Anthony Robbins be damned! Actually, I've never been to one of his seminars and I might be totally barking up the wrong tree using him as an example (I just thought it was funny), but I am calling out all of the folks out there who preach this blind "think positively and good things will happen to you" sort of philosophy.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's entirely possible to smile all the way to the poor house! Faith without action is simply wishful thinking!
In order to be successful in the real estate business or just about any other business for that matter, you do have to have faith and to think positively, but you also have to work hard and smart. Steven Covey talks about how working hard isn't enough in his book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". He uses the example of how you can be positive, motivated and you can work hard in cutting a path through a jungle only to find out that you're in the wrong jungle!
Jim Rohn tells a story about a fisherman who had a great life. Everyday he would go down to the water and get in his boat, set his sails and then go out to the fishing grounds to get his family's food for the day. Everyday of his life went the same way and every day of his life the wind came from the same direction, so things worked for him.
Then one day the winds changed. They were no longer coming from the direction that he was accustomed to, but had turned around and were now coming from the opposite direction. The fisherman couldn't believe that this was happening, but he was positive and motivated, so he got up each morning and went to the water and set his sail the exact same way that he had always done. And he would sit there! He couldn't make it out to the fishing grounds to get the fish for his family and eventually they all starved to death.
The moral of the story? The wind is the wind. You can't do anything about the direction that it blows. You can however change the set of your sail!
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