barrysmusings: Sometimes Being Called a Fool is a compliment - 06/24/19 01:54 PM
When you’re a believer, quitting or selling out is not an option. Vision is clear, Purpose is resolute, and mission accomplishment is a foregone conclusion.
This is not for the faint of heart.
Entrepreneurs (REALTORS) know this all too well.
I’m not sure that we “became” Entrepreneurs . . . We were born this way.
Through the years, we’ve been labeled “Dreamers with delusions of grandeur”, drifters, and maybe even FOOLS by the people who witness our dogged determination to make something out of nothing.
Maybe they’re right. We gamble everything and lose . . . frequently.
They marvel at our … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: Real Estate Brokerage Trends are myriad - 06/14/19 06:42 AM
Like a box of chocolates June 12, 2019 was the 1st #TNBroker19 Broker Summit offered by TNREALTORS, the Tennessee Association of REALTORS. This was a full day of great information, and the production was top notch.
We heard from the TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett who got things rolling on a good note. His key points centered around why TN is drawing so many businesses to relocate here from other states and countries . . . Low taxes & Low Debt were the big draws – An interesting take on Colleges – Measure colleges based on output rather than enrollment, and … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: Seth Godin’s “Learning/Doing Gap” - 06/11/19 05:47 AM
Seth Godin’s timeliness is uncanny! Here’s a link to today’s blog post
The Learning/Doing Gap This morning, I am heading to a full day class – NAR TECH EDGE
Will it be worth the time invested?
What will I learn?
Will what I learn be relevant and how might it enhance my doing?
Seth suggests this: “The thing we usually seek to label as ‘learning’ is actually more about ‘education’. It revolves around compliance, rankings and “will this be on the test?””
and
“What happens if the learning we do is accomplished by always engaging in it in conjunction with our doing?”
“And … (6 comments)

barrysmusings: In good times and bad times . . . - 06/10/19 07:12 AM
Keep on riding that wave! Some days are better than others.
Some weeks are better than others.
Some months are better than others.
Some years ROCK while some others not so much!
Whether in the good or the bad, what’s remarkable about you is your resilience.
I see you rolling with the punches and soaring with the updrafts.
This resilience wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for your dedication to doing whatever it takes to do the right things to keep yourself moving forward.
Through your several years with us on this planet, you’ve been building a huge wealth of knowledge … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: I might not be seeing your email marketing messages because . . . - 06/08/19 06:55 AM
There are: 88,538 Email messages in my primary gmail account 122 email messages in my primary gmail account (All Opened) 17,186 Email Messages in my primary gmail “Sent” folder 6424 unopened email messages in my primary gmail “Social” folder 52,652 unopened email messages in my primary gmail “Promotions” folder 755 unopened email messages in my primary gmail “Spam” folder 11,521 Email messages floating around in email purgatory (Archived) unknown number of deleted email messages (Several Hundred Thousand) I received 91 new email messages in my primary gmail account yesterday I “unsubscribe” to @ 5 unsolicited Mass Email campaigns every day I … (1 comments)

barrysmusings: Have you run this past your Principal Broker? - 06/07/19 09:17 AM
There are many very knowledgeable professionals in on-line groups (facebook). If you have a question – ANY question – about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, there’s a self-proclaimed expert just a few taps and clicks away. We all know that, if it’s on the internet, it MUST be true, so . . .
We turn to the internet for answers about medical conditions, fixing stuff (cars, computers, appliances, & etc), Psychological diagnosis, diets for weight loss or health, exercise . . . It’s ALL there, right?
I have one question: “If you don’t know what you don’t know, how can you be comfortable … (7 comments)

barrysmusings: The darn thing doesn’t work - 06/06/19 07:53 AM
In this digital world we’re in, things often don’t go as smoothly as we want. The “Red Flag” that danger lurks is often in the form of of a declaration on the box (or website advertisement) . . . “EASY INSTALLATION!” . . . “Some assembly required”.
We expect an experience commensurate with these promises and are frequently disappointed.
Missing parts . . . special tools required . . . nonsensical directions . . .
Thanks go to The National Association of REALTORS for the material for this particular rant.
They launched this “great MVP program” whereby members can do a task and … (8 comments)

