Apocalypse How? Becoming a Cockroach in a Survivors' Market.

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In the past 7 years, I've learned a lot from fellow peers and the people I've worked for, they are called clients in a corporate type of sense.  I have no barometer in which to gauge what is going on here (With our world, with Real Estate), I don't know the immediate cause or eventual solution That's not an easy thing to absorb.

The fact is....rates are low.  They are real low.  And while I've listened and heard the Consumer Confidence or lack there of....I've also listened to us....and me.  As one of my prospective clients put it, " Depressed housing market, depressed housing stats, depressed housing prices, depressed stock market, and depressed 401K. How depressing.   My company is reorganizing, and although we are told we are in good standing, I just don't think that this is the best time to make a bold move."  I can't point a finger on what is exactly going on, as there is a ton of variables and I rarely study or do research.  Sometimes, in life, you just need to react.  Yet, there's a plan to my reaction and it starts with the Cockroach.

Economy aside, how's your life?  How's your family?  How are you?  Personally, I'm colder than a witches tit in the ides of a Frosted February, but I'm doing well.  If you want to give humans a REAL I.Q. Test, base it on survival....cause that is what it is.  At this point you may think that I think our economy is bad.  Nah.... our economy is very good....for some people.  Speaking as Robin Hood, I'm more of a Cockroach than an Eagle, yet in the end the Eagle never eats the cockroach.  The heart beats, the survival begins.

I don't want to tell a story or sell some self-promotional sort of goods here, I just want to try like the damn dickens to call it like I see it....whether it be true or just plain bad advice.  If you can survive 5 more months, as a Real Estate Professional or individual battling economic concern or despair....you'll make it.  Be the Cockroach.  Survive, no matter what.  I say 5 months because I see 5 months before purse strings loosen up more and knee jerk reactions to Market Conditions fall to the wasteland.  Become the cockroach, for it will benefit not only your business....but your life.  Here's a few attributes of our infamous little creature in the shadows:

  • Cockroaches adapt readily to a variety of environments - No matter what the winds of change may blow one's way, adaptation is key to business and in life.  Things won't always be good, things won't always be bad.  Whatever things are, one must adapt accordingly.
  • Researchers found a balance between cooperation and competition exists in group decision-making behavior found in cockroaches- Hmmmm, sound familiar?  Cooperation tends to lead to solutions, competition keeps everyone at the top of their game.
  • Cockroaches are among the hardiest insects on the planet - While anyone who really knows me knows that I'm a rather sensitive young chap, I firmly believe strength is vital to survival.  And above and beyond anything else, Inner Strength is the strongest force of all. 

As Brandon Lee's character said in the movie 'The Crow'  "It Can't Rain All The Time."  Yesterday, I had an epiphany of sorts, one I may never be able to properly express in words or in writing.  Yet, that epiphany came when I got up from my chair and went to the window of our office and looked out to the world from 3 stories up.  Thoughts raced through my mind about this Industry, this Life, this World.  A smile grew upon my face and I turned back to my chair and went to work.

Today, I went shopping and as I was meandering the aisles, I heard the voices and watched my fellow men and women as they went about their way.  I realized we weren't shopping, we were surviving.  Because that's what we do.  As repulsive as my little buddy we call 'The Roach' may be to some, we all could learn a lot from that creature in the shadows.  Before we can ever thrive, we must survive....through thick & thin, better or worse, until the inevitability of death comes calling.  And if we do that............the pursuit of the happiness we all seek will be but a moment away.

 

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Eleanor Thorne
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YOU are SICK and yet ... there is a beauty in your sickness.

I purchased Beckwith's YOU inc. today in your honor...

December 03, 2007 10:10 PM #60
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Karen - In regards to the Eagles eating the Cockroaches...beats me, I forget if I read that somewhere or just made it up to illustrate my point:-)

Janet - Thank you very much, you are on a roll yourself!

Eric - Human nature is....................Survival.

Jennifer - Handsome cockroach, now I don't know if I've ever saw those two words in the same sentence:-)

Christi - The cockroach is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Insect Kingdom.

Bill - Wow, thanks man.  Let me know how the presentation went.

Norma - I have no problem being associated with the cockroach!

Rey - I suppose it would, sounds like a strong man.

Eleanor - I am sick, that's a fact.  Thanks for noticing:-)  Let me know how you like your purchase.

