July Challenge ACCEPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Real Estate Attorney with http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com


We all possess superpowers. The non July challenge is to discover what are superpowers are!!! Sure, we can ask others and this is helpful. However, we must self assess by viewing our personal and professional successes and failures. Others are likely to sugar coat things so that they do not hurt our feelings. Accordingly, we will not have an accurate assessment.  Again, the opinion of others DOES matter. I make a living as a business consultant and another set of eyes and ears is always important in any business!! Afterall, we can never see ourselves or our business in the same view that others will. This is the theory of masterminds.

So my superpower is the ability to see things that others miss; see things in a different light. Also, I have in innate ability to ease people in times of stress/distress and inject humor in tense moments or negotiations. This happened yesterday when two younger attorneys were convinced they were right in a situation that there really was not "right or wrong"  They needed a win for their client....a famous electric car company.  They stood firm on their legally unsupportable position. Soooo, I resorted to my superpower - lethal sense of humor. I made them laugh and made the realize in a humorous manner that there WAS another viewpoint and that is was in everyone's best interests to resolve the manner as I suggested. 

They agreed and everyone laughed. This WAS very contentious for a week. I learned this skill (or rather sharpened it) when I was dating a gal in California. She had 11 and 12 year old daughters. The two lasses thoroughly enjoyed daily doses of drama.   Thrived on it. Reveled in it. Tortured their mom and I.

I consistently diffused the drama with humor,  It worked so well.  I have always utilized this weapon in law and business and at that time I discovered in works in life too. 

This may not SEEM like a superpower. However the key is to know when and how to use it!!  You have to read the audience. Of course you must also HAVE a sense of humor. The conclusion is that it is a powerful negotiating tool. If you get the other side laughing, you are halfway home!! Even just getting them to smile is a huge step in your favor so if you do not possess the gift of a sense of humor, killing them with kindness can achieve the same goal - it just may take longer!!

So this is my story and my superpower.  This was a fun challenge although they all are!!!!!!!!!!!

Full disclosure...the photo is not me...it is my friend Gabe from Romania. As you can see, he resembles Genghis Kahn. Genghis had a lot of superpowers...or at least don't tell him he didn't LOL LOL

Comments (9)

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

Good morning Paddy. The ability to get people to think like they never have thought by infusing humor is exceptional as long as it does not cross the line and become sarcastic. Enjoy your day.

Jul 21, 2023 03:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think having a sense of humor that can diffuse situations is indeed a superpower. Great entry to this month's challenge!

Jul 21, 2023 04:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Paddy - I like the approach you took with your post.  It is my belief that all sorts of things come together in a variety of ways and for an assortment of reasons. 

Sometimes the results are excellent, some pretty good, others in the various stages of appeal and yes, there are some which are dismissed.   In the moment, for a lot longer and then they reappear.  Finding any "right" combination can be described as having a superpower.  Of sorts and with a particular strength in certain situations.  

Thought-provoking.  And that can be a conversation-starter or a jolt to start the brain cells into action.   

Jul 21, 2023 05:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Paddy,

I liked your July entry into the challenge! You definitely have honed your "Super Power" skill and it works! Having the ability to diffuse a contentious situation through humor goes a long way in  resolving many conflicts.

Jul 21, 2023 07:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Paddy,
The diffusion of drama with humor is one of my best superpowers too. It has come in handy often.

Jul 21, 2023 08:46 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD

YAY ....there are more of us!!! truthfully, I don't know any better way to diffuse drama...and today, we have a lot of it!!

Jul 21, 2023 08:48 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Thanks for your entry, Paddy!  I agree, humor can be an amazing superpower especially when it's coupled with smarts!  I like the anecdote of the young lasses that taught you this - amazing what we can learn from kids : )

Jul 21, 2023 10:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Paddy, for sharing your story.

Have a productive summer.

Jul 23, 2023 09:31 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for your entry, Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD.

You prove your superpowers by having the: "innate ability to ease people in times of stress/distress and inject humor in tense moments or negotiations.''

Jul 23, 2023 05:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Paddy- Wonderful entry!!!  I use a lot of humor with friends and when I worked. And yes, the trick is to know your audience as well as timing. 

Jul 24, 2023 11:23 AM