This is the
first second and last post I’ll ever make about the RE.NET. The first one is here. After this post, I’m gonna give value to practitioners. I might encourage people to stop bitching, but anyway…I’m still trying to work out my ‘what now|what next’ stuff with fear and trembling. You praying types, and you California energy types, lift me up here.
Todd Carpenter impresses the hell out of me. He’s gracious, kind, and he runs Lenderama, a PR5 significant blog that actually adds a TON of value. He does it without pissing people off, and he remains interesting. Every time I turn around, I see yet another project that he’s doing. When he called for contributors, I chimed in in seconds. I was initially worried about ‘picking sides,’ in the great Substance vs. Style RE debate. Somehow he’s that rare bird that really does get along with all “cliques.” He never says a bad word about anyone, and vice versa.
http://www.stpaulrealestateblog.com/weenie/2007/08/collegiate-cliq.html Yet here? He’s funny as crap–without malice (though many people probably perceived malice, because people spend a lot of energy trying to get offended–Al Sharpton made a good career out of following up on that impulse).
This isn’t meant to be a love letter to Tcar. It’s meant to shake my head at the absurdity of the RE.NET.
Your Ideas–Not You–Are Under Fire.
How many seriously bad ideas have I had? Lots. I’ve executed lots, too. Most of ‘em are designed to try to avoid rejection. Big winding things that beat around the bush if someone should or shouldn’t buy a home (or refi, or whatever) with me. These ideas were terrible, and the fact that my broker or manager said nothing as long as my desk rent was paid is a testament to their LACK of character. Basically, if the whole point of a marketing idea is to avoid rejection, pitch it. It’s probably worthless. Get your hands dirty. Bang on doors.
Because if you don’t…a less balsy agent is gonna be there.
And if you don’t…the client will get a milquetoast agent.
This market doesn’t need me too agents. It needs mavericks, and if you didn’t get in front of enough people to provide them with AWESOME service.
You will be responsible for the bad service, declining industry, and other nonsense.
You know how grateful I am that someone taught me that I was wrong? VERY.
It’s sometimes necessary to rip apart an idea. The RE.NET has a paper thin skin. Ridiculously bad ideas get a ‘ooh, yeah,’ chorus…while everyone goes broke together. Bash cold calling? Hell yeah–score. Bash doorknocking? Woo hoo, two points. Bash Greg? Two more. Have a vague “2.0” is idea that says it’s about communities? 2.0 points to you.
Do you have the itch to call someone’s idea bad? Before you do, take this genuine quiz:
- Is the person Greg Swann or Jeff Corbett? If so, you’re safe..fire away.
- Are YOU Greg Swann or Jeff Corbett? If so, you can’t criticize anything…even though you’re almost always in the right. Anything you say can and will be misunderstood as hostile.
- Is the target of your criticism a “thought leader”? If so, they don’t have bad ideas, regardless of the money their ideas waste, the time they waste, the false sense of security they provide. You cannot criticize cool people, even when said cool people may be wrong. The point of practicing RE.NET is to be cool in the eyes of cool people, not to make money, or increase your personal efficacy.
Nobody wants to put it themselves out there. Most of us aren’t Russ Shaw. Most of us aren’t at the level of notoriety that we need to be at to be insanely profitable on the net. BOCTAOE. What most of us need to do is to listen to Jeff Brown. Roll up your sleeves, grind out deals–face rejection. We are paid in this business for two things:
- The ability to take rejection.
- The ability to absorb OTHER PEOPLE’S Money Stress.
The market handles these two roles appropriately–nobody wants either of them, so the combination pays well. (Think about it: Warren Buffet deals with money stress on a grand scale…)
Are You Here To Give Value, Socialize, Or What?
I’m not gonna revisit this topic again. I’ve said more or less I intend to. The RE.net is 70% insular and stupid. As Morgan Says, echo chamber. And there’s a poverty of ideas, and encouragement to execute. Lots of people are fantasizing about how stuff are, but a precious few blogs are out there working to make Agents more dough. I’m gonna do all that I can to give as much as I can to the people that are driving this country.
THERE IS STILL A TON OF BUSINESS TO BE HAD.
THERE IS STILL A TON OF BUSINESS TO BE HAD.
ANYONE that is encouraging agents to GO DO…I’m with you. Anyone that’s telling agents to be cowards, and that it’s okay to whine and whimper? Shrivel and die.
I will help people with the balls and brains not to be kept citizens make money and have fun again. Take shots at me, and I’ll continue to cultivate my own indifference. I don’t welcome shots–nobody sane does–but I’d totally suck if al I did was become a professional grade ass kiss. I got enough friends and companions. Most real estate agents and lenders are failing. Why would I want the approbation of failures? Why would we listen to nonproducers fantasize about the way real estate should be? I’ve proven that I can produce any time. What I need to
I am here to give as much value as I can. I love the spark that makes people want to strike out a path and not be common corporate drones. I will make that spark burn. I will give ALL the recognition and encouragement possible to good ideas. And I want to say this: if you have an idea that is lame, and will cause agents and lenders that follow it to be comfortable-yet-unproductive…
…you will draw GenuineWrath.
EVERYONE blogging on the RE.NET has some good stuff to give.
Everyone has a mind that works. Let’s use it, and forget about who said what.
Seek to improve the quality of your thought, and evaluate feedback based on that method.
And power through Dips.
In case you’re not reading what I’m reading:
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This week the RE.NET has been devoid of much good. Including this post.