Three Simple Rules For Success

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Three simple rules for real estate success, you already know. Or I could have said three simple rules for success in life, you already know.


Real estate and life are simple, we all know those extremely mentally impaired that function. I’m concerned with the esoteric version of a successful career and life in real estate!


Real estate and life are extremely complicated! I’m not discounting education to the contrary! I’m suggesting three simple rules are all it takes to get started! Three simple rules you already know! Three simple rules for the novice! Three simple rules for the most educated! Three simple rules for the most experienced! Three simple rules for all!


Rule number one: "The Golden Rule" "Do unto other as you would have them do unto you!" Not to be confused with: "The Golden Rule of Real Estate" "He with the gold rules." Not to be confused with: "Do what they expect!" Would you want someone doing unto you only what is average? Only what is the "norm?" Or would you require a superior level of service? "The Golden Rule" "Do unto other as you would have them do unto you!"


Rule number two: From the Hippocratic Corpus: "First do no harm!" Very few would knowingly harm a client, but most are thinking about overt acts! The problem is that sins of omission are far more numerous and harmful than sins of commission!


Rule number three is actually two quotes from Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts the first you know: "Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.


The second simply carries on the same though: "A scout is never taken by surprise he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens." From the same source.


If this doesn’t sound simple you’ve spent to much time with stupid teachers or you are or have become stupid! It’s is truly simple if you remember the practice of Life and Real Estate is AN OPEN BOOK TEST! None of us can know everything! Seeking out the correct answers is a sign of professionalism! Seeking and asking for help is the first step toward success!








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William J Archambault Jr

The Real Estate Investment Institute      Cell 832-259-7078,      Houston 832-582-8415,       Las vegas 702-516-1569  Back Cover One House At A Time http:www//reii.org   

From my past: GRI 1975, FLI 1974, Catalyst from a client 1974 an agent that makes things happen, REII, The Real Estate Investment Institute 1995.

©William J Archambault Jr   ©The Real Estate Investment Institute   ©REII

Comments (29)

Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Those are as good a set of rules as any I've seen.


Mar 02, 2014 08:46 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

That's a pretty good list of rules for success Bill.  Well said and well done!                            

Mar 02, 2014 10:17 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

An awareness of this subject makes for a better everything

Mar 02, 2014 11:18 PM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Real Estate Advocate

One of the things we learn when servicing the public, is to understand what their needs are. Thus, it creates a different philosophy, "treat others as they would like to be treated"!  Ask questions of them to understand them.

Mar 02, 2014 11:32 PM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Great post! Keeping it simple rules...nothing surprising in what you presented. Just a reminder of what we should be doing.

Stacey Williams - Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent Ken Harris and Associates Realty                                                                                         (678)523-1621 - Direct                                                       

Mar 02, 2014 11:50 PM
Jack Whiteside
Realty Executives of Northern Arizona - Sedona, AZ

Three is a start. Thanks for writing. I'm sure there are others as well.

Mar 03, 2014 01:14 AM
Bruce Swedal
Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate

Love the boy scouts rule number three but your right, there are several rules to follow for success.

Mar 03, 2014 01:34 AM
Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert


Great simple rules, thanks for sharing.


Have a Big day,




Mar 03, 2014 02:00 AM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

THanks for sharing.  Always best to keep it simple.  The Golden Rule is important in everything you do.  Just do right by everyone as best you can and it will all work out. 

Mar 03, 2014 02:29 AM
Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ

Thanks for sharing the 3 simple rules for success Bill!  I especially liked the one from the Boy Scouts, "Be prepared".  That is always easier said than done.  

Mar 03, 2014 02:50 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Great and simple Rules, I truly like the one about being prepared.  Those who have a plan and work their plan do win.  Again, thanks for sharing.

Mar 03, 2014 02:56 AM
Brandon Vukelich
BV Real Estate - Auburn, WA
Exceptional Service. Stellar Results.

Well said and straight forward!

Mar 03, 2014 03:14 AM
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I like the post title. Caught my eye. What's the old adage? "Keep it simple, stupid"?

Another old rule, more disparaging for sure, is " Do unto others as they would do unto you, just do it first." Sorry, my bad.

Mar 03, 2014 03:21 AM
Vanessa Saunders
Global Property Systems Real Estate - White Plains, NY
Real Estate | Done Differently

Be prepared, certainly a golden rule!

Mar 03, 2014 03:22 AM
Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

These are great rules - not just in real estate - but in life! Thanks for sharing!!

Mar 03, 2014 06:59 AM
Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

Going along with your K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) approach..."Always hope for the best, but plan for the worst."

Mar 03, 2014 08:22 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bill-Many learn those three rules before completing middle school. Too bad those lessons don't stick.

Mar 13, 2014 04:47 AM
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Bill I'm going to miss your posts and insight friend. May you rest in peace. 

Jun 01, 2014 08:25 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Rest in Peace, Bill.   Until we meet again, I remain your friend

Jun 01, 2014 08:47 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It's sad to know that you're gone, but I'm very glad to have known you through your posts.

Jun 20, 2015 06:56 PM