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Owning vs. Renting: And, I’m not talking Real Estate! January 31, 2013

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The Seth Godin obsession continues. The other day he wrote this and I keep mulling it over. I’m not entirely sure what it means to me yet:

You don’t own attention or trust or shelf space. You don’t even own tomorrow’s plans.

It’s all for rent, with a cancellation clause that can kick in at any time.

The moment you start treating the rental like a right, it disappears.

 

No New Truths January 30, 2013

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There are no new truths.

The same thing that made my dad successful, will make me successful. The same things his dad and grandfather did, also will. There’s nothing you can do that someone hasn’t done in some way.

I do want to tweak that a bit though.

The founder of Keller Williams says that he comes from a long line of lazy people and in order to be successful, he had to limit his time with them.

My story’s a bit different. My family has many people who have found success, it’s just that their success hasn’t reached the heights to which I aspire.

Still, I don’t need to reinvent the wheel, I just need to learn how to tweak it. So, I’m on a path of learning how to tweak success.

 

January 29, 2013

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A good friend (Stacey Smith) is doing this… I want to play catch up and do it, too!

Ember Seminars

New Year’s resolutions…forget about them!
Instead we are here to help make this next year aces! There are 52 weeks in the year and 52 cards in a playing deck. Our goal is to make sure we are all playing with a full deck.

full deck

Often we start the year thinking about how to improve our business or how to improve our relationships or how to improve other external things. Our list gets long and overwhelming and we don’t accomplish what we set out to achieve. All of these things can be improved if we all start from the inside out.

Our goal has and always will be to help our readers grow. Thank you for being one of those readers and subscribers to this blog.

Each of our blogs ends with a Chadalyst, a thing that precipitates an event or change from Chad, and this blog is filled with them.

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Who Do You Keep Around You? January 17, 2013

I’m on a bit of a Seth Godin kick right now so bear with me. He wrote an article today about the two people you might need in your professional life and I think I’m used as one for most of my office. And, I’m okay with that.

See, when you’re an independent contractor (i.e. REALTOR), sometimes doing it all can drag you out of your highest and best use. Sometimes you need someone like me, what he calls a procrastinatrix, to keep you accountable. And, to get you to do it NOW.

Next goal? Be someone’s agonist!

 

What’s it All For? Really? January 15, 2013

Seth Godin wrote this great blog entry entitled, What’s It For?, and one line really struck me. He’s stating in his intro, that when asking Time magazine, a food service manager or a kitchen gadget company, what the they’re there for, they’ll give you a long-winded answer with the subtext “to please my boss”. He goes so far to say that “in most b2b [business to business] situations, the answer is always the same, ‘to please my boss.’”

As one would expect, someone as tornado-like as myself (I was literally described as a tornado by a fellow Director when I was newly elected), would take great offense to this statement. I can’t believe that’s the main reason for most companies. Of course, it’s a piece of the objective (it has to be to stay in business) and yet I can’t concede it’s true in most “b2b” situations.

Maybe I just follow really great companies. Maybe the Richard Bransons, Darren Hardys and Gary Vaynerchuks of the world have me a little dazed and confused. Maybe that’s not how all companies are run. It’s hard to believe because I love investing my time and money into companies that have high-level thinkers, fail-forwarders and learning-based leaders. That’s why Keller Williams has been such a good fit for me.

If you asked my boss if I’m in business to “please” her, she would probably laugh out loud. From day one, I’ve been a thorn in her side, pushing her in ways that have made our relationship uncomfortable and yet we’ve propelled our office into the top spot in our area. Thorns aren’t here to please their bosses. In fact, it’s probably quite the opposite. I’m here for your job.  I’m here to be a tornado on your existence. As Little Big Town says, “I’m gonna lift this house, spin it all around.”

Are we all working to please “the man” or are we working looking to spin our work-house?

 

No Cookies For You January 12, 2013

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This article by Keller Williams Rancho Cucamonga Assistant Team Leader Melissa Krchnak originally appeared on YPN Lounge by REALTOR Magazine Blogs.

