Lani and Benn’s invitation to contribute to Agent Genius coincided with the deadline for completing my semi-annual CE and quadrennial Code of Ethics classes. It was appropriate timing! While we all have to take the mandatory classes for continuing education, I have noticed a distinct difference between agents who continue to educate themselves and those who have to. It is evidenced in communities like this one. This is the ultimate classroom where everyone can learn.
I’m an avid fan of continuing education, but I can’t seem to remember to take only the classes which give me credit. That’s why I am taking classes at the last minute! I still wouldn’t calculate my education, based on credits, even if I did remember. I choose classes I like, where I can increase my knowledge about many different topics and those which will benefit my clients.
What Does it Hurt?
One year, I forgot my GRI classes covered most of my CE requirements and ended up taking additional classes. A few extra classes never hurt anyone…..Right?
Only if you sit through a class and learn nothing!
I have been licensed in three states; believe me, there is a lot of boring, repetitive information included in each state’s pre-licensing course. I’ll admit it, if I never sit through another class about the Rectangular Survey System, I will be a happy camper. Other than that, I try to bring an open mind to every class and learn something new.
I often hear grumbles about having to take CE and Code of Ethics classes. They fit into the “I already know this” category for many agents. Consequently, they don’t learn much. Not because of the quality of the information or the instructor, but because of their attitude going into the class. If you grumble going in, chances are, you won’t learn anything new.
Those Who Grumble the Most…
It’s funny; those who grumble the most are the ones who have not opened their mind to what is going on around them and in the industry. You probably won’t meet them online. They are the agents who sit in the office waiting for the phone to ring, while complaining about business. The rest of us will learn something new, even if it’s in the hallway during breaks.
To the grumblers, I say, “lighten up, enjoy the experience and challenge yourself to learn something new”! Otherwise, you won’t have to worry about CE in two years. The industry will have evolved without you.
To everyone else – I’ll see you in the hallway! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.