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Build Trusting Relationships that Positively Impact Our Communities

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"Slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects" is a quote from "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  Their message teaches us an important lesson about other cultures and the importance of relationships.  Understanding the uniqueness of each person and their culture is important in Real Estate.  These relationships build a trusting community.

Greg Mortenson, an American, committed out of passion to build a school for the children in Balti (Pakistan).  Once construction began, he drove the workers hard without significant progress and built resentment from the workers. Haji Ali, a Baltistan, told him that if he wanted to thrive in Baltistan, he must respect their ways.  Haji Ali said, "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger.  The second time you take tea, you are an honoree guest.  The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die."  Greg Mortenson learned an important lesson about other cultures.  He followed this tradition and the workers accelerated productivity and completed the school in a relative short time.

What an incredible example of caring and compassion for others and serving others and the community.  It is important to understand other cultures in forming trusting relationships.

Comments (3)

Antoinette Murphy
RE/MAX Atlantic - Absecon, NJ

Jane, I most certainly agree.  We are a service company and there must be trust if anything at all.  My most important thing is to make sure I have a good healthy relationship with my client.  My team ALWAYS puts our client's best interest first.

Nov 19, 2008 05:50 PM
Patty Luther
RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

We are definitely in a Trust Based Business! and understanding cultural diversity...

Nov 19, 2008 05:53 PM
Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa

I couldn't agree more.  We need our relationships, especially in this market.

Nov 19, 2008 08:37 PM