I am grateful for many things….for friends of long standing, relatives who love me, for my two children and two grandchildren, for relatively good healthy, and for a profession that gives me joy. Even when prospective customers disappoint.
I had a prospective customer recently who asked me to see if I could find properties for him to invest in, properties that he could rent on a daily or weekly basis, properties that had to provide him with a return on his investment of at least 15%. So, I quickly sent him an email, thanking him for his inquiry, and included in the email a worksheet that would allow him to test any properties he or I found. In the worksheet was an example that illustrated how the Excel sheet operated. It was just a sample. So, what was his response? He said he had decided he would not invest here because all he could get as a return was 6%. He could get that in Belgium, where he was from.
So, why am I grateful for him? Well, he taught me I needed to be more explicit about what I say to prospective customers who are not real estate experts. I should have explicitly said the example was just a sample, and that further data would follow. I had indeed found 9 properties that I was prepared to research for him, and advise him of the rate of return for each. My bad, I guess. His impatience, also.
So, without wanting to sound naive or let you think I am a Pollyanna, how do how do I show my gratitude?
I let people into the traffic line when they are looking to exit from a parking lot. I hang up clothes in a ladies’ clothing store when they have fallen off the hangars onto the floor. In Walmart’s, I straighten out the merchandise on the tables I make my bed every morning. I count my blessings every day.
I keep my word. I keep up to date on happenings in the world and in the local real estate market. I encourage people to be optimistic. I happily share what I have learned from reading or from watching TV with anyone who will listen to me hold forth. Silly stuff, maybe, but it works for me.
What are you grateful for?