I was inspired to write this because of Colleen Fischesser's recent post about getting a grip and a clue about your market.
We all know it's tough to maintain a positive attitude, especially when times are tough (or you think they are).
I was reminded of a post I wrote a couple of years ago about a local radio talk show host, Hallerin Hill (known to us all as Hal) and a chance encounter he had downtown with a 92 year old lady.
Hal had been downtown this weekend to the ice skating rink set up annually on our Market Square Mall. While there he struck up a conversation with an elderly lady watching the skaters.
She told Hal she was there watching her great, great, great grandson skate, was 92 years old and still very vigorous and involved with life; certainly an example to follow.
Hal asked her what advice she had for people who aspired to live long and happy lives.
The main thing she said that stuck with Hal was; "Smile, even when you don't feel like it." and "Always be nice to people."
To me someone that has lived for 92 years is certainly someone worth listening to when they speak about life because they've experienced such a large chunk of it.
I believe this lady offered some great advice a lot of us would be happier (and more successful) if we followed.
Generally people like to be around happy, positive people and real estate buyers and sellers are no exception.
This dovetails nicely with several recent posts about how to be successful; one from Peter Andres and several other dealing with your attitude.
One of my favorite attitude quotes is from Rudyard Kipling: "............Meet triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same."
My newest favorite quote is: "Smile, even when you don't feel like it."