5 Years of Thankfulness

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5 Years of Thankfulness


     In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, Dan Stewart invites us to write about 5 things we're thankful for that impact our business each day. In coming up with my 5, I expected to think of technologies, software, marketing systems, the CFPB (Just kidding), and the many tools at my disposal to help make my job easier.  To my surprise, none of the 5 that made this list fell into these buckets.  This list is a reminder to me that our business is a people business.  More than anything else, I'm thankful for the people that surround me -they are the key Giving Thanksto my success in both my business & personal life.  So without further ado, from 5-1, here are 5 things I'm incredibly grateful every day.


5) My ActiveRain blog


     I'm a writer.  Always have been.  In the mortgage world, I don't always get to write about things that interest me.  With my blog, I'm free to get my writing fix daily.  Whether I'm venting, informing, asking questions, or just putting 'pen to paper' and getting some thoughts out there, ActiveRain allows me to do something I enjoy, and the result is my business grows.  I'm thankful that I have a place where I can share information with the world, and specifically through SEO, the people that are in need of the information most.


4) My Clients


     My clients are awesome.  They trust me to help make a financial decision that will affect them, their family, and their future.  I take that to heart, and appreciate it more than they know.  A client has the ability to make my work life infinitely easier or more tedious, depending on how available they make themselves, how quickly they return items, and how much they want to argue with me about items we need to get them to closing.  Far more frequently than not, the people I work with make my life infinitely easier by being amazing the whole way through.  Many of my clients have become friends, and are people I've really enjoyed getting to know.  


     Even clients who make the day more tedious with a poor attitude, an "I'm too busy to be bothered" mentality, or similar issues, are much appreciated.   These people allow me to earn a commission by busting my butt for them, whether they appreciate it or not.  That commission has paid for trips to national parks, skydiving outings, charitable contributions, weekends of snowboarding down mountains, and more.  While I may not make a friend out of every client, I do get a paycheck on every closed deal.  I am thankful for everyone that trusts me to help them with their home financing.


3)  My business partners


     The real estate agents, Financial Advisors, Attorneys, title companies, and business owners that help me grow my business by trusting me to provide a high level of service to their clients, family, friends, and coworkers.  The only reason these folks are #3, and clients are #4, is because I wouldn't have met most of the clients I have without a tremendous group of business partners.  Like clients, these people are appreciated more than they know.  I have learned (and hopefully have taught) so much from these people about business and more.  


2) My team


     A loan officer is nothing without a good team.  My loan coordinator/assistant (who is really the star of the show) Cristy is amazing.  She's a step ahead of me on nearly everything, and when something needs to be done, oftentimes I find it completed before I can even get started.  My processor Shelley has my back like no other.  She fights for my clients and loan files as if she were the LO.  My branch manager takes the time out of his day to discuss operational items with our corporate office, policy changes, and specific loan issues --- these time consuming tasks would bleed my business dry.  When I need to fight for a loan file, my whole team goes to bat.  Our corporate team is also amazing, working together to keep the bulk of marketing, process management, and paperwork off of my shoulders.


     With a great team behind me, I am nothing.  I would never have the time to grow my business if I had to manage the things that my team takes care of.  I am eternally grateful for these people.


1) Volunteer opportunities


     Part of what I love about my job, amidst the many frustrations involved with the mortgage industry, is that I get to help people.  I get to help business partners grow their businesses.  I get to help clients achieve the huge goal of home ownership.  I get to help colleagues solve problems and improve their business practices.  I love helping people.  My motivation, day in and day out, is to be able to help more people.  


     There are so many causes out there that deserve time, attention, and money, and I wish I could do more to help them.  I know that the greater my income and the greater my network, the more I can do.  I currently offer time as a mentor to a local community organization, help them with fundraisers and organizational goals,  and I volunteer at the local library a couple hours per week.  In the past I've been a Rotarian, have volunteered at animal shelters, and I'm always seeking new opportunities to help.


     Without motivation, we cannot perform.  My motivation is to have the world be a better place because I was here.  I know that if I set lofty financial goals, along with sharing my time and resources, I can have the kind of impact I want to. 


     I am extremely grateful for the people  that have taken the time and have accumulated the know-how to create organizations that are making the world a better place.  These people impact my business more than any technology, software, or marketing tool.  I have a drive to grow, succeed, and become better each day, and that drive wouldn't exist without the knowledge that there are people out there that need my (and all of our) help.  



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Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

John such a lovely post.....it clearly speaks to who you are - a great man that truly cares about people.

Nov 17, 2015 06:37 AM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

John all five are worth of being on a top 5 list.  Putting a top 5 list of what we are thankful for should be done at least once a year and then put in a place where we look at it daily.

Nov 17, 2015 08:25 AM #2
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

This top 5 list looks like a winner to me.

Nov 17, 2015 10:55 AM #3
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Olive Crest & Local library volunteer is a great way to give back to your community.

Sam Shueh

Nov 17, 2015 11:11 AM #4
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

You are definitely a writer and your 5 things are definitely a WIN-WIN!

Nov 17, 2015 11:32 AM #5
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

John, You know I am an fan of YOU.

I feel the world IS a better place because you in it. 

I am honored to have you on my TEAM. 

Nov 17, 2015 11:45 AM #6
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi John - what a pleasure to read. Five wonderful reasons for which to be thankful.

Nov 17, 2015 12:50 PM #7
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the five things you are thankful for. Nice post.

Nov 17, 2015 09:27 PM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Lovely post John and glad to hear that you appreciate so many things around you.

Nov 18, 2015 12:07 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Glad that your Active Rain blog made it in there.  Of course the business partners.  And because you are a giving person, the volunteer activities.

Nov 18, 2015 02:05 AM #10
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I love that you volunteer and get inspiration from your efforts.  This time of year there are so many who need our help.  Good job.

Nov 18, 2015 04:12 AM #11
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning John. Love the list, it shows lots of balance in your life and business.

Nov 18, 2015 06:58 PM #12
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

An outstanding list and you definitely have a lot to be thankful for. 

Nov 20, 2015 11:44 AM #13
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

That's an excellent list John Meussner and speaks highly of you and who you are. 

Nov 23, 2015 07:40 AM #14
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