Are you a Victim or a Player?


I don't know about you but I'm not one to want to hang out with the type of individual who blames everything that happens to them on everyone else. Sure we all know someone like this don't we? They tend to see the negative in most everything, they always have something going wrong in their life and none of it ever seems to be the fault of their own! They tend to focus on the negative news of the day then they will manifest that news and weave it into their own failure in some way. This pattern is a spiral down mentality and a mindset from scarcity. They have little trust and most of the time they think that everyone is out to get them. This is a very difficult way to go through life. It also does not help in attraction. When you live in this space the energy you put off is highly negative and repealing. Most victims usually attract other victims.

The opposite way of thinking is that of a player. This individual takes full responsibility for their situation and is always open minded to others to help he or she to become a better individual. They usually measure their success not by what they get but how much they can give. Their mentality is that of abundance. They try to focus on the positive 90% of the time and normally have trust of most others.

A great example of thinking as a victim or a player as it pertains to Real Estate is our Inventory today which is a big deal. Every where I go I hear this. "We have an inventory problem!" Would you say that is an Victim or a Player statement? Things will get better when we have more inventory. What are we blaming for our lack of business?
I would suggest a different approach! If inventory is the issue then that would tell me, as a player, that we need to go out and create some Sellers! The biggest generation of today is the Boomer generation. The individuals were born between 1946-1963.

This generation in mostly in transition. They are prime for moving to the retirement world or are already there but are still living in homes that they raised their families in. They want to make the move to a warmer climate or get that smaller condo but no one has helped them understand how to make that happen. Well you're a Real Estate trusted adviser that has this knowledge. Instead of complaining about low inventory get creative and go seek out sellers and help them make the move!

When you create a seller you generate inventory and bingo problem solved!

The image at the top of my post is that of Tom Solcum in the 1991 Boston Marathon at the 20 mile mark. He started 24 hours before the other runners. Tom has a player mentality. Next time you are blaming someone else for where you are in life think about Tom and what he faces on a daily basis.

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm
Michael Fanning | Category: Business today, customer services, Living, Real Estate Related, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Life can throw you a curve ball but you can still hit it out of the park.

Mr. Jimmy Dunlap the original Ninja.

On my visit to Ft. Collins Colorado to get re-energized by Larry, Don, and Shoes. I was very lucky to have an opportunity to meet Jimmy D. Jimmy was the original ninja, Larry based many of the processes in the Installation off of the success that Jimmy had with his business.

Jimmy is an individual who has for sure been at the plate and was pitched a curve ball. What is so inspirational is how he looks at his life. He suffers from a illness that the doctors are still working to diagnose. At one point he was told he had two years left to live. He shared this with the group and said that when this type of news is given to you, your look on life changes a bit. He gave us a quote. "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift of you"

Jimmy once an amazing cyclist, riding with people like Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton, and Greg Lemond not to mention many others. Now today he is usually in a wheelchair although he still has use of his legs but his balance is a bit off. He chooses to get up daily and make a difference in other peoples life's by giving back. When we talk about a victim mentality or a player mentality, Jimmy is the epitome of a Player. He gives back all of himself without asking for anything in return. I think we all can learn something from this type of individual.

Thank you Jimmy for your hospitality and the time you gave to us a few weeks ago in Ft. Collins.

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Michael Fanning | Category: Interesting stuff, Living | Tagged , ,