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Hire a Smart Duck

You can learn so much just by observing nature. Last week, I was staying at a fabulous hotel in southern California. My wife and I were having lunch at an outside table at the hotel restaurant. It was impossible not to notice the ducks that gathered around the tables at the restaurant looking for food. The birds would wait for the people to leave and then they would flock to the tables looking for crumbs that were dropped to the floor. There were dozens of birds fighting over the scraps left behind. Every duck did the same thing; except for one.

This duck was different. Instead of waiting for the couples to leave, this duck would wait only until the food was originally delivered. At the moment the staff delivered the food, the duck would race to the table and look up at the people who were about to eat. Surprisingly, every person immediately took something from their plate and fed it to this duck. They fed the duck BEFORE they began to eat.

This duck didn’t settle for scraps and leftovers. He ate the best food off the plate. This duck didn’t fight with dozens of others. He was alone when the customers fed him.

It was truly amazing.

It made me think about the difference in real estate agents. Some will list a house, put it on MLS and hope for the best. Others will represent a buyer by simply checking the MLS to see if a suitable house is available for sale. They are like many agents in the marketplace. They are waiting for something to happen. Just like all those other ducks.

Then there are agents who will take it upon themselves to make something happen. They will diligently search for the buyer of their new listing. They will knock door-to-door looking for the perfect house for their new client who is dreaming of a new home for their family. They are like that special duck. They are not waiting for the leftovers.

Bottom Line

In all of nature, some wait for things to happen and others make things happen. When hiring a real estate agent, look for the latter. Don’t settle for scraps.


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6 replies
  1. Pamela Williams
    Pamela Williams says:

    Great piece! I totally agree…you think the way I do. I see most of the other Agents in my area working the same old way and I know that I don’t work or think like they do. I am reentering the business after a 4 year break to have a family. Other Agents have tried to discourage me due to the down economy and I just smile inside, knowing I have the goods to make money now!

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  2. Judy Hoelen
    Judy Hoelen says:

    Great article… totally agree with your approach. However, I suggest you do a spell/grammar check in your article. There are two errors in the body of the article. I think of myself as the “latter” and “fed” is the past tense of “feed”.

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