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Know Your Strengths

By Damon Johnson

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At a very young age I knew what I was good at, and what I needed help with. I loved reading but found math not so much fun unless it was a story problem. I tell that little story to let you know that it’s okay to ask for help.

Being a REALTOR® doesn’t mean that I know everything about mortgages, compliance, title work etc… When I have a question that isn’t in my wheelhouse I ASK. I would rather ask a thousand questions than get to the closing table, inspection, appraisal and not be prepared with whatever docs or answers are needed.

Build upon your strengths. It is what makes us all unique. If you are a loan officer learn everything that loan officers do. If you are an inspector learn that inside and out. The list goes on and on. We are all doing the best we can.

Asking questions is never a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you are open to learning and improving upon your strengths. Success will happen as people see that you are the expert in your area.

Categories: careers, interesting, real, grow-your-business, uwm, best-practices

Tags: Personal Coaching, Personal Development, Best Practices, Damon Johnson, UWM, 2016


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  1. sadaf | Nov 28, 2016
    very nice
  2. Quiana Broden | Sep 06, 2016
    Nice job being an expert in your craft.  That is what many people lack these days :)  Knowing your strength and focusing in on that takes you to the next level!  Thanks for this
  3. Rudy | Sep 02, 2016
  4. robert Throneburg | Sep 01, 2016
    Great article. You definitely need to be an expert at your role.
  5. Jeff B | Aug 31, 2016
    This is a great read Damon, the right questions will help lead to nothing but great things!
  6. Gabrialle Christian | Aug 31, 2016
    This is nice Damon! Questions are good not bad ! 
  7. Dennis Sheikho | Aug 30, 2016
    Nice article Damon. I totally agree! If you don't ask questions, your missing out on the opportunity of learning something new. Asking questions is essential to ones success. 
  8. Bonnie C. Powell | Aug 30, 2016

    Hello Damon,

    Once again, you hit the nail on the head...

    Questions is my middle name.   However, my questions aggravate a small amount of my friends, family and some co workers.   They ask, "Do you have to question everything"?  I simply tell them yes and keep going.   They say, "You should have been an attorney or an investigator or something like that".  Well, I'm neither and probably should have been.  I just keep working in this mortgage industry and ask away until I'm wealth of knowledge.  There are enough questions to go around forever.  Makes me know some of a lot. 

    Good job Damon!  

  9. Jess Ford | Aug 30, 2016
    Great read Damon!
  10. julie P | Aug 30, 2016
    Great read Damon - keep asking questions. Knowledge is power!
  11. Mighael hollingsworth | Aug 30, 2016
    Very great article! I definitely agree with this and I need to apply it to my life a little more. 
  12. Mike Wagner | Aug 30, 2016
    Very good post Damon. I absolutely agree. Questions lead to retention and implementation which in turn will lead to success. Using the knowledge around us is key. We are blessed to be surrounded by individuals who want to see nothing more than for us to succeed, we just have to want it.
  13. Kevin Kassa | Aug 30, 2016

    Nice article Damon,

    I just want to add that as leaders and experts in our area, we should always open ourselves for our direct reports, and other team members to ask questions for them to have a better understanding of the business/process/guideline.  it is our job to guide them and help clear the roadblocks for them to improve.

    Team Leads that push back on their direct reports and others to discover the answer on their own because they should already know the answers... and not team leaders.

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