How Good Are You At Turning Things Upside Down?

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Bikes In A RowIn thriving in these chaotic times in real estate there is a good question to ask yourself,

How Good Are You At Turning Things Upside Down?

Some are naturally good at stirring the pot and coming up with fresh ideas. Others of us live in very consistent and structured worlds.

But creative thinking and brain storming and fresh ideas and looking at the world in a different way can possibly make things better or solve problems more optimally or get you where you want to go faster.

Practice in your mind using your imagination and thinking of something or a situation COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than the way you originally thought of it. It is what brought us the airplane, the personal computer, man on the moon, and even ways to park your bike at the beach. It's not that hard actually and is rather fun if you think about it.

What does this have to do with real estate or life in general? Solutions are truly out there for many problems, some solutions vastly better than others. But you have to work at it sometimes or even assist the help of others. When you find the cool best solution it is very rewarding and like a feather in your cap. Then you're off on your bicycle to tackle the next problem, with flair, gusto, and confidence. Then help others to show them there's more than just bicycles out there but bicycle makers who know how to put wings on those babies and make them fly.



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Monika Depalo
REAL ESTATE Agent/Stager

Gary the WebMaster,

Great picture and creatively so.

Yes, novel ideas are good for the economy too!

Jul 11, 2009 03:31 PM #34
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

I don't thrive on structure or order... I thrive on challenges and new opportunities.  As a matter of necessity, I have had to evolve with the market changes.  Looked at my old developer client list from 5 years ago, 7 of the 10 largest clients on the list are all out of business or closing this year.  So, you plans changes and we evolve.

Jul 11, 2009 03:42 PM #35
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Gary... in todays market we all need to keep looing for new ways to do things.

Jul 11, 2009 03:45 PM #36
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Gary~ Gosh you said it all in a nutshell!  We will either sink or swim.  I am swimming, but it sure isn't easy! 

Jul 11, 2009 03:48 PM #37
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I think many of us, both in and out of the real estate industry, have had to refocus and rethink our direction.

Jul 11, 2009 03:48 PM #38
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Gary - this is excellent. What an inspiration for us to continue to think outside the box...a necessity, IMO, if one is to survive in this changing market. Doing things the same old way will not work.


Jul 11, 2009 03:58 PM #39
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

My mind is constantly thinking up new ideas and as soon as one pops another evolves from it. Then the issues becomes on how to harness the ideas and focus those - not that's the tougher part for me, especially as regular work seems to get in the way :). ~Rita

Jul 11, 2009 03:58 PM #40
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I do need to step out of my skin more often than I should. Great post. Like you say, looking at things upside down has brought us many great inventions.

Jul 11, 2009 03:59 PM #41
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

There's a song in "Madagascar" called "you got to Move it, Move it".    It immediately came into my mind while I was reading your call to action post.  Thank you.

Jul 11, 2009 04:04 PM #42
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


What a photo you have chosen for your blog. It is a sign of slow moving. A very symbolic photo.

Congratulations on a gold star

Jul 11, 2009 04:30 PM #43
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Congrats Gary on your featured blog!  Re-inventing takes some heavy duty thinking and paying attention to your local market direction.  Great ideas.

Jul 11, 2009 04:43 PM #44
Lisa Bosques
Burien, WA

Yes, taking a breath, and finding a moment to clear the mind will do wonders for thinking out of the box in a tough situation. I try to do that and it helps. Somebody once told me that poverty makes one creative!

Jul 11, 2009 04:50 PM #45
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

I've been stirring the pot ever since I opened my own office 2 years ago. I do many things that other offices don't/won't do ... and do other things upside down. It drives the competition nuts! Look at what customers would LOVE and then provide that service.

Jul 12, 2009 01:46 AM #46
Jeani Codrey
RE/MAX Access - Garden Ridge, TX
If you're not learning, you're not living!

I spent the entire day yesterday learning about how I can change directions, diversify my business, and how I need to change myself and my attitude to achieve more.  This falls in line with what I learned and what I need to do.  Thanks for the post!

Jul 12, 2009 03:05 AM #47
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Gary: Thank you. Out-of-the-box thinking is o.k. A person always needs to have a plan but the ability to deviate from it and try new things is critical. Thanks again!

Jul 12, 2009 03:44 AM #48
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gary:  I have one specific solution I came up with that saved a transaction a few years ago that was really out of the box, but got the deal back on track.  I often look back at it and wonder how in the heck I came up with it. 

Jul 12, 2009 03:55 AM #49
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Thanks everyone for adding so many comments to this topic. I had to actually get some work in after I wrote this one and came back to read who had commented and was amazed at such great thoughts which I very much appreciate. Looks like we have "a lot" of out of box thinkers here in this forum. Of course, I already knew that since the cream of the crop people all hang out on Active Rain. I enjoy very much hearing your own stories in this area!

Jul 12, 2009 04:00 AM #50
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

All the marketing tools in the worldwill not functionfor us without imagination. We need the ideas first, then the positive visualization, then the tools. 

Jul 12, 2009 08:17 AM #51
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

This is a reminder for me to stay out of the box and to never go back in, in so many different ways. You always seem to know just what to say and when to say it. Good post!

Jul 12, 2009 11:44 AM #52
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dear Gary

Wonderful post and a salute to everyone who wants to mix it up.  It is actually fun to throw all one's notions out of the window and begin again.  All one has to do is change their mind, that applies to everything in life!  If many would get off their fixed ideas, there would be a veritable deluge of creativity!  I look forward to it.

Thanks for being a wonderful instigator!

Jul 12, 2009 12:08 PM #53
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