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You’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

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Pour your favorite morning beverage and join the Breakfast Club every morning, as we discuss the topic of the day. Join us as we talk, chat and provoke your thoughts on a new lending subject daily. So sit back in your chair around the virtual roundtable and share your thoughts with us.
In the mortgage industry, it is easy to replicate a lot of things. It’s a pretty cut and dry business with a lot of rules and regulations that have to be followed. If you’re a new mortgage company trying to be successful, you would want to follow the biggest and most reputable companies out there, read their startup story, feel inspired and follow them every step of the way. That should work right?!?!

Wait…why isn’t it working????

Well grab your morning liquid and join us…The Breakfast Club. Welcome to our virtual roundtable!
Here is our discussion today on what you can replicate and what you cannot from the most successful mortgage companies.
Beth’s opinion is that you can probably copy a process, but you’ll never be able to replicate someone’s talent. Her advice is to find your purpose and just go for it. You can’t take someone else’s mission and create your dream. Everybody’s why is unique and cannot be replicated.

Scott says that you can copy a system. Meaning how to use the processes like POS, LOS and accounting. What you can’t copy is their culture. Meaning, how you treat your clients and staff. Scott has coached many teams over the years and relates starting a mortgage business to playing a sport. When you’re playing an individual sport like wrestling you don’t have to conform to any technique or “share the ball” with anyone. That match is dependent on you and you only. Well, when you open your business you have created a team. You are no longer just one person doing it all. So you have to play that way. You have to conform to your team, BUT you have to bring out their talent within a team. That’s what a mortgage company should do. No business is ONE person. The skill comes from your team, and nobody can replicate that.

David’s words of wisdom are “Stop it all together.”He believes in people. The best leaders learn how to draw out the talent in their staff. They blame everyone else instead of investing in what they have. CEO’s will say “ Well if I only had a decent staff….that’s why XYZ Company is doing well. They have staff like we will never have.” Well, they have those employee’s because they have invested in their team. They have trained them. They have stayed late and worked through hard deals with them and taught them how to be what and who they are today. Teach them and then show them how to act on what they have learned.

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Stephanie’s advice is pretty plain and simple. Listen. Don’t talk. Watch successful people. Look at their mannerisms. Watch how they deal with situations. Look at what systems they have put into place. Find out their why. Find out what drives them. You’re probably thinking “GREAT! Then copy everything they do and BAM! I have a multimillion dollar company?!?” Nope. Guess what? You cannot copy any of that. What you can do is ask YOURSELF those questions. Mannerism – Are you too hyper during client consultations and maybe you should be calm and listen? Dealing with situations – do you need to stop and work out a plan instead of flipping out? Why are YOU here? What motivates YOU to read an article like this?