Sergio Leone was right about my habits

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I can hear the music in the background as Sergio composes the music of my life. Habits are a fact of life sense according to neuro-science that true consciousness is like the part of the iceberg you see above water and learned behavior on a subconscious lizard brain way is how we go through life successfully since our brains can only handle so much input. That being said we do have some control in that history tells us, if we listen to it, how changes need to be made, otherwise we who do not understand the past are condemned to repeat it. So here goes in my so called habitual life.

The Good: Positive visualization is what propels me to the future to this day. If I can see a future event working I know in my mind it can work. It just takes some reality testing and someone to be a counter balance to help me. In this regard I do not think of myself as a REALTOR® instead I think of myself as an entrepreneur who connects the dots.

The Bad: I have no bad habits actually and that is what is bad! Sometimes being constantly positive and refusing to admit that I could actually be wrong is a critical fail for me. Luckily I have a wonderful wife who is my business partner who knows how to bring me down a notch or two with grace and style. We all need that sounding board otherwise ego runs amok. I love my wife and she helps me to be better.

The Ugly: This is where it gets painful. Before I turned 30 I felt I was bullet proof. There was  not a bad habit I didn't want to have, nor an experience I didn't want to have. So as to not incriminate me I won't say exactly what these habits were although a certain type of mushroom made me very happy. A friend had given me a tennis lesson as a 30th birthday gift and after 10 minutes on the court I thought I was going to die. I then realized that i would never make it to 50 going this direction. I changed everything including not have a soft drink in almost 40 years, the least of my bad habits. I turn 70 in December and have never felt better, more alive, and more energetic. 

The bottom line is to listen to that still small voice you have that starts in your gut and hopefully makes it to your brain and at the third level of critical thinking. As Ferris Bueller said, life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Thanks to better habits I can reach for the stars and kiss the sky. I don't want to miss a thing.


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

Congratulations Joe on doing what you needed to do to be healthy 

Sep 27, 2017 08:38 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Forgive me Joe but it was Ennio Morricone

Sep 27, 2017 11:11 PM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for sharing your good/bad/ugly. I'm glad you were able to realize at age 30 that things needed to change! Staying healthy makes life so much more fun.

Sep 28, 2017 03:10 AM #3
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I can't say I've had the drug experience but I certainly went through a long phase of 3-4 benders a week and smoking like a chimney! Thanks for sharing, Joe!

Sep 28, 2017 04:37 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.

Hm, to mention but one of my bad habits would be difficult for me, as I have so many to choose from

Sep 28, 2017 04:43 AM #5
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I have been soft drink free for two years. 40 is an inspiration!

Sep 28, 2017 05:11 AM #6
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that you are on such a great path these days and it sounds like your wife is an amazing woman!

Sep 28, 2017 06:34 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Joe I'm glad you figured out at a young age that going down the path you were headed was the wrong direction!

Sep 28, 2017 04:41 PM #8
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Joe, Realizing at the age of 30 that you needed to change your bad habits was life changing for you. I wish some young folks I know would change their habits for a better lifestyle.

Sep 28, 2017 09:51 PM #9
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Joe Pryor  wow at 30 I thought I was indestructible ....I did not know better until I was in my late 40's  good for you 

Sep 29, 2017 12:37 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh good for you. That ugly takes down some pretty strong people. I'm so glad you are living life with good health and happiness - and a good wife! 

Sep 29, 2017 03:17 PM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I admire you Joe Pryor. It is not easy taking this challenge! 

Sep 30, 2017 03:43 PM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - If there was an event, e.g., NAR, Toastmasters, Business Entrepreneurs, Real Estate Agents Unite, or something similar, I would hope you would be the Key-Note Speaker. You're life story is a culmination of honesty and how to live life consistently for the better. 

If you are going to be a speaker in the future, please let me know. 

Oct 01, 2017 11:07 AM #13
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Sounds like you discovered early the "bad" in you and made a real difference in your life.  Good for you, Joe!

Oct 01, 2017 03:39 PM #14
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Joe... probably my bad or ugly habit is never thinking about them! At some point I decided that one could rationalize just about anything being bad or ugly and I stopped. I'm much happier for it.

Oct 02, 2017 01:20 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joe

I love your attitude and the way you take care of yourself. And your wife is a wonderful life partner!!


Oct 02, 2017 08:49 PM #16
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Congratulations on getting a good handle on you life and health. I have no doubt that you have many more years to give to this business and good living.

Oct 03, 2017 06:51 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your habits for good health are an inspiration for the rest of us.

Oct 07, 2017 10:52 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're amazing, your wife is amazing and how fortunate for you that you realized at such a young age that you needed a change - and you actually stuck with it! Great entry, Joe!

Oct 07, 2017 09:39 PM #19
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