great attitude story

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, Conroy, Marable & Holleman

The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs,

The following story is a great example of the power of positive and negative attitudes:

There was a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs. He was hard of hearing so he had no radio. He had trouble with his eyes so he read no newspapers.

But he sold good hot dogs.

He put up signs telling how good they were.

He stood on the side of the road and cried: "Buy a hot dog, mister?"

And people bought.

He increased his meat and bun orders. He bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade. His son came to help him out.

But then something happened.

His son said, "Haven't you been listening to the radio? Haven't you been reading the newspapers? There's a big depression. The European situation is terrible. The domestic situation is worse." Whereupon the father thought, "Well, my son's been to college, he reads the papers and he listens to the radio, and he ought to know.


So the father cut down the meat and bun orders, took down his advertising signs, and no longer bothered to stand out on the highway to sell his hot dogs.

And his hot dog sales fell almost overnight.

"You're right, son," the father said to the boy. "We certainly are in the middle of a great depression.


Comments (13)

RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR


That is soooo true!  We are what we think!  I always look on the bright side, the glass is always half full.  Good post!

Apr 28, 2008 08:31 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor
Edi, what a great story, and so timely. Thanks for posting, there's a lot of truth in this.
Apr 28, 2008 08:39 AM
David Bennett
Tarbell, Realtors - Yorba Linda, CA
Yorba Linda Real Estate
Funny story in a sad way.  Imagine if his son had told him that hot dogs were the next
Apr 28, 2008 08:44 AM
Don Draughn - Mortgage Professional
High Point, NC

A very good point is made by this story - "Whether you think you can succeed or you think you can't succeed, you are right!"

Apr 28, 2008 09:15 AM
Edith " Edi " Davenport
Coldwell Banker, Conroy, Marable & Holleman - Clarksville, TN
Your Realtor For Life

Thank you so much for your comments,

Mary, yes you are right the class is always half full, that is the only way to be

Steve, you are very welcome

David, what a great thought

Don, that is one of my favorite quotes


Apr 29, 2008 04:22 AM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor
Edi, How sad a story.  Yet we hear it daily on the TV...doom and gloom.  Soon people believe it and they too have doom and gloom.
Apr 29, 2008 04:46 AM
Tiffany Wilson
eReal Estate Corp - Redondo Beach, CA
SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors
Some people might say "ignorance is bliss."  That would be doing a disservice to the "ignorant".  How about "positiveness is bliss"?  Maybe it doesn't have the same ring to it, but I like the message better.
Apr 30, 2008 04:26 AM
Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA - Charlottesville, VA
What a great story.  Too bad they don't tell a story like that on the six o'clock news.
Apr 30, 2008 08:10 AM
Andrea Green
Fortera Real Estate Services, LLC. - Clarksville, TN
CUSO Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS#823063
I LOVE this story, it fits our countries market right now sooo well!  I bet if CNN started talking about a real estate boom, we'd be swamped in no time!  Thanks !
May 05, 2008 03:18 AM
Edith " Edi " Davenport
Coldwell Banker, Conroy, Marable & Holleman - Clarksville, TN
Your Realtor For Life

Bob,   lots of people already believe the doom and gloom because of TV, very sad

 Tiffany,   what a great idea, I like your message

 Karen,  I agree with you, that would be a nice change

 Andrea, you are so right, most people blieve what they hear  and see, it would tun the market around                 in no time LOL 

May 07, 2008 07:18 AM
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
Beware of what you hear. Assess the situation for yourself. Then make your decision.
May 07, 2008 12:24 PM
Sonya Rosser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Douglasville, GA
So true, one of the reasons I do not watch a whole lot of television. I try to avoid the negativity as much as possible. In our household our attitude determines our altitudes and we try not to speak anything negative. Your life will always follow the words you speak.
May 07, 2008 04:03 PM
Edith " Edi " Davenport
Coldwell Banker, Conroy, Marable & Holleman - Clarksville, TN
Your Realtor For Life

Robert,  I totaly agree, we all need to assess a situation before making decisions

Sonya,   I so agree with you ;-)

May 09, 2008 04:55 AM