Watch Your Top Knot!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Living Advantage

My favorite movie ever is still "Jeremiah Johnson" starring Robert Redford.  There are so many great lines throughout the movie, and my son and I often find ourselves quoting them to each other.  Both of us love the outdoors and this past Saturday as we were entering the woods to hunt, way before daylight, my son now almost 16 said to me (as I was about to head into the swamp to my stand) "watch your top knot" and in Redford style, I answered, "yep watch yorn."

This line comes from a scene where Jeremiah is leaving his friend "Bearclaws" to head out on his own and be a mountain man.  Bearclaw's warning is simple; don't get scalped.

I'd like to give that line a little different twist.  I constantly have to watch my "top knot."  That is I have to carefully guard what goes into my mind.  Recently I was in a meeting made up of brokers, owners, and managers.   When I left the meeting I literally had to "detox."  I heard so many of them moaning and whining about the current economic difficulties.  Hey, I'm there too!  I feel the crunch just like everybody else.  But I have found that constantly focusing on it don't help it.  One long time broker/owner made the comment, "we could all just shut our doors from thanksgiving to Christmas because none of us are doing anything."  I beg to differ!  December is shaping up to be one of our best months this year.  My agents are working hard now because they want paychecks in Jan. and Feb.  

I don't mean to stick my head in the sand and pretend that everything is rosy; however, I can't focus on the negative and have a positive outcome.   So be careful to watch you listen to, and don't take every word from the media as being the "gospel truth."   Find positive people to be around, read good material, and put good info in your "top knot."  If nothing good is happening around you then make something good happen. 

Comments (4)

Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Randy, what a great concept!  If we can get "garbage in, garbage out" we can surely get "good stuff in, good stuff out".

Regina P. Brown
Allison James Estates & Homes

Dec 11, 2008 04:40 PM
Ken Montville
RE/MAX United Real Estate - College Park, MD
The MD Suburbs of DC

It's tough to stay up in a world where we are innundated with negative news 24/7.  We have to try.  Heck, sure beat greeting people at Wal-Mart ("not that there's anything wrong with that"...Seinfeld)

Dec 12, 2008 10:35 AM

In the pioneering/trapping days of our country, men used a system of securing packs on their horses or mules known as the Diamond Hitch. It was primary used in rough country as it required the final knot to be on the top of the load in the event the animal went down for whatever reason.

Trappers used the saying "watch your top knot" as a way of saying be careful to one another. As one can imagine the actual top knot must be watched while traveling to ensure it didn't loosen up thus losing the load! More modern methods of packing loads on an animal are much more secure and have done away with the "top knot".

Aug 25, 2013 12:56 PM
Dan Spooner

Watch your top knot means to keep a close eye on the top knot of your pack horses load. If the top knot falls to one side your panniards or pack bags are not loaded evenly and your whole load will eventually end up under your pack horses belly. Not good!

Jul 08, 2017 08:24 AM