Courage in the Mortgage Trenches

Summary: Courage isn’t always about walking into a burning building or quitting your corporate job to sell stuff on E-bay. Sometimes it is facing a challenge head on, making the right decision in a split second or speaking up. This week, some great people brought some everyday courage to their big transition.

The February Funk

Don't Let it Kill Your 2017 Plan

Summary: The February Funk is real. Doing the work comes after the grand vision of December’s plan. Here’s three things you can do to make sure you stay on track: 1) Review your plan every Monday, 2) Focus on the small stuff and 3) Toss the stuff that doesn’t fit.
 

December found my newsfeed littered with business planning inspiration and exuberant sales managers encouraging you to kill it in 2017.  If you are like most entrepreneurs, the end of January results in a reality check. It comes in the form of the daily grind and habits decades in the making. Your big plans for 2017 seem just a bit grandiose, and your business plan lies beneath a stack of far more significant paper.

Not Just Another Gratitude Post

Summary: Gratitude is more than a seasonal phenomena. It’s medicine. Even when your personal gratitude meter bottoms out, there are three simple things you can do to keep the medicine flowing. 1) Say it out loud, 2) Be specific instead of courteous, 3) See rather than look.

Here we are, smack in the middle of gratitude season, and it seems fitting that I write a post about gratitude. The issue is, I just had a horrible day.  Frankly, it has been a stressful few months.  So I thought I would forgo the “I am super grateful” post and give you some idea of how my gratitude practice has survived the onslaught of personal and business stress. If you are in your Christmas sweater, humming carols and feeling overwhelming joy at the prospects of 5 weeks of holiday, maybe skip this one. But if you’re secretly dreading having to put on your “happy face” at the next 10 parties, step into my office.   

4 Reasons to Pick Up the Penny

Mastering your destiny can start with something simple. While jogging the other day, I saw  a penny. It reminded me of a book by Stuart Wilde, The Trick To Money Is Having Some. One takeaway was to never, under any circumstances walk by a penny.  I still pick them up. I want to tell you why.

I grabbed the penny, 1989, the year of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. I put it in my pocket and kept running. Later that week, the same penny got my attention as it rattled in my dryer.  At that moment, I decided I should write down the reasons I still pick up pennies.

Personal Responsibility: From Lip Service To Lasting Change

Strengthening our business starts with extending our influence to excuse mitigation. Personal responsibility is a term thrown around on the regular.  In fact, it is one of the core values of Nextview Group. Our simple direction is to “Take responsibility for your actions, reactions and maximizing your influence.” How do we know if we’re getting it right?

My work, both paying and philanthropic, exposes me to the best of the best in mortgage and cycling. As I struggled to define “Personal Responsibility”, examples not explanations keep popping up. Below are four of the most recent ones.   

Why You? [E-book Release]

I had lunch with a friend the other day and he looked right at me and said, “You know I just closed a Rocket Mortgage in 15 days and never talked to anyone. What are you guys going to do about that?” 

The reality is the market is changing. We need to be brutally clear about the value we bring to the market, our partners and the clients we serve. I am shocked at the number of Lenders and Realtors that are unable to answer that question in a compelling way.

Handling Busy Part 2

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Rather than a badge of honor, busyness is often in direct conflict with productivity.  When you’re busy, you confuse motion for progress. Lifehack.org gives 20 additional reasons to not be proud of your busyness. What do you do when the length of your to-do list is rivaled only by the length of your call back list?  

Handling Busy Part 1

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You have no idea how busy I am.  If you are like me, hearing that grates a nerve deep inside you.

Of course you know how busy I am! Like most professionals, you’re just as busy. In our lives the demands often overwhelm the number of hours we allocate and we are forced to manage tradeoffs. Fortunately, (or unfortunately), we all have the same 8,765 hours in a year to achieve the lofty goals we set in December. You have the same amount of time as Bill Gates and (insert name of person you think is killing it here).  

One Race, Three Champions, Three Lessons

Recently, a non-profit invited their tribe to the woods. The invite guaranteed the following: limited cell reception, almost no running water, no flushing toilets, complete separation from civilization, and an epic weekend of riding bicycles in the Lost Sierra. Seven hundred cyclists headed the call and were followed by a thousand volunteers and spectators. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship builds and restores multi-use trails while operating a guide service and hosting bicycle races in the interest of recreation based economic development. Our event,The Lost and Found Gravel Grinder, allows world class professionals and cycling enthusiasts to explore some of the most beautiful country on earth while discovering what lies inside of them.  

Some ride, some race, and some survive. My possession of the microphone put me in the midst of the chaos. This year I learned a valuable lesson: The diversity found among the champions is what makes them amazing! I found three champions among the crowd that stood out. The finisher, the winner, and the tribe builder all had different paths to victory.