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Sometimes “going with the flow” takes you straight to the bottom!


Going with the flow can take you straight to the bottom.We are often told that we should NOT make waves, or that those that rock the boat are destined to fail. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Quite often the pack mentality crushes creativity and squelches excellence. And the chances of being noticed as an individual worthy of consideration are diminished.

Because our unique value proposition is what separates us from the norm and defines us as innovators or leaders in our field. If that means churning up the waters a bit and swimming upstream then so be it!

Nobody ever said that achieving success was easy! Or that there will not be some awkward moments along the way.

Standing out from the crown takes confidence and courage. But it can take you straight to the top!





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Comment balloon 21 commentsRichard Weisser • January 30 2011 09:19AM


Well said Richard.  I like to make waves and do things that are out of my comfort zone.  I enjoy your blog. 

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 9 years ago

I agree completely.

Posted by Kimberly A Norgard (Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Richard, your words of wisdom and encouragment for those of us that think outside the box are greatly appreciated.

Posted by Lisa Coates, Residential Home Sales Specialist (Level Ten Construction Consultants) over 9 years ago

We all like to feel like we "fit in", but it is easy to get stuck in a mind set.  Stepping outside our comfort zone and taking a chance can, and will open doors you never imagined possible.  So, I say, "Swim Baby, Swim" 

Posted by Mary M. Kandell (Russell Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Not make waves? For me, the bigger the better - LOL

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Good morning, Richard.....we do what works best for us even if no one else is doing it.....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 9 years ago

Richard, Our whole challenge is to NOT be like the other 6000 agents we compete against :)  Blogging and video are the avenues to take for us, trying to get that extra bit of notice that might just get us that interview :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 9 years ago

I started this business three and a half years ago and did not go with the flow.  And I am so glad I did!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach ( (757) 560-0881) over 9 years ago

Love jumbing in the waves - the bigger the better!

Posted by Joyce Herr, Lancaster County & Beyond (Prudential Lancaster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

First, I subscribe to Pack mentality and expect them to win next Sunday.

Never make waves or rock the boat unless you are prepared to swim and are a good swimmer.  If you can't swim, you really don't belong in the boat.


Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. over 9 years ago

Well. There's you. There's the local area that you live, work, play that is unique. And if you just be you, work hard, be creative, results happen. Watching others, getting advice from everyone and their brother is the problem. You are not everyone else and dare to be different. Spend less time around the watercooler debating and predicting. Go do something special you thought up, you implement and have a slug of fun doing it.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Richard, i'd love to be the tsunami in this market & keep working on setting myself you do!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

This such a well written post.I dare to dance to the beat of a different drum.  Sometimes it gets a bit lonely.  I am waiting on the superbowl to see the Steelers win.  I liked this post so much that I am going to subscribe to your blog.

Posted by Pat Yoest, 702-521-1442 (Century 21 Aadvantage Gold, 702-719-2100) over 9 years ago

Richard, I'm with Michael, the bigger the waves the better, How can you go Surfing if you never set foot in the ocean.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

This is great....more than once in a board meeting or at our office I have went against the pack....they shouldn't have me on board if they don't want my opinion...and it isn't always the popular one!   
Great post!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 9 years ago

Ah yes, be unique or be forgotten.

The photo is gorgeous and interesting, of course!  Have a great day, Richard.

Posted by Amanda Evans, Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas (DFW Living) over 9 years ago

Richard, making waves is a good thing! Not always comfortable but well worth the extra effort.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 9 years ago

Ahhh - your post reminds me of how much I love watching the salmon coming up the river to spawn in the fall.  They somehow leap up fish ladders & make their way against the flow of the current for miles & miles to get to their destiny.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 9 years ago

Richard...with the exception of HOT AIR and a few other hot things, Most everything else that flows does so DOWN HILL

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 9 years ago

There has been more than one entire civilization that thought they were all right as they lead themselves to the slaughter my friend.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

 is easy to "go along to get along" but that just makes you like the rest!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago