Recently a client told me that I had ‘grit’. Considering that I spend hours cleaning grit off of the flooring in our home each week, I was a bit surprised and was wondering if I should be offended. I looked up what ‘grit’ actually meant. (Thank you google)
The first definition was what I had thought of first: “Abrasiveparticles or granules, as of sand or other small,coarse impurities found in the air, food, water, etc.” Living in Florida, we have sand everywhere, I am very familiar with grittiness. (That’s normally when I know the tile floors need sweeping again.)
But what is this as far as a personality trait? The definition is: “Firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck.”
Hmmm, I guess I’m fairly plucky…
Going even further, wikipedia.com defined it best I think:
“Grit is defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” Building upon biographical collections of famous leaders in history, researchers and scientists have reached similar conclusions about high achieving individuals. Specifically, those individuals who were deemed more successful and influential than their contemporary counterparts typically possessed traits above and beyond that of normal ability. While ability was still critically important, these individuals also possessed “zeal” and “persistence of motive and effort.” Grit is conceptualized as a stable trait that does not require immediate positive feedback. Individuals high in grit are able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity. Their passion and commitment towards the long-term objective is the overriding factor that provides the stamina required to “stay the course” amid challenges and set-backs. Essentially, the grittier person is focused on winning the marathon, not the sprint.”
With this definition in mind, I have to think that it is the best definition of what a Realtor is, than anything else I have read thus far. To my client that gave me such high praise, I hope you are reading this and know how much I appreciate this compliment.
So I guess the questions would be to anyone selling their home and interviewing real estate agents:
“Does he/she have grit? Will they persevere with the sale of your home, even when things are looking bad? Will they push through and stay upbeat and motivated through the entire process? Will they carry you through this marathon, or give up when they discover its going to be much more than a sprint? Will they give you feedback about your home as opposed to needing positive feedback to stay motivated?”
Andrea Proeber is now a Broker Associate! She has been a Realtor in Marion County for over a decade and specializes in long term real estate investing and property management.