Tom Sawyer would have made a great Realtor

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If you're going to make it in this real estate business, you'd best have a little Tom Sawyer in you.

  • Be persuasive. If you've got to whitewall a fence, make it seem like so much fun that everyone wants to do it. Tom was the epitome of a fantastic salesman and we could all learn a little from him. File:StateLibQld 1 81011 Commonwealth Bank building, Springsure, ca. 1924.jpg
  • Be a little mischievous. If you're not having fun, then why are you doing it?
  • Show some imagination. Tom tried to cure warts with a dead cat. Didn't work, but at least he learned that it didn't work. If you've got an idea, try it. Even if it doesn't work, you've still learned something.
  • Use the gifts you have to better your position.Tom's friends gave him treasures for the privilege of whitewashing his fence and Tom turned around and traded the treasures for Sunday School tickets and was given a Bible as a prize.  If you have some skill, turn it into some bigger skill.
  • Play some hooky. All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy indeed, and Tom knew that better than anyone.
  • Swear blood oaths. If you promise to do something, or to not do it, then stick with your word.
  • Keep your friends close. Without Huck, Tom's story is a little dull. 




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Fred Sed
Fred Sed Realty Group ~ Your Premier Orange County Realtors - Irvine, CA
Your Orange County Realtor, Why? Because Fred Sed

Great post! I love these outside the box type posts!

Sep 22, 2012 12:32 AM #14
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton

Dear Wayne & Jean Marie,

Very clever! Just like Tom Sawyer.

Sep 22, 2012 12:59 AM #15
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Sticking to your word is important with me.  Another wart myth busted also lol!

Sep 22, 2012 01:01 AM #16
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

What a great analogy! I haven't read Tom Sawyer in years, maybe it's time to revisit him!

Sep 22, 2012 01:02 AM #17
John Fauth
Coldwell Banker King Thompson - Grove City, OH
Turning your dreams into an address!

Great post always a way to see the positive side. Especially when we get into a cynical rut. Thank you for the jolt!

Sep 22, 2012 01:40 AM #18
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Wayne and Jean,

This is a clever post with a great message.  I like the reference to mischief!

Sep 22, 2012 03:41 AM #19
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Wayne and Jean, thank you, that was great, very clever and and it was nice to remember Toms antics and lessons.

Sep 22, 2012 04:07 AM #20
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Love this post.  I hope kids are still reading this classic.  Heck, I may re-read it!

Sep 22, 2012 04:07 AM #21
John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments, ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Developer - Leucadia, CA
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments Coastal Living

I tend to favor the antics of Huck Finn myself. LOL! {:<)

Sep 22, 2012 05:01 AM #22
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Having fun and rewarding yourself are two elements that I always practice without any hesitation. 

Sep 22, 2012 05:08 AM #23
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Wayne and Jean,

A great analogy, well's nice to know we have a little Tom Sawyer in us all!

Sep 22, 2012 05:10 AM #24
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Wayne & Jean. Never thought of it this way, but you've sure done a great job of making it obvious I should!
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!


Sep 22, 2012 05:36 AM #25
Lenny Moon

Love it! Good ol' Tom and Huck! Whoa....gotta go play a little hookey myself!

Sep 22, 2012 08:12 AM #26
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Wayne and Jean:

It has been years since I read Tom Sawyer.  I remember it was a fun read.  You have nicely compared what the imp Tom did to things we should do as Real Estate agents.

Sep 22, 2012 10:19 AM #27
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

What a fun and insightful post. Now I'm wondering if my grand-daughter has read about Tom and Huck yet. Guess I'll write and ask my son.

Sep 23, 2012 03:44 AM #28
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Tom Sawyer was a great salesman.  Could sell a drownding man a glass of water.  Creativity is often the key.  Make people want what you have.

Sep 23, 2012 06:46 AM #29
Brad Baylor
ERA Coup Agency - Milton, PA

Wayne & Jean - I loved this post.  Very good advice indeed!

Sep 24, 2012 12:44 AM #30
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Very nice post. I enjoyed reading it and it brought a smile to my face!

Sep 24, 2012 06:54 AM #31
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Excellent analogy. I am sure there is a little Tom Sawyer in all of us...some with a little more!

Sep 24, 2012 11:21 PM #32
Liane Thomas - Corona & Riverside Real Estate
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Perfect! I often say the best REALTORS® are stubborn! They just won't give up.

Sep 27, 2012 04:23 AM #33
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