Think A Mouse With A Crash Helmet With Exceptions

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Mouse With CheeseI love witty quotes of wisdom in life. I also LOVE the anti-quote that refutes all that wisdom. Why? Cause there are exceptions to the rule. So don't be a stick in the mud with rigid thinking and think the opposite from time to time even in real estate.

Think A Mouse With A Crash Helmet With Exceptions.

You've heard, "the early bird gets the worm?" True in many cases and encourages you to be assertive and a go getter. BUT, not always.

"The second mouse gets the cheese." It is true sometimes to be the cautious second one in real estate and business, learning from others' mistakes.

What do they call those people with the arrows in their backs? Pioneers.

In real estate think of myths you could easily debunk with exceptions out there:

  • someone with raggedly clothes can't buy a million dollar home
  • someone dressed nice and who talks well can qualify for many upscale homes for you to show them
  • someone with a neat as a pin house could never see it fall into foreclosure
  • someone with a messy car that pulls up alongside of you on the road when you have a flat tire is not one to trust to help you at that moment

On and on it goes in life with exceptions. Give people breaks. Cut them slack. DO NOT prejudge people and REMEMBER the early bird does NOT always get the worm. A coming along SECOND mouse which just happens to be wearing a crash helmet for double protection in my photo GETS the cheese !!!


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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, awesome post, Gary!  One thing that came to mind is the neat-as-a-pin homes can sometimes have hidden defects--ALWAYS inspect!  Okay, so I know that's not giving the benefit of the doubt but, just sayin'!

Hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day weekend...

May 28, 2011 08:13 AM #1
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX

Hi Gary .... Another well written article with loads of wisdom .....!

May 28, 2011 08:28 AM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Debe: Those hidden defects you are right pop up in the most beautiful of homes, even new construction which reminds us that inspection should be mandatory. Have a great weekend.

Robert: Thanks bud....   : )   HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY.

May 28, 2011 08:44 AM #3
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI GARY!  Such great wisdom again!  I have friends, one is a top neurosurgeon - her husband - a lawyer.  I've seen first hand how much the "inexperienced" are missing by not taking the time to get to know them for who they are - because they are making assumptions based on what my friends are wearing.

May 28, 2011 09:04 AM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
Gary...a lot of people think in the negative way. It will cost them business
May 28, 2011 09:14 AM #5
Ken Cash
CB Select Real Estate at Lake Tahoe - 775.691.3855 - - Incline Village, NV
Lake Tahoe Lake Front Homes, Luxury Homes, Condomi

Congratulations Gary on becoming an Ambassador..

I like quotes also.  Try this one:   Indecisiveness-------  is the key to flexibility.

or  May my agents never utter these words:  "We the willing, led by the unknowing, are trying to do the impossible for the ungrateful.

May 28, 2011 09:14 AM #6
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

How true it is. When I go out to make a large purchase I intentionally dress like a bum (my preferred and comfortable choice anyway, just to see the reaction and how I will be treated. I have watched a lot of people lose out on large commissions from prejudging me... the newbie who was forced to greet me had a good day.


I am sure I am not the only one who does this.

Good post and words of wisdom

May 28, 2011 09:40 AM #7
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Gabrielle: You do have to get to know people as people not as their titles or whatever in your mind you are assuming.

William: Getting negative and prejudging out the chute, big mistake.

Ken: NOW I know why I get indecisive - to be flexible LOL. I like the other one too.

US Mortgages: Be smart, take time with people, be kind, those large commissions will hence follow and referrals.

May 28, 2011 12:05 PM #8
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You never know who you are talking to and what opportunity you could be throwing away by prejudging!  What a great post, I suggested!

May 28, 2011 01:00 PM #9
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Great lesson about prejudging people. We have all been guilty of assuming something because of the appearance.

May 28, 2011 01:03 PM #10
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii


Well said, I like to think outside the box, in Maui you can never judge someone by what they drive, or dress.  I had a client come in my office years back, and a agent ask who the bum was.  I just laughed, he was far from a bum, just tired of corporate life.  Plus you miss all the fun if you don't get to know some of these people.

May 28, 2011 02:54 PM #11
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I try very hard not to prejudge people but sometimes it's second nature. Half the time they live up to my expectations, and the other half of the time they don't. The one thing I do is pay attention to my gut instinct. It never steers me wrong.

May 28, 2011 03:23 PM #12
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Gary,

As always, good stuff and your photos are hillarious!

May 28, 2011 03:48 PM #13
Patricia Feager
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Cute post and photo too!. Reminds me of that old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover!"

Loved the humor in your post!


May 28, 2011 06:18 PM #14
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Very well written post Gary as usual and I love the photo, but I do not want to see what happens next for the mouse!

Your post has been featured at one of my favorite groups at AR ...




Vegas Bob ;o)

May 29, 2011 05:59 AM #15
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Gary, Thank you for the post. I love the advice about some of the myths.

May 30, 2011 10:58 PM #16
Ted Tyrrell
RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton) - Victoria, BC
Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria

Gary, thanks for the post and your advice. (The Photoshop work on the mouse is cute.)

Jun 03, 2011 11:25 AM #17
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