Weltanschauung What it Means
By Patricia Feager, 1/8/19
My years of experience on ActiveRain and in the business has given me a sense of belonging with people who share similar experiences in the real estate industry. Although I can make a case for each and every rule, I would have to say number 5 is extremely important because it touches on my values with regards to “constructive dialogue” between the membership which “fosters transparency among consumers about the industry.”
There is no doubt about it, consumers are bombarded with information from many different resources. Many sources are fake or exaggerated news. Members of ActiveRain who are truly supportive believe integrity matters. It takes self-discipline and courage to be respectful, even when there is disagreement. For example, in Texas, I only practice Texas Residential Real Estate. Therefore, if an ActiveRain member in another part of the country writes about a subject that is important to them that is the same, similar or different than how I practice real estate, I must put the consumer’s interest ahead of mine and not cause friction or become combative because that’s not what I do in Texas. Nor would it be respectful if I attempted to take away another person’s thunder to brag about what I do in Texas that is different. To do so would not serve the consumer or the best interest of the person who wrote the blog post. Nor would it align with the guiding principles of the Weltanschauung.
Weltanschauung teaches us “that ActiveRain plays a key role in demonstrating the integrity and professionalism of those engaged in our industry.” Members are invited to examine the thoughts of others, learn something about the industry that perhaps they didn’t know, control their emotions and focus on “the integrity and professional principles” for all members.
In sum, cultivating constructive dialogue means letting go of what I think and listen to learn to what others have expressed on ActiveRain which in turn keeps me in check as a Member of ActiveRain and an advocate for professionalism.
"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced by
them for good or ill."
P.S. this is my first entry for Lynn B. Friedman in Section One of the January Blog Booster 2019 - Success Ahead When You Challenge Yourself.