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I quit selling real estate… A personal letter.

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 15-06-2009

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Hi,

This is not a sales letter, as a matter of fact I have a great e-book that I want to give to you for your library.

My name is James Osmar, let me introduce myself on a personal level.  20 years ago I had a University degree,
a real estate license and and a burning desire to make a lot of money... I was planning to have a family.

During the first several weeks that I was in the business I took a few of the top agents out for lunch, asked them a gazillion questions and started to implement every idea that made sense to me.

Paul Mithchel told me to buy the book and tapes Jerry Bresser List More Sell More. It was a for sale by owner system, I wore the tapes out twice and had to buy a third copy.

I will say this if you want to learn how to sell real fast, chase private sellers for a while.

I went on to purchase about 50 sets of tapes. Call my old broker owner Carl Vandergoot if you want to
listen to any of them, I gave them to his office.

I had what Napoleon Hill says is the most essential trait of all successful people... A burning desire.

I wanted to be successful... If only for the sake of success.

This burning desire is what enabled me to be arguably the top agent in London for several years. As well, I showed up regularly on the RE/MAX Top 100 list for all of Canada. Somehow it's nice to see your name on lists like that.

Shortly before Napoleon Hill died, he said that if he had to start all over and was to pick two of the top 16 traits that all successful people have. He would want to have a burning desire and his master mind group.

By the way you are not born with these traits that all successful people have, they are acquired.

Fast forward 20 years and now what would I do? Well lets just say that there are some of the old things that are still worth doing. And a whole lot of new stuff!

If you do not keep up with continuing changes and you think that you are a dinosaur now, you will be a fossil in a few
years.

The good thing is that it is really not that hard to keep up.

Last week I decided to pull my license after 20 years of selling Real Estate. I had a lot of fun selling , I learned a lot about myself and others. Today, many of my best friends are Realtor's.... Thanks for that.

Realtor's are an interesting lot, diverse in personality, driven by nature. When I look back it was the Realtor's that kept me in the business that long...

The average Realtor was more consistent and trustworthy then we were given credit for by the general public. We
had to be, our peers would have tossed us out on ear if we were not.

One of my longest lasting memories came from my first sale. I never realized that some buyers and sellers would
be so emotional.

In the middle of negotiating my very first deal, I was in my good friend Stan Franjkovic's kitchen. Stan was not
in the business then, so he referred this married couple to me.

As a grand stand, the male slammed his fist on Stan's kitchen table swore at me and swore he would not pay any higher then he is offering. He stomped out of the house, slamming the door behind him. Uttering every profanity known to man in all languages.

Two minutes later he was back... he signed the offer...

My on the job training had begun!

That client and I laughed about it 2000 sales and many years later. He claimed he was responsible for making me
such a successful Realtor.

This eagerness to learn is one of the traits that all successful agents have. It is what Napoleon Hill calls specialized knowledge. It is a must and it should never stop. Because when it does, so will your career.

When Napoleon Hill wrote the book Think and Grow Rich, he was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to interview the
richest men of his day.(unfortunately there were few business woman back then). Today there is not one successful
business "person" that has not read this book.

The following are 5 of the most important 16 traits that all successful people have.

1. To have burning desire

2. To attain specialized knowledge

3. To have an entrepreneurial spirit

4. To be part of a mastermind group

5. To be decisive in nature

Last week I was in Las Vegas... it's not what you think. I was learning, I was taking a course that cost $30,000. Yes
you read it right $30,000. It was a course on public speaking, taught by a man that is credited to be the most expensive and most effective public speaker trainer in the world.

You see when I was 3 or 4 years old, I was so shy I would sit in my parents car and cry for hours when we went
to visit their friends, it was very phobic time. However, that is another story.

Today this is my new Burning Desire.... I am no longer that shy little boy... However, I do need a massive challenge
to motivate me and public speaking is that challenge.

That irrational childhood fear was a good thing... No it was a great thing. It taught me that when you break through barriers there often is no reason to fear. What a great lesson to be able
to reflect on!

As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, the only thing to fear is fear itself!

I have spoken publicly in the past, on one occasion I was invited to do the annual kick off for an insurance company.
It was a 45 minute presentation to 90 sales people on... You guessed it... Sales. A few years before that I also jumped
out of an airplane, the gut wrenching fear was very similar.

The applause for speaking was also very similar to the gratitude I felt for being alive.

What I did discover about myself was that with the proper learned skills and burning desire, you can do anything. In
very large part, it is who you decide to learn from that is important.

I do wish for you a very successful future in what ever path you choose... Because you too can do anything.

To the next 20 years and to your profound success.

James Osmar
Real Estate Websites
1241 Beaverbrook Ave.
London, CA

P.S. you can go to SellingToolz.com, click on Free Stuff and you can download the book for free.

My gift to you.

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