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I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.

My brain started to stockpile descriptions of successful people: good networkers, exquisite communicators, committed, driven, passionate, educated and blessed with strong teams, but the problem was, that cache can look quite similar to those of unsuccessful people.


So I stopped looking at the characterizations they harbored and instead investigated what it is that they do differently. (Well, I familiarized myself with a highball of scotch first and then I investigated. Investigations are much more fun with a scotch in your hand, I learned.)

My swigging and sleuthing combo led me to one conclusion. Assuming that all efforts and circumstances are equal:

Successful people finish sh*t.

Sacre Bleu! Could it be this simple or was this the Glenfiddich talking? I rechecked my findings and other than the fact that I chose to use the word “sh*t” instead of “stuff” told me that the scotch had given me a touch of crass but it hadn’t clouded my conclusion.

Finish what?

A thought. A conversation. A handshake. A draft. A book. A painting. A pick up line. A proposal. A pitch. A project that might fail. They close the circle on their accountability. They finish cleaning the office kitchen when no one’s looking. They finish writing script ideas in case anyone asks them for one. They finish the prototype even though it looks like a protozoa.

Unsuccessful people say, “I’m still working on it.”
Successful people get to, “I’m all set. Take a look.”

Successful people don’t always have the best ideas, they’re just willing to put their ideas out there and have something to point at. But if you have something to point at, that means everyone else can point at it too...and judge it, point out the holes and say what it doesn’t do.

Sorry, if you’re not willing to “finish” in the eyes of your public sphere, then you will never be deemed successful, publicly.

People like to know what you’ve done, not what you’ve worked on (Attention resume writers).

Does this mean that success is only defined by what others think? No, but you and I both know that it’s a huge component of it.

Finishing something allows you to pass the baton, the baton of work, the baton of judgement, the baton of progress.

If my duty is to punch a hole in a piece of metal so that the next person on the assembly line can thread a string through it, it does him no good if I only mill out 90% of the hole. 3 pieces milled out at 90% each, does not equal 2.7 milled out pieces.

Yes, you’re still milling things all day, putting in the same amount of work but your work is essentially useless to the greater good until the hole is punched all the way through.

Punch more holes in life. Finish sh*t.

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Hey team,

By now you've all heard, read and seen what happened yesterday in Boston.  Sad doesn't begin to describe it.  One thing I always try to look for in this type of situation is the good.  I find the little stories of responders, helpers, volunteers, etc. help to undo some of the damage an event like this does to one's soul.

What does this have to do with tech?  Well, this morning I was on an online forum reddit, and saw that there are several threads dealing with different ways that technology is assisting people and also allowing people from far away feel like they can be of some assistance.

-One of the stories includes a group of Korean tourists who are at the hospital with one of their friends who was injured.  Stranded with very little English, people from around the world arrange for food, shelter near the hospital, and even for some online chats and video calls to folks back home.

-Another of the stories is a strange little forum called random act of pizza.  People from around the world go online and order (and pay for) pizza for people in Boston.  Hotel lobbies, hospitals, and other gathering places are literally being flooded with free food and drink.

-Google has set up on online document detailing accommodation.  People offering a place to stay and people needed a place to stay are matched up

-Google also unveiled a people finder.  With phone lines jammed and communication difficult, this people finder created a central source for people to go and ask about a loved one or "check in" and tell everyone they were ok.

Below I'm pasting some of the threads.  Keep in mind I haven't read through all of this, and it is in relation to a disaster, so there might be some content that is disturbing.

This is continued HERE

This is the continuation of this thread.

Original Thread


For those unused to live update threads, the best way to view them is to switch periodically between sorted by top and sorted by new. The sorted by new lets you get the most recent information, the sorted by top will let you see replies to important comments.

FBI and Boston police want info from witnesses. 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3 "No piece of information or detail is too small

Community members wanting 2 assist this investigation anonymously can call the BPD’s Crime Stoppers Tip Line @ 1(800) 494-TIPS.

Update 83 (7:04 PM ET): Reports still indicate 2 killed and over 100 injured.

Update 84 (7:10 PM ET) Has hospital updates.

  • Tufts - 9 patients hurt from attack, none critical, 8 more patients w/ marathon-related injuries
  • Boston Medical Center - 20 patients total, 2 children, most have lower leg injuries
  • Mass. Gen. - 22 patients total, 6 critical, 5 serious
  • Brigham & Women - 26 patients total, 2 critical, 8-10 serious
  • Bethg Israel - 21 patients total, 18 major, 3 minor, 7 life-threatening

Update 85 (7:17 PM ET): Some good graphics/maps from Boston Globe.

Update 86 (7:19 PM ET): There are reports of runners being let in and out of area hotels.

Update 73 UPDATED Video of Obama's speech:

Update 87 (7:26 PM ET): @MassDOT: I-90, I-93, I-95 open. I-90 Exit 22 Copley Square ramp remains closed.

Update 88 (7:29 PM ET): U.S. Navy providing an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to assist local authorities at the request of the State of Massachusetts

Update 89 (7:32 PM ET): Street Closures: Clarendon from Huntington to Newbury, Newbury from Clarendon to Hereford, Huntington from Belividere to Clarendon.

Update 90 (7:34 PM ET)/u/99trumpets first hand account.

Cory Raven, RI

Managing Broker, RE/MAX Select Realty
Member, Real Estate Institute of BC
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What is "The Cloud"?

Just about every product or service that has a "tech" portion to it seems to brag about how they utilize "The Cloud."  Just what is this cloud they are talking about?  Is it safe?  How does it effect us in real estate?  Watch this quick video by Inman News (real estate tech company) that does a good job of explaining "The Cloud" and what is means to us.

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Let's look at some lead generation techniques we know agents are using.  If your business plan for the second quarter calls for you to make more income than in Q1 (and if it doesn't why not?) then you need to step out of your comfort zone and do things you haven't done in the past (or that you used to do but fell off)
  • Sphere - It is hard work to get people to know and trust you, and then to think of you when they are buying or selling real estate.  The good news is you already have people that know and trust you, you just need to remind them on an ongoing basis that you appreciate their business and look forward to providing amazing service to their referrals.
  • Past clients - When was the last time you spoke with your past clients, on the phone or in person and specifically asked for their referrals?  Are there people out there that think that you might be too busy or might not deal with the type of client/product they have to refer?
  • Expired Listings.  Make sure that you have access to the DNC List for any "cold" calls
  • For Sale by Owners.  Tom Ferry once asked a big audience at an event if they had ever driven by a house with a for sale by owner sign on the lawn.  Almost everyone put up their hands.  He then asked how many knocked on the door, right then and there, and about 1% of the people put up their hands.  Talking to the 99% that didn't knock, he said " So you drove by, saw the sign, thought 'wow there is someone that could really benefit from my services' and drove away"????
  • web leads - Your website should have a members only access to MLS info (VOW) built in.  Techy or not, when you get a lead you should respond IMMEDIATELY.
  • RE/MAX LeadStreet read more 

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In the new platform, all of the existing content – from Quick Hits to multi-segment designation courses – will be reorganized and easier to navigate.

Richard Robbins Masters Edge Program

Starts April 17th.  Accountability and Training for existing agents looking to step it up to the next level.  Contact Trainer Allison Sawyer for details by email 

Inman Agent Reboot

Managing Broker Cory Raven just returned from Agent Reboot, the full day tech convention specific to real estate agents presented by Inman News.  Look for information and some great tech tips in coming weeks.
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