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For 2008 I will "Go do the right thing"

I have written before about how Dr. Laura's little statement "Now, go do the right thing" has caught my attention in the past.  Once again Dr. Laura's little statement hit home.  I signed up for her email because I love her human stories.  Yesterday I receive another email and her story just touched my heart Human Global Warming.  This story is about a man Dr. Laura met in a restaurant that impacted her by "Doing the right thing".

Dr. Laura ends all of her radio programs by saying "Now, go do the right thing".  This is such a simple but powerful statement.  If everyone just thought about "Doing the right thing" we would have a lot less issues in our world.

In my real estate business I see clients attacking Realtors, Realtors attacking Realtors, Realtors attacking Title Companies, Builders attacking Realtors, and on and on. 

I would like us to consider two things going into the New Year:

  • "Seek first to understand than to be understood"  and
  • "Do the right thing"

As the 7 habits of highly effective people suggests "Seeking first to understand than to be understood" will help us to value the other person enough to want to understand their position.

"Doing the right thing" simply means to do what is best for the other person.  Too many times we "Do what is best for us" in most situations.  For a change I would like us to consider "Doing the right thing" for others. 

This just may change the world "One person at a time".

 

 

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Comment balloon 33 commentsGeorge Tallabas • December 28 2007 12:02PM

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Beth - Thank you and have an awesome New Year!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Hi George,

We'll second and third your sentiments!  May you have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 11 years ago
Lisa and Bob - Thank you my dear friends.  I wish you all the good that life has to offer!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George - You have stated the most simple formula for business success. No doubt you will have a prosperous New Year with your business philosophy. Happy New Year!
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 11 years ago
Paula - Thank you my dear friend.  Happy New Year to you as well and take good care.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George - Wishing you a joyous and prosperous new year.
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 11 years ago

George - thanks for sharing this wise and powerful message...something we should all take to heart and keep in mind always. Wishing you the best in 2008!

Jeff 

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 11 years ago
Jeff - I appreciate your kind comment and I wish you an awesome 2008
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
Maureen - Thank you my dear friend.  I hope you have a great New Year
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George,

Had this discussion this morning with one of my agents. Always put your client first...always...

A week ago a client called to look at a foreclosure and I met him there. This property was priced right. My wife has been after me to purchase a "good deal". I told my client to decide in next two or three days if he wanted to pursue this property or not because if he did not then I would like to. The next day we submitted his offer and he got the property. I am happy for him. Always put your clients best interest ahead of your own, always!

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 11 years ago

George,

I love this reminder.  I try to live my life by those four little words that can go a long way.... DO THE RIGHT THING!  So simple!  I'm going to adapt your other rule as well.... its a good one!

Posted by M A over 11 years ago

Mike - Thanks for sharing a great story and have a wonderful New Year

Martin - Thank you my friend and i wish you well

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George.

I was faced with a "Do the right thing" moment this week when a builder client of mine asked me to change a sales contract so he could hide income from "Big Brother" (the IRS).  I explained that I couldn't do such a thing and that I would simply walk away although it represents a large commission to me and probably five more next year.  After several days of nasty conversations he agrees with me and we are doing the right thing together.

I may lose him as a client but will gain my sanity back.  All to often people lose their perspective and don't do the right thing.

 Happy New Year!

Tim

Posted by Tim Rogers (Coaches Corner Radio...The Real Estate Guy) over 11 years ago
If only everyone would "do the right thing" the world would be a better place. Happy New Year.
Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 11 years ago

Tim - Good for you for "Doing the right thing".  I am sure you sleep better at night than many like your client.  Have a great New Year.

Judy - Amen! and Happy New Year to you.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

George.... You are so awesome!  Thanks for sharing!  It all starts with us!

Have a blessed 2008!

Don

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) over 11 years ago
Don my good friend....My heart is with you and your family on my trip and I wish you many blessings.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Hi George - what a simple thing it should be to 'go do the right thing', but reality seems to make it more difficult for some people.  I wonder why that is?  I always keep "The Golden Rule" in mind - if I don't want it done to me, I surely will not do it to someone else......simple!

Happy New Year!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago
George -- I love Dr. Laura -- she is a very wise woman!  I think doing the right thing is something we all know instinctively -- somehow we get side-tracked!  It is especially difficult when someone else doesn't do the right thing!  This is the biggest challenge --  I wish for all that we have peace and tranquility and that each person will do the right thing!  Happy New Year to you and the best in 2008!
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago
George, I used to listen to Dr. Laura years ago and her "Go do the right thing" has resonated within me since.  Thank you so much for this post and lovely reminder.   Happy New Year to you and yours.
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 11 years ago
Happy New Year George. Prosperous 2008 to you.
Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Absolutely agree - Now go do the right thing.  But Dr. Laura scares me.  She's too judgy for my taste! 

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Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) over 11 years ago
Hi George, have a very happy New Year!   Yes, we should always try to "do the right thing".
Posted by Vickie Arcuri, South Florida Luxury Real Estate (ONE Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago
Dear George - Thanks for starting out my 2008 AR blog reading with a winner!  you never cease to inspire me....best to you.  and I will ...
Posted by Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions (Environmental Visions) over 11 years ago

Vickie - Thank you and Happy New Year to you my friend.

Eva - Thank you my dear friend.  I wish you all the best.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

My goal is to follow more closely the tenents  of the St. Francis Prayer...

Do the next right thing!

Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) over 11 years ago
Vanessa - Thank you and have a wonderful New Year
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
George:  How right you are.  Happy New Year. 
Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) over 11 years ago
George:  You are absolutely correct... it's that "about about me, me, me that gets people in trouble.   
Posted by Jan Wood (None) over 11 years ago

Happy New Years George!  You are driven with a passion for real estate which sadly to say most are not.  Your personality shines through even in what you write.  Your clients,and customers are blessed to have you looking out for them!

God Bless in the New Year!  Health, Peace, and Prosperity to you and your loved ones!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) over 11 years ago
Jim - Thank you so much my dear friend.  Have a wonderful 2008 and may God bless you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago
You still may get stepped on...but at least you know you did the right thing-and as Martha Stewart says,  "It's A Good Thing"!
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 11 years ago
Cindy - Thank you and have a wonderful New Year
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

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