Does Gray Matter Crank? Mine Was Cranking Today!!

Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired 104763




Let’s talk about success. Everyone has his/her own definition. One can always distinguish the “top dog” in an area from every other real estate agent. That person’s interpretation is defined by dollar signs.

Money comes, and money goes. Anyone can make money. I’m a firm believer of that statement. However, not everyone can develop, and maintain for a lifetime, business relationships that are carved in stone.

I think back about a few of my builders, and those relationships continue to be ongoing. To this day, they call me for direction, even after knowing that I’m totally retired and have developed Alzheimer’s.  I do not give them direction, for fear of my opinion not being up to par.  Even though I feel confident, I’m not taking that chance of providing the wrong information. I refer all business to my daughter.

Previously, when my mind was at its sharpest level, my degree of confidence was high. I was often asked questions by other builders to help “their agents.” After I gave it a chuckle, the advice was shared. It was appreciated and eventually, I was offered their listings. I directed all of those offerings to other agents in my office. I had two of the major builders in the area and that was more than enough for one person.

Success breeds success, just as listings beget more listings. Clients talk, and word spreads quickly throughout the builder community, just as it does with homeowners.

When you beat the pavement every day, as you should be, don’t get distracted by glancing at those shiny objects. Stay focused with eyes forward. Business is everywhere. Maintain that degree of concentration and be mindful of your presence.

I’ll say it once more…. Be mindful of your presence…. Stay focused and don’t allow any dilution to occur…. Your business is too valuable to allow it to be diluted.

Just another thought for the moment…. I feel like the gray matter is “cranking” today!!!

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Barbara Todaro, Great Grandmother to Aiden, Gianni and Caleb       

Todaro Team - Retired



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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002


"Success breeds success, just as listings beget more listings."   indeed I see you are cranking on high test today but that is anyday if you asked me Barbara

Oct 22, 2020 11:17 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

You were firing on all cylinders today.  Good to know, by the way, you are also correct.

Oct 23, 2020 12:44 AM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Your gray matter is indeed cranking!  Staying motivated and focused is one of the hardest parts of being a real estate professional.  But so important for us to continue to move forward successfully.

Oct 23, 2020 04:54 AM #15
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Good Morning Barbara, Your mind and thoughts have always been wise. You can teach us all how to reinvent ourselves at all stages of our lives!

Oct 23, 2020 05:09 AM #16
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Barbara... and that grey matter cranked very well in this post! When people ask me why I don't retire my response usually is that my work is what keeps my brain going and me youthful.

Oct 23, 2020 05:19 AM #17
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your gray matter will always be cranking and I definitely have always appreciated every single piece of advice you have given me over the years!

Oct 23, 2020 05:59 AM #18
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Barbara, glad your post got featured, and bet it is nice to write these posts, and know you are still sharing your wisdom! 

Oct 23, 2020 06:07 AM #19
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

"Success breeds success" 


Definitely! We just need to have positive power and energy to attract good things toward us! 

Oct 23, 2020 07:35 AM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations, Barbara, on your feature recognition.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Oct 23, 2020 08:29 AM #21
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great post, you are always giving of your time.

Oct 23, 2020 11:27 AM #22
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Barbara Todaro  You are a person I will always look to for amazing advice

Oct 23, 2020 02:37 PM #23
Linda Piper
Planatek Financial, Inc. - Ventura, CA


I admire you so much - I've read nearly every post you've ever written and you have a wealth of knowledge to contribute.  I hope you'll keep sharing your experience with us for many years to come.  Your gray matter has always and continues to crank out good stuff!!!

Oct 23, 2020 03:01 PM #24
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Barbara Todaro - In my opinion, you are sharper than ever. This post, in particular is like drinking out of a punch bowl - absolutely tasteful and satisfying. You continue to amaze me. Please, keep cranking!!! 

Oct 24, 2020 02:13 AM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Barbara.

Enjoy the weekend.

Oct 24, 2020 05:38 AM #26
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Barbara - don't believe everything or every time line that the doctors give you.  You are awesome and you have lots of stories left to write about things that haven't even happened yet.  You rock.  

Oct 24, 2020 06:12 PM #27
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Barbara.

Take care, be safe and have a very special day.

Oct 25, 2020 06:31 AM #28
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Barbara Todaro  you have been in my thougthts and I have been trying to call you but life, real estate and dental appointments slowed it down... be on the look out from 310.486.1002:))) Endre

Oct 26, 2020 11:00 PM #29
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Barbara Todaro Thanks for sharing a frank message with all of us.  My family has been touched on the edges by Dementia but only in very old age that I am aware of...and an in-law has an Aunt who has multi-generational Alzheimer's. 

One unknown for us is that my Mom was adopted at birth and although we have found the birth Mom family and have developed a relationship...we have not found anyone on the Grandfather side and that is a there is always that curiousity and slight worry as to what health issues his family has.

Stay strong...and do what you are doing...

Oct 29, 2020 06:57 AM #30
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Inspiring, Barbara Todaro. Your attitude reflects one of abundance. There is plenty of business out there...

Oct 30, 2020 07:22 AM #31
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well said, as usual, Barbara!

Congratulations on the well deserved Feature!

Nov 06, 2020 12:17 PM #32
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