Is Being Middle Age a Secret Weapon?
Coming up next week is a local real estate investor’s meeting. In a previous post I mentioned how exhilarating attending an earlier meeting was – meeting people actively working in real estate who were speaking the language I have been reading for a decade.
Despite my excitement, this meeting will actually be a challenge for me – I am not an extrovert. By nature I am not outgoing, I do not enjoy being placed in groups, and am generally happier observing rather than calling attention to myself.
How the heck am I gonna work in real estate? It is the ultimate people and relationship building business where your network helps determine success.
Can I overcome that?
Yes, and the reason I know I can is in part because I’m middle aged. This is one of those circumstances where my age works to my benefit and I can capitalize on the experience that I have already earned.
Knowing myself (after rolling up a few miles) has allowed me to discover that I am a “learned extrovert”. I have recognized my introverted personality, and have developed a skillset to overcome that tendency (and for this meeting, a challenge). I understand when the situation calls for me to be outspoken or introduce myself to people, I can step outside myself and become outgoing.
I am going to use a checklist as a crutch – nothing difficult, but three simple items that will force me to introduce myself to people and carry a conversation rather than hiding in the back of the room.
- Hand out five business cards to people
- Ask two people for recommendations for a real estate specific tax advisor
- Start the search for a couple people I could ask for advice as I move forward
Next week I will give you an update on what the meeting covered, if I hit my goals, and whether attending a real estate investing meeting is worthwhile.