Getting Your Life Priorities Straight - Watch "Cars" Again

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

I have seen a lot of movies since first watching "Cars" back in 2007, but very few have impacted me as much as that Pixar classic.  Despite having seen it half a dozen times on rainy afternoons with the kids, I am still pondering the message left in my heart about the value of "the journey" in life

 In case you haven't seen it, the main character is Lightning McQueen, a rookie race car who is well on his way to stardom and success in the racing world.  He is brash and a do-it-aloner, having fired several crew chiefs throughout the season.  The complication comes when he is lost in the desert at a small town where he gets into trouble and forced to do community service for the key week leading up to the championship race.  

Bear with me here.  After McQeen gets to know the quirky characters in the town and sees their love for each other, he begins to realize his moral bankruptcy and the relative unimportance of "success" in the world.  In the end, he makes several critical choices to change his heart and redirect his life towards his new friends.  His success is ultimately in an act of unselfishness in the big race, which leaves the audience cheering.

OK, so I was explaining this to my sons, how your friends and family matter more than the chasing of fame and fortune, as it were.  Then I began to apply this to my life.  I spend lots of time chasing after sales, positioning myself within the marketplace and seeking to outperform the next agent.  All well and good, but am I missing the things that truly matter?  I'm devoted to my family but do I really care about the real relationships I create with strangers?  Am I aware of how my busyness projects onto my own family at times?  We cherish our database, but do we see them as humans?   

I would suggest that our journey as businessmen and women is made up, at its core, of the people we connect with and that we should think about how we act towards them.  I'm guilty of reducing my clients to numbers (3% commission, 2 touches a month, 1 anniversary card a year etc) and need to think of ways I can MATTER in their lives.  Can I help them with financial or personal needs when it counts?  Can my network be of service when it matters?  I'm thinking about how I can make my real estate business a contributor to families.  That's where real life and business truly intersect.

If you haven't stopped long enough to enjoy "Cars" I hope you will soon.


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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Jeff- This is so true. Funny thing, the same night that you rewatched Cars my 6 year old was rewatching it to and wanted me to watch it with him. I snuggled up and fell asleep:) So I did not get to see it all. I did not watch it the first time around. I will watch it the next time he watches it.God first, family second, business third.

Feb 09, 2009 02:09 AM #1
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Pretty much perfect:)

Feb 09, 2009 05:03 AM #2
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

This is beautifully written and I so agree with the message.  Thanks to Jason's week in review.  I might have missed this otherwise.

Feb 09, 2009 06:14 AM #3
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Katerina - That's a funny coincidence (if you believe in those).  You should watch it.

Jason - thanks for the kudos!  I appreciate the mention in your blog.

Susan - Your comments are very kind.

Feb 09, 2009 06:57 AM #4
Scott Geary
Infinity Home Mortgage Company Inc - Allentown, PA
Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source

Jeff, just mentioned the other day how I miss my kids being little so I could watch certain movies (like Cars) without feeling odd! Since you've recommended it, I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the excuse! And congrats on your mention in Mortgage Week In Review done by Jason!

Feb 09, 2009 07:38 AM #5
Jenn Neumann Deer
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Surfside Beach, SC
Surfside Beach Real Estate

I will need to check out Cars.  It's one of those movies I saw previews for and wanted to see, but just never ended up getting the chance.  I will have to put it on the top of my list.  You make a great point though, thanks for sharing.

Feb 09, 2009 10:34 AM #6
Lauren Krady Lancaster
Keller Williams Realty - Lancaster, PA
PA Realtor

Having seen cars a zillion times with my kids, you put a great spin on it, I never even thought of the lessons it teaches.

Feb 09, 2009 11:16 AM #7
Jeannie Kontis
Lancaster, PA

Jeff, I read this yesterday and didn't get around to comment.  I'm glad Jason found it and helped get the word out!  I think your message is worthy of a feature, and I'm flagging it for such. 

And no, I haven't seen Cars, but I think I'll be putting it on my list of "must sees".

Feb 09, 2009 12:15 PM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, nice post!  I'll have to put Cars on my Netflix list!

Feb 09, 2009 01:29 PM #9
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Scott - you have my permission to regree for an afternoon!

Jenn - You'll be blown away.  Did I mention that the effects are dynamite and the soundtrack awesome? 

Lauren - Watch it again - it's that good.

Jeannie - Hi!  Put it on your watch list, for sure!

Pat - I've been wanting to try netflix myself.  I bought a copy of the movie, though.

Feb 09, 2009 01:49 PM #10
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Okay, I may have to break down and watch it.  I always wanted to, but just never made the time.

Feb 09, 2009 02:54 PM #11
Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
REALTOR, Marketing Manager

Margaret - Break down and watch it!  Well worth the time spent - did I mention that you'll get in a lot of laughs too?

Feb 10, 2009 02:07 AM #12
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

I've seen this with my kids; but never put your spin on it.

Feb 13, 2009 06:11 PM #13
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