Take the Stairs to Prepare for the Escalator

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 141871

Take the Stairs to Prepare for the Escalator


It does sound strange to say you should take the stairs to prepare for the escalator, doesn't it?  After all, it takes effort and strength to go up 4 flights of stairs, many of us would be huffing and puffing by the time we got to the top of the stairs.  But taking the escalator is a breeze, just get on the step and the "automatic stairs" will carry you to the top of those 4 flights of stairs without much effort at all..  just keep yourself on the step until it's time to step off.


The reason I say "Take the Stairs to Prepare for the Escalator" is that many times we must work hard and smart to get some where.  Real Estate Careers are usually that way.  Sometimes it takes many long hour days to get established.    Developing the reputation of someone that takes care of clients and business, establishing databases, networks, marketing, systems in place, and techniques that work.  Education to develop the skills and talk the language.  Figuring out what works and what doesn't can lead to some false starts.  Comparing ROI for different areas where money is spent.  What advertising where... 


We've been busy at Integrity Real Estate Services gearing up for the future.  It's not just the immediate future of the Spring Market that is just around the corner but the long range plan, the big picture has been prominent in our plan. 


We have had to revamp some marketing due to our main website not being able to syndicate to some of the major sites that we depend upon for exposure.  Thankfully, we've been able to over come that and all of the listings of Integrity Real Estate Services are being displayed where they do the most good.  We've stepped up our local involvement in several community areas lately.  The most important thing that we've done is working with Chassy to become our newest licensed agent in our office.  Her husband, Travis, is currently taking real estate classes also.  Chassy and Travis will have many contacts and people in their circles that are of a different age than Don and I do.  They will be instumental in working with the "younger" clients. 


All of these steps are steps up the stairs, one foot in front of the other with eyes on reaching the top.  The escalator is when you've made steps and put systems in place that then work for you, carrying you along.  Those systems and efforts work for you at that point.  Sometimes, we have to toss some of them out, or put new ones in place... climb some more steps but then hopefully we ride the escalator again! 


Take the Stairs to Prepare for the Escalator!

This post is written as an entry into:

Winter Olympics, Mindset and Preparation- An ActiveRain Challenge



Comments (25)

Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I love it!  There are SO MANY stairs in real estate. Especially in the beginning!  Thanks for reminding us of the importance of perseverance.  

Feb 25, 2018 04:12 PM
1~Judi Barrett

It takes a lot of thought, planning, and implementation to get it running smoothly. Thank you.

Feb 26, 2018 03:26 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I like this analogy, Judi.  And to take it a step further (pun intended) taking the stairs (working diligently and looking to the future) allows you to retire someday and take a leisurely ride on the escalator for the rest of your life.   Thanks for the post.

Feb 25, 2018 04:42 PM
1~Judi Barrett

Having Chassy come on board and her husband too is part of the plan to lead to retirement.  Thank you for adding to the conversation.

Feb 26, 2018 03:27 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true.  We work harder and set up systems in the beginning so they can go on auto-pilot later on.  Great post!

Feb 25, 2018 06:13 PM
1~Judi Barrett

Letting those systems work for us that we have tested is the reason we put them in place.  Thank you!

Feb 26, 2018 03:28 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

nice post.

Feb 26, 2018 05:19 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Thank you, Richard!

Feb 26, 2018 09:36 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

carpe diem

Feb 26, 2018 06:57 AM
1~Judi Barrett


Feb 26, 2018 09:35 AM
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Nice nugget!  Blessing to you!

Feb 26, 2018 07:07 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Thank you.  Blessings to you too!

Feb 26, 2018 09:36 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Really makes sense.  Sometimes the escalators fail and you must revert to the stairs!

Feb 26, 2018 07:22 AM
1~Judi Barrett

We can count on it, at one time or another!  Thanks!

Feb 26, 2018 09:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Judi

What an appropriate analogy to our business. And there are far more stairs in the business than there are escaltor - one won't very far, and maybe nowhere, only using escalators!


Feb 26, 2018 07:54 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Laziness does not get us where we want to go.  Thank you.

Feb 26, 2018 09:37 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I hadn't thought of it that way, but the stairs vs escalator is a great analogy for how hard we must work in the beginning of our career getting systems in place, building our business relationships, etc.

Feb 26, 2018 07:59 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

It is an arduous task at times...  Thank you.

Feb 26, 2018 09:40 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Judi, great analogy here - and yes, you have to build up your stamina in order to stay for the long haul! Congrats on your newly licensed agent!

Feb 26, 2018 10:25 AM
1~Judi Barrett

Thank you.  We are so pleased with Chassy.  She is going to make a great agent, just needs to get her feet wet.

Feb 26, 2018 02:47 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love the analogy - it really does take a lot of work to get the business set up. I'm glad you were able to work around your syndication issues! Thanks for the post.

Feb 26, 2018 11:01 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Thank you.   It does!  The syndication issues were a pain but we got there.

Feb 26, 2018 02:46 PM
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Great analogy. Persistance, perserverance and patients pays off in dividends. When your work the plan and pay your dues you can even take the elevator to the top.

Feb 26, 2018 05:12 PM
1~Judi Barrett

Sounds like you know what I'm talking about!

Feb 26, 2018 06:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Judi K Barrett ,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! I love the analogy.. We work hard to set up systems in the beginning so they can go on auto-pilot later on and carry us!

Feb 26, 2018 06:24 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


So good to see you here.  Thank you.  You're an expert at this!


Feb 26, 2018 06:54 PM
Mary Jo Quay
EXP Realty - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

Good analogy. I'd love to see the photo of the escalator with the Proactive ad on the side with a TAKE THE STAIRS poster over the ad. Take the stairs is a step by step, no shortcut to getting there. It keeps your bod and brain in shape.


Feb 26, 2018 07:09 PM
1~Judi Barrett

Mary Jo,

I should have thought of that!  Thank you.  Wishing you much success ahead.

Feb 26, 2018 07:30 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great analogy, Judi K Barrett. Taking a slower and methodical route is certainly necessary for success. Always looking for the ease of the escalator once the groundwork is in place.

Thanks for sharing.


Feb 26, 2018 08:08 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great post.

When you have a clearly defined goal, you will do whatever it takes to get there.

Thanks for sharing. Great analogy.

Feb 27, 2018 07:04 AM
Sharon Mistowski
Horizon Lending Services, LLC - Flint, TX
Horizon Lending Services, LLC

Judi, this is a perfect analogy for professionals in search of success. It doesn't happen over night. It happens when you take one step at a time, and eventually, you'll build that automatic escalator to get you to the top! SO inspired by this post!

Feb 27, 2018 10:48 AM