Sometimes it's not the big adversaries in life that you have to worry about...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Piranha by Richard WeisserSometimes it's the little ones! As an example, consider the difference between the ways that sharks and piranha attack their prey:

Unlike the large carnivorous shark which can suddenly strike at any time and inflict some serious damage with a single bite, the piranha travels in large schools, and when feeding, depends on sheer numbers to subdue their larger and stronger victim

Often, we take the proper precautions when we face an enemy of significant proportion. We prepare ourselves to face the potential shark attacks that we could encounter in everyday life.

However, often we let the little apparently insignificant gnawing issues slip past our guard. Before we know it, all of these small problems en masse can completely consume us.

How do you beat a school of piranhas? One at a time!

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Andrea Swiedler
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Richard, wow, interesting post! Hmm.. I was just wondering what prompted that? So, how was your day?

Mar 25, 2009 01:20 PM #1
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Richard, it isn't the shark that scares me.  I'm Irish/Italian, dare ya!   It's those piranaha that scare me to death.  They find you when you least expect it.  And, boy, they are nasty!!!  I get the drift.......

Mar 25, 2009 01:25 PM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  This must be one of the pics from your aquariam outing.  Love it!  The message of this blog is so true.  The small things that we ignore can really get at us.  Small budget issues, for example, if not addressed, become bigger budget issues and may threaten our business or personal finances.

Mar 25, 2009 01:30 PM #3
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN


My dad used to say that we never trip over giants, it is the midgets we miss and trip over. It is always the little stuff that gets us. Having a plan to step around them and avoid them is the key to success. Unl;ess of course you just plow over them :0 jk



Mar 25, 2009 01:40 PM #4
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Richard!
We do have a tendency to get boggled by our challenges, not realizing that if we deal with them individually, we can solve the problems.  Thanks for the reminder!

Mar 25, 2009 01:47 PM #5
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Andrea...

The post was inspired by the photo ... I just had to use it! ;)


The are nasty little buggers, aren't they? lol

Chris Ann...

Yes, it is a photo from my weekend trip ... great stuff for blog posts! Thanks.


Mar 25, 2009 02:00 PM #6
Mark Ilderton
Exit Real Estate Consultants - Columbia, SC
RE Agent - Columbia South Carolina Real Estate

Hello Richard

Right on with this one. It's easy to see the elephant size issues and address them but it's the flea size issues that left unattended will eat your lunch. Take them on one at a time quickly moving like the school of piranhas and lunch is yours. Thanks for reminding us.


Mar 25, 2009 02:05 PM #7
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Your dad was a very wise man! THX


It's the "how do you eat an elephant" syndrome ... thanks for the comment!


You are so right about that! Thanks very much for the nice comment.

Mar 25, 2009 02:29 PM #8
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

The big stuff is too obvious to ignore, so we deal with it.  But that little stuff ... it just floats around, annoys us, tries to occupy our time ... but we dismiss it and keep going.  UNTIL.  Until there are so many little things that now we are looking at a mutant 'big thing' that just won't be ignored.  By that time we are so fragmented in our thinking we get flustered.

Great reminder to KISS.

Mar 25, 2009 02:33 PM #9
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

That's right.  Small but mighty!

Mar 25, 2009 02:33 PM #10
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Hi Richard,

Interesting post. I really enjoy the pictures in your posts; your quite the photographer.

Mar 25, 2009 05:39 PM #11
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Richard you are so right ....I think I am going to have a fish fry today and clean out all the little things I need to get done before they get me....peace zane

Mar 25, 2009 10:28 PM #12
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Richard:

You are right, the small stuff can manifest...

Interesting post, made me the photo!


Mar 26, 2009 12:01 AM #13
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Richard - I really hate it when I stumble upon a school of piranhas. Little things do add up. Thanks for an awareness update.

Mar 26, 2009 01:22 AM #14
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard...I was told by an elderly man years age that in business it's not the big things that will normally get you, it's the little things.  Because they are just a thorn in your side, we try to brush them aside without really putting them to rest!

Mar 26, 2009 01:47 AM #15
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan


Very clever comparison. I guess we shouldn't let the little ones get away!

Mar 26, 2009 01:28 PM #16
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson and Associates/ - Harrisburg, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Hey Richard,

Great analogy of everyday life! Like your photo as well.

Mar 26, 2009 03:40 PM #17
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Thank You, Very nice fish.  I like it.

Mar 26, 2009 04:32 PM #18
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

SO true! Well written!

Mar 27, 2009 10:54 PM #19
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