The Grapes of Math 2017 Summer Blooms and Crops 1.0

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The Grapes of Math 1.0


(The Compound Effect of Relationships) 


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A friend of mine and fellow gardener, in 2007, gave me a dozen or so

Sauvignon Blanc grape seeds as a gift. Gardeners are always sharing tips, seeds and even labor at times. He encouraged me to plant them and enjoy the bounty of the harvest, but cautioned me it could take several seasons to see grapes; be patient. What he really gave me was a decision that day:

I could look at the pile of seeds in my palm, not see the big picture (the harvest) and decide to do nothing, seeing it only as a lot of work.


Take the seeds, learn about / understand the process and the required labor and care to grow them into a healthy trunk, then a grape producing vines aka cordons.


If I wanted grapes I could drive to Sprouts Market and get them or from my local roadside stand or farmer's market and pay for them. If I wanted raisins those were easily purchased at grapes of mathy tj nelsonmy local grocer too. If I wanted wine, I had a number of stores to choose from to purchase or even drive an hour to wine country and buy straight from the local wineries. But, I wouldn't own the grape vine that produces the grapes year after year and I'd have to pay more for store bought (like buying leads vs. growing referral relationships).


Being both the avid gardener (and an avid Networker), I saw the opportunity in front of me and to correlation between the gardener and the Networker; the philosophies and principles are the same!


I did the research on soil prep, how much to water, necessary sun exposure, etc. I planted the seeds and for the remainder of 2007, I had a well taken care of pot of dirt. In fact visiting friends would tease "nice pot of dirt dude!" I just smiled and said “thanks”; knowing all the while the activity going on under soil that would only be obvious to the person who watered, fertilized, weeded and tended to the seeds on a daily basis. The roots were getting established.


I nurtured those seeds with care like a Mother and defended them from bugs, disease and weeds like a Father (to channel my hero Jim Rohn). Sure outsiders will offer unsolicited opinions, but won't they always? The future harvest was my goal, not the immediate approval of my house guests.


By the summer of 2009 I had a respectable 5-6 foot trunk growing up the trunk of a tree (I used it as a natural trellis) in my front yard and it was quite a site: spiraling vines and broad green leaves rising 6 feet in the air from that "uninspired pot of dirt." Now I was getting compliments on the vine but still getting the occasional jab "so where are the grapes?" “Are you going to start a winery?” and so on.


In spring of 2010, in what seemed like an overnight occurrence, or was it my busy real estate schedule that had distracted me? "Suddenly", I had a towering 10 foot high and a sprawling 15 foot wide network of vines running up our tree and over our pergola. Now my front yard resembled the approach to a very respectable winery in Italy...but alas, still no grapes.


Spring of this year, I was pleased to see former new growth turn to old growth and new growth explode in every direction to create an absolute canvas of grape leaves over our pergola from tj nelson grapes of mathfront gate to front door. Then, much to my amazed delight in June, "what's this?" stalks were forming. By the end of June I had over 50 bunches of grapes yielding 30-50 grapes per bunch. The photo's are taken in my front yard.


Now victory was here but, the real learning curve began; when to harvest? If I harvest in late May / early June when one would normally do so for wine production, the grapes are sour, because they are in fact Sauvignon Blanc wine grape seeds . But, if I wait until late June, they are tart like "sour balls" candy. Harvest them on a sun drenched day later in July and the explosion of sweetness in my mouth was like nothing you could buy in any store. Referrals are kinda subject to the same rules of 'the harvest” don't-cha think?


The possibilities of the Harvest:

I can enjoy grapes all Summer if I choose. Learn a little more and I could make raisins for my cereal or to add to my salads. Get a little adventurous and further educated and I could make grape-juice (which I did by the way) or wine. The options and possibilities were only limited to my imagination and gumption. But there were no options until I chose to plant the seeds and tend the garden and allow the process (or nature in this case) to take it's course.


The Grapes of Math are in fact a small investment up front (the seeds) and a big picture (the goals), consistent attention (weekly) and dedicated focus (on the big picture, despite the daily setbacks) and of course the proper amount of smart-hard work.


