Newsletter August 2018 Cliff Notes on real estate…
Hot August nights, a cool drink, and a good newsletter to read. What more could you want? This month’s newsletter is a wide assortment of interesting stories, facts, and thought-provoking content that’ll provide plenty of entertainment. So let go of the day’s stress and enjoy learning about…
• Whether or not cats wag their tails
• Tips for demonstrating professional maturity
• Food preparation tricks that can help you when you’re on a diet
• And a number of fun stories that’ll bring a smile to your face
It’s hot and so is the real estate market. If you’re going to be moving, give me a call and let’s get an efficient plan together to make it happen. Call me to set up a selling consultation. Talk with you soon!
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Your friend in the real estate business,
Old Ways Aren’t Always The Best Ways
Our old ways of operating and the patterns we’ve developed can often obscure new and better ways. For Tricia Goyer, that lesson came from her 20-something son, Nathan.
When he announced plans to write a book, Goyer encouraged her son and promised to edit it once the manuscript was completed. As an author, Goyer had written over 500 magazine articles and published 50 books, so she knew her insights would be beneficial.
As Goyer edited Nathan’s rough draft, she realized her son had a talent for writing and decided they should hire a professional editor to review the text. The editor also liked Nathan’s work and encouraged him to publish it.
That’s when Goyer sat her son down and told him that publishing would be hard. There was much to consider. There would be rejection letters, and he’d have to find a good agent. She tried to set his expectations realistically for the long publishing process ahead.
Nathan told her he’d need time to think and then excused himself. He returned later and announced that he had self-published his work as an eBook. The very next day his novel Bask was for sale on Amazon.
Goyer couldn’t imagine acting so quickly to get a book published. With her own books, she said she would first share copies with as many as 20 friends and consider their feedback. Next she might attend a workshop or conference to solicit even more feedback and advice before deciding which publishing route to take.
Nathan’s mom realized that the publishing world was changing, and that “sometimes we just need to roll up our sleeves and do what we’ve been afraid to try.”
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
• Old Ways Aren’t Always The Best Ways
• FAQs About Donating Blood
• August Quiz Question
• The Golf Lesson
• Do Cats Wag Their Tails Like Dogs?
• Left On The Bus
• Life on Venus? Don’t Write It Off Yet
• Where Did My Credit Card Numbers Go?
• Demonstrate Professional Maturity
• Food Prep Tricks For Weight Loss
• He’s Leadership Material
• Sharpen Your Powers Of Persuasion
FAQs About Donating Blood
Are you nervous about donating blood or signing up to be an organ donor? You don’t have to be. A chart from Work The World explores some of the common misconceptions about blood and organ donations. They include questions about:
• Age. There is no age limit on organ donations. In fact, the oldest known donor to date was a Scottish woman of 107 who donated one of her corneas after death. The main factor is the health of the organ and the donor.
• Organs. A single organ donor can save eight lives. Tissue donors can save even more.
• Blood type. All blood types are needed, even the most common ones.
• Tattoos. Got a tattoo? That won’t prevent you from donating blood as long as you’re otherwise healthy.
August Quiz Question
Q: Are there more dogs or cats in the world?
Everyone who texts, emails or calls in the correct answer by the last day of this month will be entered a drawing for a $30 gift certificate to Starbucks
Q: How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?
A: Once. After that it’s 90, then 80, etc.
The Golf Lesson
A man was taking his first golf lesson from a well-respected pro. Every time the instructor offered advice on how the man could improve his swing, the man countered with a differing opinion and tried another technique. This went on throughout the duration of the lesson.
The instructor remained gracious and encouraged the man to try out his own theories. With each failed attempt the instructor would ask the man what he thought went wrong and how it could be fixed. The man always had an answer and continued to lead his own lesson.
When the lesson was finished, the man thanked the pro, and scheduled another lesson for the following week. “This was very helpful,” the man said before he walked away.
Another golfer who witnessed the lesson approached the instructor and said, “I don’t get it. You gave that guy solid advice, but he disregarded everything you said.”
