Monday, November 28, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending Dec 2

QUOTE:  Though you cannot go back and make a brand new start, my friend, you can start now, and make a brand new end!  Author Unknown  Gymbeaux Note:  I don’t know who this Mr. Author Unknown is but he is pretty good. J

QUOTE 2:  Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.  Stephen Wright

Marsha Stafford, Tuesday, November 29:  Marsha Stafford is from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission and will be attending our TUESDAY Partners Meeting.  She will discuss the latest revision to the Law regarding advertising and be available for questions and answers.  This is a unique event and everyone should plan on attending. 

Strategic Purpose, Tuesday, November 29:  Michelle Fradella is a Broker/Owner from Picayune, MS who will be conducting a training class on Strategic Purpose from 1:00 to 2:00 in the Market Center.  Michelle has previously taught classes in the Market Center and is both knowledgeable and very good.  Don’t miss this; click to register:  
Running Your Business Like A Business, Friday December 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Slidell Public Library on Gause Blvd.  Click here to register:

Christmas Party:  Mark your calendars, Tuesday, December 13, starting at 7:00 pm, Market Center Christmas Party.  Details posted in the Resource Room.
Breakfast with Santa:  Look for details on the first Breakfast With Santa in the Resource Room.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 beginning at 9:00 AM.

Nugget For the Noggin:  Don’t miss the latest Nugget For The Noggin posted on  Gymbeaux’s BIG WHY – Sort Of. 
Family Reunion:  Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion is scheduled to commence in Orlando, FL on Sunday, February 12 and will conclude on Wednesday February 15.  The Market Center is looking into renting a home in the Orlando area that can accommodate up to 12 attendees plus possibly leasing a bus for transportation.  Watch for further details.

December Partners Meetings:  Reminder that the Market Center weekly Partners Meetings (Conversations) will once again be scheduled for 9:30 WEDNESDAYS starting in December.  The BOLD Classes heretofore scheduled for Wednesdays graduates its class on Wednesday November 30.  Congratulations to everyone who completed the BOLD classes.
Booklet on Time Management:  Uploaded a booklet on managing your time, the use of the Keller Williams Realty 4-1-1 Goal Sheet and a unique Daily To Do List like you may have never seen before.  Watch your emails and, Documents Section under Training Booklets for a class to be soon scheduled on Time Management based on the book by Todd Duncan, Time Traps.

Booklet on Personal Assistants:  Uploaded a booklet on defining the job of an unlicensed Personal Assistant to, Document Section under Training Booklets.  Also uploaded is a Personal Assistant Excel Spreadsheet identify specific job tasks for both the Lead Agent and the Personal Assistant.
PLAY TO WIN, great article by Jon Gordon.  Who are the best sales people in the world, just about any 4 year old; they have no fear, they know what they want and they can wrap you around their little finger.  Then as Jon Gordon describes we grow up or do we?  Instead we grow a sense of fear of doing things.  My believe is that if more than two people tell you that you are crazy for wanting to do something, that is pretty good validation that you ought to do it.  Read Gordon’s article and see if it applies to you:

KEEPING SALES UP AND SPIRITS HIGH DURING THE HOLIDAYS by Jeb Blount.  Sales typically dip around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays and do not pickup until after New Years and sometimes as late as Mardi Gras.  Why?  Because agents go on a “mental” holiday during this period and turn down the activity in their business either intentionally or subconsciously.  Good article on the subject:
25% OFF ALL JEFFREY GITOMER PRODUCTS THROUGH DEC 2.  Jeffrey Gitomer has written some of the best books I have ever read, especially The YES!Attitude.  Hid CDs are fantastic as well.  This is your chance to add to your personal library ad a significant savings.

WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA:  There is no doubt that to take exceptional photographs of your listings or homes buyers are interested in, you should have a wide-angle camera lens.  The Market Center camera that you can check out has such a lens.  I discovered a FujiFilm Z Camera that “seems” to be ideal for real estate agents.  It has a wide angle plus a ton of other features like HD capabilities in 720P but more importantly it is so slim it would fit in a shirt pocket.  I do not know the quality of the camera but on paper it seems ideal.  The catalog price is $159,99 on sale from $132.95  Fuji Finepix Z90 Red Camera - 16126284.  (They have other colors as well.)   Just seems like a great fit and combination for our industry; I could be wrong.
SUBER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM, see if you can pick out the Coast Guard singers; powerful rendition.

By Wes Hopper

"No one can love you until you love yourself,
and you cannot love anyone else, until you love yourself."
Raymond Charles Barker

There was a time in my life when my relationships with others were a real mess.

Everything was a struggle, and I wondered what was wrong with everyone.

Nothing changed until the day that I realized that in every disaster there was one person always at the scene of the crime.


That was when my real work began, and it continues to this day. And as our quote suggests, the focus of that work is to love and accept myself.

It's funny, but as I learned to love and accept myself, the people around me did, too.
"The Astonishing Power of Gratitude" is available as an audiobook on CD, or as an MP3 download, with bonuses! An inspirational companion for your drive time or walks. Get it today!
Some people left, new people showed up, relationships changed in amazing ways.

It's very humbling to look at the past disasters and conflicts in your life and realize; "Gosh, all this time the problem was me!"

How do you talk to yourself about yourself? Does your talk sound loving and supportive, or is it critical and condemning?

Would you hang around with someone who talked about you the way you do?

If the answer is no, then change the way you talk until the answer is yes.

Post today's quote up where you can see it. Put a little mirror next to it.

Love the person in the mirror.

Many blessings, Wes

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending November 25

QUOTE:  “Happy Thanksgiving”  Gymbeaux

HAPPY THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM JON GORDON.  As you read this link, remember the “Gratitude Stone” principle.  Put a small stone (I use a glass stone like the ones you put in the bottom of a fish tank, a red one), in your pocket or purse first thing in the morning.  When you do, remember to give thanks/gratitude for what is important to you.  Then every time you see or feel it during the day, give thanks/gratitude.  Then as you turn in for the night and see the stone, give thanks/gratitude again especially for all the good things you have done and the people you have touched (hopefully in a favorable way) during the day.

THE LATEST NUGGET FOR THE NOGGIN, by Gymbeaux on Passion, Targeted or Misdirected:

THIS WEEK’S HUMOR:  If you can watch this without laughing or not thinking that this would be something that Dale Sibley might have done, you are better than I am.  This is a classic:  How would you have responded?

THE BUYER’S LAMENT:  This is a great poem written from the viewpoint of the buyer at a “company” but just as easily would refer to a real estate owner or an agent or potential agent someone is prospecting.  Right on target!  It is from

THE KEY TO EMOTIONAL EQUANIMITY, Joe Tye continually “raises the bar” with his writings and this is no exception.  Can only hope everyone reads this very short article on what you are thinking about at this very moment in your life.  OUTSTANDING!

SCARY STUFF:  Follow the link, type in your street name, city and state at the top of the page and a map will appear.  Put your mouse over any of the red markers that appear and you may be shocked at who lives in your neighborhood.

THE POWER OF KINDNESS, 3 minute video to cause you to think a bit about your daily activities.

THE PARADOX OF MOTIVATION by Joe Tye:  Another gem from Jeaux:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending November 18


QUOTE:  “You cannot adjust the wind but you can adjust the sails.”  Author Unknown, it is included in Harvey Mackay’s new book, The Mackay MBA in Sales that everyone should be reading.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR MACKAY MBA?  Normally you would receive a link to Jeffrey Gitomer’s article FROM his weekly ezine.  This link takes you to his entire ezine that contains some really good articles from Gitomer, Harvey Mackay and others.  It is well worth your time to read the entire ezine.  You are strongly encouraged to sign up for his weekly ezine; you will not regret it:[UNIQID]

YOUR FEDERAL TAX RETURN HAS FAILED:  Beware of this type of email.  The IRS does not send emails notifying you of a tax problem.  This is a scam and will probably show up in your Spam inbox.  Delete them, take no action on them.  The IRS communicates by mail, not email.

