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Practice Random Kindness

by Scott Wellman

I cried this week. Yep. Scott Wellman cried this week and is not afraid to admit it. I received an email from a friend on the East Coast that touched me so much I cried. I shared it with a bunch of people who said they took it to heart and refocused a few things because of the story. I thought the LEAST I could do would be to share it here and hope that you get something from it.

The story was that of a young man who was walking home from school with his books on a Friday afternoon. Some kids ran by and knocked the books out of his hands. While this young man scurried around trying to pick up the large stack of books, a popular football player stopped to help him. The football player ended up walking home with the more "scholarly" young man (Kyle) and a friendship was formed.

Years went by, and their friendship became stronger and stronger. Turned out, they may have been different in appearance, but they were very much the same. Kyle ended up being valedictorian of their graduating class and was headed to Georgetown for pre-med studies. The following is an abridged version of his speech that day:

"Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Parents, teachers, siblings, maybe a coach, and certainly your friends..."

He continued, "I am here to tell you that being a friend to someone is the best gift that you can give them. I want to tell you a story."

People stared in disbelief as Kyle told the story about the events of that day. How he was walking home with his books that Friday because he was going to kill himself and did not want his mother to face the humiliation of having to clean out his locker on Monday.

Kyle said "I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unthinkable". A gasp went through the crowd as this smart, energetic young man told everyone about his weakest moment.

Kyles parents smiled knowingly as Kyle continued..."Never underestimate the power of your actions. One small gesture can change another person's life for better or for worse". God puts us all in each others' life to impact it in some way".

I do not know if this story is true or not, but the principle certainly rings true. I have watched a few colleagues get to the point of feeling that they had no hope and that their only option was to remove themselves from this life. I cannot sit idly by as others may be hurting and near that point themselves.

In this business, we have the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of people. Vendors, other agents, co-workers, clients, and so on...

This business can be tough on anyone. Add to that the economic challenges many are facing and it can be even more challenging. PLEASE practice random kindness in every encounter. You truly never know when the simple act of listening might change or even save a life.

 

 

 

Let's Build a Bonfire!

by Scott Wellman

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending and event called "Destination RE/MAX". This was my fourth trip to said event, and I have never blogged about this topic until now.

Destination RE/MAX is designed to inform and immerse a potential RE/MAX Agent in a full day of what it means to be an agent with this company. It is designed to be both fun and informative and provides a side of RE/MAX that even many of our current RE/MAX Professionals agents have not seen in person, but experience every day.

To be quite honest, while I enjoy attending the event, it is a very long day and involves flying in and out of Denver in one day. I always enjoy seeing the "corporate" people, and hearing our Chairman/Co-Founder Dave Liniger speak, though I have heard him present on numerous occasions. But this trip was a bit different...

Two of our current agents and two recruits attended Destination RE/MAX with me this time. All four of them were pretty blown away by the level of support and professionalism demonstarted at the event. Their enthusiasm and excitement was contagious and I found myself listening more intently and immersing myself in the culture of RE/MAX. My goal was to bring something off significant value back to share with RE/MAX Professionals!

One of the things that Dave Liniger spoke about really struck me. He used the phrase "one log makes a lousy fire". His point was that it is not easy (maybe not even possible) to light a fire with one log. You need some kindling or paper (support/ideas) to get it started. After the base is started, you can start to burn your log. But...what happens when that log has burned nearly out and you are left with a small flame that is dwindling? The best thing to do is throw on a few more really good logs. Get enough really good logs, and you have got a really nice bonfire spreading warmth and light to a large area.

I think RE/MAX Professionals has done a very good job in lighting the fire and adding some great "logs". My goal now is to add a few more good logs to the fire and start this bonfire REALLY blazing! We need great agents with a passion and desire to succeed. That is who WE are at RE/MAX Professionals, because that is who we hire! Is that you? Is it someone you know?

 

Just my thoughts...Laughing

Where You At? 2012 Goals in Review

by Scott Wellman

So we made it through the first few weeks of 2012. We are here, you are reading this post, and the world's population was not consumed by aliens . Looks pretty good so far...

Where are you at on your 2012 goals? Are you striving to get where you need/want to be? I am about to be incredibly transparent, so strap in for the long haul!

I had many goals for the new year and, quite frankly, I never got around to writing them out. I am a HUGE proponent of written goals, but I lack in this department on a personal level. That is one of my goals this year...to actually set and monitor that which I will strive for.

I do not really like the word "goals". A goal is something that, once you hit it, you are done with whatever got you to that point. Kinda like soccer or football. You hit that goal, and score a point. That seems too closed-ended in my mind. Target is better, maybe because you can hit the same target multiple times and not hit the bullseye. Still not ideal, but until I find another term I am sticking with it.

1) Striving to live a more healthy life is one of my targets. I have an ideal weight in mind, but as long as I am healthy, active, and set a good example, I am fine with what happens to my rapidly aging body :) I started off on a bad note, but I am on track over the past few days.

2) Another target I have set for myself is to simply make more outgoing phone calls at work. Even if every person refused to speak to me, I am making an effort. That seems to solidify my role in my mind. It also saves me time I would have spent on that person had I not made that call. I am already averaging more calls a day this year.

3) This one is tough. I have set a target to take more time with my dad and my son. I already spend alot of time with my son, but I love to watch him and my dad interact. I never wnat to regret not spending more time with either of them. I have done NOTHING year to date in this area.

4) Patience. I need a little patience. Noooooooooowwwww... I could be alot more patient with my wife and with others. My wife is one of the hardest working people I have ever seen and her job demands taht she work alot of extra hours. I seem to be FINE if it is ME working at 11 at night, but not so nice if it is her. I have worked on this for YEARS, but continue to struggle with it.

5) RELAX! I just need to learn to relax and turn off the outside world whenever I can do so. I am the type that will go NON-STOP on vacation. I simply cannot sit still for longer than a few minutes. I am a firm believer in prayer and I could use some work on that area as well. I am going to work on that too, but have done nothing yet this year to help in that area.

So...LONG STORY SHORT...

I really have not done much in the way of striving to hit my PERSONAL targets this year. The work targets seem to be on track so far. Simply writing this and acknowledging it will help with the accountability portion of things. I would love to hear about your targets and where you are at so far this year...Let's help each other make it a great year!

 

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