ActiveRain. If You Think It's About the Points, You're Missing the Bigger Picture...

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ActiveRain. If You Think It's About the Points,

You're Missing the Bigger Picture...

ActiveRain. If You Think It's About the Points,  You're Missing the Bigger Picture...

 

For the better part of the past few years, I've been an active member of this community.

ActiveRain has become part of the daily regimen of things to do on my "List-O-Plenty".

When Jonathan Washburn, the founder of ActiveRain, came up with his sinister plot to fuel our competitive nature by incorporating the point system, I know I wanted to rack up as many as I could.

I wanted to be #1 in my region, the Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area of North Carolina.

But do I participate here for the points?

NO!

For me, it's not about the points at all.

At its core, ActiveRain is a social media forum, and the only one of its kind where people in Real Estate and its related fields share their knowledge freely amongst one another.

Anyone who is doing this for the points is truly missing out on the social aspects of ActiveRain.

Yes, 34% of my business in 2010, and 14% of it in 2011 can be directly attributed to my involvement here in the Rain.

This year I already have a bunch of incoming and outgoing referrals.

Is it about the business that I participate here?

Well, YES... and NO!

I want and need business. I seek out new opportunities each and every day.

After all, this is how I make my living.

But, at the end of the day, for me at least, it's about the friendships that I've created along the way.

Friendships that have become so solid that even if ActiveRain were to cease tomorrow, we'd still be close.

I won't go into the lengthy list of people I've met, email regularly, or talk to on the phone almost daily for fear that I might leave someone out, but, suffice it to say, that if you're just here for the points, you need to rethink that mind set.

Because you're really not seeing the bigger picture...

ActiveRain. If You Think It's About the Points,

You're Missing the Bigger Picture...










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Craig, I'm so glad you brought everything back home.  Points are somewhat trivial (but fun) and it's the increased business and deep friendships that are formed here that truly matter.

(And how do I get those legs?! Dang! You really know how to make me look good!)

January 30, 2012 12:05 PM
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Craig Rutman
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Kelly - Kelly, at the end of the day, the business, the learning and the friendships created are what truly matters. Anyone who thinks differently is missing the big picture. Don't knock yourself. You're perfect the way you are. But, if you want long legs, this is the only way I know that will help you achieve that goal!!!

January 30, 2012 01:09 PM
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Dawn A Fabiszak
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Craig ~ I agree with you whole heartedly!  The points are great, but the referrals are even better!

January 30, 2012 08:40 PM
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Terrie Leighton
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Such a wonderful post Craig! <tear> 

I am so impressed with all the business you received from your blog, it says so much about the power of ActiveRain and how well you  personally market yourself and the wonderful area you live in! Great job. 

The points, the friendships, of course,  and the information shared here are great reasons to interact here as well. 

Thanks for all the great reminders of why we should all take the time to utilize AtctiveRain to the fullest ~ and not just to receive points.

January 30, 2012 11:12 PM
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Dawn - The referrals and the friendships can't be beat!

Terrie - Thank you Terrie! Beautifully said. Now here's a tissue. Go dry those eyes of yours....

 

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