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An Apple A Day. Not 30 Apples On The Last Day Of The Month!

An apple a day: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage LenderThere is a discipline required for success.  It's called "Consistency."

I took this photo yesterday in Salt Lake City, where I've been attending a motivational business convention.  (It's why you haven't seen me for a few days on Active Rain.)

Our hotel lobby kept this basket filled to the brim with apples for its guests, and a thought occured to me as I picked one up and bit into it.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but you wouldn't want to have to eat 31 of them on the last day of the month!

And that's the business lesson I took away from a basket of fruit!

How's YOUR sales plan progressing this month?



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Comment balloon 21 commentsMike Jones • October 04 2010 11:46AM


Consistency is the key to successful marketing and it shows a committment.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 10 years ago

Good point Mike, I think I'll have an apple!

Posted by P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well! (Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley) about 10 years ago


Grab one!


Thanks for being the first to comment!  I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago


Now you need a wash tub and watter and some one to "call" the dance.

Salt Lake ought to be into "bobbing" but you might be just a little early.

Hope you had a good time!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago


It is amazing how we can find inspiration from things around us and from things as simple as a basket of fruit.  We are at the beginning of the month, so it is a nice time to implement the business lesson!  :)

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR about 10 years ago

Ah, Mike...

We look everywhere for consistency, when consistency is within us, waiting to be set free to work its magic...

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) about 10 years ago

An apple a day ... a blog a day ... this can all add up to success. I like being consistent, it works.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA about 10 years ago

Mike, In fact, 31 apples consumed in one day might end up with the sales person wearing dentures. Now I could discuss the possible effects on the digestive tract but guess you'd prefer I stick to teeth. :)

Posted by Kate Kate about 10 years ago

Mike, hope you are having a good time at your convention, and I will take ONE please!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 10 years ago

I could use a few of those on the horse farms I visit!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 10 years ago

Mike ... Good to see you and your photo images again.  I like the metaphor to eat one apple a day, not just all 31 on the last day of the month.  I am on my way now to get my apple for the day (literally and figuratively).

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) about 10 years ago

You're right, I sure wouldn't want to eat 30 apples in a day... I have enough trouble eating one a day.  LOL.  Good point that can easily be carried over to business and life.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Mike -- hope you had a safe trip home after passing through Flagstaff in that rainstorm. I got your text when I turned on my phone after finishing 18 -- we watched the storm coming at us on the last two holes, but it was sunny all the way around in my little slice of Flagstaff.

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) about 10 years ago

Excellent thought, Mike.  And to further relate it to real estate - why does everyone always want to close on the last day of the month?  Why not schedule your closing 5-6 days before in case there are any "burps" in the system?  Why would you want to be among 50 harried clients that the title company and loan company and agents and every one else is just rushing around for?  Why not chose a less hectic day when people will actually have time to explain page 4789 of your closing documents (ok, a slight exaggeration.)   Great analogy.

BTW - we had some awesome storms today and I've got some great pix coming - hope you'll stop by after you get "home."

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 10 years ago

Mike - Consistency is indeed the key to all things in life, be it our business, our health or whatever.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago


I'm inconsistent at the practice of consistency.  Better than being consistently inconsistent, though.  I guess...


All my realtors want me to close before the end of the month!  Doesn't matter what day they got the signed offer...  Okay, that's a little exaggeration, but we aim to please.


It was just beautiful, driving through that rainstorm, and the silver lined clouds after the storm passed by were outstanding!


I like apples!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Who's your lender?!  Give me a call.


We used to feed the horses apples when I was a kid on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Oh, have two!


Thanks for sticking to the "teeth" story...


Yes it does!


You have a way with words!


I noticed that!  Go sell houses!


It was a GREAT time!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

HI MIKE!  Oh that's good ... let's see ... I've got some apples that need eating to catch up! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Morning, Gab!

You're up early, as usual.  I'm betting that helps you stay consistent with your sales plan!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike - That was a good lesson. SO many people try to do it all at once, and they never get anything done correctly.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

How appropriate. We are having a "call" contest and it's much easier to do a few a day than having to play "catch up" and make all those calls the last day of the month!

Also, thanks for sharing your photos. That is way cool of you!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I am hopeless sometimes.  All I can think of is 'he didn't wash the apple before he ate it'.  

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

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