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A Week After the Year Before

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A Week After the Year Before

It's been a week since last year and I've noticed a huge increase in the herds at the gym, on the running trail and in the heath food/supplement aisles of my favorite grocery stores. It happens every year, lots of people with great intentions reflect on the year before and resolve to do better in the New Year! The problem is that in theory, resolutions are an excellent idea but the execution is often vague, non-existent or lost in that haze of revelry from the night before! The New Year arrives and they are still craving a midnight snack or a whole bag of deliciously fattening treats, jonesing for a cigarette, hanging on to an old resentment or any number of issues. People are lost in an ambiguous idea of some form of self-improvement and then they just…give…up. I've done the same thing in the past and trust me on the cigarette thing! I quit smoking in 1986 and recall a day when I dialed up a number of friends and proceeded to start an argument with everyone who happened to answer the phone. I was not pleasant to be with for a while but in the end, it was my motivation that helped me quit. I decided that I enjoyed kissing my future wife way more than my craving for nicotine.

This year I decided to keep it simple and find some real motivation and help. My first action, after many years, was to write a business plan and HOLY MACKEREL, do y’all realize how much it costs just to walk out the door in the morning? Second and more importantly, I decided to approach the more difficult aspect of my business with more humor. After all, buying or selling a home can be one of the most emotional events a person can experience. As most of us know this can result in all sorts of behavior, including frustration and even hostility. Not just from clients but just about anyone involved in the business side too! Apparently, from the quote below, our humor quotient seems to drop with age so anything that might help is always a good thing!


"The average 4 year old laughs 300 times a day - The average 40 year old laughs 4 times a day"


In the past I have been urged to, when confronting an angry or frustrated person, imagine them in some compromising situation while still focusing on the issue at hand. It is a good tool to diffuse the situation with out engaging n the same level.I recently discovered this video by local Austin band, Churchwood, for their song "Devil in Me" and enjoyed the zaniness and let it all hang out attitude of the main character. The song was, for me, not a negative concept but more along the lines of the saying “Other peoples opinions are none of my business”. The idea being that you can enjoy yourself within reason without any fear of judgment. It occurred to me that in some situations, I could take this character along with me to help!



I like this man's care free attitude as he gets out there and adds hs own particular flair and manages to bust some interesting moves! As part of my New Year resolution to laugh more in the face of hostility, I m going to channel this guy when any of my business contacts, clients, agents, WHOMEVER I am dealing with at the time decide to get overly emotional, serious or just plain obnoxious! On the other hand, I may just have to imagine the cranky person as our dancing friend, hopefully without...bursting out laughing!  Please feel free to use this video in your own day-to-day adventures and good luck with your own resolutions! We are truly living the good life in Ausin Texas and I hope you are too!


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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The next step in long term planning is to do your business plan now for 2015 and 2016 so that your direction is set, and this allows you to dream big and back in up with research on where the market will be going for you. You make adjustments on the way. Then the final step I would do is plot your exit strategy out of the business. What montly income will you need beyond SS when you no longer practice? I promise you that the last step will have you checking all your expenses especially marketing fees to make sure that you are profitable.

Jan 09, 2014 09:20 PM
Hi Russell, For someone as intense as you a sense of humor goes a long way! I am just kidding because you do take business seriously but manage to keep it easy too! Glad to see you back blogging and look forward to more in 2014.
Jan 09, 2014 09:38 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I think we can all find humor in situations and not go over the top, like this guy did.       

Jan 09, 2014 10:14 PM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

I saw this video the other day and it made me smile. He has some serious moves. :) Have a great day Russell!


Jan 09, 2014 10:37 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Russell, this guy had guts getting out there and doing his thing. Sometimes that's what it takes to be successful.

Jan 09, 2014 10:57 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846


Dude is GREAT!! The Instructor needs to hire him to "sneak into" all of hiss classes. People would join jess'ta see him!

Jan 10, 2014 01:21 AM
Jennifer Carlisle
That man is loving life! That is going to be my new year resolution, enjoy and love life a little more.
Jan 10, 2014 03:07 AM
Oh Russell – how I miss you and your humor…. This is just hilarious yet with a good lesson all of us need to take to heart and practice. Hope you are doing great and you and your family had a wonderful holiday. -Allysoun
Jan 10, 2014 04:20 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Really enjoyed this post!  Loved the plan about incorporating more humor into your business.  You'll do great in 2014!

Jan 10, 2014 07:27 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Russell  That man is revolting - I guess I'm too old fashioned to find it funny.  Good luck with your 2014 plan.

Jan 16, 2014 04:30 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Russell- my new years resolution this year is to mail out birthday cards!  Rather than doing something for myself-  decided to pick something that I know that I could follow through with and make other people happy!

Jan 17, 2014 04:03 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Russell, just checking in to keep you motivated! LOL

Jan 20, 2014 01:28 AM
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

Yep consistency on a daily basis is important and humor always helps.  Not sure on Churchwood but it clearly works for him.  Tolerance is also a good thing.  Good luck this year Russell.

Jan 20, 2014 06:48 PM
Kelle & Kevin Wirt
The Wirt Team - Horizon Realty - New Braunfels, TX
"There is a new Horizon in Hill Country RE!"

Great post! Love the idea of staying happy! 

Jan 21, 2014 01:38 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Russel, wouldn't it be nice to be that carefree to not care what others think? I wouldn't want my clients to see me like that though. I might lose my license for lack of curb appeal.

Jan 30, 2014 11:23 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Sounds like a wonderful resolution. And a very funny video Russell, thanks so much for sharing.

Feb 07, 2014 12:58 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I thought you said you were back to AR to do some more blogging... have you forgotten about your fan base so soon?  Hope you're having a great weekend.

Feb 22, 2014 09:57 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Russell Lewis Very funny stuff and so true. Hope you have a great weekend. 

Jun 07, 2015 05:01 AM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

We were speaking about how to honor our bloggers of years past, and I personally think by respecting this persons work long after and keeping it out in the forefront for generations to come is about as high a praise as we can offer.

How about a feature to get show Russell we are still thinking about him?  I know he is smiling as we are all talking about him tonight.

Bob Stewart 

Sep 19, 2016 12:45 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Well done Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie. Great idea to Feature this post.

Russell will be missed.

Sep 20, 2016 12:26 AM