A few years ago I was attending and speaking at a leadership conference in Atlanta. One of the speakers as he was teaching his session used the phrase, "be a lid lifter." He illustrated his point by saying that you can put flees in a glass jar with a lid on it and the flees will continue jump against the lid trying to get out until they finally learn where the top is and they quit jumping against it. He went on to say that as leaders we must lift the lid for those around us. I have found, that in this business of Real Estate there are many who want to put lids on us, but not many who want to lift them off of us.
Just other day at a local meeting I overheard a veteran agent telling a new agent, how bad everything is now, and what a poor career choice she had made by getting into Real Estate. I could see the life go out of the face of the new agent. She had just spent her money getting her license, paying for her MLS and local board dues, had just started advertising herself and her business, and was excited about it until that moment. I went to her after her discouraging conversation with the veteran agent, and as if I hadn't heard a word I begin to tell her how happy we were to have her as a part of our local board, and what a wonderful Real Estate Professional she was going to be. I went on to tell her that this was a great time to begin her career and if she needed any help to call me.
She did call me later and I have continued to have conversations with her, helping her with her business plan, teaching her more and more about forms and contracts, helping her generate business, and just encouraging her in general. There are a lot of things I'm not but there's one thing I want to be, a "lid lifter." I believe that we all have more abilities than we realize, and at times we just need people to help us find them.
So today don't put lids on the people around you, lift the lids and help people realize their dreams and potential and help them jump higher than they've ever jumped before.