Hey look around you…..who’s there???

Mortgage and Lending with Finance of America MLS 6621

Hey look around you.....who's there???

Hey look around you....who's there? Is it someone you look up to, admire or aspire to learn from? Is it someone that you know you are better, smarter and more successful than? Who do you hang out with and who do you associate with?

Hanging out and associating yourself with people who are not as successful or as smart as you does wonders for the ego and makes you feel like the big fish in the pond that everyone looks up to. The problem with being a big fish in a small pond is that your growth is limited and sooner or later you will run out of oxygen as the pond fills up with smaller fish.fish

As for me, I try to hang out and associate with people that are better than me in every aspect of my professional and personal life. I want to be around people who will challenge me to be a better mortgage loan officer, a better husband, a better father, a better mentor and a more giving person. I want to be around people that are better human beings just by the virtue of who they are and not by pretense.

I prefer to hang out with people that give freely of their time and themselves, people who are honest  and have a positive mental attitude, people who get the job done and do not lose focus of their goals. People who know their stuff because they've worked hard to get to where they are and are not afraid to share their experiences or roll up their sleeves.

I much prefer to be the small fish in a large pond so that I can continue grow to be a larger fish in an ever growing pond while helping other fish to get bigger also. So look around you.....who's there???

Comments (7)

Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Homes for Sale Mount Dora Realtor

It's great when you look around.

You want to enjoy life and experience more by meeting interesting people.

Great article.

Thanks for sharing.....


Jul 09, 2011 08:50 AM
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Ray and Karen - It's all about the company you keep.

Jul 09, 2011 09:56 AM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC


This is a very good philosophy to have. I have been fortunate to know some pretty amazing people and have learned so much from them.

I think they let me hand around for the humor factor or to keep the I.Q. bell curve in order.

Also I see you are in Atlanta. That is one pretty city. I actually got to spend some time there a few years back and really enjoyed it.

Jul 11, 2011 06:02 AM
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Donald - I enjoy learning and continuously improving while hanging around well grounded people. I've been in Atlanta about 8 years and am really enjoying it.  

Jul 11, 2011 06:29 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI RAY!  I enjoy being around all kinds of people and never the big fish - I blend with the pack though and learn a lot.  Some of the best lessons in life have come from people who you wouldn't even think you could learn something from!  Nice post!

Jul 11, 2011 10:59 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hi Ray, great post to remind us to hang with the right people, in our spare time!    Other attitudes can have an affect on us.

Jul 12, 2011 01:21 AM
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Gabrielle - I agree and I ascribe to the philosophy of every man is your superior as you may learn from him.

Joan - I believe that the people you hang around with are the reflection of who you are and I always try to improve in one way or another.

Jul 12, 2011 02:11 AM