Your attitude does indeed determine your altitude

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

I was inspired to write this because of Colleen Fischesser's recent post about getting a grip and a clue about your market.

We all know it's tough to maintain a positive attitude, especially when times are tough (or you think they are).

I was reminded of a post I wrote a couple of years ago about a local radio talk show host, Hallerin Hill (known to us all as Hal) and a chance encounter he had downtown with a 92 year old lady.

Hal had been downtown this weekend to the ice skating rink set up annually on our Market Square Mall. While there he struck up a conversation with an elderly lady watching the skaters.

She told Hal she was there watching her great, great, great grandson skate, was 92 years old and still very vigorous and involved with life; certainly an example to follow.

Hal asked her what advice she had for people who aspired to live long and happy lives.

The main thing she said that stuck with Hal was; "Smile, even when you don't feel like it." and "Always be nice to people."

To me someone that has lived for 92 years is certainly someone worth listening to when they speak about life because they've experienced such a large chunk of it.

I believe this lady offered some great advice a lot of us would be happier (and more successful) if we followed.

Generally people like to be around happy, positive people and real estate buyers and sellers are no exception.

This dovetails nicely with several recent posts about how to be successful; one from Peter Andres and several other dealing with your attitude.

One of my favorite attitude quotes is from Rudyard Kipling: "............Meet triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same."

My newest favorite quote is: "Smile, even when you don't feel like it."

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Bryan King
Ascent Home Loans - Simpsonville, SC

What a great post !!  I try to always put a smile in my voice when talking to clients.  I rarely get to meet them face to face, but being friendly and honest always helps.  Sometimes I will be having "one of those days" when a headache has crept up on me and I just have to forget about it and smile anyway....Take care!!

Jul 02, 2008 02:40 AM #1
Barb Corsa
SendOutCards - Green, OH
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Hi Jim,

Yes, attitude can take you higher if it's a positive one. I stopped on your blog because right above my computer is a sign that says:


One's Attitude Determines One's Altitude

I put it there so I could see it every day - especially when it's so easy to slip into a down mood with the economy and everything. That's why I send cards to people - it changes their attitude, if only for a few minutes, and makes them smile. Everybody need that these days.

Smiling releases endorphins (I think I read that somewhere), and if you smile even though you don't feel like it, you'll soon end up feeling better.

Now, if your smile has been on and starts to look like Jack Nicholson in The Shining (Heeeeere's Johnny!), it's time to do an attitude check or adjustment, because you'll just be scaring people! LOL!


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Jul 02, 2008 02:44 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Now that's a great quote to keep in mind always. Not so easy to do. We are constantly bombared with poor attitudes adn bad behavior so it's easy to forget, adn to then treat others as we have been treated instgead of simply being nice and smiling, It can make a world of difference. Thanks for the wake-up call.


Jul 02, 2008 02:53 AM #3
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

That is a great tip for everyone.  Smile and the world smiles back.

Jul 02, 2008 05:03 AM #4
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