Howard Brinton shared a valuable story with us years ago

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Stars Realty

I recorded this video in January for our weekly real estate video series "Two Minutes on Tuesday" and I thought it was worth sharing because of all of the negativity that is happening in the media today.  I originally heard this story from Howard Brinton of Star Power during one of his real estate conferences more than 20 years ago.  The story he told was titled "The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs".  I have a feeling the lesson of this story will stick with you the way it has stuck with me.

Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty

710 South Main Street

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

740-397-7800 office


Comments (13)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sam. When the pie of opportunity shrinks in size, cut yourself a bigger piece! Enjoy your day.

Oct 09, 2021 05:08 AM
Sam Miller

Thanks Wayne!  I love your quote and there is a lot of truth to that way of thinking instead of thinking "Poor Little Old Me".

Oct 09, 2021 10:09 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

What a wonderful motivating story.  Whew, we made it to Saturday, rest up and recharge. It all starts up again Monday.  Thanks again for sharing the post/  Bill Salvatore

Oct 09, 2021 06:12 AM
Sam Miller

Thanks Bill!  Rest and recharge is a big part of it for sure - It helps us stay sharp and productive.

Oct 09, 2021 10:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sam - what a wonderful story of the hot dog seller!  I can remember back in 2007 and 2008 when everyone was saying how down the market was, many agents threw in the towel and cut back on their marketing. Others who were having a great year just kept pushing forward and adapting. 

Oct 09, 2021 11:19 AM
Sam Miller

Thanks Kathy and I agree with you - Success or failure is so often times determined by our attitudes and our approach.

Oct 09, 2021 02:32 PM
Wayne Posey, Broker on Florida's Space Coast
Posey & Co., REALTORS - Rockledge, FL
"Nobody knows the Space Coast like a Native"

Thanks for the reminder Sam.

Sometimes we just have to keep doing the things that got us here.

Always enjoy those little "pearls" from Howard.



"It's another sunny & warm 82° here on Florida's Space Coast"


Home of the Patrick Space Force Base


Home of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station


Oct 12, 2021 12:33 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Thanks Wayne!  It is fun to sit back and think about some of Howard Brinton's classic favorite is "What's time to a pig".  Do you have a favorite?

Oct 12, 2021 12:37 PM
Wayne Posey, Broker on Florida's Space Coast
Posey & Co., REALTORS - Rockledge, FL
"Nobody knows the Space Coast like a Native"

"get out of judgement and into curiosity"

Oct 12, 2021 12:42 PM
Sam Miller

Love that one!  I remember him using an example of an agent telling Howard "That won't work in my market" and Howard said that and it was priceless.  Sometimes we can get in our own way and not even realize it

Oct 12, 2021 01:08 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I had the pleasure of meeting Howard years ago. We invited him to our state convention held in Homer Alaska I was the chairperson so I got to spend some time with him while he was here. He really was one of the best if not the very best spaeaker we ever had here! What a genuine guy! Good Memories! Thank Sam!

Oct 14, 2021 12:08 AM
Sam Miller

Debra, That is amazing!!!!  Spending time with Howard Brinton is something that I will always cherish.  He was such a unique person and what an inspiration.  Howard changed the real estate profession for the better - Sam 

Oct 14, 2021 12:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Sam Miller ,

Love your story and I've seen Howard Brinton several times..he is awesome, inspiring and you are right he changed the real estate profession for the better!

Oct 15, 2021 01:15 PM
Sam Miller

Thanks Dorie!  You are right about Howard Brinton - He was awesome and inspiring for sure!

Oct 18, 2021 01:16 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Sam Miller That's a wonderful presentation, love the professionalism of your recording. I remember going to (I think) two Howard Brinton conventions, terrified of the "Star Power" thing. Good guy!

Oct 16, 2021 03:47 PM
Sam Miller

Thank You Wendy!  I sure loved the Star Power Conferences and Howard Brinton had such an amazing way to telling a story that connected with the audience in a huge way!

Oct 18, 2021 01:17 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hellol Sam,  enjoyed your story and your downhomes presentation.  Will be following you as soon as I comment here.  Enjoy the rest of the week.  Mark

Oct 18, 2021 03:22 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Thanks Mark!  I can't wait to post a few more real estate stories - Sam 

Oct 19, 2021 07:03 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Staying positive, it's harder to do individually if those in the circles you travel are not. Evaluate what works for you and keep adjusting the dials to fine tune and soar with success Sam Miller. Being grateful is your primary rocket booster fuel otherwise it's 'why bother" and the passion gets sucked out of the room. Thank you for the story and food for thought in our approach to what works and why.

Oct 21, 2021 04:15 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Thanks Andrew!  I love your positive viewpoint - Sam 

Oct 21, 2021 09:44 AM