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Don’t Play the Blame Game


The Blame Game

In the fast-paced and competitive world of business, success is the typical goal for any entrepreneur or reverse mortgage professional. However, achieving success is often a challenging journey fraught with obstacles and setbacks. One of the most damaging hindrances to our success is the infamous “blame game.” This destructive behavior not only creates a toxic work environment but also sabotages our growth and progress.

Here are three reasons we don’t want to play the blame game.

#1- It distracts us from problem-solving. When we are preoccupied with pointing fingers at forces or people outside our control valuable time and resources are wasted, leaving the underlying issues unresolved.

#2- It undermines team morale. Blame is fertile soil for resentment and attrition in work culture. It undermines trust and collaboration.

#3- It makes us hesitant to make decisions fearing that any misstep could lead to severe consequences. This leaves us frozen and less responsive to market changes and demands.

What or who are we blaming today? Is it the real estate market? The Federal Reserve? The media? Which of these do we have control over? None! The best place to practice responsibility and accountability is ourselves. Eliminating the blame game frees us from feeling like hapless victim to feeling empowered to act and take the initiative.





Editor in Chief:
As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
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