That's The Way You Do It, Money For Nothing? I Don't Think So!

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"I think I made essentially a mistake in staying in movies.  It's a mistake I can't regret, because it's like saying I shouldn't have stayed married to that woman but I did because I love her.  I would of been more successful if I left movies immediately....Stayed in theatre, gone into politics, written anything.  I have wasted the greater part of my life looking for money and trying to get along, trying to make my work from this terribly expensive paint-box, which is a movie.  And I've spent too much energy on things that have nothing to do with making a movie.  It's about 2% movie making and 98% hustling....it's a terrible way to spend a life."  -Orson Welles-

Interesting words and vibes, don't ya think?  Ring a bell?  Is there anybody home?  Yeah, that's right...98% hustling is a terrible way to spend a life.  I agree Mr. Orson.....

 

For one moment in time, forget about the state and health or lack thereof of the Real Estate Industry right now....indulge me for sec.  Why do you do this?  Why are you in Real Estate?  Is it cause of money?  In the end, I bet so.  In fact, our society and culture is based upon us needing to make money to eat, drink, be merry, stay warm in the cold and stay cool in the warm.  Money is a part of survival folks, fancy me Master of the Obvious.

 

When I do this stuff, when I write, oft times I am talking to myself.  Yeah, well, it makes for a better conversation than a lot I've had with 'Real' people. 

 

At the tender age of 26 years old I worked for a semi- Fine Dining restaurant and decided that all the rich yuppies I waited on and I came across needed a Sardi spanking.  Heck, if these idiots can be rich with paper and prizes...I should just get in the game.  So, I got in the game.  Money, Power, Wealth, Greed.....what the hell is going on?

 

I bought into it, I did.  Point blank, I wanted the power that Gordon Geicko speaks of in the film Wall Street.  I wanted control; I thought it best for everyone if I had it.  And then I realized when walking down the street the other day....how all that crap really doesn't matter, in the end. 

 

I never got it, probably cause in reality, I never wanted to be a part of it.   I want to make a living, I want to love, I want to be loved, and I want to make sure the world is a better place because I existed one moment in time.  That's my greed, truly.  And as I sit back and watch & listen as the hustlers are running for the hills....I laugh...they have no idea what's about to come.

 

It isn't about the fall of an empire or our economy, this is our lives folks....we aren't given too many and don't live the ones we got nearly enough.  You want news, you want drama and front page recognition...try living and forget hustling.

 

When I took that walk down that street the other day, I encountered a Homeless Man, probably twenty years older than me.  I walk a lot.  When I ran into him on this particular walk, he didn't ask for anything but I knew he had no roof over his head to call his own.  I also knew, looking into his eyes, that he wasn't a victim, wasn't a charity case, and wasn't begging for anything.....we are the ones with the problem and the solution.  He told me so, without saying a word.

 

Tomorrow will come and when it does, we in the Mortgage Industry have a moral and ethical obligation to help those that need help.  It isn't about money anymore, never was, it's about humanity.  I don't work for a non-profit entity here, but I'm damn sure of my obligation when I was born onto this earth.  Help, don't hurt.  Rescue, even if you can't save.  Tomorrow is the first day of my life; it's time to go to work.

 

                                    

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Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and your O.K.
Money it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team


Money get back
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.


Money it's a hit
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit
I'm in the hi-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet


Money it's a crime
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie


Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a raise it's no surprise that they're
giving none away

Congrats on the star.  Nice post.

Aug 30, 2007 08:33 AM #63
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Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
 "money can't buy happiness" and nice guys don't always finish last. Integrity and honesty pays off in the long run.
Aug 30, 2007 09:16 AM #64
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Brad Snyder
Sierra Vista Realty - Sierra Vista, AZ
Maybe the best post I have read on AR!!!!!! I hope many more people read and think about what you said. Truly inspiring. Thanks.
Aug 30, 2007 11:43 AM #65
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Steve G. Snarzyk
Trademark Real Estate, Inc. - Saint Peters, MO

Jason, 

Great thoughts, and I enjoyed your writing style as well.  Keep on helping and rescuing.

