Coach? Does he also have a coach as well? I would be a hypocrite if I did not. Though I run three businesses (including a very busy appraisal firm), I make time frequently to get outside the daily grind to be mentored, advised, and uplifted by others. It is never convenient, but as I write, I am sitting in an airport waiting area getting ready to catch a plane. Every three months, I fly over 2,000 miles to warmer weather to meet with my own business coach. For a full day, I am taught, held accountable, and prepared for the next quarter. I also rub shoulders with other successful entrepreneurs, bring them my problems, and receive advice on what they may have done in a similar situation. The boost of power I receive from these meetings is indescribable. It is the reason I continue to take time off, fly to a distant city, and pay tens of thousands of dollars each year to be a part of it. The value I receive far outweighs what I put in.
Furthermore, I am part of a Mastermind Group in my own home town. Twice a month, I meet with a handful of other business owners (none of them are appraisers). During these meetings, we turn off our phones, bring our problems to the table and solve the world’s problems. Well, at least we solve our own problems. I have been doing this for over 5 years now and credit The Appraiser Coach consulting business and Your Appraisal Office customer service business to this Mastermind Group.
In other words, you could honestly say that I owe much of my success to the knowledge and teaching of others. Where are you with your business and personal life? Are you ready to press forward to the next level? Invest in a coach. Whatever the cost in either time or money, if the coach is a good one, it will not be wasted.
Now, go create some value!
Dustin Harris is a multi-business owner, but he has found most of his success as a self-employed, residential real estate appraiser. He has been appraising for nearly two decades. He is the owner and President of Appraisal Precision and Consulting Group, Inc., and is a popular author, speaker and consultant. He owns and operates The Appraiser Coach (www.theappraisercoach.com) where he personally advises and mentors other appraisers helping them to also run successful appraisal companies and increase their net worth. He is also the Founder and President of Your Appraisal Office (www.yourappraisaloffice.com) which implements some of the systems he has developed to help lower costs and free up time for real estate business owners. He and his wife reside in Idaho with their four children.