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Have you ever heard the definition of insanity which says, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."   Every day I hear people bemoaning the difficulty of the present market, but rarely change the way they do business.  I use the following illustration in some of my sessions with groups and/or individuals.  It is the story of Dakota Tribal Wisdom which says, "When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

Too often we try other strategies.

•1.       We buy a stronger whip.

•2.       Change riders.

•3.       Simply say, "this is the way we've always ridden horses."

•4.       Appoint committees to study dead horses.

•5.       Visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

•6.       Change by-laws to read that horses shall not die.

•7.       Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.

•8.       Declare that no horse is too dead to ride.

•9.       Provide additional funding to increase dead horse performance. (Gov't bail outs)

•10.   Purchase a product to revive the dead horse.

•11.   Form a committee to find uses for dead horses.

Here's my thought, bury the dead horse.

Today set yourself apart and do different things that make a difference.


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  1. Will Nesbitt 11/28/2008 05:24 AM
  2. Tim and Pam Cash 11/28/2008 09:12 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Randy, I like that analogy. Sometimes a situation needs to be shown to be ridiculous in order to clarify it. 

Nov 25, 2008 12:28 AM #1
Randy Parker
Real Living Advantage - Dalton, GA

Thanks Silvia, I owned horses for a long time so I find this analogy hits home very well.  It's always useless to "beat a dead horse."  Have a great thanksgiving!


Nov 25, 2008 12:32 AM #2
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

What a riot -- those ancient Dakota Tribal leaders had the answers!  Maybe we can get them on the new economic team (lol)!

Nov 25, 2008 12:33 AM #3
Patt M. Judd
First Realty Company - Cookeville, TN
Realtor - Your Cookeville Connection

you are correct on this one, riding a dead horse is something, Ha Ha. Maybe they can help us get back up and runnung.

Nov 25, 2008 07:13 AM #4
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Hilarious enough to reblog!  Thanks much for sharing.

Nov 28, 2008 05:25 AM #5
Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN

Randy - AMEN!  Great post.

Nov 28, 2008 09:12 AM #6
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