December 04, 2007 08:51 AM #61
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Jason, yes, roaches are gross.  Are they smart?  Maybe not, but they've got that instinct for survival.  People come and go from the industry, but the hardened ones adapt to all circumstances and make a plan to continue and avoid a crushing defeat.  For the roach, that plan is simple -- avoid the light.
December 04, 2007 11:30 AM #62
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The only roach that likes the light is the Oriental Roach I believe.  I agree with your second sentence Brian.

December 04, 2007 11:42 AM #63
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Linda Peters
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Jason ~ You have a way with words.  Pure and simple.   Love the analogy.  Great post and gives us all something to chew on (grins)    Congratulations on the feature and keep em coming!
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Geez, I am losing my mind.  I could have sworn I posted to this already, but I didn't!  I must've dreamt it - but then again that would be wierd if I am dreaming about your roach blog, so let me just change that subject now to say, "great post!"  I plan on being a cockroach.  It's not easy, and I never thought those words would come out of my mouth, but yes, I plan on being a cockroach.
December 04, 2007 11:08 PM #65
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Linda - Hey, I forgot to mention....I once chewed on a dead cockroach on a bet....got me $10.00 and a good week before my ex-girlfriend would kiss me again:-)

Jeannie - Hmmm, not sure Jeannie.  I'm with you on being a cockroach though.

December 05, 2007 02:11 PM #66
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When I grow up I want to be a cockroach...lol, wow, never thought I would say anything other than squashhhhh with the word cockroach ! Great post !
December 06, 2007 05:41 AM #67
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Jason ~   Why am I not shocked to hear that?    Ewwwweee - might that be a clue why she's an ex girlfriend and not your wife?   grins.     Hope next time around you went for a nice steak dinner - safe!
December 06, 2007 07:18 AM #68
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Melissa - Lol, thanks!  Just be careful where you are stepping:-)

Linda - Yup, that's reason # 5,678 why she's an ex.  I'll keep that steak dinner thing in mind next time.

December 06, 2007 10:52 AM #69
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Desiree Daniels
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Before we can ever thrive, we must survive....through thick & thin, better or worse, until the inevitability of death comes calling.  And if we do that............the pursuit of the happiness we all seek will be but a moment away.

You do have a way with words that puts it all in prospective.     Thanks for sharing...  sorry I am late to the party

December 06, 2007 05:01 PM #70
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lol self amusement ... the security word was papaya and I am eating it right now.... tee hee   <sigh> sorry
December 06, 2007 05:02 PM #71
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Krista Fuchs
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Didn't read all the comments, don't have the time...but what surprised me from what I read was how everyone got caught up on the 5 months.  I took the blog to be more of an inspirational piece.  And of course my juvenile mind couldn't get past the word t*t, lol!  I'm guess I'm more of a prude than I thought!  Great writing!
December 07, 2007 10:09 AM #72
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Jason - once again you inspire when we need the inspiration.  Thank you!
December 08, 2007 07:08 AM #73
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Dez - Better late than never, besides....I'm sure you tend to liven up any party on your arrival:-)

Dez - Stop by anytime, papaya is on sale:-)

Krista - 5 months?  No, no, no.....I meant 3 months.  Or was that 12 months?  Actually, things should turn around by tomorrow.  Thank you!

December 08, 2007 01:20 PM #74
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David Dee
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Jason,

Excellent post! Adapting to changes is crucial for success in any field. Using the cockroach as an analogy is a great example here. Below are some interesting findings.

Two Facts:

                I heard that if a nuclear war was to occur, the cockroach would still survive.

                Going back to the dinosaurs era, the cockroaches have existed during that time while the dinosaurs perished.

Conclusion:

                 We need to become the cockroaches. Real estate existed in the past, present and the future. If we make the necessary change, there is no end. So the bottom line is, do we want to be the Cockroach or the Dinosaur? The answer is clear...although some of us may hate cockroaches.

Dave

December 10, 2007 04:08 PM #75
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Dave - Very well put!  Thank you for your contribution.
December 10, 2007 09:22 AM #76
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Kathy McGraw
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Jason- Once again your way with words is entertaining yet insightful.....I loved your analogy....and regardless of where the 5 months came from it does give a "point" of hope :) :)
December 10, 2007 03:35 PM #77
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Jason, this is a great post, and great analogy - I'm going to send a link to others.  GREAT JOB!
December 12, 2007 08:49 AM #78
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Kathy - Thanks Kathy!  Didn't know how the concept would be taken, but I found it very relevant....especially now.

Karen -   Those are kind words, now others can see what a 'Roach' I am:-)

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