First, go read this series please. It is a 20-part series by a practicing attorney on “What It Takes to Be a Great Trial Lawyer”. An explanation of the series and its goals:
As I said in my first post on this subject, a great trial lawyer need not have all of the attributes set forth in this series of posts. Admittedly, the “great trial lawyer” hurdle has been set high. Very high. Indeed, if complete fulfillment of all of these attributes is required, the great trial lawyer may not exist at all.
These words and high standards are not meant to discourage lawyers from embarking upon the path to becoming a great trial lawyer. Every time a lawyer meets one of these super-standards clients will be better served, professional reputation will be enhanced, and profession satisfaction will increase. Thus, I believe that virtually every trial lawyer, even those who choose not to make the commitment to be a great trial lawyer, can benefit from the thoughts expressed in this series of posts.
These writings capture and applaud what I have observed in lawyers whom I truly admire. It includes observations I made while following my father around courtrooms in Central Wisconsin four decades ago, insights I gained in law school during an unforgettable speech by Ramsey Clark and discussions with a number of extremely competent professors, and my experiences during my almost 27 years at the Bar. As I mentioned at the beginning of this series of posts, the work of my mentor, John T. Conners, Jr., put me in the position to learn much of what I now know.
Second, I may write a lot of stuffzorz on industry and marketing and so on, but really, there’s no way I can offer anything on what it takes to be a great real estate agent. But some of you can.
So I challenge you — all of you who are qualified — to put pen to paper (virtual paper even) and write “What It Takes to Be a Great Realtor”. If you send me links, I’ll link to them. Hell, I’ll put up a permanent page and put all the links up. But don’t do it for me — do it for yourself, and for the others who could learn from your collected wisdom.
I would love to see smart, experienced, with-it Realtors really get down and dirty with something like this. As a former lawyer, reading the Trial Lawyer series really resonated with me — mostly reminding me why I would never have been a good trial lawyer. The industry needs something like this.