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Never Trash the Shanes of the World

May 13, 2008

Another valuable business lesson learned from ABC’s The Bachelor last night. After six weeks of torrid romance, Prince Charming Matt Clark had narrowed the field of vixens down to just two: Shane, Hollywood actress-wannabe and daughter of B-list celebrity Lorenzo Lamas and Chelsea, the drug rep from Durango, CO. Having seen enough of these finales (yes, one of my guilty TV pleasures) I knew when Chelsea stepped out of the limo first she was dead in the water. At some point during Matt’s farewell soliloquy to her, Chelsea realized she was going home single. I’ll give her credit for keeping it together. Emotions were running high and she remained relatively composed. As they walked away back to her last limo ride home, she committed the cardinal sin of business. She trashed Shane, the girl Matt chose over her.

At that point, I thought she dropped the ball big time. She had the opportunity to go out gracefully and on top of her game. In any situation where you’re up against someone else (a listing appointment, a buying negotiation, etc…) one of the first things I learned in business is never, ever, ever outwardly trash your competition. It never will achieve the results you’re looking for. It only serves to make you look petty and like a sore loser.

Will others trash you to try and achieve an advantage? Absolutely. Rise above I say! In my experience, it will come back to you in spades. Real Estate can be a cut throat business, no doubt. As I write this, there is an agent in my office currently trashing another agent on the phone to a colleague. I kid you not. How convenient for me. It is literally happening as I type. It happens all the time. I just choose to not partake.

So best of luck to the lovely newlyweds, Matt and Shane. He actually proposed and she said yes! Usually they half-ass it and say let’s get to know each other better, take some time, yada yada yada….but these kids jumped right in with two feet. I wish them well.

I wish the now-single Chelsea well, too. I just wish she would have not jumped at the chance to trash Shane at the end. She lost major brownie points there.

But, hey! Maybe she has a bright future in Colorado real estate!

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One comment

  1. You start talking about trashy reality TV and B list celebrities and you get my attention! šŸ™‚ Actually, I liked the batchelor this go around.
    Anyone, thanks for turning the hours I spent watching this dumb show into a business lesson, makes me feel better about myself. Ha!

    (I hear they are still together… could he be the first batchelor to actually get married?)



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