Be A Lid Lifter!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Living Advantage

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.


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Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Had to click on your blog, thought that you were talking about toilets. : )

Great post, and so true. We generally stay away from the office and have moved to a office in our home due to exactly what happened here. We were tired of the negativity from the agents that sit around the office and impose their gloom on others.

Glad that you have been there for her,

Nov 18, 2008 01:12 AM #1
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Randy,  Great post to lick off a quiet Wed.  I guess every office has a few negative people in it and they do have an impact on the agents they come in contact with.

Nov 18, 2008 01:23 AM #2
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Thanks for the post. It really does come down to perspective. I had a developer client tell an agent, "Don't tell me what you can't do, tell me what you can." Even he was sick of the negativity among agents.

Nov 18, 2008 01:48 AM #3
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL


Your blog's title caught my eye...don't know if REALTORS would appreciate being compared to fleas...however your analogy was right on. lol I'm glad you stepped in and gave that agent some words of our "dog eat dog" world, we need more people like you that take time to do just that.

Nov 18, 2008 02:10 AM #4
Ginny Lee
Americas Best Agents, Inc/Premiere Plus Realty, Inc - Naples, FL
CRS, Realtor, CDPE & ASP,Americas Best Agent,Naple

Hi Randy,

Great talking to you and Daniel on the phone today...I can tell you both are lid lifters...that is a funny story I had never heard are a really wonderful person to help wonder you are so successful!

Almost forgot Bill today is just Tuesday....don't waste it and jump to Wednesday so fast...I still have a lot to do today.  Be sure to make everyday your BEST!....Ginny

Nov 18, 2008 03:01 AM #5
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru

Randy, great title. It hooked me. As for the article, leaders have to lift the lid.

Nov 19, 2008 03:24 AM #6
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

I love it and yes I am with you..

Nov 19, 2008 02:37 PM #7
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