Ask An Ambassador: Ignoring The Bait

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Maybe it's an engineer thing, maybe it's a guy thing, maybe it's just a me thing, but I do a lot of selective ignoring.

I'm perpetually assessing what I need to do now, what I can do later, and what doesn't need done at all.

There are non-negotiables. 

When you've got furry ones, sometimes they need to go outside NOW.  Must do. 

They need fed every night.  Must do.

Write a blog post?  That's a must do for me.

Return client calls.  Must do, just a matter of what time depending on their needs.


But throughout any day there's a stream of "bait" going by, some more tempting than others.

Some of that bait might be productive to follow.  Perhaps a new marketing technique that shows promise?

Some news that applies to our niche?  Maybe not chasing that down today, but soon.


And there are other things that I just have to ignore the bait because nothing productive will come from the time spent.

A "hot" lead that just wants to pick your brain or already has an agent and you are NOT even under consideration.  Minimize the time spent and move on.

Or someone that you KNOW has strong opinions that never move dangles some bait right in front of you.  Jiggles the lure a bit, tries to suck you in.  Be it politics, be it "Coming Soon", or any other number of topics, you KNOW you're about to go down the rabbit hole and meet the Mad Queen.

It can be REALLY hard to not bite.  Their statement is OBVIOUSLY false!!!! 

I've had posts that I've typed and erased...left and come back...typed and erased...left and come back...and ultimately I had to stay away.  Let them have their rant, I can't afford to give up that headspace.

Bottom line, we've got to protect our time.  Biting the bait just might hook you into wasting time you can't afford to waste.  Go pet the dog or cat instead.

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

you KNOW you're about to go down the rabbit hole and meet the Mad Queen.

What a great line - sometimes we just have to walk away before we fall down that hole 


Nov 13, 2019 04:04 AM #9
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great observatons!

There are other things that I just have to ignore the bait because nothing productive will come from the time spent. A "hot" lead that just wants to pick your brain or already has an agent and you are NOT even under consideration.  Minimize the time spent and move on.

Nov 13, 2019 04:25 AM #10
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

No doubt the bait is everywhere, digitally especially.  You can bite and then be taken down a two-hour hole if not careful.  Thanks for reminding us!

Nov 13, 2019 04:35 AM #11
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Oh yeah, the digital lures for sure and the people who just want to pick your brain for info.

Nov 13, 2019 05:03 AM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Some times you take the bait and other times you are the one putting it out. 

Nov 13, 2019 05:13 AM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bill,

What an excellent post. We are plagued with bait all day long and if we aren't selective and set priorities a day comes and goes without being productive. Love the analogy..right on!

Nov 13, 2019 05:27 AM #14
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

"The Rabbit Hole costs extra!" LMAO

Critters are always top priority. Period.

And I jealously guard my time, and my soul these days. If I can't have a good time . . . I'M NOT GOING! 

Nov 13, 2019 05:38 AM #15
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

You are so right. We all only have a certain amount of time each day, and we have got to prioritize how we spend it. I usually stay away from the bait as well.

Nov 13, 2019 05:54 AM #16
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I am reminded of the old Outer Limits opening announcement that sums it all up. My point? I don't need anything or anybody and if I do I will handle it

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.

Nov 13, 2019 06:46 AM #17
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Way too many distractions that try to grab your time. 

Nov 13, 2019 11:54 AM #18
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Bliz fur babies comes first cause they mean NOW! Emergency need to go out even if they were just out 5 minutes ago. LOL. Who's baiting who LOL


Seriously = excellent analogy between taking the bait and living a sane life wtih a calmness. You had me smiling all the way!!

Nov 13, 2019 12:36 PM #19
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Recognizing whether any bait leads to a benefit is a useful life skill.

Nov 13, 2019 03:48 PM #20
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Some of these bait danglers are incredibly skilled in time & patience sucking.. it would be very helpful if they could come with a siren or flashing neon sign ;) 

I'm getting better and better at catching myself right before falling down the rabbit hole. It's a work in progress, but am learning to pay attention to the cues, and to ask myself what's important right now

Nov 13, 2019 06:14 PM #21
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Liz and Bill Spear 
You are being so nurturing of newer agents with these recent posts! 
Your words couldn't be any more true - Lynn
"Bottom line, we've got to protect our time. Biting the bait just might hook you into wasting time you can't afford to waste." 

Nov 13, 2019 07:16 PM #22
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I know I am baited everyday and must learn not to take some of the bait. What an excellent post.

Nov 14, 2019 07:39 AM #23
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear, my fur babies come first, they deserve my attention, not the ones chasing me down with a shiny object. If we don't respect our time, how can we expect others to?  

Nov 14, 2019 08:08 AM #24
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Time wasters are traps that we all need to be aware of as we navigate our day.

Nov 14, 2019 04:32 PM #25
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

You are saying something right there Bill!!!  Falling for the bait can get you bitten.  You have just given me an idea for a post about a recent "baiting" situation.

Nov 15, 2019 07:14 AM #26
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

You are right! Prioritize, maximize and be productive! Have a great afternoon Bill!

Nov 15, 2019 01:19 PM #27
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have pushed so many "must do" things to tomorrow over the last year that it's painful.  But sometimes you time just isn't your own anymore.  I'm getting into a new groove and Donald may never go back to work and that while might be harmful to our short term budget might help me free up more of my time.

Nov 16, 2019 01:58 PM #28
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