Be Simple Minded

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

BlocksThe amount of information pouring into our brains from the media lately about the real estate market is incredible. Regional prices up or down, number of foreclosures, current interest rates, builders earning numbers, avg. square footages, latest amenities.

Like life in general, going into the future seems more complex each day.

They say we all in our mind think we had our lives all together at some ideal age in the past. For the sake of this post for me I am going to say age 4 or 5. Playing with blocks, learning to tie a knot on old Mother Hubbard's big shoe, fingerpainting - ah those WERE THE DAYS. Come home from kindergarten to milk and cookies. LIFE WAS GOOD.

From this little reminiscence of past life I have concluded that in addition to gratefulness a key to your happiness is to remember the simple things and simplify.

It allows you to hear your inner rhythm, your inner voice. You don't have to subscribe to every on-line zine you come across. You really don't need to answer 500 emails a day. Learning to simplify can lead to a better sense of overall happiness. Do you need all those gizmos on that new car you are thinking about purchasing? I've had some comment back to me they wish they could go back to cars without electric windows so they wouldn't eventually break.

Even though this example is high tech, my latest example of simplifying was to create more folders with categories to store my files in. Now I don't have random icons all over my desktop. It feels so much better.

I even think texting and instant messaging can stress us out cause it takes so darn long with all thumbs to type that message out. How about picking up the phone and having a real conversation? Much simpler!

Maybe if we can keep that K I S S rule in mind all the time, Keep It Simple Stupid, we would be much better off, and much happier too.


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Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX
Boy Gary - this is soooo true.  Life gets more and more complex every day and we should all strive to do the K-I-S-S thing every day.  I try, but my clients keep wanting to take me down the most complex path!  I will have to work harder to keep them on the straight and narrow towards simplicity!  Thanks for the reminder!
May 02, 2008 06:06 AM #11
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Fran: Yep, with the high gas prices you have to watch every penny nowadays.

Joan: I like how you have carved out the quiet time in your car to keep things simple.

Jo: Simplicity adds to our enjoyment like you said and our happiness.

Steve: Don't let the clients rule your life. Work with them of course, but have boundaries.

May 02, 2008 07:00 AM #12
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

The K I S S rule is a good rule for almost anything. Business, raising kids, teaching others and of course blogging! lol


May 02, 2008 07:01 AM #13
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Charles: So true in all those areas of life. Funny you should mention blogging. One rule I have is to not write too long a blog post. Some of the writers within Active Rain have long stories to describe which is ok, but some do go on and on, and I think that hurts people commenting back to them. Too much to read.
May 02, 2008 07:07 AM #14
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes
I love to pick up the phone my friends.  Sometimes because of all the email, I forget what they sound like.
May 02, 2008 07:27 AM #15
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
K I S S is my mantra. I like to remind myself that little me can only do so much or possess so much.
May 02, 2008 07:48 AM #16
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
For some reason, people in general, complicate things!  I have to agree with you, simplicity is the way to go.
May 02, 2008 09:12 AM #17
* Rate A Home
Rate A Home - Saugatuck, MI
Gary, I had to LOL on the "thumbs" part, so true. Great post (once again!)
May 02, 2008 09:52 AM #18
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor


Often we make things way more difficult and intricate than they have to be. Keeping it simple is a a good way to operate. Everybody should have an "easy button".


May 02, 2008 09:59 AM #19
Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Gary, thank you for the reminder that we all need to simplify our lives.  Keeping things in perspective can be difficult.

Joan- I like the idea of turning the phone off inthe car.  Quiet time, that is safer as well!  Wow!  What a concept!

May 02, 2008 10:45 AM #20
Becky Respess
Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co - Cedar Hill, TX
Gary, once again a wonderful post. I love your example. K I S S has always been my rule. I loved the simply times in life. I think that is why I love spending so much time with my grandbabies. It is my escape from the world.
May 02, 2008 12:12 PM #21
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Judy: That's funny, forgetting what your friends sound like. You can get so much more information in a live conversation as well.

Rosario: Don't wear yourself out.

Patricia: If only we ruled the world to keep things simple. : )

Duane: I know I am all thumbs with texting and usually try email to text conversion from my PC.

Sandy: My easy button is my brain. I just don't think things are as complicated as everyone makes them out to be.

Carol: Keeping perspective IS difficult!

Becky: Grandkids have to make life sweet for you.

May 02, 2008 03:05 PM #22
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Aging-In-Place Specialist-Instructor
Gary, why use "stupid" even though that's what the expression is? How about "keep it short and simple?"
May 02, 2008 03:15 PM #23
Lynn Ikle'
Redfin - Lutherville Timonium, MD
As I was grocery shopping today, texting my spouse as to what else we needed, and checking my email while in the checkout line, and then getting a call while trying to put my bags finally in my car.....I though this "smart phone" is a pain"!  I used to go shopping w/o the kids for a "break" and now I am gonna go w/o my phone next time.  Well, I will leave it in the car, it can keep my gps company.
May 04, 2008 10:14 PM #24
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Steve: You have come up with the nicer approach. The stupid I think was the original but could be looked at as harsh. To me, when I heard it many years ago, it got my attention.

Lynn: It seems like you have the Crackberry or Treo affliction. I always tell my wife when I see remote control husbands in the canned vegetables row grocery shopping, I can just hear the wife on the other end of the phone saying to buy the 12 oz. not the 8 oz. can of green beans. Technology gets pretty silly sometimes I agree.

May 04, 2008 10:24 PM #25
Jim Fischetti
The Fischetti Group/Keller Williams - Wake Forest, NC

Terrific post. Gotta love the K_I_S_S Rule.


Thanks for sharing.



May 05, 2008 03:44 PM #26
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Jim: If we followed the K I S S more often than not, I think we would live much more stress free.
May 05, 2008 07:59 PM #27
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate
Gary ~~ I love they way you put things in perspective.  And, the truth is, we create our reality, good or bad.  I have been trying to make serious changes to make my business run smoother because it's driving me crazy.  It's either super busy, or it feels like I'm out of business. And, I know I create it all, consciously or not.  So, for me, the KISS principle is very timely reminder.  Thank you!
May 07, 2008 05:31 PM #28
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Marzena: Sounds like the feast and famine effect. It's tough to get out of that mode without consistent lead generation. The KISS rule is good to apply to many processes for sure. I like your statement that we create our own reality. Very good.
May 07, 2008 07:04 PM #29
Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv
Gary: Some times it is actually easier to text message. Especially if in a meeting or with clients.
May 07, 2008 07:06 PM #30
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