Sept. 18, 2010

Take Your Ego Out of It

After watching this last season of Entourage, I couldn't help but write a blog post on the EGO and how it effects everything including real estate agents and the overall industry. If you missed this season of the show I'll give you the sixty second elevator pitch.  Vincent Chase starts on top of the world after multiple successful motion pictures.  Yet after a director subtly calls him weak, Vince starts getting a bit wilder, buying a motorcycle, dating a porn star, jumping out of planes, etc.  He develops a serious cocaine habit, pushes everyone close to him away, and eventually spirals completely out of control ending in  a fight with Eminem, a trip to the hospital and getting caught with a bag of cocaine.  And that's how the season ends.

I absolutely loved this season because it was able to delicately capture the ugly face of the ego and everything that comes with it.  The anger, the victim mindset, the selfishness and ultimately the effect it has on other peoples' lives.

Though the show itself has  nothing to do with real estate, the egocentrism and its toxic effect so beautifully portrayed on the show, shines a lot of light on relationships and business including real estate.

There are agents out there who after getting some success, activate that ego and become more self focussed than anything else.  The focus becomes "What can I get out of this?"  instead of "How can I help someone else?"  As a result, they toxify their relationships,  hurt their businesses and worst of all can hurt others.

This usually translates into 'bending' the facts to make a deal happen or some other form of dishonesty and inauthenticity. Not cool!

Now, I'm not going to ever say I'm perfect.  I definitely have my faults and like everyone else, has at some point in their life been taken over by their own ego centric thinking.  It's in our nature.

However, like everyone as well, we have the ability to choose. We can choose humility.  We can choose honesty and integrity. We can choose how we treat people and how we treat ourselves.  We ultimately have the ability to put our egos aside and allow the authentic, real and giving people we naturally are to  permeate every facet of our being.

Because in the end, it's not about how many houses we've sold  but the extent to which we've served others.  When you help other people without expectation you'll always get taken care of and I feel I've really adopted this way of  thinking into my real estate business.  And the rest of the eXp crew is no different, a beautiful helping, Ego-less,  bunch of people.

Anyway, that's all I've got.  If you or anyone else you know is looking to buy or sell property,  or even just have a question about doing so, feel free to give me a ring.

my cell: 360 - 920 - 1218

my email: briddick.webb [@] exprealty.com

Cheers,

Briddick

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