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THE GRAPES OF MATH - 2017 (The Compound Effect of Relationships) 2.0

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Comments (23)

Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Lovely analogy to the "seeds" we plant in our business. As with grapes, it can take a long time. I will be listing a house soon - I first made contact with these people in 1998!

Aug 28, 2017 07:12 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Beautiful grapes, and what a great story.  We were given a sprouted vine and also enjoy grapes but they are more like concord.  Not many grapes this year compared to last year though.  More research needed I think.

Aug 28, 2017 05:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Absolutely genius analogy, Thomas and I know that you'll be forever grateful that you planted those seeds! My problem would be that they'd never turn into wine - they're too beautiful - I'd have to eat them! 

Kudos to you on the follow-through and ultimately the harvest - that very mindset is what makes you so successful.

Aug 28, 2017 08:17 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Gardening is a great life lesson to use in life or business. There is a lot of preparation with the soil.  Getting the right Ph, and nutrients.  Weeding the garden and keeping it watered, then enjoying the harvest. Kind of sounds like real estate, if you build it they will come.

Aug 28, 2017 10:00 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Horticulture and abclever concept seem to go pretty well here. Good idea for a blog post! You win for most clever title tonight! :)

Aug 28, 2017 11:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gardening is a natural metaphor for everything or almost everything. Best use of metaphor I've seen on here in a while. Steven Nickens

Aug 28, 2017 11:33 PM
Steven Nickens

Seems to work Laura.

Aug 29, 2017 04:06 AM
Kathryn Acciari
Arc Home LLC - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Thomas, I thoroughly enjoyed your story and its likening to growing a business. What healthy, juicy fruit your labors and patience have produced!

Aug 29, 2017 03:26 AM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Beautiful analogy . Very pleasant and inspiring to read this early in the morning thank you for sharing

Aug 29, 2017 03:57 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I need to read this post twice to absorb all the detail you have gone through.

Aug 29, 2017 04:50 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Great analogy, Thomas, and wow - what beautiful grapes!

Aug 29, 2017 06:52 AM
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

I can't believe you grew these grapes from seeds!

Aug 29, 2017 07:27 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Thank you! In the early days, neither could I Lee Keadle  

I've since grown two Ficus trees from Ficus branches , Star Gazer Lilies featured in Grapes 2.0 are from seed too.

Aug 29, 2017 07:37 AM
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

I cannot add anything that has not been said except we garden.  And, I make my own wine.  But first, I need to get back to some juicy prospects waiting for the harvest.

Aug 29, 2017 09:11 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Wow ... I'm proud of ya and I hardly know you, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro ... well done!  Absolutely amazing ... and one fantastic analogy too.

I suspect there are many of us here on AR and on our own blogs that have gotten the smirk and "great dirt" comments.  That's okay.  The "wine" of referrals and business reaped from our blogging farm is pretty darn sweet.

Enjoy both ... and keep the blogs coming,



Aug 29, 2017 11:35 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Many thanks Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

Aug 29, 2017 01:38 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Thomas, your post is great. I expected photos of mouth-watering grapes, and wasn't disappointed, but I love your tie-in with nurturing relationships, having vision, and being willing to work hard.

Aug 29, 2017 07:04 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Thomas,

Thank you for the clarification. Very beautiful. A farmer's patience translates well to real estate.

Aug 29, 2017 08:31 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I love to garden and enjoyed your grapes analogy.

Aug 30, 2017 04:53 AM
Walt Fish
Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC - Marquette, MI
Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector

Planning is important. I often muse that I should have bought a small piece of land to plant a stand of hardwoods 35 years ago. I did manage to plant an orchard of 40 apple trees, but ended up selling and moving. Now I have 5 new ones in my smaller back yard...and wait once again for the potential harvest. Graet post.

Aug 30, 2017 05:13 AM
Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro  This is a truly wonderful blog (Love the Title) and the subject matter is near and dear to my heart. Building relationships is the best way to create and sustain business. It also makes for a fulfilling career that bring joy to the mind and fortifies to soul to strive further.

Aug 30, 2017 08:49 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro - very nicely tied up the journey of grapes and the compounding effect! 

You come up with something 'unique'!

Aug 30, 2017 09:51 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Clever title and a great analogy. tEnjoyed reading your post. Cogratulations on the featured post. 

Aug 31, 2017 09:07 PM