290: How Quickly Can You Change Your Focus?

Real Estate Survival Guide
Real Estate Survival Guide
290: How Quickly Can You Change Your Focus?


How quickly can you change your focus? One of the things I have learned through my real estate career is how quickly you need to be able to focus on the next thing. For example, as I record this podcast, I have a settlement coming up in a couple of days. I’ll need to change my focus pretty quick after wrapping this up so I can focus on that client. Once that settles, I’ll move my focus to the next thing—it’s about balancing it all. We have to be able to change our focus quickly in real estate. This past Tuesday I experienced my first Philly spring training baseball game—something I have dreamed of as long as I’ve followed baseball. I have some professional camera equipment from my photography days, so I brought that along with the new L series zoom lens I had recently purchased. I was in the second row, right behind the Phillies dugout. I’ve followed baseball a good majority of my life, so I can anticipate the actions of the players as I watch the ball. There were a couple of times during the day where I really thought about how quickly I had to shift my focus to follow the action. These guys are throwing the ball around a hundred miles per hour, so the action is fast paced. I was photographing Zach Wheeler as he threw a pitch, watching the ball with my left eye. Suddenly, I’d move my camera, using my right eye to see where the ball was shifting, zoom in or out, adjust the focus and take the picture of Trey Turner fielding the ball at the shortstop and tossing it to second. I was constantly shifting my focus trying to get the best shot. I’m pretty proud of the photos I took that day and was impressed that I was able to shift the focus of the lens and adjust all the things in enough time to get some of those shots. So many things had to happen all at once. To apply this to real estate, ask yourself how good are you at adjusting your angle—at changing your position and focus, whether it be physically or mentally? If you want to have success in real estate, you have to be able to adjust. If one client is calling about a property and the next calls stressed out about their settlement, you have to be able to change your focus and be able to meet the needs of each. You also need to be able to adjust your expectations—real estate involves so many things getting thrown at you. You have to be fast on your feet so that if something unexpected comes up, you can handle it. You need to be able to go from guiding listing clients to advising buyers on inspection matters. You have to be adjusting your focus and expectations and be prepared when something unexpected comes up. If you can do these things, I believe you will have much more success in real estate. Thank you so much for being on this real estate journey with me and learning together.


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Podcast edited by Kenny Carfagno.

Show notes and blog posts are created by Jennifer Harshman and RealtorEmails. John Schuchman is a licensed REALTOR® in Lancaster, PA, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty and a part of the Andrew Welk Group. The opinions shared on this show represent the opinions & values of John Schuchman and do not necessarily represent the opinions & values of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty. The opinions & ideas shared in this podcast do not guarantee or promise any results of success to the listener.

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