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Are The Lights On?

Last night I ran some errands for a ornament making party I’m having Thursday night.  Off to Micheal’s I go.  I get there and the whole place is dark.  No lights in the parking lot.  The Micheal’s sign is off.  All the windows are dark – blocked with shelving.  If it wasn’t just 5:30, I would have kept driving.

Is Anybody Home?

You’re having a hard time.  I get it.  Most of us are.  But if you’re walking around with your sign off, you’re closed.  Oh, but you want business?

Be Prepared

You know they’re going to ask.  Everyone does, no matter the condition of the market.  So be ready for the question:  How’s the market?  How are you doing?

Don’t Be A Marilyn

I do a lot of networking so I run into Marilyn all the time.  Marilyn is a mortgage broker who, by her own admission, can’t get a loan done.  What does she say when she sees me?  “No matter what I do, I can’t get a loan through.”  What does she say to potential clients, “No matter what I do, I can’t get a loan through.”  Mutual client says to me, “Can she get a loan through?”  My answer, “I don’t know but she’d better stop saying that.”

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Put On A Happy Face

If your grumpy on the inside is showing on the outside, fake it.  You might be surprised how well that works.  They can’t tell and eventually you may not be able to either.

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Some inspiration

The Secret I play the movie in the background of my laptop while I’m working.
The Secret to Riches Visualization Tool
The Meditation Movie We all need to take a little time to ourselves.
Tony Robbins at TED Why we do what we do, and how we can do it better.
Capucha This little one will change your state within moments.

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As a lifelong resident and local Realtor, Vicki has established herself as a respected member of the San Mateo County real estate community. She’s known for her wit, sarcasm, and her personality that shows through in her posts. You can find her spouting off at Twitter, here at ag, and her personal blog, San Mateo Real Estate



  1. Lisa Sanderson

    December 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks for the inspirational links. I find that prospects and clients appreciate optimism – I guess because they don’t hear much of it these days.

    I love that line: Don’t Be A Marilyn!

  2. Toby & Sadie

    December 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Great advise! There are several lines that I continually repeat to myself every day …

    “You Reap What You Sow.”
    “The Only Person Stopping Me is Me”

    You become what you expect yourself to become. When I meet with small-business owners and they are talking about their exit strategy – and it doesn’t involve escaping Ohio winters – I know that there business is doomed.

  3. Tom Vanderwell

    December 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Good advice. It’s hard to balance realistic financial advice with the need to be optimistic but it’s a line we need to walk…..


  4. Thomas Johnson

    December 9, 2008 at 11:07 am is open for business, completing one of our best years!

  5. Vicki Moore

    December 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the bad news that proliferates. Everyone needs a reminder now and then to keep their chin up.

    So keep up the good work!

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