Get beyond the basics

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

I was visiting with a Client today when we got into a discussion about life.

Something she said really made a lot of sense, that life is like cooking. You have to learn the basics — chopping, stir frying, boiling — but until you get beyond that to add ingredients, and to even experiment with ingredients, amounts, cooking times, etc., you won't gain much.

The same thing could be said for our businesses. There are the basics to any business — income, expenses, taxes — but until we get beyond the basics and add some ingredients — customer service, unique marketing, things that our competitors aren't doing — are we any better off than when we worked for someone else in an 8-5 job where they added the ingredients, experimented with cooking times and amounts, and left us to simply be the waitperson, food server, or table cleaner?

Get beyond the basics by adding some ingredients and experimenting. If it doesn't turn out, you can serve it to the family and I'm sure they'll compliment you on it. After all, isn't that what family is for, to give you unconditional love and support?

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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  We believe in "spicing it up"...adding some sugar to sweeten the experience....using different methods so that everyone as much as possible and as often as possible has a satisfying experience and not one that "went sour."

April 27, 2010 06:09 AM
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Russel,

As always great advice for work and life in general. I like the perspective you are coming from!

April 27, 2010 07:09 AM
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Russel:  I think this goes for anything.....even walking....I was just watching a baby walk, or I should say, try not to fall down and I was thinking how hard it is for them at first, how hard it was for all of us just to learn to walk!

April 27, 2010 08:20 AM
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Russel, eccellent point, being one who loves to cook, I understand the process of becoming a good cook. It takes time, experimentation, and experience. Whatever the case, we get out of it what we put into it.

April 27, 2010 09:12 AM
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Hey, Folks!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Since I'm rather late getting back to my own blog post to read all the comments, I'll forego responding to each and every comment and just let everyone know that I'll be by to read your blog and leave a few comments here and there, if I haven't been already. Be sure to have lots of good stuff for me to read! If any specific comments have questions that need answers, or any other needed response, I'll make those below this comment.

Meanwhile, hope everyone has a great June, and best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity.

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