If you build it, they will come.

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If you build it, they will come.


One of my favorite movies to watch is Field of Dreams, I get a good feeling watching Kevin Costner follow that voice. If you have seen the movie, you know that Costner’s character, Ray Kensilla, moves to Iowa with his wife and they become farmers growing corn. But Ray hears a voice that tells him that, “If you build it, they will come”.

It has been my experience, improving real estate for 25 years, that I have followed that voice. When I first started as a handyman and willing to do anything to pay my mortgage and feed my family. It became apparent that building a business was just as important as doing the work. If I could build a business that people wanted, they would come.

I didn’t hear the voice that Ray heard, but I knew that I needed to do things differently than the rest of the herd. It wasn’t only about the money, sometimes I had to do the right thing. I didn’t want to get business the same way that the other guys were trying, so I had to do things that others didn’t understand. I had to trust in that inner voice that guided me in making those decisions.

The movie ends with Ray having an experience that he was not expecting when he started, I think that also holds true for me. What began as a moment of desperation has turned into a career that has been greater than I had expected.

 

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Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I agree Sally, I can't tell you how many times I've seen it.

Apr 07, 2012 02:33 PM #17
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Thanks Ellen, don't think it's cheating.  :)

Apr 07, 2012 02:35 PM #18
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Erv Fleishman
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I think you would be perfect for the Wizard of Oz.

Apr 07, 2012 07:03 PM #19
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James Quarello
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Passion and a love for what you do will separate you from the herd. I didn't know you were in that movie ;)

Apr 07, 2012 09:53 PM #20
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I'm not real sure what that means but thanks for the feedback Erv.

Apr 07, 2012 11:05 PM #21
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Well said James!

A lot of people missed seeing me in the movie, just look a little closer next time.  :)

Apr 07, 2012 11:08 PM #22
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Peg Barcelo
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Tom, what a cool entry for Roger's contest! Nice job! I'm still trying to find a movie to fit...

Apr 07, 2012 11:44 PM #23
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Thanks Peg, I'm sure you will come up with something clever.

Apr 08, 2012 01:45 AM #24
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
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Great movie Tom! You are definitely a star in that film LOL! We are having a virtual block party over at our place today, please come on over!

Apr 08, 2012 05:58 AM #25
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Thanks Al & Peggy, hope you are enjoying your Easter.

Apr 08, 2012 08:17 AM #26
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Tom, you are definitely the Photoshop expert around here...I love how you inserted yourself in these photos! :)

Leilani

Apr 08, 2012 10:10 AM #27
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Jerry Newman
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Happy Easter, Tom. I just loved that movie "Field of Dreams". You have done well to build your business following that simple statement, If you build it, they will come. What a nice entry for the movie contest too.

Apr 08, 2012 10:21 AM #28
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Kathy Streib
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Tom- great choice for the contest. And yes, it you build your business the way you think it should be then they will come!

Apr 08, 2012 11:53 AM #29
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I don't know about expert, but thanks for the kind words Leilani.

Apr 08, 2012 03:07 PM #30
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Thanks Jerry, I really appreciate that coming from you.

Apr 08, 2012 03:07 PM #31
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Thanks for the support Kathy. Funny how giving people what they want works, right?

Apr 08, 2012 03:07 PM #32
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Congrats to you, Tom, for building your business your way, and for the great movie tie-in.

Apr 08, 2012 11:14 PM #33
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Thanks Lottie for the feedback this morning.

Apr 09, 2012 12:42 AM #34
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first... awesome photo shop skills.  next... love the movie lastly... I love you story.

May 01, 2012 10:56 AM #35
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What a wonderful set of comments Tammy, I'm really glad you stopped to comment today!

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