What's on Your Kite?

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#RA-0003085 PA#RS347136

When I was little, we used to make kites out of newspaper stretched over a frame of balsa wood and string. We’d tape the paper or glue it into place and then we’d use scraps of fabric from the rag bag, torn into thin strips and tied into a long tail. The tail would be secured on the kite and we’d then attach a long length of heavy cord like the cotton used to tie a package for the mail back in the day. Then, when the wind was right, we’d head out into the field and run our kites till the wind lifted them high into the sky. Once afloat, you could stay in one place and guide them into the drafts and watch them dance. 

I got to thinking about those kites of childhood and how they reflect what we do with our business. You might think it’s just the big parts of the business that craft our flight, but truly, our business lies in the small details. How do we treat one another? What attention do we pay to the details of our paperwork? How do we treat deadlines? How do we take care of responding to offers? How do we follow up with our clients? What do we do when parts of our business, like communication or promises made, get broken or torn? 

Yes, the design of our kites is important, because without good structure, we haven’t got a chance at ever flying high. Still, though it might sound funny, I think we all need to check our tails. 

Comments (6)

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

Great thought provoking post about the kite:) Monica I just wanted to drop in and wish you a very Happy Fourth of July, Endre

Jul 03, 2022 11:51 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Endre! Happy Fourth of July to you, too!

Jul 04, 2022 09:31 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good thought for today. All the details matter, the small and large.

And thank you for the kite memories - that was a fun thing to do!

Jul 04, 2022 04:59 AM
Monica Hill

I love when great memories make you smile. And thanks for your response!

Jul 04, 2022 09:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Monica. Lessons to be learned from life. Success is dependent on the details. How high does you kite fly? Something to ponder. Enjoy your day.

Jul 09, 2022 05:24 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Wayne. Have a great day!

Jul 11, 2022 09:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Monica - you make an important point vividly by the kite illustration.  It is a combination of details or the transaction will fall out of the sky.

Jul 09, 2022 06:18 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Grant! 

Jul 11, 2022 09:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Monica - I admit I haven't thought of kites recently but this post has me wondering about the possibilities.   Thank you for the escape.  

Jul 09, 2022 07:26 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Michael! Hope it brought some good memories. 

Jul 11, 2022 09:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Monica,

Love your post and so glad Carol Williams featured it in her Second Chance Saturday series. Great analogy to the kite..so many lessons to earn about life.

Jul 09, 2022 03:41 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Dorie! And thanks, Carol Williams, for the feature!

Jul 11, 2022 09:23 AM