Jim Rohn asks, “What does the word ‘no’ mean to a child? Almost nothing.” He’s so right, too. I have two nieces under the age of 6 that I just spent last week with and they couldn’t understand “no” any less. No candy. No soda. No dessert until after dinner. No playing with your Happy Meal toy until you finish your nuggets. And yet, they still push. They’re relentless. They don’t give up until I give in. And, they always win. Not because I’m the cool, fun aunt. Because I get worn down to a place of exhaustion. It’s so energy-draining that it’s not worth the fight.

I’m not saying you should wear your clients down the way these two adorable rug rats do me, yet, why do we announce defeat at the first “no?”

I have a challenge for you: If you set out to make a certain number of calls today (say 100),  set out to get 100 “nos” rather than make 100 calls. It’ll take a few more calls, and yet, that extra call might mean extra business.

Here’s to getting nos!

 

Another prominent woman to depart White House January 11, 2013

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I’m sure they’re taking steps up or sideways and yet it’s sad to see representation of women declining in the White House.

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) – Nancy-Ann DeParle, among the most prominent women in President Barack Obama’s inner circle, is set to depart her White House post after his second-term inauguration.

DeParle, deputy White House chief of staff, will join the Brookings Institution later this month and also begin lecturing at Harvard Law School. News of DeParle’s departure was announced Friday by Brookings Institution’s president, Strobe Talbott.

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I Heart Giving Back!

I’m so excited about the committees I’m sitting on this year at CAR. I’m especially pumped with the Committees for which I’m the Regional Representative. I got some great marching orders this year.

I’m of course on YPN. They have to put up with me for 11 more years!

This year, I finally got on Taxation and Government Finance! This took enough begging, pleading and schmoozing.

And, I’m Regional Rep for the Home Ownership Housing and Housing Investment Committees. We’ve changed the committee structure a bit so these two are new for us. I’m so excited to be apart of both of them for our Region.

Want to check me out via CAR? Here you go 🙂

 

I Hate To See You Go… December 31, 2012

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But I Love To Watch You Leave. It’s been grand 2012 and yet it’s time for me to move on.

It’s not you, it’s me.

  • I’m ready for bigger, better things and you’re holding me to the past. I want more.

I’m really focused on my work right now.

  • See, it’s become increasingly important for me to get better than I’ve ever been and that means moving forward.

I still want to stay friends.

  • I mean, we had a good year. I’ve taught more than ever, helped agents get better at their craft and successfully given back to the three boards I sit on.

We’re at very different places.

  • See you’re almost over and I’m just beginning. I need more and 2013 seems to have what I’m looking for.

I love you… like a friend.

  • I love you, I’m just not in love with you. And, I really wanted to be. You’ve been a good-on-paper year. I just feel like a stronger pull to 2013.

I think this is best for both of us. I’ll always look back on our time together fondly. You’ve been so good to me. I’m just really ready for what 2013 holds.

Arrivederci, mon ami!

 

Tis the Season for… December 19, 2012

Personally, this is a great time of year to prep for next year. While I love to evaluate what I’ve done, I’m also ambitiously looking at 2013! I started planning for next year months ago and am putting the finishing touches on it these last few days of the year. I feel like waiting till January is missing the boat a bit. Am I the only one?

This is also a good time of year for gratitude. I live in gratitude. It’s funny how often I simply say ‘thank you’ and it seems to make someone do a double-take. When you express thankfulness and appreciation, you’ll see it continue to find you.

The extra step. I always love asking someone with a great idea what it looks like 3 steps in. I’m not suggesting that as much as I’m saying that most people don’t think 1 step in. What if you took 1 extra step? Tipped $1 more? Hugged 1 more person?

Deck the Halls. Celebrate your successes! 2012’s been an amazing year! We’ve seen family and friends get married, have babies, survive health scares and we’re still here to welcome 2013! Relish the high points of your amazing year and welcome 2013 with open arms!

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! However your family celebrates, may this find you healthy and happy!