Ask a non-Ambassador: No nakedness but -- Have you lost your mojo?

Services for Real Estate Pros with John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. 13013

Mojo is defined as good luck, charm or skill that seems to come from something magical or supernatural. 

Generally speaking, as applied to business, mojo is your special way of attracting clients and performing your services.  It's your one-of-a-kind juju.


"Nobody does it better"...

than YOU!


For most of us here, we are IT.  We are the totality of our business.  We exude the personality, we know how to charm our clients, we know how to seal the deal.  We are the 'frontman'.  You win it or lose it.  You get up and perform or you lie down a loser.  You are either the hero or the goat.

A lot of us don't even realize we've lost it.  We just plow onward using the same tactics as we have for years.  Don't let outward changes affect you.  You affect the changes, you spot the warning signs, you evaluate your progress, you change your mojo.  Mojo can fade.

You are ultimately responsible.  No one pushes you.  You have to motivate yourself.  No one else really cares about you (in a competitive business) or if you fail or win even.  Oh yes, there are some trophies.  But your competitors are jealous, they even hope you fail.  Am I being too harsh here?  Really folks, it's dog eat dog out there.

And all you have to depend on is you.  Just you.  You decide exactly what your priorities are, how much time you spend on tasks each day, what you ignore, what you concentrate on.

What?!  Are you doing everything and exhausted at the end of the day?  Delegate.  You can't keep up with your web SEO?  Experts can help you at a reasonable rate.  Are you the Universal Man?  Tough to do everything that needs to be done.

So, how's your mojo doing?
Has it lost a little bit of zing?  Have you wondered why?  Realize this: until YOU get your mojo back together, things are not going to get any better, in fact they may get worse.

There are things you can do NOW to reverse course.  There are alternatives to your view of how things should be done.  Hey, how is your competitor's mojo?
I have a friend in the business who acts as if he is busy all the time and has people begging him for attention.  Interesting approach to business.  He is self confident and has a reputation for this.  It seems to work.  Does it work well in a recessionary climate?  Doubtful.

Do you have some quirks in your mojo?  Are you consistent, are you reliable, are you trustworthy, do you go the extra mile?  Wouldn't these attributes be simple things to develop?
How about after sticking to a plan and nothing is working for months or years, shouldn't you reevaluate your thinking?
Maybe you are coasting just fine.  What could possibly knock you off course?  Should you prepare for that?

Is your customer service up to snuff?  Do you respond quickly, do you overdeliver and underpromise?  Things like that improve your mojo.  Oh yes, we can talk about cosmetics: Hair style, clothing, automobile, brochures, etc.

Has your niche gone into the ditch?

Guess what.  No one is going to shame you, coerce you, or push you into doing anything different from how you handle every minute of your day.  Only YOU can change your thinking, attitude, and effort.  

Don't wait until it becomes too late.

Extra points if you can guess who's mojo is staring you down at the top of this page...



Comments (29)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Henry, Florida Architect - Glad to hear you made the FEATURE headlines this morning! Your mojo is very persuasive and you're a great motivator. You got my attention!!! Could the eyes in the photo staring at me be the one and only Harry Houdini, the great illusionist? 

Sep 17, 2020 03:11 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hi Patricia, I've been laying low and like many here, finding it difficult to blog about anything meaningful!  Sometimes you just have to keep an idea going and build on it.  Hope you are well.  Only Houdini could read your mind and your mojo!

Sep 17, 2020 10:54 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hi Patricia, the eyes are Neil Young's! Thank you

Sep 25, 2020 09:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I laughed at your subject line - it'll definitely get clicks!

Motivation and mojo go hand in hand - we do need to check our mojo from time to time to see if we still have it!

As for the photo, I thought those were Neil Young's eyes also so look forward to finding out.

Sep 17, 2020 04:58 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect


I thought I would climb onto Bill's Ambassador post just below and see if that title would attract some eyeballs! ( Liz and Bill Spear ) Hopefully the content was good enough after the eye candy.  You have a good eye for eyes!!!!

Sep 17, 2020 10:48 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Yes, the eyes are Neil Young's! Thank you

Sep 25, 2020 09:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 17, 2020 05:22 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Thanks again, @Roy!  We can always pump up the mojo!

Sep 17, 2020 10:48 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You hit some great points John Henry, Florida Architect. My business is me, i am the face, the front man, the chief, the cook, the bottle washer . and even the referee. I can not have bad days. I do need breaks and this summer has been 100 million miles and hour 7 days a week. A half day off or even taking Sunday off re-charges the batteries. When it gets cold here in NH, when sales slow, im heading south for an overhaul. 

Sep 17, 2020 05:34 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hi Scott, come down to Florida and recharge batteries and mojo.  Glad you found something you can chew on here.  I think we are all pretty much trying to do everything and no doubt it is overwhelming.  Just when you think you have one thing under control, something else comes up, etc.  Thanks!

Sep 17, 2020 10:49 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Good post. I think it is Antonio Banderas. Definately not Mona.

Sep 17, 2020 05:41 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Ah, Antonio!!!  Quite possible.  Thick eyebrows, intensity, etc.  A bit of romance.  HA.  I will let you know soon!

