An Apple A Day. Not 30 Apples On The Last Day Of The Month!

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

An apple a day: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage LenderThere is a discipline required for success.  It's called "Consistency."

I took this photo yesterday in Salt Lake City, where I've been attending a motivational business convention.  (It's why you haven't seen me for a few days on Active Rain.)

Our hotel lobby kept this basket filled to the brim with apples for its guests, and a thought occured to me as I picked one up and bit into it.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but you wouldn't want to have to eat 31 of them on the last day of the month!

And that's the business lesson I took away from a basket of fruit!

How's YOUR sales plan progressing this month?



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Comments (21)

P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy
Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley - Gilroy, CA
San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well!

Good point Mike, I think I'll have an apple!

Oct 04, 2010 04:50 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Grab one!


Thanks for being the first to comment!  I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Oct 04, 2010 04:59 AM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


Now you need a wash tub and watter and some one to "call" the dance.

Salt Lake ought to be into "bobbing" but you might be just a little early.

Hope you had a good time!


Oct 04, 2010 05:20 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


It is amazing how we can find inspiration from things around us and from things as simple as a basket of fruit.  We are at the beginning of the month, so it is a nice time to implement the business lesson!  :)

Oct 04, 2010 05:28 AM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Ah, Mike...

We look everywhere for consistency, when consistency is within us, waiting to be set free to work its magic...

Oct 04, 2010 05:44 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

An apple a day ... a blog a day ... this can all add up to success. I like being consistent, it works.

Oct 04, 2010 06:09 AM
Kate Kate
San Diego, CA

Mike, In fact, 31 apples consumed in one day might end up with the sales person wearing dentures. Now I could discuss the possible effects on the digestive tract but guess you'd prefer I stick to teeth. :)

Oct 04, 2010 06:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mike, hope you are having a good time at your convention, and I will take ONE please!

Oct 04, 2010 06:58 AM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I could use a few of those on the horse farms I visit!

Oct 04, 2010 10:33 AM
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Mike ... Good to see you and your photo images again.  I like the metaphor to eat one apple a day, not just all 31 on the last day of the month.  I am on my way now to get my apple for the day (literally and figuratively).

Oct 04, 2010 11:30 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

You're right, I sure wouldn't want to eat 30 apples in a day... I have enough trouble eating one a day.  LOL.  Good point that can easily be carried over to business and life.

Oct 04, 2010 12:50 PM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

Mike -- hope you had a safe trip home after passing through Flagstaff in that rainstorm. I got your text when I turned on my phone after finishing 18 -- we watched the storm coming at us on the last two holes, but it was sunny all the way around in my little slice of Flagstaff.

Oct 04, 2010 03:18 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Excellent thought, Mike.  And to further relate it to real estate - why does everyone always want to close on the last day of the month?  Why not schedule your closing 5-6 days before in case there are any "burps" in the system?  Why would you want to be among 50 harried clients that the title company and loan company and agents and every one else is just rushing around for?  Why not chose a less hectic day when people will actually have time to explain page 4789 of your closing documents (ok, a slight exaggeration.)   Great analogy.

BTW - we had some awesome storms today and I've got some great pix coming - hope you'll stop by after you get "home."

Oct 04, 2010 06:15 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Mike - Consistency is indeed the key to all things in life, be it our business, our health or whatever.

Oct 05, 2010 06:22 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I'm inconsistent at the practice of consistency.  Better than being consistently inconsistent, though.  I guess...


All my realtors want me to close before the end of the month!  Doesn't matter what day they got the signed offer...  Okay, that's a little exaggeration, but we aim to please.


It was just beautiful, driving through that rainstorm, and the silver lined clouds after the storm passed by were outstanding!


I like apples!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Who's your lender?!  Give me a call.


We used to feed the horses apples when I was a kid on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Oh, have two!


Thanks for sticking to the "teeth" story...


Yes it does!


You have a way with words!


I noticed that!  Go sell houses!


It was a GREAT time!

Mike in Tucson

Oct 05, 2010 08:39 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI MIKE!  Oh that's good ... let's see ... I've got some apples that need eating to catch up! -- Gab

Oct 06, 2010 09:11 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Morning, Gab!

You're up early, as usual.  I'm betting that helps you stay consistent with your sales plan!

Mike in Tucson

Oct 07, 2010 12:42 AM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Mike - That was a good lesson. SO many people try to do it all at once, and they never get anything done correctly.

Oct 07, 2010 10:07 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

How appropriate. We are having a "call" contest and it's much easier to do a few a day than having to play "catch up" and make all those calls the last day of the month!

Also, thanks for sharing your photos. That is way cool of you!

Oct 07, 2010 11:02 AM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

I am hopeless sometimes.  All I can think of is 'he didn't wash the apple before he ate it'.  

Oct 08, 2010 06:14 PM