I wrote this post just under 1 year ago on October 11, 2011 and I found it this morning looking through old blogs and I say this as i have written over 600 this year when I only started blogging in August 2011, I think that is quite a feat.
I have indeed experienced the PURE RESULTS from Blogging and for anyone that doubts it's power and effectiveness, I want to leave you a follow up to this very blog with some startling results...
Only 2 things have changed in my Real Estate Career over the last few years to make me the success story you are about to hear... the first is I got Divorced in 2009. Yes, folks, I hear some of you already saying things, but as a Christian, it was 3 years of counseling and marriage counseling and being set against divorce before a very powerful Pastor showed me in writing in the only book that matters, that even God knew early on there are valid reasons for divorce, and once I was shown that with my own eyes, it was 1 month later I reluctantly agreed. If you have any doubt the Bible validates Divorce, Read this:
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
When a man has taken a wife, and married her, and it comes to pass that she finds no favor in his eyes, because he has found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and put it in her hand, and send her out of his house. Deuteronomy 24:1
In Keller Williams, we call things that prevent us from achieving to our fullest potential DRUNK MONKEYS and once you remove the Drunk monkey from your back, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. My divorce was the biggest DRUNK MONKEY I have removed because she doubted my career and that was the biggest restriction of my growth. With her constant doubt, it restricted me but the shackles are OFF!
Since Oct 1st, 2011, I have now achieved my first year of over 3 million in business in a single year. I have set ambitious goals that I have completely shattered and had to set even higher ones.
I started in Aug 2011 and said I would achieve 100K points in my first year with AR. That has been SMASHED as I am almost to 400K points and it has been only 13 months.
I set out to do 3 million in business in my 3rd year with KW. This year could break 5 million on my current track.
I set out to list 10 homes per month and I have not fallen below 30 listings per month since Sept last year.
I am in current negotiations to find my first Admin Assist to begin the formation of my team as I have more leads incoming than I can process effectively from all the wonderful results of AR and E Edge our exclusive system within Keller Williams.
Just look at this comprehensive website that we have created: www.SearchforSouthFloridaHome.Com
As for my giving back to my neighborhood campaign, we adopted our first street this year and it is 1 mile long and we clean it twice monthly as a team.
We are also about midway to raising $10,000 to feed 500 families a traditional Christmas Dinner.
I have now successfully negotiated multiple deals for other agents within my office thru the Short Sale Process as I have mastered this market and I am now a virtual GUN FOR HIRE as they get the listings and I process theirs for another income stream since this is a talent I have honed to perfection and average about a 60 day process and I am still 100% perfect in my closure rate and no deficiency balance as yet for my sellers and most of them walked with CASH CONTRIBUTIONS for RELOCATION in their pocket.
I have added my first REO account this year and it will give me just about 100 listings in my first year. I have completed my first commercial deal and have another underway currently in addition to my residential listings and I have my first luxury listings and sales this year, and I have completed multiple deals with international clients and next week I complete my Certified International Property Specialist designation thus adding even more training to my arsenal and I have my first international listings currently.
Yes, I have removed the DRUNK MONKEYS from my career path and I am leading the charge now being the top producer of my office, a proud member of my Agent Leadership Council, a mentor of new agents, a team builder of what will certainly be a powerful team of HAND PICKED real estate professionals. and all the while having the time of my life.
And let's not forget, after a few setbacks in the beginning in my personal life, I have landed a lifelong friend from High School as a life partner and we have now been together over 2 years.
Last year I told you my relaxation was spending time my long time friend pictured here:
Well this year I made a change... I now spend every other Saturday with a partner agent and the two of us go out and maintain all of our vacant listings for about half a day and have great fun doing it. Since I have gone from 1 to 3 yards per day to about 6 or more, I had to grow with the challenge and now it is EVEN MORE FUN to go with the RELAXATION I get from this new friend.
Check out my new addition to the family this year:
Still Snapper and still in PROUD KELLER WILLIAMS Colors.
If you want to TRULY bring your career to new levels you NEVER DREAMED of, REMOVE YOUR DRUNK MONKEY of limiting beliefs, and check out this website: http://redcareers.com/kwportstlucie/ and when you fill out the form for more information, please note KEVIN B TOLBERT PA was the one that helped you REMOVE THE DRUNK MONKEY from your back.
Make it a Great Day and a Great Career.
ORIGINAL POST FROM 2011:
PAYING IT FORWARD in celebration of a "Fall Season of Miracles" (Members Only) (edit/delete)
The POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul group gives you the opportunity to share the miracles in your life during this fall season with a creative writing challenge . Join in on the challenge with the FALL SEASON OF MIRACLES CONTEST | Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group
I just completed the 30 day blogging challenge on AR and as a DIRECT RESULT of this contest, I reached some major milestones in just 30 days and I also learned some great habits and made some great money, so it only seemed to appropriate when today surfing AR on this NOT SO LAZY SUNDAY and just in from my GIVING BACK NEIGHBORHOOD CAMPAIGN, I saw this contest and just could not resist.
Let me start by saying that I was not a blogger until Aug 17th. I dabbled here and there but nothing serious until Ben Kinney finally made a believer out of me.
So I was doing a few things on AR, when I saw the 30 day challenge.
So like many others that I read comments from, I too thought this might be a either a very ambitious challenge to motivate me to blog, or it would be the hardest challenge to date on AR.
Well it turns out, not only did I figure out early a very simple solution to daily blogging, but I also learned the secret of LOCALISM BLOGGING and just how powerful it can be.
First my new secret that I am more than proud to PAY IT FORWARD to other agents as this is our culture is sharing great ideas.
I have 4 farm areas immediately around me that I wanted to become known within. So daily, I took the same blog called: FEATURED BUSINESS OF .... and made a couple of minor changes like the name of the business linking it to it's own website, and a personal review of the business. I started this first with the family owned local businesses and then spread it out to chains. In the tag line, I entered the same 4 items each time, short sale specialist, and the various spelling of the community on AR.
Then I added some links to a particular farm area, my personal website and a few other choice links of interest in that particular area like county parks link, or shopping mall link, or school board link but always only about that neighborhood.
I did this for 4 farm areas and did it daily simply changing the business name and review. But cloning this blog, I was able to recreate a new one in about 5 minutes each daily.
Now for the results: I am now the SHORT SALE SPECIALIST in the number one position even above the paid sites in 1 area and on page 1 of google in the other 3 with one being the highest just under the paid sites.
And these great placements came as a direct result of my daily blogging and using localism.
But then some other benefits came about:
1. I am averaging nearly 1000 pts daily for my postings and comments and links.
2. I now have some of these businesses that I reviewed asking me for $$$ to drive their business to the top as mine is.
3. And this is a killer: I had a builder search for a a local realtor on Google who specialized in short sales. He found me number one in the town he searched and called me Thursday. I wrote 11 listings for him this weekend and a new blog coming for a new neighborhood he is developing. He offered me 5% of every person that says they found him because of my blog about him.
So for the simplest of contests, it looks like I have learned not only some great new habits, but obtained some very lucrative results.
This has truly been a "Season of Miracles" and I am more than happy to discuss specific details and share ideas with any agent that would like help in getting started on blogging. I am never too busy to PAY IT FORWARD.
And for anyone interested, the picture below is a clue to what I do each Sunday for my GIVING BACK IN MY NEIGBORHOOD as we still have many empty homes, and I love doing this and have since I was a kid. It is a peaceful time for me to not answer the phone and just chill out and a great way to give back to my neighborhood. Of course she is in true Keller Williams colors, and my neighbors can see me coming.