Category Archives: Real Estate

Making Dreams a Reality

Day Dreaming

Shaping Your World by Thought

There’s no end to the number of motivational speakers and self-help “gurus” who make a name for themselves by re-hashing old ideas. But there is truth to these ideas, and I especially wanted to share one of the ideas from the great-grandfather of self-help, James Allen.
Shaping Your World by Thought

Allen’s treatise, As A Man Thinketh, was first published at the turn of the twentieth century. His central notion is that our thoughts are under our control, and that they in turn determine our emotions, our health, and even our circumstances.

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations… 

“And you, too, youthful reader, will realize the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you secretly most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you earn, no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” 

This goes hand-in-hand with Henry Ford’s wise saying, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you are right.” And there is no end to the number of sources that make the same claim – that by dedicated thought and action, you can achieve anything.

Movies like “Rudy” and “Miracle” show us the true stories of sports legends who made their dreams come true. “Homeless to Harvard” details the true story of Liz Murray, who went from living on the streets to getting a scholarship to Harvard. “October Sky” follows Homer Hickam’s ascent from poor boy in a West Virginia mining town to NASA engineer.

I’m grateful for inspirational films and books that remind me of the unlimited potential each of us shares. I hope you’ll continue to mentally construct the world you want to live in, and the successes you want to see.

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Communication – Proactive Methods to Improve Business

I once heard the expression, “Communication is the lubrication in your organization.” That couldn’t be truer, especially in the world of business. You simply can’t over-communicate when dealing with clients. I find that the best way to eliminate the constant state of reactivity in which most of us work is to employ proactive communication strategies, such as the following:

Make a list of the people with whom you correspond regularly.
Take note of all the recurring questions that you have to answer time and time again. Then ask yourself how you can provide the information to these individuals in advance. For example, let’s say you’re a real estate agent, and you know that during every transaction you are going to receive a telephone call from the buyer regarding the home inspection report. Instead of being at your client’s beck and call, why not create a document that provides the answers to these frequently asked questions? This would cut these questions off at the pass, save you time, and allow you to provide better overall customer service.

Have your team give you status on important events at the end of each day. 
This frees you from having to interrupt them during the course of the business day to ask numerous questions. It also creates peace of mind for both you and them, and encourages accountability on their part. This can also be accomplished via daily or weekly email updates. They simply begin an email at the beginning of each day or week, and continue adding notes as things come up. Then, at the end of the day or week, they simply hit “Send,” and you’re completely up to date on what they are working on.

Encourage your clients to depend on you by providing a level of communication that is unparalleled. 
One example would be to create an audio CD for clients to listen to in their car. For a real estate agent, this CD may highlight the top ten questions that a prospective homebuyer typically asks when shopping for a home. After meeting with a client for the first time, the real estate agent can send the CD and ask them to listen to it before their next meeting. The clients will be amazed at the agent’s ability to address their most pressing questions, including a few questions they hadn’t even thought of! Best of all, the agent wouldn’t waste time answering the same questions over and over again.

Continue to think of ways that you can communicate at a higher level, and take control of your activities instead of letting them control you. Be proactive to avoid reactivity. Let’s get together and share these ideas over a cup of coffee some time in the near future

Amateur Video

I am by no means a professional videographer but I do enjoy it. As by my previous post, I do enjoy taking video of my children and adding music to it. It’s simple process and the end product is mine to enjoy for a lifetime.

On the other hand, I also make a little money by shooting a friend of mine who is a motivational speaker/author and coach. We make weekly videos using green screen. This is actually a lot of fun because I really enjoy the process of taking something raw and turning it into something a little more flashy.

This is my little editing bay from my laptop. I use Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects to produce these videos. The Chroma Key process has become almost second hand for me.

I’ve been producing these videos for almost 5 years now and I think it’s time to turn it up a notch. What does that mean? Just better equipment. But for now, here’s the finished product.

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