Find yourself a Sharp Saw

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Hand SawIn one of Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", he mentions Sharpening The Saw. This is about renewal of oneself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. In today's more difficult real estate times, agents, Stagers, and industry workers can sharpen their saws during slower times. For consumers, note those who continually improve themselves despite some leaner times. Sharpening a saw could be like:

Targeting their business - finding a niche, finding their best customers.

Creating systems - becoming a more efficient professional with automation making the most of their time.

Excellent contact - always in touch with contact data base using marketing tools.

Polished networking - a wide web of social contact which keeps their name out there in many organizations creating relationships.

Today's times can be challenging for the professional. But that's why they call them PROFESSIONAL. If you are one, maintain the highest of standards. If you're hiring one, look for these GREAT qualities.

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Rainer
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Jan Wood
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Gary:  Well, these certainly have been challenging times.  I've been educating myself, and honing my skills for better days ahead.  Thanks for the post...
Mar 04, 2008 03:29 PM #10
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTORĀ®, Blogger, Principal BrokerĀ®, Owner

An excellent book that can be read over and over again! Thanks for the reminder, I think it is time to pull it out again.

 

Mar 04, 2008 10:58 PM #11
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Sandra Workman
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Kankakee, IL
BBA, Broker, CRS, GRI, ABR, SFR, CNE, ePRO, CNHS
Honestly, I've had this book and never read it.  I hear alot about it and need to pull it out and get with the program!  :)
Mar 04, 2008 11:05 PM #12
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Jill Wente
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene - Spring, TX
Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS
Gary, I am an admirer of Stephen Covey. His book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is in my collection of business books. From time to time I take it off the shelf and re-read it. One of the ways I practice sharpening the saw is through education. The format of the education varies from online to attending classes.
Mar 05, 2008 12:05 AM #13
Rainer
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Gary, great post. Saw sharpening has to be a continuous work in progress these days with the savvy buyers steaming forward. Cutting edge technology, tools and services are the sharpeners that each Professional needs to succeed.
Mar 05, 2008 12:09 AM #14
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Gary, So many people mentioned this book, I haven't heard of it.  I realized I am trying to accomplish too much in a short time and I want to remember that it's almost Spring, I want to enjoy it!
Mar 05, 2008 12:21 AM #15
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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
I like it! Carpentry tools make for a great analogy for Real Estate Professionals.
Mar 05, 2008 12:24 AM #16
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Gary, Gary here!  I've been wanting to do that for a while...  Having spent a good portion of my life as a Logistics Manager, I am very familiar with Covey and the seven habits.  I have always related "Sharpening your saw" to being flexible, being open to change and staying in motion, which are absolutes in my opinion to be successful.  My biggest influences in how to conduct yourself in business and in dealing with people have been Sam Walton, Steven Covey and Scott Adams (Dilbert).  Thanks for posting this Gary, great reminder.

Mar 05, 2008 12:25 AM #17
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Lu Kalaj
Vision Realty Centers - Brighton Township, MI
I struggle most with social networking.....  finding the time, with 3 boys, house, full-time job, blogging, emails, mail, family.  Just can't seem to get out and do more networking at events.  Thanks for commenting on my blog.  Have a great Wednesday.  Lu
Mar 05, 2008 02:00 AM #18
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Mike Klijanowicz
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Perry Hall, MD
Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors
Great Post Gary, I think that there are many agents out there that need your friendly reminder as I am starting to run into more and more disgruntled agents who are contemplating leaving the business instead of trying to find something to be positive about and make it work.  You see I think too many of them got spoiled as to how easy business was during the boom time and slacked off with prospecting and in essence became lazy!
Mar 05, 2008 02:08 AM #19
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Isabel Gomes
Gomes Design - London, ON
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont
One should always be sharpening their saw the business depends upon it.  A great time is when it is slower for sure.
Mar 05, 2008 02:10 AM #20
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Sharpening the saw is good for us all the time. But if some time opens up for us, all the more reason to focus on honing our skills, and making us a better YOU!
Mar 05, 2008 04:33 AM #21
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Julie Escobar
Tampa, FL
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One of the true "foundation builders" for any entreprenuer-- Thanks Gary!
Mar 06, 2008 01:23 PM #22
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Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate
I agree.  This is exactly what everyone that wants to succeed needs to do.
Mar 06, 2008 01:26 PM #23
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Julie: Very true.

Gayle: Polishing yourself constantly is a trait of winners.

Mar 06, 2008 01:55 PM #24
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Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales
You are absolutely correct!  I never would have had the time to get my blogs and website in order if the market were the same as two years ago.  I love that I have to time to discover which niche I really want to work and seeing those efforts unfold.
Mar 06, 2008 02:20 PM #25
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Sandra: I think you have experienced a "blessing in disguise!" Lucky YOU!
Mar 06, 2008 03:01 PM #26
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Holly Galligan
Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Gary,

That is the second time this book has been recommended to me this month! I guess I'd better go pick it up!

Holly Galligan

Mar 07, 2008 10:27 AM #27
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Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Sharpening your saw should always be ongoing whether slow times or not.  But, shame on me if I do not take advantage of a slow time to improve my skills.
Mar 07, 2008 10:29 AM #28
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Gary Woltal
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Holly: It's a good one if you haven't read it. I'm sure it's on Audio CD too for listening to it while in the car.

Donna: When the time is available take time for continued learning.

Mar 07, 2008 10:35 AM #29
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