Go ahead and clear the slate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

How long will you jerry-rig that contraption before you lose patience?

It’s that thing that’s not working as it should, and we tolerate the necessary work-arounds under the heading of: “It still works even if not well or consistently.”

Some folks take great pride in keeping that thing alive rather then replacing it with another, newer model. The rationalization is that it still “works” . . . and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

This is denial, and the cost is real in frustration, anxiety (will it work this time?), lost time and efficiency, distraction . . . yet we’re hell bent on using it til the wheels fall off.

For others, jerry-rigging is a hobby. I’m one of those people. I love a good challenge.

Knowing that I enjoy this, I decided to entertain that hobby by buying a 30 year old Mercedes Benz 560SEL. Owning this car makes zero sense to most rational people. It’s expensive to maintain, and there are potentially several $1000s of improvement “projects” on that MB560SEL to do list.

Over time, I have come to the realization that jerry-rigging does NOT belong in a professional setting. We don’t need those kinds of inefficiencies in our work flow.

So when it comes to the tools of our trade (Computers, Scanners, Telephones, Automobiles) a mindset of low tolerance for things not working as they should must be instilled.

Replace . . . or clear the slate and build new.

This post was prompted because I fell into a month long struggle with my primary computer at the office . . . It would randomly decide not to allow me to log in, and just as I was about to throw it out the window, it would WORK . . . Such an emotional roller-coaster that was . . . until I got fed up with it and cleared the slate by reformatting the drive and returning all settings to the “default” . . . Worked like a charm, and I lost nothing but frustration because all of my files were residing safely in the cloud.

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Nashville, TN

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Barry - as I read your post, it prompted me to think of 'toy' versus 'tool'. How we determine its function/ usage is important as we examine/explore pleasure/pain.  A fine line in some cases.

Mar 14, 2019 07:59 AM #1
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Smart having your files in the cloud and I have only reformatted two computers a long time ago. But both times it worked a charm and solved the issues that were cropping up. We need to be efficient and realize that our hobby of procrastinating and putting off what needs to be imporved can cost us productively in our businesses.

Mar 14, 2019 12:29 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I just had to ask myself that question a few weeks ago.  I had been nickle and dime repairing an old washer and dryer.  Finally, I realized I could have bought a new set with the money I had spent on repairs.

Mar 14, 2019 12:57 PM #3
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Timely post because I have a lap top that I use occasionally and it's slowing down in the field and I'm debating to renew it rather than repair it. I'm taking it top my computer tech guy for his advice because I don't use it that often and will weigh the cost of repair versus to renew. 

Mar 14, 2019 05:58 PM #4
Mark Parsons
Lokation Real Estate - Littleton, CO
Beautiful Colorado Home

Good to do a refresh every once in awhile. Mac or Windows?

Mar 14, 2019 06:09 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Barry- part of your post reminds me of the saying "throwing good money after bad." Larry loves to take things apart and fix them but even he, at some point, realizes that at some point it's time to reboot something or call in a professional or buy a new whatever. 

Mar 14, 2019 08:06 PM #6
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Barry,

Whaaat?!? You are not a fan of three-part wrenches that only work on particular models of Mercedes for your daily business? Glad you are relegating the tinkering projects to your hobby. There, it may be relaxing.

Mar 14, 2019 08:53 PM #7
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

There are some things I go straight to the go, go buy a new one, others I'll place in front of hubby and let him decided. Cars are a hobby though and I get that part being in a family that does car stuff all day long. It gives you a sense of accomplishment as well. Look forward to seeing your Merc at a Mecum or Barret-Jackson auction. You'll make a lot of money!

Mar 15, 2019 10:01 AM #8
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Barry, Barry, Barry!!!!  YOU HAVE A GEM of a car.  I just got out of my 87 560SEL and it is worth keeping.  Yes, I have rust.  Yes, it is burning oil.  Yes, I need a paint job.  Yes, the seats and weatherstripping are tattering.  BUT WOW.  Great torque, excellent riding comfort.  The first thing you need to do is to buy 17in rims.  Monoblocks look best.  I don't work on mine but I LOVE this car.  Also the next series up is totally awesome as well.  Keep in touch sir, as we can share some info and experiences.  

See photo below.  I added some chrome to mirrors, a trunk and bumper extension, some fender chrome, and an AMG label on the back.  HA

Mar 15, 2019 10:25 AM #9
Kris Collis
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Buy & Sell with Professional Results you Expect

Jerry-rig or Jury-rig?  See some explanations on the history 

"Proper use is “jury” – most definitely NOT jerry or gerry (the latter is the English pejorative for a German).,, Jury-rigging and a jury-mast were found on sailing ships where it was very common, especially on sea-going vessels to carry a spare jury-mast below, to be used in the event a storm or battle dis-masted the ship. ... Jerry or Gerry is a very common misnomer and improper usage, just like “towing the line” should be toeing the line, and “cutting the mustard” should be cutting the muster."

"...in the North African Campaign the Germans were running out of parts for their equipment. The British referred to some of the makeshift repairs that they saw on captured equipment as Jerry-rigged. I guess that’s not right."

Mar 15, 2019 11:09 AM #10
Barry Owen
Pareto Realty - Nashville, TN

Ah yes . . . What a great car. I just had the engine reconditioned ( mostly) I love the power. I'll send pictures

Mar 15, 2019 11:15 AM #11
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

You're right - there may be a place for jury/jerry-rigging but it's not the office.   

Have fun with the Benz Barry Owen 

Mar 15, 2019 03:58 PM #12
Jim Holder
HomeSmart Connect - Arlington Heights, IL

Interesting points which makes us think of automobiles. How about the thought that there are more cars in the world than people?

Mar 16, 2019 08:03 AM #13
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
32 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Good morning Barry, I agree it's necessary for our mental and financial health to regularly review what, how and why we do in the business of real estate. Many habits become comfortable and ingrained even though the results have diminished. Time for a checkup?

Mar 18, 2019 04:59 AM #14
Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®
klm Real Estate - Lubbock, TX
Residential sales and retail & office leasing

Did you write this blog about me? Are you watching me? 

Mar 18, 2019 06:40 PM #15
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

I've always maintained that we should not allow legacy technology to hinder our day to day sanity.  If a computer is working too slow, it's time to upgrade, and fast. 

Mar 20, 2019 01:11 PM #16
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