“Oh, he didn’t want my advice,” the instructor replied. “He wanted my agreement.”
Do Cats Wag Their Tails Like Dogs?
When dogs wag their tails, it’s an energy indicator; they’re excited by something. That may mean they are happy or feeling affectionate. It may also mean they’re getting ready to eat, or they’re looking forward to a walk. We humans tend to interpret all that energy as happy, and it often is.
But studies have shown that dogs also wag when they’re not happy. A low timid wag might mean it’s frightened. A wag that’s cocked to the left might indicate it’s being cautious, and a human may want to think twice before reaching out to pet it.
The same wagging patterns are not seen in cats. A cat’s tail suggests something is going on, and usually the something isn’t good.
For example, when a cat’s goal is thwarted, as when it’s blocked from reaching a bird outside a closed window, the cat will switch and flick its tail from side to side like a whip in frustration. It looks agitated, because it is agitated.
For the most part, cats’ tails are saying something along the lines of agitation, frustration, mild annoyance, thwarted opportunity, and so on. The only satisfied wag you might see in a cat is a gentle side-to-side sway, not really a wag the way dogs wag.
Top Target Of Kitchen Remodeling?
Decluttering! Tidiness is the biggest trend this year, according to the 2018 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. The study found that 75% of homeowners named decluttering their counters as their number one priority, followed by 66% who want to put things away and 49% who are focused on recycling.
The biggest issue? Storage, cited by 93% of survey respondents. That was followed by space planning (38%), entertainment (32%), and cleanliness (32%). The survey notes that homeowners are also interested in pullout garbage bins, organizers for dishes and utensils, and wine bars.
Left On The Bus
A man was seated on the bus having an aggressive conversation with someone on his phone. He fumed and swore loudly, shouting and making demands. The other passengers were afraid to look at him, and several parents tried to distract their children.
The bus was about to pass through an intersection when the man shouted, “I need to get off here!” The driver pulled over quickly, and the man walked forward and jumped down the stairs. Just as he stepped off the bus, the driver called out to him.
“Excuse me sir,” the driver said, “you left something behind.”
The man looked confused, as he checked his pockets. He then shouted at the driver, “What are you talking about? What did I leave?”
“A bad impression,” the driver replied as he closed the door and drove away.
Life on Venus? Don’t Write It Off Yet
Venus seems an inhospitable spot for life to develop, with its superhot surface and an atmospheric pressure 90 times stronger than Earth at sea level. Yet, a Fox News website article suggests, ruling out the possibility of life on the second planet from the Sun may be premature.
Venus had a more temperate environment billions of years ago, covered by seas for eons, and thus may have been habitable for some organisms for much of its history. Today, its upper atmosphere is much less forbidding and comparable to the pressure and temperature of Earth’s surface. Some scientists speculate that ancient life could have risen and migrated to higher altitudes after the dramatic climate change that turned Venus’ surface into the barren landscape it is today. Others suggest that microbial life could have arrived on Venus from Earth, borne on rocks hurled into space by meteorite impacts over the last 4.5 billion years.
The opposite could also be true—meaning that Earth could have been “invaded” by Venusian life in the distant past.
Imagine me as your real estate consultant…
What I do for you is invest my time consulting, negotiating, and organizing the details of your transaction because I want you to have a superb experience that will cause you to want to introduce me to the people you care about most.
The purpose of my business is referrals, which means I must bring the type of value that makes you feel comfortable introducing me to the people you know that need my help.
I thank you sincerely, and so will the people you introduce to me. Cliff Keith
Where Did My Credit Card Numbers Go?
If you’ve recently received a new credit card, you may gotten one where the numbers are on the back, and there are no longer any raised, embossed numbers–or any numbers–on the front.
It’s a trend that has taken off in the past few years. The biggest reason for this innovation might be that raised numbers are no longer needed for a card to function.
Formerly, the numbers had to be raised on the front of the card so that when it was run through a card reader, an imprinted image of those numbers would appear on a slip of paper for customers to sign. For some reason, the embossed numbers have persisted, even though the manual method of creating a carbon copy has long passed out of use.
