Being inspired by others is easy. Inspiring others is the real challenge “-Mark Skapinetz
Yes, that’s my quote, and it came to me the other night while I was on the new App called Clubhouse. I was speaking to a group of realtors and agents about Real Estate Appraising and the appraisal process. I was getting hammered with questions from agents left and right, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Here I am in this group listening to agents and others talking real estate, their issues and solutions, and more for about 30 min. A question came up about Real Estate Appraisers, and the problems agents face regarding the appraisal process. So of course, I raised my hand and asked to join the speakers on stage. I introduced myself and gave a quick background on who I am and what I do. I proceeded to answer the question posed by a speaker, and well thought I was done. NOT SO FAST… Being the only appraiser in the group, it became clear that I was someone that they have been waiting for and wanting to talk to.
Question after question ensued, and I tried to answer them to the best of my knowledge. This wasn’t my intention when I asked to speak, as I was just hoping to answer the first question and offer my knowledge as an appraiser to add as much VALUE as I could to anyone in there. Well, apparently, I had something they needed, and that was Appraiser Knowledge.
So how does all of this pertain to Inspiring others? Let me explain. Being in these clubhouse groups with realtors has opened my eyes to a side of the profession I have had little knowledge of. Most of us think that realtors price a home, show it, sell it and help buy it. To my surprise, there is so much more that goes into it. Listening in on these topics and talks has allowed me to learn more from them and take processes, apps, and more and look at ways I can utilize them in my business. These people have inspired me to finally get my agent’s license and encourage me to work harder and smarter in my business. The challenge for me was how do I inspire them? As a real estate appraiser, how do I inspire agents to learn more about appraising, the process we go through, learn the laws and regulations, etc.
Be me. Be Mark Skapinetz and share my appraiser knowledge and share my story, my life, and offer them something different from just being an appraiser. I’m getting a little more personal and sharing my triumphs and my downfalls. After all, I may be an appraiser but first and foremost I am Mark Skapinetz the person, who has been through a lot in the past 46 years of my life but more so the successes I have had in the past 2 years. One thing I have learned is this: You can talk all you want about being an appraiser or any professional at that, however what is it about you that makes you different than all the rest? If you are being inspired by others, what are you doing to inspire them?
The challenge was accepted, I decided I needed to give back to them and the results are proving to be greater than I ever thought. I have had many people reach out to me for personal reasons, for things we share in common, some who are on the same journey of sobriety as me and see me as a success story, and open their eyes to the appraiser side of things. Some have even asked where they can take classes to understand appraisals better and have even asked me to do a zoom or a clubhouse chat about the profession. I’m 46 years old, and to have a couple of people you have never met before say, “Thank you for your comments and words. You have INSPIRED me to dive deeper and learn more, “or “Thank you so much for the information you provided, your story INSPIRED me and it’s something I have struggled with however you just made a big impact on me” is probably the greatest and most gratifying feeling you will ever experience.
It’s easy to be inspired by others; however, it’s much more gratifying to inspire others.