Working in the back of an ambulance doesn’t always go the way you want it to.
You can have all of the best training and knowledge out there, but sometimes the patient just does not respond positively to your interventions, or maybe you made a mistake that resulted in a negative outcome.
In order to survive in EMS, this is a reality that you have to accept.
You can’t take it personal, nor can you dwell on it and let it consume you.
You don’t have time for that. Usually you just have time to give your report, pass off the patient to hospital staff, clean up your rig, and it’s off to the next call.
If your mind is still dwelling on the past, there is a good chance it is going to affect the present and possibly your care of your current patient, or put you in a dangerous situation because you were not focused on the here and now.
This sounds like a simple skill, but it’s not, and has lead to many careers in Emergency Services cut short because the individual lets a particular situation or outcome consume them, whether that outcome was within their control or not.
I spent nearly 20 years in EMS, which is pretty good considering the burn out rate is usually 5 years. What kept me sane during those years was accepting the fact that I have no control over the outcome of a situation, I can only fall back on my training and hope for the best.
In other words, the only control I have is how I prepare myself for the challenges I may face, and how I choose to react to those challenges once they are before me.
This is a lesson that has served me well in many aspects of my life, but has probably been most impactful in my business endeavors.
In real estate, I have no control who comes in that front door or what kind of offer is going to be put on the table. I have no control how my clients, or the other party, are going to react or respond to a particular situation. I have no control over lenders, inspectors, or appraisers. I have no control over the market, in general.
What I do have control over is myself.
How I best showcase a property for sale, how I educate my clients as to what they can expect during the buying and selling process, and how I prepare myself in terms of market knowledge, marketing skills, networking skills, and understanding the laws and regulations of real estate.
This lesson I learned so long ago in EMS helps keep me calm, level headed, and focused in business.
It ensures that emotions don’t get in the way of logic and reason, and overtake and influence a transaction like I see happen so often in real estate.
This ultimately leads to better results and a smoother, less stressful, transaction for my clients.
And isn’t that the outcome we all strive for in any business transaction.