My Good Habits vs. The Bad and The Ugly

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565


Several years ago, I sat in a meeting, where the leader was requesting several of us to take on a number of tasks required to facilitate a successful event.  I noticed there were a number of folks, who worked to find excuses for not performing the required work.  At the time I realized folks often resist certain things, and expend more energy doing so than simply meeting the task head on, and getting it done.  I vowed then to prioritize my time to performance rather than resistance. 

I am also good at managing time.  You will rarely find me late unless an asteroid has hit the freeway directly in front of my car.



It has been said that talking about politics or religion shouldn’t be part of a real estate professional‘s business plan.  However, the current political environment and challenges have provoked me to weigh the importance of my business plan against the right of every American to Free Speech in a democracy. It has been difficult to remain silent.  I probably have made more political comments than I should, but I’m working on making them less often.  It’s the best I can do right now!   



I tend to attach sentimental significance to things others would likely dispose of easily.  For example, the other morning, I came across the dress I graduated from high school in.  Without saying exactly what year that was, I will mention The Beatles hadn’t been discovered yet. 

I also have a transaction file that dates to my early years as a Realtor in the early 1980s.  I held on to it because there were so many outrageous twists and turns to that sale. However, it all turned out well, and the referrals from those past clients continued on for many years. 


I am working on this habit, and little by little, it is finding remedy! 


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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Myrl-Thank  you for sharing your good bad and ugly. Very interesting.

Sep 03, 2017 06:07 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl, 

It is very hard to discuss bad and ugly habits.  I don't think it is in the nature of a salesperson to do that. So this challenge takes courage to address in a meaningful way. Thank you for stepping out of the comfort zone!

Sep 03, 2017 06:37 AM #6
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Myrl, many of us are not afraid of sharing our good habits, but we are reluctant to admit our bad and ugly habits. You did an excellent job sharing yours today.

Sep 03, 2017 06:51 AM #7
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Under the terms of this; The Good, The Bad & The Ugly; what has this life and current state of affairs become, another spaghetti western? It sure seems so way too often lately. Maybe the true lacking, the GOOD GUY, a sense of reason, the Golden Rule soul who still saves us in the end. I guess I can still dream.

Thanks for your Good and Bad before the Ugly.

cheers cvc

Sep 03, 2017 07:34 AM #8
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Great post, Myrl Jeffcoat and with all that in mind, I thought I would share this pleasant break from our reality for a few moments:  The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Sep 03, 2017 07:39 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Everbody should have your bad and ugly habits since they are so minute I can hardly see them.

Sep 03, 2017 07:59 AM #10
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Thanks Myrl, I don't feel so bad for hanging onto my original "Surfer Shirt" that I thought I was so lucky to get in sixth grade :-)

Sep 03, 2017 08:00 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoy hearing opinions on whatever situation that is in the forefront.  What I don't like are salvos of attacks and ugly epithets on others who disagree, so much so that many of people I know who are afraid to express what they think.  They are afraid of losing their jobs if they don't sing with the company chorus,

This really bothers me as I have read the news where one of the companies fired a person in a think tank because they disagreed, this is so ironic because the purpose of a think tank is to not think alike?  Duh!

Endre Barath, Jr. I have a friend who is one of the nicest people, loving and accepting of everyone.  She is afraid to speak her mind for fear of losing her job, so I am beginning to see the same signs in many instances around the country.  A

Sep 03, 2017 09:19 AM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have very few things in life that I consider must keeps.  

As for politics, I have definitely gotten weary of hearing about it.  High emotional anxiety is not a place where problems are going to be solved and that's 99% of what I hear.  

Sep 03, 2017 11:05 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Hi Myrl - you are a take it and git er done kind of gal! I think many of us are wondering what the crazy road some are taking right now and I hold the vision it will calm down.  As for keeping that is amazing that you have stuff from back in high school.  And hey if you like it it's all good - noting ugly about that. To each their own!

Sep 03, 2017 03:40 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- your Bad and Ugly habits are not that bad! I tend to hold on to things as well, not because I think I'll use them but because of the memories. And your Good habit is one I admire. And I do agree with Endre Barath, Jr.  

Sep 03, 2017 05:56 PM #15
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

We apply too much significance to "political posts" and not enough to social awareness and speaking out. Speaking strictly for myself, Myrl, I think we need to continue to speak out and not act like everything is normal when nothing is normal at all.

But then I don't worry about what other people think. What other people think of me is none of my business. It is my business, though, to speak up. And at least in Sacramento we are fortunate to be living and working in a community where most of our neighbors, friends and associates agree with us. There is not a lot push back. And those who do push should hear us. 

So I think you're being too hard on yourself. 

Sep 03, 2017 09:24 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing some of your habits. 

Have a very special Labor Day.

Sep 04, 2017 06:02 AM #17
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

That's impressive that you still have a dress from highschool. I threw my dresses out years ago. :)

Sep 04, 2017 06:59 AM #18
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Myrl, you made me think about what I have kept from high school - and it is still wearable, and not going out of fashion - fine white boucle tank. So many years have actually passes, colors have not changed. Wonderful story to read.

Sep 04, 2017 08:44 PM #19
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi to my good friend, Myrl Jeffcoat .  I just had to stop by on our holiday as I was thinking of you and hoping you, your family, and friends were having a wonderful day.  Your post on good, bad, and ugly habits is an excellent reading; leaves a lot for anyone reading it to absorb and think about and perhaps review ones life and make changes.  Really good post, Myrl! Where in the heck did you find that particular creative thinking - BTW, not implying you are not a creative writer... :)


Sep 05, 2017 12:52 AM #20
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Myrl -- maybe that first transaction file can become a book.   

I'm tossing out more and more these days --- it's not always easy but I can see some benefits.  

Sep 05, 2017 08:20 AM #21
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - If we had a Home Coming Queen Contest here on ActiveRain for Agents who have gone above and beyond and they are the most likable, approachable, and unforgettable, I would choose you.

I like your rainbow colored poncho too!!!

Sep 06, 2017 05:15 PM #22
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office

I hope you are never late to an appointment due to a asteroid hitting the freeway! Thanks for the morning chuckle over your good, bad, and ugly habits, that don't sound so bad to me. 

Sep 11, 2017 07:34 AM #23
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Myrl, In such a political climate is is hard to keep our mouths shut in public situations. Thanks for participating in the Habits Contest.

Oct 10, 2017 06:42 PM #24
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