How's your hot dog business doing these days??

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

Mine is doing OK, been better, been much worse.

However I'm almost always a positive thinker and my glass of water is half full.

I've always remembered and always loved this little story about attitude and your outlook on business and life in general.

"A man sold hot dogs in a medium-sized town. He was proud of his hot dogs and made a great deal of money selling his hot dogs. Every day, he would go out and yell from his hot dog stand, "Come and get your hot dogs! The best hod dogs in town!" People came from all over to eat his hot dogs. He would have lines of people at his hot dog stand. He loved selling hot dogs and believed they were delicious, fresh, and the best. He talked to his patrons and was grateful for them. And they loved this man.

Anyway, the man's son came home from college and asked his daddy what he was doing during the day. The man said that he was still selling hot dogs and business was booming. The son looked at him and said, "Daddy, what's the matter with you? Don't you know we're in a recession? No one is going to buy hot dogs. I cannot believe you're wasting your time and money trying to sell hot dogs. You need to cut your losses and close that stand."

Well, the man believed his son; his son was educated, in college, and certainly knew more than he. The man became a bit despondent, but did not want to close his hot dog stand because people came to him every day. They depended on him for their hot dogs. He continued to go to his hot dog stand, but he no longer yelled about his great hot dogs; he did not talk and laugh with his patrons as much. "We're in a recession," he thought, "What is there to laugh about?" Little by little, the patrons stopped coming and the man sold fewer and fewer hot dogs. Then no one came and he had to close his hot dog stand. He said, "My son was right"

Attitude is more important than fact. The man did not know that the country was in a recession and, therefore, continued to behave in a way, which generated a profitable business. Once his attitude changed; his behavior changed and then his business changed.

Attitude is more important than fact.

So how's your hot dog business doing these days??

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022
I love the bumper sticker that says, "Recession?  I choose NOT to participate."
Oct 30, 2006 02:52 AM #1
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
that's a great analogy, Jim!
Oct 30, 2006 02:56 AM #2
Colleen Irwin
Retired - Buffalo, NY
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Excellent Reminder!   We can always count on you for good insight!  Make it a great day!
Oct 30, 2006 02:56 AM #3
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
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The "Self fulfilling prophecy" syndrome.
Oct 30, 2006 02:59 AM #4
Ann Guy
NA - Allentown, PA

So, we are sharing the same story today.  Great minds think alike. 

Oct 30, 2006 07:33 AM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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The glass is too big! My hot dog business is booming. What slow market????


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