Choose wisely

By
Real Estate Agent with Realty One Group # S.0190863

The year was 1985. I wasn’t expecting it. It came a complete surprise. I had no idea that it would happen. But I got wrapped up in the moment. Adrenaline pumping. Mind racing. Emotions at a fever pitch. And there it was. Even then I didn’t understand the impact of my actions yet. I wouldn’t really understand the impact for at least a year later.

 

Others saw the impact. It took me a while to see it. Sometimes that is how life change is. Others see the change in us before we do.

 

There are some days in our lives that we have no clue how important that ordinary day may be. Perhaps it is someone you meet. Perhaps it is somewhere you go. Sometimes it is what you think will be a week of celebration that ends up feeling like and intense mourning. And sometimes what you think is the end turns out to actually be a beginning.

 

That fateful day in 1985 was the day that (although I honestly didn’t fully understand the full impact of my actions), I bought a set of 18 cassette tapes. It would turn out that simple investment was the day that I chose a very strong personality in the industry to become my mentor.

 

When you choose a mentor, it doesn’t mean “I will take this from what you say, but leave behind all of those others that you mention”. No, choosing a mentor means that you may be proven wrong, but you will follow this line of thought 100%. You may not be perfect at it. You may only achieve30% or 40% compliance with that train of thought. None the less, following that path changes your life forever.

 

That day it happened to be a mentor in business for me. And it changed my life forever.

 

Perhaps this next 7 or 8 days affords you the opportunity to choose a new mentor. Perhaps you realize there is a new path that could radically change your life. Maybe it comes as you join a friend at an event. Maybe it comes as you hear something or see something new that restores a hope and faith in you.

 

You never know that innocent day. The day in which a choice you make changes your life forever as you choose a new path.

Comments (26)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Rocky... I always listened to my Buffini tapes/discs in my car. Some years ago he stopped sending tapes and discs and went to a podcast formula and I haven't listened since. 

Mar 28, 2021 10:34 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

When the student is ready the teacher appears. We actually do not choose our mentors, they choose us. But, I agree, I look back on about 8 people in my life that were mentors and some still are and they are my difference makers...great post, you got me reminiscing this morning.

Mar 28, 2021 11:13 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Hey there Will!  Choosing a mentor can be a powerful move in one's life for sure

Mar 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Michael. Yes sometime it can take quite a while for us to realize the impact

Mar 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Roy. So glad that you enjoyed today's post especially with all the lives you have touched

Mar 28, 2021 12:01 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Grant! Mentors do save us the process of learning by mistake

Mar 28, 2021 12:02 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon John! So very important indeed to choose wisely. Thank you!

Mar 28, 2021 12:03 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Ed! I appreciate your feedback my friend on the ponderings I shared this week

Mar 28, 2021 12:11 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Nina! Yes, I enjoyed those as well in the past.

Mar 28, 2021 12:12 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Thomas! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today

Mar 28, 2021 12:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

H Rocky- I think I've taken the smorgasbord approach to mentors...taking a little of this and perhaps a lot of that and making it work for me. 

Mar 28, 2021 12:16 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Rocky,  I have read this post 2nd and see how it may have been misunderstood from your heart felt passion with which it was coming.  Although not in a bad way.  Mark 

Mar 28, 2021 02:30 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Kathy! Choosing a mentor can be a very wise decision indeed

Mar 28, 2021 03:40 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good afternoon Mark. I like to leave the door just a little bit open for people to see multiple intentions

Mar 28, 2021 03:43 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I just took on a mentor of sorts.  Over the next 10 weeks or so, he is going to help me produce videos for my real estate business.  I have done a few, but I imagine he is going to push me to do the uncomfortable.  It will be a challenge for me.

Mar 28, 2021 08:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love listening to motivational/coaching tapes in my car - now, CDs or pod casts, Rocky! I have learned SO much for them and yes, I am the one who CHOSE to watch/listen/absorb. They were there for me when I was ready, just like you!

Mar 29, 2021 01:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Rocky there have been many people who have influenced my life, but there is only one I have committed to.  I made that commitment in December of 1974, and have never looked back after making it.

Mar 29, 2021 02:33 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Raymond! I wish you the best of luck in your new videos

Mar 30, 2021 06:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Debe! A great mentor saves us much time for sure

Mar 30, 2021 06:44 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning George! And I am sure you are grateful for the commitment

Mar 30, 2021 06:44 AM