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Make Time for Learning

Make time for learning

Kids aren’t the only ones going back to school. If you want to improve your skills, it’s important commit to learning, whether it’s reading a book or taking a class or workshop. However, if you’re like many agents and brokers, you may say, “I’d love to learn more, but I just don’t have the time.” When you’re busy closing deals, generating leads and trying to build a business it can be difficult to carve out time to take classes and learn. But, it’s a double-edged sword: If you don’t take the time to learn and improve your skills, you’ll be less effective to your clients and may not be able to build your business to the level you’d like. Like anything in life, if you want to do something, you have to make time for it. Here’s how: Continue reading

Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever

Get ready for a  great 2016!

Get ready for a great 2016!

The New Year is almost here. Now is the time to commit to having your most productive year yet! Get motivated to take your business to the next level, tackle any challenges that come your way and achieve success. Here are three timeless tips to help you make 2016 your best yet. Continue reading

What’s the Time? It’s Time to Take a Break!

Time off is good for your health and good for your business.

Time off is good for your health and good for your business.

You’ve worked hard all year—it’s time to take break. Although it sounds contrary, breaks are essential to maintaining your productivity. Many agents work hard all the time, only to burnout after a while. However, the most productive agents not only work hard, they also take time off to rest and recharge. In the end, taking breaks not only benefits your mind, it benefits your business as well.

Recharge your mind and spirit. There is merit to working hard; however, when you constantly work for an extended period of time you may begin to feel frustrated, tired and overworked. You may also find it difficult to focus on your daily activities, causing you compromise the service you offer to your clients.

A break allows your mind and attention to focus on something other than the business. It’s your time to recharge your internal battery and increase your energy and motivation.

Become more effective as a professional. Taking breaks gives you the opportunity to step back and remember why you got into the business in the first place. Reconnecting with your ‘why’ increases your motivation and allows you to serve your clients better while offering your best self to your business.

Look at your business with new eyes. When you take a break from your business, you’re able to look upon your business and any challenges you may be facing from a new perspective. And since you’re recharging your mind and spirit, you’re better prepared to solve your challenges with enthusiasm.

The holidays aren’t the only time of the year to take a break. Use Referral Maker® CRM to help you schedule several breaks throughout the year. This will help to ensure your productivity and keep your motivation high. Visit ReferralMaker.com for more information.

The 2 Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

John O'Leary shared his inspirational story at BBST Texas.

John O’Leary shared his inspirational story at BBST Texas.


At the age of nine, John O’Leary was involved in a fire that burned 100% of his body. He went from a happy, healthy nine-year-old to a patient in a hospital bed. His injuries were so severe that he was expected to die. Instead, he not only survived, he thrived and went on to inspire and empower others to live a more inspired life.

The key to his recovery? His mindset. “When you control your mindset, you control your life,” he told the audience of the Texas stop of Brian Buffini’s Success Tour. According to John, your mindset helps you achieve success.

The 2 questions that control your mindset.
Most people assume the victim mentality when life deals them a terrible hand, and ask themselves two questions: 1. Why me? and 2. What more can I do? They feel hopeless in their situation. After all, they’re just one person; what can they do to stop the series of misfortunes that have fallen upon them? They’re motivated by fear—fear of the unknown, fear of what can happen next and fear of making mistakes.

The most successful people also ask themselves two questions when they experience a challenge or setback: 1. Why me? and 2. What more can I do? While these look like the same questions, they’re actually quite different. While the victim operates under the guise of fear, the victor is motivated by love and hope. When they ask, Why me?, it’s not in despair, but in gratitude. They wonder how they got so lucky as to be chosen to take on such an incredible set of circumstances. When they ask, What more can I do?, it means what can they do to ensure that tomorrow is a bit better than today. They understand that perfection isn’t possible. As a result, they embrace mistakes as learning experiences that will help them do better tomorrow.

Happiness is a choice.
While John was recovering in the hospital, it would have been very easy for him to give up. Instead he chose to be happy. Of course, it helped that he was visited by Jack Buck, the announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, who offered encouraging words and told him to keep fighting. However, with a strong support network around him, John decided not to be a victim of his circumstances and to choose happiness.

The power of gratitude.
What are you thankful for? When life gets tough, it helps to reflect on what you have—your relationships, your health, your business, whatever.

Every day, take a minute and ask yourself these two questions: 1. Why me? and 2. What more can I do to ensure that tomorrow is even better than today? Ask them from a place of gratitude and hope. In the morning, ask Why me? and reflect on what you’re thankful for in your life. In the evening, ask What more can I do to ensure that tomorrow is even better than today? Whether your day was rad or rotten, find a way to do better tomorrow with the lessons you’ve learned.

You have one more opportunity to see Brian Buffini’s Success Tour this year. Brian and crew head to Toronto in December for two days of strategies, networking and motivation sure to set you up for a great 2016. Visit BrianBuffini.com for more information and to reserve your spot today!

5 Lessons We Learned from Diana Nyad at Brian Buffini’s Success Tour-Philadelphia

We learned a lot from Diana Nyad at BBST Philadelphia

We learned a lot from Diana Nyad at BBST Philadelphia

On August 31, 2013, Diana Nyad made history when she swam the 110 mile distance between Cuba and Key West, Florida. It was her fifth attempt at the impressive feat—one that was more than 30 years in the making. While most 60-somethings are making their retirement plans, Diana was training to achieve a goal she set as a young swimmer. Despite several failures, she never gave up.

Diana shared her story with the audience at the Philadelphia stop of Brian Buffini’s Success Tour.  We were certainly inspired. Here are five lessons we took away from her inspirational message. Continue reading

6 Quotes Sure to Make You Feel More Positive Today


Cultivate a more positive attitude with these quotes.

A positive attitude can have an impact on your health, relationships and business success. Whether the events of the day have given you a punch in the gut or you simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed, these quotes are sure to improve your mood and attitude.  If you’re already a ray of positivity sunshine, these quotes will just reinforce how you feel. Continue reading

Get Motivated with These 10 Inspiring Quotes

Losing steam this week? Get motivated with these quotes.

Losing steam this week? Get motivated with these quotes.

Need a quick dose of motivation? Here are ten quotes, guaranteed to put a fire under you. Continue reading