Sep 17, 2020 10:50 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Lyn, the eyes are Neil Young's! Thank you

Sep 25, 2020 09:03 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

As we should be starting out 2021 business planning (already??) it is a good time to look at what we are doing and how we are doing it.  Delegating - yes. Decrease expenses - yes, after reviewing. Delegate what you hate and focus on aspects of the business you love and are good at!

Sep 17, 2020 06:39 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Great advice, Shirley Coomer   Looking forward to see how to plan for the future is a great idea.  Seeing what others are doing and doing it well is also a great endeavor.  Thank you

Sep 17, 2020 10:51 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Laura Cerrano - thanks for your good thoughts. Our air has been sparkling clean for the last 2 days. As long as our beautiful fog and westerly winds prevail, it should stay that way.

Sep 17, 2020 07:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Congrats on the feature, John. You have raised some excellent points. No doubt there have been more than a few who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, which has called for a major shift in life and business for us all.


Sep 17, 2020 09:24 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Pandemics, recessions, local markets, etc. all send signals that something must change on your side in order to meet the challenges.  Hope things are will in Carlsbad!  I like the colorful chair shot~!

Sep 17, 2020 10:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I can assure you that our mojos are alive and well, and we take good care of them.  There is so much pleasure in being in this state of mind...A

Sep 17, 2020 10:21 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

"State of mind"... ah... Another great blog idea!  I will let you run with it.  Thanks, Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Sep 17, 2020 10:53 AM
Chris B Johnson REALTOR®
Allison James Elite - Moorpark, CA
5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity

Sep 17, 2020 11:23 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

You are the MAN!

Sep 18, 2020 08:50 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Congrats on your feature!  Now, my dad taught us that the MOJO was some kind of hex.  He's saying was, "Don't mess with the kid, because the MOJO was going to get you." So, thank you for sharing the positive side of "My Mojo" I have a new outlook on MOJO - I'm going to have to step up my MOJO! 

Sep 17, 2020 11:28 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

I first heard this term in the music business.  I think it's applicable to many other industries.  Best luck on your mojo!!

Sep 18, 2020 08:51 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great post, and agree, it has been hard to find anything worthwhile, even in the midst of actually having a good year to write about that is meaningful. As to who is staring us down, Severus Snape from Harry Potter

Sep 17, 2020 02:09 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Severus has a mean look, but that's not him! Thanks for your comment, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543   I sense a stagnation on AR for some reason... no doubt the tumultuous past 6 months!!  I have been relatively uninspired to write but you have to catch the glimmer that you see and 'pump it up'!!!

Sep 18, 2020 08:52 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Nick: the eyes are Neil Young's! Thank you

Sep 25, 2020 09:03 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Everybody seems to be doing OK the most part here and I think that’s definitely a step in the right direction! Hold your head high in my book! :)

Sep 17, 2020 10:38 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

John, Great title for feature worthy content.  Our mojo is what we create it to be.

Sep 18, 2020 08:12 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hi Kris Collis, Associate Broker   We all have some mojo, just have to aim it in the right direction and either stick with it or adopt a new model! Thanks

Sep 18, 2020 08:53 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

MOJO hmm well the mojo left the room along time ago. Although the mojo in business is moving forward. Have a  great day. 

I have no idea who the person in at the top of your blog. Looking forward to finding out. MOJO of the day smile and keep moving. Rest every so often that seems to help some 

Sep 18, 2020 09:11 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hello Laura Filip   Just being from Texas qualifies as Major Mojo!!  The person in the photo at top is in the music business...  Have a great day!

Sep 18, 2020 09:27 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Henry, Florida Architect - Could the eyes belong to Michelangelo (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni)?

Sep 18, 2020 09:55 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hi Patricia, these could have been the eyes of this famous sculptor and architect, but the depiction is from a cropped photograph of a contemporary (70-80s) celebrity!  You get three more tries!!

Sep 19, 2020 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- my first thought was Steve McQueen but it looks like his hair is darker. So, I haven't a clue. People and consumers gravitate to people/businesses who exude a certain energy. If ours is getting stale or seems to be diminishing, we need to take a step back as well as look forward. Either way will get us moving. 

Sep 19, 2020 02:37 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Ah yes, Steve M is a good candidate with that look he always carried with him.  Bullitt.  Ha.  This photo is of a musician.  

Yes, those with that magnetic aura seem to attract people to them.  I think an even handed and personable approach works best for me, with rapid response to all questions and completion before expectations.  Thanks! 

Sep 21, 2020 05:32 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Kathy, the eyes are Neil Young's! Thank you

Sep 25, 2020 09:03 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Henry, Florida Architect - Is it Johnny Depp?

Sep 20, 2020 01:47 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

HA!  Not quite Johnny~  You have two tries left!!

Sep 21, 2020 05:29 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

The eyes are Neil Young's! Thank you

Sep 25, 2020 09:04 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Sep 25, 2020 09:05 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve been having my moments being really busy these days but always have to take time to relax and put everything in perspective. :)

Sep 25, 2020 08:11 PM

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