Monday, June 15, 2015

A Novel Idea!

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been actively blogging. I suppose you have enjoyed the stories of our real real estate experiences. They are fun, aren’t they? Or, maybe you have enjoyed the silence and are relieved I haven’t written as of late. I really don’t know. However, I do know I have gotten a bit bored with writing them. Not bored with writing in general, just with the stories of real estate experiences. The theme hasn't changed. The inspiration has dwindled. The fire has been reduced to cold charcoals. 

But, just the other day the urge was strong! The coals warmed up. And, there is a flame ready to burn bright. I need your help! There is an idea rattling around in my brain. It’s causing an echo and won’t go away. And, it’s one with which some help is needed. I want my readers, both of you, to share your thoughts.

Before we dive into it, let's explore the source of the idea. A few months ago I was introduced to a business idea called “My Peer Board”. Dave Sherman, an entrepreneur from Scottsdale, invited me to a sample program. Although he has many, many talents and is very gifted, to me he will always be “The Networking Guy”. This is important. Trust me. You will see. We will return to this topic after a little walk down the road of a peer board.

"My Peer Board". What is this? I will tell you what it is. It’s a great idea! That's what it is. It's a group of small business owners that get together to share challenges and opportunities. There will be no more than 8 in a group so meetings are very manageable. A board of directors of peers for peers. A place to solve challenges. A place to learn. A place to be held accountable.

The sample presentation was terrific. 

Being hungry to learn, I volunteered to be a “subject” in the meeting. And immediately, a light went on in my brain. It was so bright! With no grey matter in my head to absorb the light it is REALLY luminous and phosphorescent! My Peer Board is something to benefit Bakerson immediately! So, I signed up. 

The facilitator of the meetings is Cindy Gordon from “Culture Shock Coaching”. She’s from Canada. But, we won’t hold it against her, eh? (A little Canadian lingo for you.) I wonder if she was shocked at the Southwest "culture" and decided to coach others to embrace it. I will have to ask her. She is really good at what she does. 

In our meetings and followup sessions I found out that targeted networking is necessary to grow our business. And, networking I have begun. People are fascinating! I have always felt this. Suddenly and without warning, I have found everyone has a story to share. It’s really awesome!

We all have heard or read of the “rags to riches” stories. We have learned of someone who has come from nothing and become a millionaire. Just last week I read of a fellow who went from rags to a billionaire! That’s a lot of zeroes. Here is his story: Those stories are fascinating and should be told. And there are great writers who tell them. I am not one of those writers. But, what of the person born with the golden parachute and silver spoon? You know, the one who has never had a want for money? A life of comfort. A pampered life. Or, how about the one that grew up in middle class? You know, the one who works hard and lives for the weekend? I know, their stories aren’t sensational. They aren’t exciting. Or … are they?

I have often pondered this thought. Why does it appear that people who have escaped from tyranny or suppression have a higher chance for success? Is it because they are stronger? Or, is it because they feel they have nothing to lose? Or, is it because they have vision of better things? Or, is it all of the above? Or, is it something else all together? What do you think?

On the other hand, those of us born in this country don’t advance beyond the class in which we were born. Is it due to not having vision? Do we not see the opportunities before us? Or, are we so afraid we may fall back and fail that we refuse to push forward? Do we refuse to expand our thoughts and ambitions? I do not know. 

I do know this … we do not choose where we are born. We can, however, make a difference. We can strive for a better life. We can, to a point, chose our path and what we can do …. 

Again, I have wandered off topic. I actually do this on purpose. Otherwise, my blogs would be really short. Back to the topic at hand. One thing I recently learned is everyone has a story. Everyone. They all have a story to tell. A story to share. Know how I learned this? It’s revolutionary! Are you ready? ... I started listening to people. Really. I have! Trust me on this. Wow! What a novel idea! And, what a wonderful thing. People are fascinating.

Now, I want your opinion. If both of my readers can let me know their thoughts I would be appreciative. What thoughts? A response to this idea. What if I shared someone’s story? It may not be sensational. But, I can guarantee you this, it will be interesting. What I am pondering is to reach out to people with whom I meet and ask them if they will let me share their story. If I find it interesting you will too. 

Also, let me know of someone who has a story to share. I would love to chat with them. 

Please reply by writing in the comments below. Or, simply send an email to Or, call me. Or, text me. Or, send a smoke signal. I really don’t care how you let me know. Just do me a favor. Will you?

In the future I will resurrect some other real estate experiences to shake it up a bit. And, as we get more ideas on what may or may not be interesting we can look into those. 

And that is Life in my corner of the globe.