Please welcome Agent Genius’ newest writer, Ken Brand. Ken is a great writer and is known for his progressive thinking, professionalism, leadership, and wisdom, bringing to the table thirty years of real estate experience.
A beat down…
I’m not talking about a smash mouth physical beat down. Nope. I’m talking about something worse, an insidious psychological, emotional and mental beat down. The flavors of beat down that spill your spirit like blood, saps your resolve, fractures your optimism and bruises your faith.
Specifically, I’m writing to you about the pyschiological beat downs served relentlessly by CNBC Financial News clones, drama queen headline cheez from our nationwide/neighborhood newsprint media and YAHOO! internet news types too. Adding insult to injury, velvet gloved hammer jabs delivered by lurching legions of doom and gloom, half-zombie, half humans [well and some not so-well meaning friends, family, co-workers, et al’] who seize every opportunity to taint and turn you with their biting despair, unease and Woe-Is-Us-isms. These are the insidious psychological beat downs I’m speaking of. What should we do about it?
Cycles of Despair and Sunshine…
…Today, Tomorrow and Next
How long will the beatings last? Nobody knows. The very Rainman-Wonder-Kids who never saw it coming, are now predicting when it will end. Huh? No human knows when the pall will be replaced with sunshine speak. Rest assured, it will get better? When? Your guess is as good a mine or theirs? Now that we know the game….
What CAN You and I DO
In The “Until It Sunshines” Meantime?
WE CAN approach what we do by looking at things WE DON’T HAVE TO DO. Yea!
1. When “beaters” call roll and invite “
victims sheep beatees” to step forward to receive their daily beating, let’s excuse ourselves, step backward and do something personally, physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually or professionally productive. I ask you, “What kinds of productive things could we do? Make a written list. Better yet, for your fellow Agent Genius Tribe members, list a jewel or two in the comments section. They’ll thank you for it. Me too.
2. Let’s understand that commercial news reporting is big bu$iness, Cataclysm reporting $ells, addict$ and hypnotize$ viewers. Addicted viewers tone in 24/7 – ratings leap higher. Juiced ratings sell ads for more money. It’s big business, semi-news, spun for hypnosis, addiction and heart wrenching skew.
Watch the news if you must, don’t drown in it, inhale it or swallow it. Better yet, We Can feed our brains, imaginations and aspirations with interesting, provocative and informative books and blogs. Any recommendations? Here’s three books. Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us– Seth Godin / How To Be That Guy by Scott Ginsberg and Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins. If you have a couple of all time, “you gotta read this” recommendations, share them in comments. Please. Thanks.
3. When spiritless zombies invite you to join their pity parties,
say think “Zombie Be Gone”, wheel and split. Hang out with positive achievers. I ask you, “What does a positive achiever look and act like to you?” Care to share your thoughts? Leave a comment. Are you one?
4. We don’t have to be average and ordinary, AKA ” a follower”. Be a leader for your Tribe (Tribe = people you love, hug, work with and for). As leaders we might focus on these three things. What’s a leader look, act, walk and talk like?
- a. Causes people to feel significant. (How can you do this? What makes you feel significant?)
- b. Causes people to feel safe. (What makes people feel safe? What makes you feel safe?)
- c. Causes people to feel they have an improved sense of well being. (Why would people feel better off with you than without you?)
You can’t control the outcome…
…you can control how you react, proact and interact.
My friends, thanks for reading. Keep the faith. I’ll close with this paradoxical thought “Hope is a crappy strategy, yet without hope the people perish.” and this cartoon from rebel Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid.com fame.
“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers
The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS. However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:
Do You Smell Smoke?
“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)
“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?)
“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)
“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)
“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)
I Think I See Flames
“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)
“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)
“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)
“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)
“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)
“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)
“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)
“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)
“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)
Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):
“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)
“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS
I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS. It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:
Booze ‘N’ Fools
“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)
“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)
“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)
“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)
“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)
Puff ‘N’ Stuff
“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)
“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)
“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)
“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)
Proof or Goof
“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper exploded.)
“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)
“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)
“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)
“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)
And This Week’s Winner Is:
“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)
PROOF OR GOOF, FRIENDS – I’M WATCHING EWE 🙂
My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape
If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…
I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.
But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.
Not just shelves!
It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.
No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!
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