A Little Rant

I know I shouldn’t tempt the fates, but how many more things can go wrong? I’m killing myself trying to please all my web clients but all they want is more and they want it yesterday. I’m now going on 3 weeks without a day off. And my coming weekend already has a client appointment marring it.

I’ve had two real estate deals in a row fall apart, the most recent one due to unethical behavior and a list of stupidities committed on both sides. It’s like a comedy of errors. I spent dozens of hours on this last deal and now it’s all for nothing. Imagine all the great things I could have wasted those hours on?

All this crap raining down is actually amusing and, for once, I’m not finding this depressing. But I am sick of feeling like with my abilities, experience and talents I can’t do better than this? What the fuck? I keep on learning the lessons, so when does all this learning pay off?

When I was in college I learned to be a perfectionist. I learned that the rewards were there for hard work. But since coming to live in Mexico I’ve been getting the message that greed rules and that the quality of the work is not important. All people seem to care about is making money and they will stab you in the back to get it. I’m tired of it. I want to go back to having people notice that I’m actually good at what I do and want to pay me well for it, is that too much to ask?

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4 Responses to “A Little Rant”

  1. Michele in Playa
    May 13th, 2008 11:57

    Greed? Unethical practices? Say it ain’t so!! I sympathise with you. We’ve had so many deals fall apart and I know how frustrating that is. Just keep at it and never give up on your own integrity and standards of business. It will pay off in the end.

  2. RiverGirl
    May 13th, 2008 12:38

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’m pretty burned out on real estate right this minute, but we shall see. In the end this one broke down because the seller simply wanted more money, agree to one price, then change your mind and up the price…sound familiar?

  3. Michele in Playa
    May 15th, 2008 16:39

    Oh, yes. That’s a familiar story. My personal favorite is when sellers refuse to pay any cap gains. Real Estate here is very trying but ultimately the best way to make $$$ here. With three kids to feed, clothe and educate what else is there? Oh, and of course we build our own condos too… just to make our lives more complicated. That’s a whole other set of craziness!!

  4. RiverGirl
    May 15th, 2008 16:45

    Yes, these sellers didn’t want to pay cap gains, that was yet another problem in the way.

    I agree that it is the most lucrative way to make a living here. But I’m finding it hard to learn the ropes, so many things go wrong that I feel all I learn is what not to do.

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