Then came magnetic strips…
which added security, but is fairly easy to decrypt, for example, using special cloning devices that thieves can place over the top of magnetic regular card readers. Now with the advent of chips, cardholder information is encrypted into a unique code that is difficult to steal.
And since numbers are no longer needed on the front of the card, they’re increasingly being moved to the back, leaving the front of the card free for…you guessed it, branding! Expect credit card issuers to start making their cards more interesting to look at as they strive to capture more market share from an increasingly crowded credit card market.
Demonstrate Professional Maturity
Being a good employee means setting an example of maturity for others. Show your managers that you’re a grown-up by practicing these important leadership behaviors:
• **Support organizational policies**. Don’t gripe about your organization’s rules and procedures in front of others, even when you disagree with them. If necessary, work for change from the inside.
• **Help your peers.** Pitch in and help whenever you can—for the other person’s good, and for the good of your organization.
• **Champion change.** All organizations need to innovate and grow to survive. Be the person leading the charge, not the malcontent resisting it.
• **Control your temper.** Remain professional no matter how frustrated you feel. People naturally respect and emulate others with self-control. (This has been a life long challenge for me personally.)
I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy. –Warren Buffett
Food Prep Tricks For Weight Loss
Trying to lose weight? You can save time and cut calories with just a few simple tactics. Try these, from the Health.com website:
• Chop lots of vegetables in advance. Don’t prepare vegetables for just one meal. Chop enough to last for several days, so won’t feel tempted to skip them because you don’t want to do more cutting.
• Cook extra protein in advance. Cook two or more chicken breasts at once, or hard-boil a half-dozen eggs instead of just two. This way, you’ll always have a quick source of protein instead of carbs.
• Use storage containers wisely. Keep leftovers in small, meal-size containers instead of one large bag or bowl. You’ll find it easier to warm up or thaw out one or two meals at a time than dealing with half a frozen chicken.
• Measure precisely. Keep measuring cups and spoons handy. You’ll be more likely not to overshoot on your measurements, and you’ll be able to control portion sizes.
He’s Leadership Material
A college student sought part-time employment to support himself during the school year. On a Friday, he was offered a stenographer position. He accepted and explained to his new employer he’d be able to start the following Wednesday. The employer agreed, and the young man arrived ready to work on the appointed day.
“I like your promptness and enthusiasm,” said the employer when the student arrived that morning. “But I do have one question. Why couldn’t you start until today?”
“Well, sir,” replied the young man, “I had to find a typewriter and figure out how to use it.”
The man was Herbert Hoover, future president of the United States, who later remarked:
“No difficult or simple job ever gets done until someone decides right now to do
what it takes to get the job done. Unfortunately, too many people stand by
ready to carry the stool when there is a piano to be moved.” ~ Herbert Hoover
Sharpen Your Powers Of Persuasion
You need other people’s help if you want to succeed. Try these two tips to get them on your side:
• Give to get what you want. It’s the code of reciprocity—people are more likely to go along with your ideas if you give them something first. For example, leaders at the Disabled American Veterans discovered that when they mailed fund-raising letters without a perk, about 18% of their appeals were successful. When they included free personalized address labels, they had a success rate of 35%.
• Call people to nobler conduct. If you are seeking agreement on an issue, allow people to contribute. For example, a Chicago restaurant cut its reservation no-show rate from 30% to 10% by asking people to call if their plans changed, rather than telling them to call. In pausing after the question, “Will you please call if you have to change your plans?”, restaurant staff found customers more willing to commit to an answer.
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~ Mark Twain
This newsletter is intended for entertainment purposes only. Credit is given to the authors of various articles that are reprinted when the original author is known. Any omission of credit to an author is purely unintentional and should not be construed as plagiarism or literary theft.
Copyright 2018 Cliff Keith dba SF Bay Homes with Today | Sotheby’s International Realty. This information is solely advisory, and should not be substituted for medical, legal, financial or tax advice. Any and all decisions and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a qualified physician, attorney, financial advisor
Newsletter August 2018
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