One great idea can change your life.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Did you know that one great idea can change your life, and the lives of others? It absolutely can. When I left high school, I wasn't interested in college, and quite frankly, I wasn't mature enough to be trusted with a $40,000 investment that might not produce a dollar. I can only imagine it would be have been a four year party with a long financial hangover.

Because of that, I entered the workforce as a clueless teenager. I went into a manufacturing job where I had no idea what I doing, but I maintained industrial equipment. While I worked there, I learned a lot and one day I received a phone call on the floor emergency line. I went to pick up the phone fearing the worst. Much to my amazement, it was a major US corporation calling me at my place of employment on the emergency line to offer me a job, sight unseen. I was 18. 

I took that job, and for the next five years, I loved my job. One of the greatest things about that job was that the company (and you would know them if I mentioned their name) allowed me to modify their equipment, redesign parts of their manufacturing process and create new machinery. I changed the way they did parts of their process. I designed equipment that was manufactured and put into service worldwide. One creation of mine improved their output from 100,000 to 1,000,000 units without changing their expense one cent. 

I was 22. I had no education, no mechanical engineering degree and no idea of what I was doing. But, I could see flaws in their process and I corrected it while the engineers sat in offices trying to figure out how to make things better. I felt like a rockstar. 

I finally left that job and went back to college. Four master's degrees and mid-way through a second (and last) doctorate later, I still relish the experience at that manufacturer. I could walk back in there today and open my toolbox and do that job again. It is that ingrained in my pyschi. Why? Because I realized at that job that great ideas are not isolated within a small group of well-educated and brilliant people. No, brilliant ideas are born everyday within average people, and many of those people have no education. My favorite auto mechanic could not read, but he could fix cars. Great ideas have consequences. Not only do they have consequences, but they change lives. 

Some of the electronics you touch everyday started in a garage by a college dropout. There are far too many stories like that to deny the impact of a great idea. Within every individual is a seed of greatness. The challenge most people face is overcoming a life of training that tells them "You're average, and average people do average things and have average lives full of average events." If you choose, that can be true. 

If you are wishing you could come up with something that could set you free financially, let me tell you this, you can. The biggest impediment to most great ideas is past training and fear that your ideas won't be accepted. So what? So what if  they aren't accepted by a few. Anytime norms are challenged, there will be push-back, but when you know in your heart that your idea is a great one, you have to dig in your heels and push forward. Ignore the skeptics and naysayers.

But, I don't have any education! Now, here's the thing about education. Even with my 30+ years of obtaining college degrees, the things that have caused me to be in the top 10% of my real estate market, and that has caused my contracting company to turn down 30+ large commerical projects a month have nothing to do with college credits. No, it has everything to do with great ideas, quality work and expertise in those fields. I've done the college work to keep my brain exercising so that it's always thinking, which opens the door to thinking about the next best thing. I taught a college class last week where I challenged the students to strive to allow their minds to dream of bigger, greater, bolder and more audacious ideas. 

One great idea can change your life and the lives of many others. Don't think you can't do it? If that becomes your norm, it's likely to become your reality. But, if you realize that you have the ability to do something that is mind-blowing, even if it is small, do it. Some of my ideas at that manufacturer were very small, but they created great results. Your brain is in your head to be more than a tenant. It's an inventor, an entrepreneur, a game-changer, a life changer, a magician. Use it and leave a legacy of greatness in your path. 


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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing your experiences!!!

The challenge most people face is overcoming a life of training that tells them "You're average, and average people do average things and have average lives full of average events." If you choose, that can be true. 

Sep 13, 2018 04:13 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

What may seem insignificant at the time can certainly be life changing...who phone call could do just that !

Sep 13, 2018 05:36 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. I too had an experience where I was recruited out of the blue by someone I never met. It changed my life as well.

Sep 13, 2018 08:20 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"I can only imagine it would be have been a four year party with a long financial hangover." 

I love that line, Mike.  Isn't it amazing how a little maturity changes our perspective on financial things.

Sep 13, 2018 09:02 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 13, 2018 09:03 AM #5
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Great post Mike. I love the line, “ your brain is in your head to be more than a tenant”. It sure is!

Sep 13, 2018 05:57 PM #6
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Wow, awesome and inspiring post Mike!!!!. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. Education many times can keep you in the box. You learned early on to think outside the box which is great. 

Sep 13, 2018 06:38 PM #7
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Exton, PA
For All Things Real Estate!

Mike,  What a thought provoking article! So true.

Sep 13, 2018 06:45 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

On my daily posts I write about people like you.  While education is a great thing to have, give me a person with the insight to see things that others don't.  Creative minds is a plus

Sep 14, 2018 01:35 AM #9
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Mike, have a Great Idea and acting on it are two different things! ha

But I like the notion that there is a great idea in all of us.  Thanks for the bump in motivation this morning before gulping coffee!!

Coffee also will get your brain oiled for that great idea!

Sep 14, 2018 04:48 AM #10
Anne Edwards Johnson
JP and Associates - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

I love this!  What an inspiration.

Sep 14, 2018 08:47 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- your line about our brains being more than a tenant is what I tell my nieces all of the time. We never know unless we put it out there. And it's just as important for us to do what we can to encourage others as well. 

Sep 14, 2018 11:19 AM #12
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

The pressure to have a college degree to 'get a good job' in the USA is unrelenting. Most pp can't afford it and many have no desire to spend four years in school "learning" about subjects they have no interest in.  Too bad this situation will not change for the foreseable future.

Sep 17, 2018 09:09 AM #13
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I have had many great ideas but never followed through on creating them. Some of those included an i-pad (to play just my music), flavored cigarettes (Vapes) and lord only knows what else!!! If I had just had the initiative to create the products, I probably wouldn't be in real estate LOL.

Sep 18, 2018 06:00 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is so inspiring! What an amazing story you have! I'm so glad you shared it.

Sep 21, 2018 05:38 PM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Mike - a great idea can come from anyone.  College is not a prerequisite.

Sep 22, 2018 06:28 PM #16
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