THANK YOU NOTES, 10 tips for perfect thank you notes plus an excerpt from John Kralik’s book:

AUDIO, How To Create An Energy Blueprint Of Your Business Which Makes Money." Digital download of the audio program with Debbie Bermont,

STRTEGIES FOR COPING WITH UNCERTAIN TIMES, by Joe Tye.  This is an exceptional article and I dare say there is a lesson in it for everyone who reads it.  The title speaks for itself, check it out:

9 THINGS THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN OUR LIFETIME.  This is a link to a blog so please understand the link is only being directed to the title of this article, I have not seen or specifically recommend anything on the blog other than this featured article.

HUMOR WITH A MESSAGE FROM CHARLIE TODD, THE SHARED EXPERIENCE OF ABSURDITY.  This is a video from the web site.  There are so many great videos on this site.  This one is about doing things out of the ordinary to watch how people react. Ought to give you some really great ideas of your own.

4 WAYS TO STAND OUT AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS, by who else?  Jon Gordon.  I would suggest there is a 5th and that is to become a reader and study what has already been written on growing your business and yourself.  10 years from now I ask only one question, “How much of your television watching is responsible for your success or lack of success?”  Just asking…a great place to start is with anything written by Jon Gordon – anything!

50 TOP THINKERS.  This is interesting.  Lists are always subjective so your top 50 may not be my top 50 but here are the top 50 from  The really cool thing is that the list contains several of my favorite authors and I have met a couple of people on the list.  Gymbeaux Note:  What would make this site really different would be the abiltiy to add your photo and bio as the 50th person on the list. :-)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending Nov 11

QUOTE: "Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn."John Wesley     

BUSH LEAGERS (or is it possible for you to be traded for a computer and an agent to be named later?)  This is an article on (highly recommend you subscribe to the online newsletter but that’s another story).  It is actually a negative article pointing out what sales people do to sabatoge their success.  You could take each of the ten items featured and instead of saying them in a negative way make them positive affirmations to avoid doing what the author says sales people do.  Judge for yourself:

SAMS CLUB ENTERTAINMENT COUPON BOOKLETS.   Information sheets and a poster has been displayed in the Resource Room (by Tuesday morning) for Entertainment Coupon Booklets (customizable with your information).  The material refers to a special if ordered by October 15 which has obviously passed.  The reference to a special if ordered by November 15 still applies.  These are inexpensive ways to provide value to your database by giving them savings coupons.  Their web site is:  It IS a National Association of Realtors program.  There are only so many application blanks so please make copy to use.
THE MYTH, by Jon Gordon.  When you read this, consider how the top real estate agent became the top real estate agent.  Was it overnight or did the agent spend hours doing what other real estate agents either refuse to do or do not know how to to it?  You know it was the countless hours leading up to being at the top of the profession.  Success leaves clues (Tony Robbins) and so do successful real estate sales people.  You can find all of the clues in The Millionaire Real Estate Agent (MREA) by Gary Keller, Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan.  In the mean time read Jon Gordon’s article and see if it strikes a nerve:

Hello... I have a question!

  •  Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety-one?
  • If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?
  • Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
  • If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren't people from Holland called Holes?  
  • If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
  • Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a racecar is not called a racist? 
  • If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?  
  • If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed? 
  • If FedEx and UPS were to merge, would they call it FedUP? ?
  • Do Lipton Tea employees take 'coffee breaks?' 
  • What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of  bald men?
  • I  thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use. Toothpicks?
  • Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?What are we supposed to do, write to them?
  • Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?
  • Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive?
  • If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?
  • Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?
  • As income tax time approaches, did you ever notice: When you put the two words 'The ' and 'IRS' together, it spells - 'THEIRS'?