My guiding principles in life and business

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

My personal principles - or Weltanschauung (a German word meaning world view and convictions) that guide me through everyday life are also how I conduct business. For me it is impossible to separate the two. In essence, I treat others the way I want to be treated and teach my children to do the same.

In no particular order here are the main points of my Weltanschauung:

1. Answer the phone with a smile: it's not only part of my blog signature, it is what I do. Whenever the phone rings, I take a deep breath to clear my mind from whatever it is I am doing, I smile and I answer the phone. I am ready to hear good news and bad, if it's the latter, I'm in a better frame of mind to handle it.  

Winding path2. Things are seldom what they appear on the surface: is a lesson I have learned on my personal journey as well as a over the last decade as a REALTOR®. There is always more to a story than first meets the eye. For that reason, we should never be quick to judge.

The driver who just cut in in front of you? He may have just received bad news and is trying to get to the hospital. The REALTOR® who didn't return my call may be in the middle of a family emergency. The neighbor who can't make eye contact and is rarely seen chatting with others, she may be a victim of domestic violence (Know the facts & spot the signs,

3. Be kind to others: random acts of kindness are very powerful, they can brighten someone's day, inspire and feed your own soul. Just think about how good it makes you feel when you are the bearer of good news, offer a helping hand or thank someone with flowers, chocolates or a personal note. Now imagine how good it makes them feel!

4. Pay it forward: have you been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness? Remember how it made you smile, warmed your heart or soothed your soul? Pay it forward. Kindness doesn't cost a dime but the rewards are priceless.

5. You can't be everything to everyone: make peace with that thought. It's impossible to please every person in your life. There will be conflicts and there are people who will rub you the wrong way. But you can still be respectful and agree to disagree.... don't be quick to judge, be kind and remember to smile!

How about you? What are your guiding principles in life and/or business? What is your Weltanschauung?

P.S.: Give me a call if you are wondering how to pronounce Weltanschauung ... I speak German!

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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (37)

Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Congrats on the entry!  Love your comment about answering the phone with a smile, it makes a huge difference!

Apr 04, 2014 09:25 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Congratulations on your entry winning, I love your #2 and try to think the same way before passing judgment on others, such an important point.

Apr 04, 2014 09:55 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Andrea,

CONGRATULATIONS on your winning entry!

Wishing you and your girls a fabulous weekend!

Apr 04, 2014 09:57 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Diane!

What a wonderful surprise Jennifer. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to choose from all the entries. Thank you.

Thank you so much Geri and Congratulations to you, too!

Thank you Cathy.

Thank you for your support & encouragement Pamela.

It really does make a difference Catherine. Thank you!

I don't always succeed John but I try my best every day.

Thank you Lisa!!

Apr 04, 2014 10:03 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Andrea!  Congratulations on being one of the top three!  Nice view of the world!

Apr 04, 2014 10:19 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Congrats on being recognized as a winner in Pat's contest.  I can see why.

Apr 04, 2014 10:42 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Congratulations to you.   I think you have outlined a pathway to a happy and productive life.

Apr 04, 2014 12:33 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Congratulations, Andrea on a well deserved win for your philosophy in life and business. What matters most is 'Pay It Forward'!

Apr 04, 2014 02:01 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Andrea, congratulations on a winning post.... well written and I believe in paying it forward as well.

Apr 04, 2014 02:05 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Congratulations Andrea! You have put together some excellent ideas here.

Apr 04, 2014 03:36 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


Congratulations on your winning post!

You have very solid principles for life and business. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 04, 2014 05:48 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Andrea, So proud of you and the way you set such good examples for your girls. Glad to know you. Thanks for the texts and phone calls. 

Apr 04, 2014 11:41 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Andrea, you have great guiding principals. I especially like "answer the phone with a smile." So simple, yet not often practiced. Congratulations on the win.

Apr 05, 2014 12:12 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Hi Andrea -  you have a wonderful Weltanschauung. :) Congratulations to you.

Apr 05, 2014 01:26 AM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Andrea - Great job on this post! Congratulations on sharing such an awesome Weltanschauung.

Apr 05, 2014 03:21 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Andrea! This is beautifully written and very meaningful. Congratulation on being a winner. Just wonderful

Apr 05, 2014 06:39 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Congratulations on winning for your personal Weltanschauung!

Apr 05, 2014 01:04 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Andrea, number two is my personal favorite on your list. There is no way to know what others are going though, what someone else is thinking, or how they may react to a given situation. Great job!

Apr 05, 2014 04:05 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Pat! And I am glad I finally got to meet you in person!

Thank you Chris Ann.

I am glad you think so Joan.

I agree Praful.

Thank you Rebecca. I know you do!

Thanks Tom.

Thank you Inna.

You are such an inspiration Margaret. I am so glad to know you!

It makes a big difference Lottie.

Thank you Debb.

Thanks Stacey.

Thank you Jane.

Thank you Evelyn.

Exactly Sharon. When something bad happens we quickly take it personally when, quite often, it has nothing to do with us..

Apr 08, 2014 12:27 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, it is so important to answer your phone with a smile, and the caller can surely hear/see that.

Apr 08, 2014 12:56 PM