When it comes to serving our clients in the real estate industry or in any other service oriented profession, have you asked yourself lately,
ARE YOU A SPONGE?
No, I don't mean you're age 39+, and still living at home with Mommy and Daddy. Although that might be a great cost savings technique in today's tough economic climate. : )
I mean are you a constant, and life long learner? I have found that if you keep learning, year after year, as you get older, you actually stay younger. Young at heart I think of it as.
Education includes formal education with continuing education, cross industry classes, informal seminars, learning from mentors, online learning, learning from elderly people, learning from children, learning from blogging, listening to sermons, happy hour learning, roundtable brainstorming sessions, visiting nursing homes, reading, seeing a movie, volunteering, building something, going on a vacation, a candlelight dinner, the list is endless.
So I ask you again. Are you a sponge? If you are, you will soak up much of life's lessons and be full of plenty of the water of knowledge in your sponge and then "applying" your education you can squeeze out the appropriate knowledge to those who need it at the right point in time. You are building a better you, one brick at a time, one day at a time. I believe applied knowledge is power. But first you have to soak up your sponge and constantly have thirst in this area. This is where "more" in life is a good thing. I told someone once that I think I read too much and they laughed, and said Gary you can never read too much, emphasizing the importance of learning.
As friends of mine in Wisconsin or Minnesota might answer with their local dialect when someone asks, "Are you a sponge?" The answer would be a definite:
YOU BETCHA !!!!