I always loved making people laugh. Even if for a moment. My thinking was, only now able to use these words, to take their mind off whatever was weighing on them at the moment. Give them a little break and get them laughing. If nothing else, get them to lighten up a bit.
I used to love watching the Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason. The Carol Burnet show with Tim Conway, Harvey Corman and occasionally Jonathan Winters. I discovered early in my life, heck, probably before I was even a teen ager, that to make someone laugh, was a very rewarding thing indeed.
It was the late 70's and I remember seeing Mork from Ork on Happy Day's. Then, much to my surprise and delight, Mork, aka Robin Williams, got his own show! That guy was a real hoot! My entire family would watch that show and I remember we would repeat some of the funnier lines throughout the week.
Over the years, I would love watching Robin Williams bring whatever crazy, zany character to life. Toss in those great little one-liners. He had to go off script. No way a writer could have written anything as funny as what Robin brought to the character. I had heard it was even a real chore working with him because he deviated from the script so much. I vividly recall thinking to myself though, that without that deviation, it would be nowhere near as funny. No where near as memorable. No where near as great.
Fast forward a few more years and now I'm self employed as a real estate salesperson. Struggling for a few years to try to figure out this business. Finding a great mentor here and a great mentor there (a lot of mediocre ones too unfortunately, but without those, you can't appreciate the really great ones). Working on my business plan. Deciding what I wanted to accomplish with my business and how I wanted to accomplish it. What level of production I wanted to reach and how I was going to reach (and exceed) it. What I was going to say, how I was going to say it. What I was going to do & how I was going to do it.
Then, my world got rocked. 2006. My wife was in an auto accident and was in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit for 7 l-o-n-g days. I made the tough decision to retire from actively and aggressively listing and selling homes. I returned to a prior passion of investing and developing real estate.
Only now, after many years and countless people telling me I need to share with others how I became so successful so they can have the life of their dreams. A business that runs almost on auto-pilot with a huge profit margin. Only now have I chosen to begin to offer to teach others how to do what I did.
So what's the tie in with Robin Williams?
Simple...Robin Williams made people laugh, got them to take their mind off what their issue(s) was at the moment, made them feel better as a result of 'being with him' and left them in a better state of mind going forward. That's exactly what I attempted to do with everyone of my clients in my business and I believe how I was able to take on average 40 listings a year where I never saw the seller and never
saw the home, yet they trusted me to get the job done for them. I delivered to goods everytime. Oh yeah, there was definitely improvisation with my script each and every time.
Thank you, Robin Williams. This Real Estate Professional will miss you greatly.