barrysmusings: Good riddance Drama! - 06/04/19 06:51 AM
The cost of Drama within any relationship and organization is immeasurable. Everyone deals with it differently.
Most avoid it and scurry off to “safer places”.
Some try to kill it with harsh confrontation resulting in acceleration of exacerbation.
Sometimes, it’s for good and valid reason . . . A response to a toxic force in the mix.
At a minimum, the direct repercussion is a decline in productivity.
Even worse is the presence of the most destructive relationship sentiment . . . resentment.
No Leader enjoys dealing with this quagmire that could turn Happy Happy to misery in a New York … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: Hire a Professional - 06/03/19 08:12 AM
I cannot BELIEVE I am writing this post. My livelihood depends on Home Buyers and Sellers hiring me or one of the Vital Few Real Estate sales professionals of Pareto Realty.
Every minute of every day, we work tirelessly to be the best REALTORS we can be.
We pride ourselves on our knowledge and dedication to learning as much as we can, so we can deliver nothing but the best service to our loyal clients.
After all, we are “commissioned” to serve and protect our Principals (Home Buyers and Sellers).
Indefatigably, we study the Local, Regional, and National trends in the … (7 comments)

barrysmusings: What are THEY saying? - 05/31/19 09:07 AM
“They” have super-human powers. Yep! “they” can brainwash just about anybody into believing that doing this thing is dangerous, foolish, and a HUGE waste of time, energy, and money.
Of course, “they” have tried EVERYTHING and NONE of it worked for “them”, so how could it possibly work for us?
“They” cast doubt and squash optimistic enthusiasm.
Don’t listen!
Test EVERYTHING your mind can conjure just in case it doesn’t work for “them” but DOES work for you. “They” want you to stay stay small and safe.
Don’t allow “them” to define your success (or lack thereof) based on “their” limited … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: Your Peeps are looking for you - 05/29/19 06:58 AM
Isn’t it mind blowing how HUGE everything is? There are SO many people . . . and each one is unique.
Other than food, shelter, love, and safety, we all have many similar needs and wants.
We want to belong – to be a part of a community – and to be a contributor.
We strive to be worthy . . . to make a difference for those we serve.
So who do we serve?
Are we serving the (right) people who need us most?
How can we help those who need what we have to offer find us?
This is … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: How will REALTORS get paid 5 years from now? - 05/28/19 08:29 AM
Imagine a world in which the CEO prioritizes people over profits. How could this be?
After all, CEO’s of Corporations are responsible for financial RESULTS. Why would any Board of directors allow the CEO to go rogue by valuing people over profits?
This behavior is risky, irresponsible, and even sloppy.
It’s also a WINNER!
Consider this TED Talk of Chobani Yogurt Founder and CEO.
“It’s time to admit that the playbook that’s guided businesses and CEOs in the last 40 years is broken,” Hamdi Ulukaya
He’s right!
The playbook that’s guided businesses and CEOs in the last 40 years is no … (13 comments)

barrysmusings: THE #1 Reason Your House Hasn’t Sold - 05/23/19 08:29 AM
This reason is also true for any Home Buyer who is Frustrated with the process. Buying or selling a house is a HUGE endeavor. It’s an important and complex process that requires the participation of a wide diversity of people (as many as 40+ People in a single transaction), prominent potential for conflict, and strong desire of all parties to have a smooth path to resolution (the closing).
Every transaction has it’s own personality because everyone involved is human and inherently imperfect and subject to “outside interference” in the form of personal matters, other ongoing business, and the ever present possibility … (4 comments)