Aug 30, 2007 12:01 PM #66
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Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
Jason...this was good.  Money is a great servant....but an awful task master!
Aug 30, 2007 02:25 PM #67
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTORĀ®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
Wow... this is so well written Jason. And I love the 98% hustle - it keeps me out of trouble :) Who has time to think about money??
Aug 30, 2007 02:51 PM #68
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Jason Sardi
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Hello Ann - Beautifully put, fantastic and so true!

Brian - I agree my friend, that's the bottom line.

Al - You have a point, having the money is one less worry.

Rob - Love that Floyd song, maybe my favorite of theirs!

Michael - I agree, I think a lot of us are.

Mitchell - Yes they do, karma is karma.

Brad - Wow, those are very high accolades.  Much appreciated.

Steve - Thank you sir.

Lola - "Money is a great servant....but an awful task master!"  Great line!

Jennifer - That's a fact.

 

Aug 30, 2007 07:33 PM #69
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Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Jason,

Great post.  I think part of having it all means doing it all.  Working with a purpose in mind, helping others, and playing the part you were born to.  Taking the high road in any business is definitely the more difficult route although well worth it when your time comes.

Now about a lender having a conscience, what's that all about?  I thought you were all the scheming, maniacal, people that got us into this mess. LOL

Aug 30, 2007 11:30 PM #70
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LMAO @ Brian.  Good point, I guess I'm not willing to get out of this mess, I'm kicking into 4 wheel drive and taking that high road as I was taught.  No wonder I get lost while driving:-)

 

Aug 30, 2007 11:33 PM #71
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hey Jason,

Read your post as a result of a week in review today. Loved what you had to say.

I too was young in r.e. at one time, early 20's, it was one of the very few jobs women could make as much as her male counterpart. With 2 mall kids back then I had to make a living. Yet my very first r.e. teacher (at age 23) gave me the best advice, I've always remembered to this day. Place your client first and your commission second.

 

Sep 02, 2007 09:46 PM #72
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Very true Lynda, thank you for stopping by.
Sep 02, 2007 09:49 PM #73
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Gail Robinson
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Jason, I also read your post as a result of a Week in Review today.  I loved the way your thoughts transitioned from one concept in unexpected ways and deepened with complexity as your post progressed.  Well deserved "star".  Look forward to reading more of your posts.
Sep 02, 2007 10:56 PM #74
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Thank you very much Gail!
Sep 02, 2007 11:12 PM #75
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Lisa Heindel
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Jason, all I can say is WOW.  Very moving post.
Sep 02, 2007 11:21 PM #76
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I'm glad you thought so Lisa, have a great Labor Day.
Sep 03, 2007 12:19 AM #77
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Aaron Gordon
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Great post, Jason!  "Citizen Kane" is my favorite movie of all time, OK next to "The Godfather," but your point is well taken.   I started in this business to make money, but I soon became more passionate about the work and today its all about that for me.   

There are very few things more rewarding in any career on this planet than helping a family achieve their dream of homeownership.    And I believe the next "feel good" wave will be helping people save their homes.

Sep 03, 2007 01:23 AM #78
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Thanks, Jason. I wholeheartedly agree with you.  I think it's easier to have passion for your job, life, etc. if you have a deeper, truer understanding of what life is all about.  I too am motivated by helping and giving to others.  Have a blessed day!

 

Paul

Sep 03, 2007 09:02 AM #79
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I loved the movie too Aaron, and I started out the same as you....mentality-wise.  Helping people save their home is going to Big going forward.

Thank you much Paul and you do the same.

Sep 03, 2007 11:48 AM #80
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Great post, Jason!  I totally agree with you.  I try to help others out in whatever way I can.  I believe God gave us each a special gift so that we may be able to help others in different ways.  If we were meant to be rich, God would have given wealth to us all. 

Sep 09, 2007 03:02 PM #81
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Great point Brigita!  You have a gift, use it wisely....as you've done.
Sep 09, 2007 10:28 PM #82
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