Alice's mushrooms and other fairy food

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The Nines Team in Lodi

Sometimes the wisdom of the ancients seems to make sense.  At other times it may seem a little far fetched.  In the latter case, it may be that we try and catch meaning a little too literally.  Perhaps we might  be better served to look for wisdom in the illustration rather than the words.

I recently came across an illustration in Claire Nahmad’s bookDream Spells Victorian Spells to Reveal the Magical Wisdom of Dreams” as the result of one of my Internet searches connected to the “American Dream.”  While Victorian wisdom may not be ancient in a literal sense, I found this particular nugget playing directly intoThe Nines Team in Lodi the mystery of my business today.

The discussion was simply about the impact of partaking of “fairy food” in a dream state.  (Yes I know, this may seem “out there” but when looking for answers, I’ll give most thoughts a serious look.)  The premise proposed was that “if the food seems insubstantial or unreal, the indication is that what you are pursuing is a phantom or that you are building on a baseless assumption …. because someone has seriously deceived you or because you are deceiving yourself.”

The two servings of “fairy food” that may have side tracked our professional focus might be our willingness to pay for lead systems to come up with the “client” and a conviction that when the “shadow inventory” hits the market all will be well with the world.

If one is actually working the system leads … and conversion are few and far between … it might be because buyers really are on the fence … and leads generated by Internet inquiries are little different from those that evolve from other tire kicking sources.  Looking for either an easy way or a more numerically superior way of lead generation may remove us from the more direct and narrower niche of personal face-to-face contact.  The effective but frequently time-consuming personal follow-up … the nurturing of leads until the buying decision is foremost in the desires and we are foremost in their minds as the agent of choice.

The “shadow inventory” reason for a poor market seems to offer an opportunity to let the “reason” of market malaise fall squarely on the shoulders of someone or something about which we have control.  Again, when we abandon our need to become both responsible and accountable for our business growth it may allow us to find ourselves perched “on the fence” with our client buyers.

So while the results of my search did not give me the results I was seeking … it did remind me that no “pixie dust” or “fairy food” will be a substitute for good old fashioned, roll-up-the-sleeves, do-it-myself effort.  I know the basics of real estate … and even in the day of social media, instant gratification, and microwave-mentality … if I’m not making the focused effort to succeed … then I can’t lay the results of my business upon any other doorstep.


Comments (8)

Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Fairy Food is best shown visually in HOOK and the full on food fight.

Yes, I digress..... shadow inventory be it realy or fairy dust won't fix what's wrong....

Only time will make the difference....  When I say TIME.... I mean TIME... we may not even see the end.... 

Jan 16, 2011 02:02 PM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Susan ... Did you mean "thyme" ... a little spice to all our distress!  I fear you're right ... time is the unknown element!

Jan 16, 2011 02:20 PM
'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest'
The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams - Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Texas Real Estate

Jack, the basics are the only thing that makes sense, although I would love for the fairy food to work!

Jan 16, 2011 02:34 PM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Elizabeth ... So would I ... but only if it were free!  I can make a payment on the national debt for the money I've spent over the years!

Jan 16, 2011 02:58 PM
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Great points, we are responsible for our own destiny.  The shadow inventory should not make or break your business.  I would like to sell some of those houses though. 

Jan 16, 2011 03:29 PM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Tni ... I'm on the same page with both of your observations!

Jan 17, 2011 10:34 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


You are a very gifted writer.  I always enjoy your post and how you relate things that seem totally unrelated.  Another winner!

Jan 17, 2011 12:55 PM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Judi - Thank you for the compliment.  When I was young in this residential business ... I felt I had no experience, even though I was skilled in business.  My mentor told me to write down a list of things I had accomplished ... and then she helped me to relate each one to real estate.  I've been doing it and teaching it ever since!

Jan 17, 2011 02:52 PM