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Saturday Night Post: Slow Down, Step Back & Gain More Perspective


What is it?  Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

Is a picture worth a thousand words?  Not without perspective! 

Stick with me for a couple of minutes; READ before you scroll down...

Take a good look at this desert plant. 

  • The photo is clear. 
  • It's in focus. 
  • It captures every bit of the detail of the plant. 
Yet you have no idea how big it is.  Or how tall.  You can't tell if it's a bicolor plant, or it the sun's rays are illuminating the top, while the bottom is in shadow.  It might be green, or (as is the case with many of our desert plants) it might have a blue cast.

You need a little more perspective

Here's the same plant with color.  Some of the questions are immediately answered.  It's green.  The top of the plant is in sunlight, and the bottom is in shadow.

What is it?  Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

But if you're to know whether it's a tiny plant, or a huge one, you need more perspective!

That's true in all areas of life, and especially in your business and mine. 

We need to step back, evaluate, and plan before we come to a conclusion that we can act upon.

How big is it?  Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

Is this plant really taller than the house, or is this a trick of perspective?

Think about someone you know who loves to go fishing. (Fishermen have something in common with buyers...)  They sometimes stretch the truth.  With the advent of photography, fishermen found it more difficult to lie to their buddies about "the big one." 

It didn't take long for someone to figure out that if the fish is closer to the camera than the fisherman, the fish appears to be MUCH larger than it really is.  It's a trick of perspective.  (There's a business lesson here.)

So what about our plant?  Is it really taller than the house?

Taller than the house: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

It sure is!  That's an Octopus Agave.  Here's the same plant back in April 2010, before all those bubils sprouted from the stalk. 

Now you have a full perspective.

My business takeaway:

The Real Estate business is a lot like this, especially right now with the political climate.  The media give us a picture like the one at the beginning of the post, with zero perspective, jump to a conclusion and shout "AHA!"  See?  Look at this...  etc, ad nauseum.

Let's all back up a little, slow down, and look for the whole picture.  We'll make better decisions, and that means that we'll all make more money in 2011 than we did this year.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage Lender.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsMike Jones • November 13 2010 10:12PM


Very cool! I thought it was a closeup of my ponytail when I skipped conditioner.

Inspirational regarding this market, thanks.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) almost 10 years ago

This is a great perspective here Mike. I love the pictures. My favorite is the first one, I love the black and white with the shadows. However, I certainly would have thought it was a much shorter plant and much wider! It really is all about perspective! Both buyers and sellers would do themselves a favor in today's real estate climate by NOT taking the overall perspective, but by really working to understand and see the whole picture. Working with an experienced agent can help put things in factual perspective!

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) almost 10 years ago

Mike, thank you for your blog.  I am looking forward to a great 2011 and changes in perspective, focus, and follow through.  I appreciate that you have given me something to kick the tires with over the weekend.  How ironic that I am also watching the USC/Arizona game as well.  I'm sure we are hoping for different results but here's to a great 2011!  Good luck to you and your business. 

Posted by Craig Martin, Broker/Owner (T.N.G. Real Estate Consultants, Inc.) almost 10 years ago


I'd better turn on the TV and check out the Arizona game!


Thanks for the encouragement!  I'm experimenting with Black & White right now.


LOL!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

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

Ah Mr Mike, great story, great pictures and a wonderful analysis.  Perspective is always so important, sometimes it's hard to wait for it.  Too many of us are running scared right now!

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 10 years ago

Great job, Mike.  I love the photo work and the analogy!!!  Good thought process there - perception can be deceiving, but it is our perception. 

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

Good morning Mike. Very interesting spike on that cactus. I could tell by the shadows that it was tall but not that tall...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

A great post and very true too! I love the way you used the plant in describing our business. This calls for a re blog!

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) almost 10 years ago

Mike - great post, and a good demontration of the value of pictures.

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

Mike thats what I call positive thinking...


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 10 years ago

Mike, I thoroughlyy enjoyed this post and the excellent pictures you've used to illustrate the concept of perspective! Nice work my friend!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Mike - your photographs are always amazing and seeing these varying shots is indeed interesting!

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) almost 10 years ago

Hello Mike and quite an amazing post & photos, before I scrolled down I figured it was big! As for the color quite amazing but as for the actual size I never imagined it to be this big. Great post of perspective and featured at one of my favorite groups ...


Robert ... ;)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 10 years ago


Thanks for the feature!


Thank you!


Thanks to you as well!

Helpful Hannah,

It's a positively amazing plant!


Thanks for stopping by.


Thanks for the re-blog!


It's the progenitor of Jack's Beanstalk!


Thanks for the encouragement!

Ms Kate,

You always bring a smile!

Mike in Tucson

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

Your very welcome Mike and many things in life aren't what they seem or look like in photos ...;)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 10 years ago

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