Would you hold the door, please?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

I was walking into a convenience store this morning and a gentleman waited until I arrived at the door so he could hold it for me. He had already held it for three or four people. I said, "Thank you," to which he replied, "Absolutely, brother. It's a simple act of kindness. It didn't take any effort. How much better would the world be if everyone did one simple act a day?"

He had a great point. It didn't take any real effort to hold a door. It didn't require any real sacrifice to wait an extra 5 seconds for me to get to the door. It didn't cost him a thing, but it made me smile, think and make a commitment to show a little kindness today. I didn't have to wait long for an opportunity. Within about 30 minutes, I received a call.

A long-time friend called from another state who asked if I thought a certain bid was high or low on changing a water heater. She had just gotten an estimate to change it, which was actually fairly consistent with local norms, but it was high. It's a repair that brings in the bucks for most tradesmen. If the homeowner was here and able to do the work, it would cost her about 25% of the estimate. 

Taking the doorman's advice, I'm going to look at it. This friend has done the same thing for me in her chosen field. On a phone call, she took the mantle of an issue one of my clients were dealing with and helped them straighten it out. It didn't cost me a dime for her services. They ultimately paid when they contracted additional services, but she willingly took on my request without hesitation. 

We can't be all things to all people all the time, but when you have the time and the opportunity, please take it. Taking a look at her water heater will cost me about a hour of my time. I'll delete an hour of Facebook surfing and there you go. It won't cost me anything of value and it will help a friend, client and a tenant. In the end, I will be the benefactor, the tenant will have a hot shower and the owner can avoid worrying about something that is completely out of her control. It's a win all around.


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Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Thanks for sharing, this is so true, if we could take that little extra effort to reach one person with a smile, a nice gesture of any kind, this world would be so much better.  Each one, reach one.  Sharing a smile or being nice doesn't cost anything. 

Apr 15, 2019 08:22 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

And when it's a win all around, there's no reason at all not to do it.

Apr 15, 2019 08:25 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike  - those simple acts of courtesy mean so much and it makes everyone feel better.

Apr 15, 2019 09:00 AM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday Mike,  Being in the restuarant business for years, I would have our people always open doors for our customer, just a little think but it help our business.


Apr 15, 2019 09:32 AM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

It's little things that can have big impact.  You just never know where someone is mentally and how that one little act can spread.

Apr 15, 2019 09:37 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mike - being kind/considerate doesn't cost that much but the thought/gesture means a lot.  It's definitely worth spreading.  And generously too.

Apr 15, 2019 10:13 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

These are tough times.  There seems to be an element in our society that takes delight in breaking down norms of days past.  We need more folks like that guy that held the door for you and the others. . .In a world where you can be anything, be kind!

Apr 15, 2019 10:39 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- there is also a wonderful benefit that comes with performing an act of kindness for someone else...it makes you feel good about yourself and life in general. 

Apr 15, 2019 06:54 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

It is those little things that makes a huge impact on our lives.  I'm happy to know it brought a smile on your face, something I'm sure you passed on

Apr 16, 2019 01:06 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This was a great analogy. LIttle things, evening holding a door open, can have such an impact. As can NOT holding that door open. And I deserve a thank you when done!



Apr 19, 2019 09:51 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                                 Thank you, Mike. 

Apr 20, 2019 07:00 PM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. Your point is really well made. It's more than just a pricing thing: it is all about kindness. Happy Easter.

Apr 21, 2019 05:54 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Really I totally agree. It doesn’t take any extra time at all to just be nice and I wonder why some people don’t realize that sometimes.

Apr 21, 2019 06:59 PM #13
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Mike, the little things mean the most and make a big impact. So few hold the door now that I smile when someone does it too. Simple as can be but, always appreciated. You paid it forward to your friend and that's who you are, I know she appreciates you. 

Apr 23, 2019 05:15 AM #14
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Being polite, courteous, helpful and compassionate are traits that come from parenting and is done without any reservation or discrimination. The reward is instantaneous to the giver and provides them great pleasure.  

Apr 23, 2019 11:30 AM #15
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

So true!  Doing those little thoughtful things makes a difference in our everyday lives.  So many pp have an "I don't have time" attitude and that may be true--but for something like holding the door--a simple courtesy!

Apr 24, 2019 09:38 AM #16
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