barrysmusings: No Pictures? It didn’t happen . . . - 05/21/19 06:35 AM
The #OwenHollow Spring Cookout happened on Saturday May 18, 2019 . . .or did it? There was no “no picture taking” rule in effect.
I was the host, and my only “Directives” were Directions to the Hollow (Because GPS won’t take you there), the price of admission was simply: “Bring Goodwill, yourself, and anyone you want to be there.” If you’re compelled to bring anything to share, feel free to bring a side, Beverages, or something sweet.
All the right people showed up with all the right stuff. I provided my “famous fall-off-the-bone babyback ribs” and cornbread pancakes, Grilled Burgers, Brats, … (13 comments)

barrysmusings: How much thought went into the design of your office? - 05/20/19 07:55 AM
This morning, Bob sent me an email with a link to an article in the Nashville Business Journal. They had asked 17 Architect Firms: “What is a unique architectural feature of your office and what do you hope it conveys to your clients?” Bob’s message: “The article below featuring architects talking about their own work space made me think about our Pareto space and, also, about how the physical workplace environment figures in — or doesn’t — to the topic of your book."
We moved into our current space in October of 2018. The prior space was far from ideal – 5 … (1 comments)

barrysmusings: With a little help - 05/17/19 07:53 AM
When we’re feeling down-trodden and out of sorts, we often find rejuvenating energy from the most unexpected sources. Of course we’re surprised because we are not expecting help. We are proud and strong and even “invincible” . . . so we weather the storm and do our best to keep our chins up and muddle through.
We all have these “seasons” in our lives. We don’t want to “trouble” anyone else with our problems. After all, we got ourselves into this mess, so it’s up to us to get ourselves out of it, right?
This is where “random acts of kindness” … (2 comments)

barrysmusings: Great question – Here’s my answer to a different question - 05/16/19 06:04 AM
Clearly, the digital world has damaged many peoples’ ability to engage in useful dialog. This morning, I came to the conclusion that 80% of the comments in any given thread are not “dialog” . . . they are a collage of ego driven monologues. (on my 3rd reading of this comment, I almost deleted it under the heading of “cynical” – Jaded, and then realized it is totally appropriate).
My observation of several Facebook Groups and a couple of email list-serves, confirms this suspicion. It’s truly a rarity that the comments of the thread directly address the question posed.
This is … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: The best reason to show up at more meetings. - 05/15/19 06:33 AM
We all have more than our fair shares of invitations to meetings.Some meetings are more “relevant and important” than others. Before committing to attend, most folks want to know WIIFM (What’s in it for me?). At a minimum, We want to know the topic/theme . . . even better if we can know who else is coming. I’m a serial “inviter” . . . Maybe I think too much, but I frequently think of current issues and opportunities and feel compelled to start conversations about them with people who care . . . so I issue invitations to anyone and everyone within … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: “C” words that make a difference - 05/14/19 06:55 AM
Collaborate – Change – Create – Cause – Commiserate – Camaraderie – Champion – Compensation – Care – Core – Closure – Complete – Compete – Contact – Cacophony – Calm – Can – candor – capable – Cantankerous – Capitulate – Capricious – Captivating – career – carefree – careful – carry – cash – catalyst – cathartic – Caution – Celebrate – Central – Circle – Challenge – Certainty – Ceremony – Chance – Chaos – Charisma – Charity – Chasm – Cheerful – Cherish – Chill – Choice – Chord – Chutzpah – Civility – Claim – Clarity … (3 comments)

barrysmusings: Looking beyond the initial question - 05/10/19 06:28 AM
Coming from curiosity is a gift to everyone. When we’re wearing our business hat, how often do we go beyond the initial dialog?
Is it always an exchange of information or a negotiation, or can it also include some level of warmer connection?
The most effective conversations begin with some form of FORD – (Family, Occupation, Recreation, Dreams) . . . so why don’t we do this more often in the business interaction?
When there’s even a smidgen of familiarity, pretty much everything goes more smoothly, and we all serve our clients better.
I’ve found this to be most useful on … (3 comments)

 
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Stream of consciousness commentary on the real estate industry from the perspective of a Principal Real Estate Broker and Founder of Pareto REalty, LLC in Middlle Tennessee - Also a Career Development Coach with vast Organizational Development/Transformation training and experience - in the industry since 1993


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