Trying to "weed out" the "bad stuff" is trickier than you think, because first you have to identify what's "bad!"

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Fleabane Daisy by Richard WeisserBy definition, a weed is simply something that appears where you don't want it to grow. Many a gardener has spent hour after hour removing unwanted species from flower beds and vegetable patches.

But sometimes these "volunteer" plants have a special beauty all of their own. The Fleabane Daisy is one of my favorite "weeds", with it's tiny clusters of white or light purple flowers. It is a staple in my natural landscape.

In business, there are often some opportunities that are considered inconsistent with our environment, and so they are weeded out right away. It could be a customer that might not appear ready to buy, or a new system for generating more business.

Fleabane close-upDaily blogging may be considered a "weed" to some and may be culled right out of the business plan. That's because a lot of professionals don't want to allow it sufficient time to grow and to bloom.

Like anything other business tool, it takes time for a blog to take on a life of its own. It needs to be allowed to mature.  Some with less patience may take the weed-whacker and summarily remove it from their business before seeing the end result.

And they may be missing out on something very special by doing so.

As for me, I allow the Fleabane in my yard to grow and manifest its lacy beauty!

Because all that is needed to reap the benefit, is time and patience.

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A lot of things in this business could be considered weeds.  You just have to be good at deciding which should stay and which ones need to go. 

June 15, 2009 04:35 PM
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Richard - Neat post!  And it's so true about a weed being a plant that YOU don't want growing where it is.  I'll never forget at one house I lived, I was always fighting Wild Mustard that was invading my yard from a nearby field.  But, the woman that lived a couple of doors, was from the South.  She came to my house and would weed for free, because she cooked up those Mustard Greens. 

As for weeding out business tools there is some truth to that.  Quite honestly, I've found some of my old tried and true real estate marketing tools work as well today as they did when I entered the business 27 years ago.  However, I find blogging enjoyable for it's camaraderie and especially the collective knowledge of others who share our industry.

June 15, 2009 04:58 PM
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Great analogy. It goes to show there is opportunity everywhere especially where many people aren't looking. Thanks for the insight. I love dandelions by the way -  they make great wine. Another "weed" that has gotten a bad rap.  Danielle

June 15, 2009 05:51 PM
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Richard: Dude, you know you have at least 10 books if you just compile this AR blog...

I agree with Gary (#36)... "we need to let the unexpected take root sometimes in our lives and see where it takes us"... Like you, it suggests discovery, acceptance, and the joy of discovery!

My X use to get so impatient with me because I'd let the wild clover take over the back 40 of our lawn... but I thought there was nothing prettier than those purple flowers, and on a June eve... they smelled so devine... and the bunnies just loved it!

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This is highly informative and right on point.  You should write a book.

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