When in doubt, go fishing

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Mortgage and Lending with Black Rose Fishing Charters and CastNCrew Fishing Show

I've spent a lot of time in the past twenty years marketing.  I've golfed.  Had dinner meetings.  I've hosted luncheons.  I've put together speaker venues.  I realize that I am a farmer.  While on my charter boat, I ran nearly 1,000 charters with a ton of customers.  On the boat, I saw a lot of interactions amongst them.  Many of the trips were "customer appreciation" trips.  Very little business was ever discussed on my boat.  Time, however, was always appreciated.

Time is one thing very few of us ever get enough of.  Taking someone fishing on the open ocean...no cell phones or messages or texts for 9 hours.  You just bought someone freedom.  If they are able to bring their kid, Dad, or friend, so much the better.  That's time that we can all use dearly.

As a financial advisor, I saw too many people near the end of their lives with regrets. It's why I got out of that business.  As a captain, I had many people on my boat "taking that last trip" with their family and friends.  Horrible, yes, but also uplifting.  Many times, just sitting there watching their kids enjoy themselves, I saw contentment.  They were seeing what they were passing down to their kids.  It wasn't money, houses, or things.  It was experience.  It was how to have a good time.

 

Get out there and spend some time away from phones and responsibilities.  If it's business, share some time with your customers. If it's family, do that as well.  I'm sitting in my office today; my loose ends on current cases are tied up and going through underwriting or we're waiting for paperwork to come in.  I'm sitting here thinking about fishing.  

The weather this weekend is supposed to be perfect for fishing.  Reports of much better fishing than last year.  My charter boat season starts tomorrow.  My new captain is ready to run, but I'll be there as well Saturday and Sunday.  I can't sit on the sidelines!  He'll do all of the work; I'll just be along for the ride.  Without my cell phone!

If you are in Massachusetts and want to fish; I have room on Saturday's charter.  Room for 2 if you have someone you want to bring along.  Cost is $250/person.  Leave your phone in your car.

Rich Antonino

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Bill Reddington
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Really like the no cell phone part. Have done a number of cruises and really appreciate that part the best.

Apr 25, 2013 01:23 AM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Rich- I like your motto.  We haven't fished in ages but at one time had 3 boats (nothing big, the largest a 29 foot Luhrs) and we were out on a boat almost every weekend (weather permitting) and sometimes after work.  I just love being out there, whether or not I catch anything.   Welcome to ActiveRain!

Apr 27, 2013 06:09 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Apr 27, 2013 11:16 AM #3
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Rich - great post. It's true: we have forgotten the art of conversation, and just being still, appreciating nature, and others. Thanks for the reminder.
Apr 27, 2013 10:41 PM #4
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Rich Antonino
Black Rose Fishing Charters and CastNCrew Fishing Show - Plymouth, MA
Charter Captain and Fishing Show Producer

It's great learning from others.  We got out there on Saturday and Sunday.....  Do you think these guys will ever forget this day?  

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