01 Mar What Goes Around Comes Around
What Goes Around Comes Around – Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
If you are a Real Estate professional, you are called upon for many things. Some tasks are expected, many mundane, others are crucial and quite unpredictable. Perhaps the task with the most responsibility is The Referral. “Do you know someone reliable that can do This Very Important Task for me? I need to know if there is someone you trust.”
If you are looking for a swimming pool construction company to refer, you have probably heard of quite a few in our area. The swimming pool industry in the Hamptons is very competitive and the temptation to cut corners has never been greater than in the current economy. However, if you’ve been around long enough, word spreads in a small town, and you know who is reliable and who cuts corners. Before you speak the words – “I gotta guy” – you’d better be sure.
Are you willing to risk your reputation on a referral? If so, look for a swimming pool company that has created their own destiny through years of words, actions, habits and, character. Long term success is built on the karma that comes from doing the right thing; time after time after time. Professional success doesn’t differ from personal success. I still have many of the same friends that I had 30 years ago. The loyalty we have shown to each other, the honesty, and commitment is something to treasure. Similarly, I know many of the same pool professionals from when I first began years ago.
In baseball, you’re an excellent hitter if you succeed three out of 10 times. Gunite pool builders need to bat a thousand. Referrals are the lifeblood of any business, and each referral must be earned through years of integrity and fine craftsmanship. I am extremely hesitant to recommend someone unless I know that they will come through. In fact, I usually quantify my referrals by saying ‘it has been my experience that when I’ve worked with this company, they have been excellent.” I like to be able to mention the professional organizations of which they are members, their years in the community, and specific jobs they have completed.
Each generation has their poets and songwriters. I was a bit too late for John Lennon and a bit too early for Justin Timberlake. The great thing about music is that it is timeless; just like reputations.
“Instant Karma’s gonna get you, Gonna knock you off your feet, Better recognize your brothers, Every one you meet,” John Lennon