I was going to wait until after this weekend to post my 100th post. I wanted my 100th post to be special so my plan was to take a bunch of pictures of the Adirondacks this weekend while I'm at my mothers home. I am going to visit my mothers new home tomorrow and over the weekend. The new home that we just closed on at the end of October. This year my mother is hosting Thanksgiving which is awesome. Because of the condition of her previous home she has not been able to host thanksgiving since I was a small child.
Well I decided not to wait until after the weekend to write another post because I came across something that is very interesting to me and I wanted to see if any of you have heard of this before. Rapleaf; is a free program that allows you to sign up and be rated by peers, clients, and colleagues. It is a way for you to manage your on-line reputation. Their motto is "it is more profitable to be ethical". I believe wholeheartedly that it is more profitable to be ethical. If your business consists of calling up random prospects, pitching random details of a transaction, and closing a handful of them without actually taking the time to understand your clients needs you will burn out. You can't constantly be looking for new business if you do not have a steady source for new business.
Believe me, I know from experience that cold calling will only get you so far before you feel like giving up on your business. Ethics are very important to me on a personal level, but professionally ethics are not just important; my continued business depends on it. I work in a small area where as the saying goes "everyone knows everyone". For me to operate with strict ethical standards is like having a blank check that I can write whatever I want on it.
It's professional suicide not to follow through with what you promise, a good rule of thumb is to under-promise and over-deliver. I know that statement is beat to death but that is also true for many statements that can be applied across a broad spectrum.
I got off on a small tangent. My purpose for writing this blog is to find out if any of you are members of www.rapleaf.com and if any of you are let me know and I'll rate you. Also please feel free to rate me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .Thank you all for your input, and HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!