Hire Yourself a Gym Rat

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Gym RatIn all the criteria I've seen for hiring a Real Estate Professional (Realtor, Stager, Inspector, Loan Officer, Appraiser, etc.) I never hear what I think it should be.

                        HIRE YOURSELF A GYM RAT

Do you know what they are? In basketball or boxing they are the last ones to leave practice on the court or in the ring. In skating they call them rink rats. I think I see Tiger Woods as one in the twilight on the practice putting green. What does that mean? They are tough as nails. They are hard workers. They practice, practice, practice. Do they have piano rats? Probably. They are smart. Above all they they love what they do. If they have six months, two years, or twenty years experience, their love for what they do will take care of you and your needs each and every day. They always want to be getting better.

And as a side note, if YOU are one of those Real Estate Professionals, aspire to always be a gym rat. It's a good goal to have on your list each year. You know you already love what you do. Never get burnt out. Take breaks, and CONTINUALLY educate yourself and mingle with the others that are eagles in your profession to soar higher and higher.

Be a gym rat and spend an extra half an hour practicing those three point shots so when the clock ticks down at crunch time, you're the one who will provide the shot at the buzzer that will win the game. Your clients will love you for it.

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Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I do have a pet rat but she is no gym rat! :)  Great post.
Mar 22, 2008 10:41 PM #5
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Mark Organek
RE/MAX Alliance Group - Mesa, AZ
Las Sendas Homes for Sale REALTOR
Gary, you do have to keep ahead of the game.  What better way than to take in the concentrated information from Active Rain posts 24/7?  Now I feel better about my 10 hour runs on AR instead of searching for something to do.  Come Monday, I'm on the phones with the Realtors I work with going over new information I learned.  They love it!
Mar 22, 2008 11:03 PM #6
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Linda: You are welcome.

Ginger: This little guy I think is a gerbil, but the hard work and PRACTICE will pay off with making those three point shots in the end.

Matthew: This is the Rocky Balboa rodent.

Judy: Cmon, you're not going to jump up on a chair when a mouse runs between your legs are you? : )

Gym rats (the term) are phenomenally passionate about their work and hard workers. Face it, you're one too.

Midori: Wow, a pet rat owner amongst the group. Cool.

Mark: Active Rain is definitely for the accelerated learner types.

Mar 22, 2008 11:11 PM #7
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Don Wixom
RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
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Gary, I love it!  My son is a guitar rat.  Yes, I'm just a rat...work-a-holic!  Thanks for the advice to take the needed breaks to avoid burn out.  I needed that!
Mar 22, 2008 11:31 PM #8
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Jan Evett
Ryan Properties - Panama City Beach, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Great analogy.  I built my business being the first one in and last one out of the office!  In between I was "in the streets" ... you know what I mean!  Never spent a lot of time in the gym... should have spent a little more time there!  Gary, you're right about working that extra hour ... Ziglar says you can have more hours in your week than your competition just by working one hour after everyone else has gone home. Working not schmoozing!  :)
Mar 22, 2008 11:45 PM #9
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Gary,

Great info! Time off is essential for longevity!  Today I take more time off than ever and I love my business as much today as years ago.

Mar 22, 2008 11:58 PM #10
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
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Gary - As usual, this is a terrific analogy.  I think I fall into this category still.
Mar 23, 2008 01:16 AM #11
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
Gary - great post!  LOVE the pic!  Yes, take the extra time to learn more, read more, and DO more!  It doesn't mean that you have less time to enjoy life - keep your self mentally sharp and one step ahead; it will make a world of difference!  Me?  I am a gym rat!
Mar 23, 2008 07:27 AM #12
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Lindsey Hasford
Coldwell Banker Vision - Elk River, MN
Gary - That is excellent advice! You always have fun and inspiring posts.
Mar 23, 2008 07:34 AM #13
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Kelly Shoemaker
Coldwell Banker SELECT - Broken Arrow, OK
Realtor Broken Arrow, OK
Well Rats....lol...I agree with the analogy.  Also love the photo!
Mar 23, 2008 08:14 AM #14
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Gary Woltal
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Don: I see we have rats among us. It is a good thing. A guitar rat - cool.

Jan: So many are allergic to work. The rats are passionate about it but also take breaks for balance.

Lynda: You have discovered that rest is a source of energy.

Jason: I know you are a hard worker.

Leesa: Gym rats are the ones getting things done.

Lindsey: Thanks.

Kelly: Look into yourself to see if you are one and see who else around you is one.

Mar 23, 2008 09:26 AM #15
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Cynthia Bartch
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Gary, I love your line "If they have six months, two years, or twenty years experience, their love for what they do will take care of you and your needs each and every day. They always want to be getting better.

So true, so true!

Mar 23, 2008 10:29 AM #16
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Gary Woltal
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Cynthia: I'm one of these who thinks while experience is important, it can be overrated. Those with a high desire to do the right thing, get back with you the right answer, who just flat out work hard focused on you, can easily outperform those with more "experience." The best teams and leaders are not always the ones with the most experience. The best just execute better due to their character and work habits.
Mar 23, 2008 11:26 AM #17
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-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional
Well, beig online searching blogs trying to learn new techniques and ideas, i think qualifies me!  Great post! :)
Mar 23, 2008 11:35 AM #18
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Casey: This place is full of gym rats, trust me. You are one too!
Mar 23, 2008 11:46 AM #19
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Tony Fantis
Fantis Group Real Estate - Salt Lake City, UT
Realtor,Principal Broker - Salt Lake City
Thanks for the inspiration!  I probably fit the bill already, except for actually going to the gym.  That's it!  I'm off to the gym today to lose 20 pounds.  If only one visit would do it....
Mar 23, 2008 11:46 AM #20
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Gary Woltal
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Tony: A gym rat at the gym. You qualify : )
Mar 23, 2008 12:19 PM #21
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Patricia Beck
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HA,HA...this picture is so great!!  Where do you find these great pics?
Mar 28, 2008 11:57 PM #22
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Patricia: I just literally do some random searches on the search engines and do a little cut and paste. I'll let you in on a secret. Some days when my brain is a bit foggy I work my ideas backwards where I'll find an image FIRST, which sparks my imagination for the text. Very backwards I admit, but that's how I am wired.
Mar 29, 2008 12:06 AM #23
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Patricia Beck
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Gary, I've gotten ideas for posts that way too!  Pictures can really give you some great ideas...you should write a post about that!!
Mar 29, 2008 12:13 AM #24
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