A Facebook post by Chris Smith of Curyator reminded me of this story.
Joy Behar, of TV’s The View, told Howard Stern in 2014 about her career struggles. Originally a school teacher, Joy got her big break as a receptionist on Good Morning America. Her dream was to be a producer, and eventually, she got her shot.
One of her first assignments as a producer was to film the animals from Barnum & Baileys Circus entering New York City through the mid-town tunnel. This should have been an easy task for Joy, but she found a way to get in trouble.
She scheduled the film crew to arrive at 12 PM instead of 12 AM. One small typo led to a huge mistake and Joy was fired from GMA.
This was really bad.
She couldn’t return to teaching school, as she was fired for dropping an F-bomb in class. And her dream of making it big as a producer went down in flames.
She had nowhere to turn.
Desperate to be part of the entertainment industry, she took a chance on the one thing that always got her attention (and trouble) throughout her life.
She started doing standup in clubs around New York, and within a year she was back on the set of Good Morning America.
Only this time as a guest.
It’s hard to imagine how a soul-crushing mistake could lead to your biggest break, but it happens more than you realize.
Joy’s mentor told her that, “when you are focused and know your shit obstacles disappear.”
Having no other options made it easier for Joy to focus 100% on her jokes, delivery, and audience.
Joy admits that some nights she bombed because she didn’t connect with the audience. And that didn’t stop her from working harder to make people laugh.
Her lucky break came when Barbara Walters caught her show and hired her to be an original panelist on The View.
And the rest is history.
I know exactly how Joy feels. Several years ago, as we were coming out of the mortgage crisis, I knew that I had to change my business.
Bank owned homes were becoming scarce in Nashville and I had built 99% of my business around this one niche.
I either had to start selling traditional real estate or get out of the business. I focused on marketing, lead generation and building relationships and the results were phenomenal.
In 2017, my small team was up 53% over the previous year and I give all the credit to the focus on marketing.
While I hated going through that tough time, I’m not sure that I would be where I am today without it. You see, REO was easy and comfortable for me. I needed my world rocked in order to grow again.
I’m putting everything that I learned about real estate and marketing over the last ten years into The Insiders. I keeping the costs low for now, as it’s my way of paying it forward.
If you are in a place like Joy and I have been, then I want you to know there is success waiting for you too.
You’ll find it here: