Do You Trust Your Gut?

Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Solutions

Trust Your Instincts

When do you trust what you know? When you think something's wrong, do you trust your gut or do you question yourself for a few minutes? Do you think maybe you could be mistaken or do you know what you know?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the ones we affectionately call The Mounties) spend an extensive amount of time training to identify counterfeit money. They learn the texture of an authentic bill, its weight, the security features, and the various looks. They know the watermark, the metallic stripe, the exact size of the security thread, its color changes. They know where the ink is raised, the see-through puzzle number, and where it's fluorescent.

But they never spend time with counterfeits. They have no need to study the substitutes, the phonies, the bogus bills, the forgeries, the frauds. They are so immersed in what is genuine that they immediately recognize every substandard bill that passes through their hands . . . because they know the truth.

Your Gut Knows the Truth

Do you trust your gutThere is a celebrated book called blink by Malcolm Gladwell. One of the resounding points he makes is that what you believe in the first two seconds of an encounter is generally what months of research will prove . . . because your gut knows the truth.

It's not about the hype, the pretty packaging, the searching through the imitations to find out whether or not something is real. Stop searching through what's fake to find the truth. How many times have we entered into business deals with doubts, only to wish later we had trusted our instincts?

How many relationships have we had to extricate ourselves from when we knew from the beginning they were not right, even when we desperately wanted them to be? Whether it's in your business or in your personal life, trust your gut.

You don't need to study a forgery to be able to recognize one because somewhere in the recesses of your mind, you know what's legitimate. Your gut knows the truth. Listen to it and learn to trust it.

And when the time comes to find a Realtor you can trust, call Mimi Foster. Honest. Sincere. Trustworthy.

Originally published as Do You Trust Your Gut? by Mimi Foster

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I love it! When you are so attuned to what is authentic, inauthentic can't even register!


Oct 08, 2019 05:37 AM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Trusting our gut is a hard thing to master - we do tend to make excuses for why we feel a certain way. But our gut does know.

Oct 08, 2019 06:26 AM #12
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to this trust. The part that is unknown is the testing of the trust results....

Oct 08, 2019 06:49 AM #13
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Thank you for the recommendation. Will definitely check it out and perhaps recommend for my book club. I like your new profile photo.

Oct 08, 2019 06:57 AM #14
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Accounting, Tax Preparation & Resolution, Tax Lien

Hi Mimi - Whenever I haven't listened to my gut I've regretted it! Thanks for sharing.

Oct 08, 2019 09:47 AM #15
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I have just finished listening to his latest book talking to strangers which was excellent, now I will have to pick up blink. I am a great believer in trusting my gut and my heart as well. Thank you, well deserved feature.

Oct 08, 2019 02:12 PM #17
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi again Mimi Foster here is the link to the post I mentioned and you asked for. It was odd re-reading it as I could remember the feeling clearly to this day. Pay attention to your instincts!


Serious Stuff - Pay Attention to your Instincts


Oct 08, 2019 03:13 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mimi:

I think I trust my gut most of the time but I suspect every now and then I am less trusting or don't listen when I know I should, which often turns out to be wrong.

I'm not familar with BLINK but it sound likes great reading material - on the list it goes!


Oct 08, 2019 08:31 PM #19
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Gut instincts are God's gift to us, use them wisely!

You don't need to study a forgery to be able to recognize one because somewhere in the recesses of your mind, you know what's legitimate. Your gut knows the truth. Listen to it and learn to trust it.

Oct 09, 2019 04:33 AM #20
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I always try to follow my gut, even though I might not like what it is telling me and at the end, it was telling me the truth!

Oct 09, 2019 05:04 AM #21
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

I am  a big fan of trusting your gut, it is rarely wrong! for me, it works better than a credit report :)

Oct 09, 2019 07:08 AM #22
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Mimi,  I like your tale of  "the Mounties" studing the real thing, not the fake. But more importantly, the point you make about trusting your gut it huge. Blink is a great book.

Oct 09, 2019 07:31 AM #23
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mimi - whether it is identified as a sixth sense or something else, that instinct is a valuable one that is extremely beneficial.  To ourselves and to others we are in contact.  

Oct 09, 2019 10:02 AM #24
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You are so right. Every time I've ignored what my gut was telling me I've been sorry.

Oct 09, 2019 10:05 AM #25
Lori Young
Young Realty Group, Inc. - Naples, FL

Its a built in checker that we should always be giving a second thought to.  Me always.

Oct 09, 2019 02:17 PM #26
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I'm usually not one to read everyone's comments and say that someone said it better than I could but, my 'gut' when reading your post was almost exactly what Candice A. Donofrio said - only she said it more succinctly!

I am a 'gut' gal and trust mine completely!

Oct 09, 2019 03:05 PM #27
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is similar to...if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!  I see this often with a home that sits and sits on the market...and looks really great inside and out for the price.  Almost always a location issue or basement problem

Oct 09, 2019 03:23 PM #28
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I've always told my sons that I trust my gut and it usually never steers me wrong. 

Oct 10, 2019 07:58 AM #29
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It takes sometimes years to perfect trusting in stinks but it’s totally handy when it comes to making quicker decisions

Oct 11, 2019 11:41 PM #30
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Norma J. Elkins I don’t know why mine is so good in particular but it took years of practice

Oct 11, 2019 11:43 PM #31
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