When asked to write for Agent Genius my response was, ‘Really?’ As an avid reader, I’m often blown away by the insights expressed so eloquently by the writers and the incredible depth of the ensuing conversation. And for the first time ever, I have experienced Blogger Stage Fright.
Let’s start with a confession – I am not much of an original thinker. I don’t have tons of great and unique ideas. Instead, I am a shameless stalker of great ideas.
Lunch is more than lunch
I had been in the real estate business about two years when I went to listen to a top producer panel that changed the face of my real estate career. One of the panelists, Randy Ora, talked about how he had learned a great deal about the business by taking successful agents out to lunch to learn what was working for them. Immediately after the panel, I sent him a thank you note and, of course, invited him to lunch. That lunch was not the last and has indirectly led to tremendous business over the years. Even better, he has became a trusted mentor and friend.
What I learned from stalking…
I continued to take that advice by talking, and masterminding with other successful agents. I still do today. Here is just a bit of what I have learned from my Idea Stalking:
- There are few original ideas – just ideas that have better execution
- There is some nugget to be taken from nearly every interaction
- Sometimes, it’s the smallest idea that can lead to the biggest results
- What makes sense for one person’s business, isn’t always going to work for your business or your personality
- Connect with people; everything you need happens through people
- Sometimes, brand new agents have some of the best insights
- With each new idea, plan, or system ask yourself, ‘How could I tweak this to make it even better?’
- Analyze your business and be flexible enough to respond to what is, and isn’t, working
- Successful agents love to talk about their success
- There’s enough business to go around. Sharing helps to elevate the industry
So I’ll share with you what I learn as I go…but fair warning – you’re being stalked.