When we discussed networking with David Kittle and Arthur Prieston on the Dec. 21 episode of my Lykken on Lending podcast, Arthur mentioned that one of the most important reasons to join a networking group is the opportunity to continually improve. Being around other professionals who hold themselves to a higher standard will encourage you to do the same. The best professionals in the mortgage industry are the ones who still want to be better.
All too often in our society, we place to great an emphasis on "arriving." We get our college degree so that we can get a job. Then, we kick back and relax because "we've arrived." Or, we work in that job for several years until we get that promotion we've been wanting. Then, once we get the job we want, we start to take it easy because "we've arrived." For the best leaders in society, though, there is no arrival; there is only progress.
In the mortgage industry, we need more leaders who are focusing on continuous improvement. When we think we've reached our goals and we have no further to go, that's when we start to fall behind. That's when we become complacent and lose our competitive edge. Great leaders know that if you aren't moving forward, you're moving backward; there is no such thing as standing still. So, which direction are you moving?
David Lykken, a 43-year veteran of the mortgage industry, is president of Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS), a management consulting firm that provides transformative business strategies to owners and “C-Level” executives via consulting, executive coaching and various communications strategies. He is a frequent guest on FOX Business News and hosts his own weekly podcast called “Lykken On Lending” heard Monday’s at 1:00 p.m. ET at LykkenOnLending.com. David’s phone number is (512) 759-0999 and his e-mail is [email protected].