Would Someone Call You Parsley or Salt?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Parsley in SoupWhen it comes to making an impact in your real estate business or the sphere around you called life, ask yourself this question,

   Would Someone Call You Parsley or Salt?

We get this from our lunch or dinner table of course. It comes down to looking at yourself as a garnish or a condiment. Some background from Master Chef Gary.

A garnish would be something like Parsley. Something to make the dish more visually appealing. Also like paprika on a Salmon salad, chives sprinkled on potatoes, or a slice of fruit on the edge of a tropical drink like a Mai Tai. The dish may even appear incomplete without this enhancement. Have you ever seen soda fountain cheeseburgers without Parsley? BUT the big difference with the garnish is it is all visual. It adds nothing to the taste of the dish.

I relate this to people who are empty suits. All talk, no action, no real impact to something meaningful in your life. Hot air.

Decorative Salt ShakerAh, then we have the classic example of a condiment like Salt. You know in life, we are ALL called to be the salt of the earth. Someone that MAKES A DIFFERENCE in the world. I have made this a personal mantra of mine from way back when, and I hope you are on board with it as well and will never be an empty suit.

Salt flavors. Salt changes with its mere presence. You know salt is there and won't forget the changed taste. Ever put too much salt on your popcorn at the movie theater? You know that it is there by what it is doing on the taste buds. Other condiments that make you take notice with food include relish, any kind of sauce, pepper, ketchup, mustard, olive oil, and vinegar.

You get my point. You don't want to sit on the sideline not affecting people's lives with who you are like parsley. Yes they know you are there but you are just adorning the scene with what you "could be."

You want to wallop them with your salty self with an encouraging, uplifting helping self. You want to be a great example for them and spice up their lives with humor and have them "relish" you when you come by.

Most of all when you have left their presence for the moment or as your lives diverge you want to have changed them in some good way and above all had made a difference that your paths crossed. Be the salt of the earth. It's what the world needs from you. MORE FLAVOR, MORE RICHNESS.


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Nannette Hilliard
Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate - Monroe, WI

And boy do I wallop them with my salty self!  I sure do enjoy your posts! I can use this when on my kids. I can see them shakin their heads and asking me where I came up with this one. smiles...I will never tell them. I let them think I come up with these little sayings all on my own.

May 31, 2009 01:53 PM #12
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

what a perplexing question and a very interesting thought process.... I would have to say that I consider myself salt, but then (not having read everyone's answers) I can assume we all think we are salt....

May 31, 2009 03:38 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gary, Cute analogy.  I'm salt all right...I just hope I'm not too much salt for some people!  Talk about a balance :)

May 31, 2009 03:53 PM #14
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Of course I want to be Salt, Sea Salt or Kosher Salt, they are tastier!

May 31, 2009 04:59 PM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I can certainly be parsley in some situations, but with people I am close to...I am very much the salt...I can be a little too much salt at times, some people would probably tell you that they need to go sodium free for a little while just to have a break from me!

Jun 01, 2009 12:12 AM #16
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

While I like to pretend I'm always visually appealing, Gary, I really want to spice up folks' lives. Wonderful analogy and photos!

Jun 01, 2009 12:44 AM #17
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

I would have to say I am salt. I don't feel like my walking into a house makes it look any better. I hope that my presence does add value to the transaction and helps them make a good decision. Nice post, from a very salty guy!



Jun 01, 2009 02:35 AM #18
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

And being salty - we also raise their blood pressure is some instances!  Then we put on the cilantro to look good.  I agree with all before me - another great Gary post!

Jun 01, 2009 03:01 AM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

My husband would disagree. He loves parsley. And there are different varieties of parsley. It's not just a garnish. Parsley is rich in minerals and vitamins. :)

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Jun 01, 2009 05:02 AM #20
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

LOL Gary.  When I saw the title of this post I thought it was going to end up being about people referring to other people as "Sugar" and "Honey"...

This is great and you had more than one good quote in there.

Jun 01, 2009 06:25 AM #21
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I'm chocolate because I am soooo sweet.  Not really.

Jun 01, 2009 02:12 PM #22
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Salt.  Yep.  I'm sure of it.  Well, at least I hope so.

Jun 01, 2009 03:16 PM #23
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Ok.. salt, but seasoned salt for sure. I just reflects that added richness:)) (I almost said pepper... for some added spice)

Jun 01, 2009 03:17 PM #24
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker
Salt is a key ingredient in - actually inside - each of us.
Jun 02, 2009 12:42 AM #25
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - What a wonderful analogy. Salt is more noticeable than parsley - for sure. But I'm not going to settle for something so simple. Let's take it to the next level. How about a little Tobasco or red hot pepper to spice up the presentation?

Jun 02, 2009 04:10 AM #26
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

That's me! Cayenne! Muy caliente!

Okay, and a dash of salt . . .  :)

Jun 02, 2009 09:45 AM #27
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Hi Gary,

I'm like Cindy.  Sea salt for me.  And what about people named Olive and Rosemary?  Are they salt people too?

Jun 02, 2009 12:03 PM #28
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Love the comparison..........now you can buy all kinds of exotic salts........pink and blue, from the Dead Sea or Black Sea - is that like spicin up the Salt? :-)

Jun 02, 2009 04:52 PM #29
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Gary-Love the analogy and I like to think I am salt with a touch of pepper <SMILE>

Jun 04, 2009 02:44 AM #30
Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH

Salt - and parsley with the garlic!

Jun 04, 2009 11:11 AM #31
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