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"There's Always Tomorrow" Isn't A Productive Philosophy for Success

Speed Bumps: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

There's always tomorrow...

One of my favorite business stories is that of Thomas Edison.  We think of him as the man who invented the light bulb, but that isn't the case.  (Stick with me; there's a tie-in to my photo.)

The first light bulb was invented by an Englishman named Humphrey Davy, in 1809.  Thomas Edison wouldn't be born for another 38 years!

The story about Edison that fascinates me is that he failed literally thousands of times at the VERY SAME task before he was successful with that task.  He was persistent.

What made Edison world famous was his improvement of the light bulb.  He eventually made a bulb that would shine for 1500 hours.

There's always tomorrow...

I've seen agents and lenders take comfort during unproductive times by saying "There's always tomorrow."  The problem with that view of non-productive days is that we become creatures of habit. 

Edison's habit was to continually try new materials to create a filament that would be long-lasting.  As soon as one failed (after a few hours) he would try another.  While his current light bulb was burning, he was already fashioning new light bulbs with different filaments, so as not to waste time.  Thomas Alva Edison was productive.

See that sign above?  For a long time, the sign just displayed one message.  "Only you can prevent speed bumps."

People knew that to be true, but they were in a hurry.  There's always tomorrow...  Tomorrow I'll slow down.  I have ten good reasons why I have to hurry today, but tomorrow I'll slow down.

Everyone slows down now.  There are speed bumps throughout the area.

Tomorrow doesn't always come. 

Take that lesson to work with you today.


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

NMLS #223495

SUNSTREET MORTGAGE llc ~ Correspondent Mortgage Bank
Offices (AZ) Mesa, Tucson, Nogales, and Albuquerque, NM.

Comment balloon 16 commentsMike Jones • November 17 2010 08:03AM


Sounds like Scarlett O'Hara saying "I'll think about that tomorrow" in Gone with the Wind. Sometimes, you have to deal with it today.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 10 years ago


Love that!  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

and may I be the first to "suggest" your sage advice? 

Posted by ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com ( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK ) almost 10 years ago

"The problem with that view of non-productive days is that we become creatures of habit."

Mike, that is it in a nutshell, I do not want to fall into a habit like that...ever!

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


Improve on a proven idea.

Almost fanatic tenacity.

Constantly improving the improved.

"Only you can prevent speed bumps."

Only you can prevent slumps! 

Only you can prevent personal failure.

Sounds like a great pep talk.


PS: And, it gave me an idea for a wordless post.

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


I'll be over to check out your wordless post.


Me, neither!


You may!  :)

Mike in Tucson

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

Amazing that someone preserved the "only you can prevent speed bumps" sign.

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

It's the same with starting a diet or exercise program, stopping a bad habit (smoking), etc.  Brian Buffini said "I never ate anything by accident" and that can apply to a lot of things - not just dieting.

Posted by Teri Deane, Realtor, ABR, CRS, SFR - The Deane Team (RE/MAX 100) almost 10 years ago

Great post! And it surely deserves a re-Blog. Why put off till tomorrow what we can do today!

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


Thanks for the reblog!


I thought about your comment while I was eating ice cream at 9:00 last night...  LOL


Ironic!  Someone has a sense of humor, or else they wanted to say "I told you so..."

Mike in Tucson

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


I like this.   Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, or for anything.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) almost 10 years ago

Mike, we used to vacation in Fort Myers Beach, FL. That's where Edison had his winter home and a laboratory. You could take tours to see them both. It was facinating. Hmmm. Slowing down. I guess we should.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 10 years ago

I don't like speed bumps and I am a terrible procrastinator but when I have something I am responsible for I take that responsbily; good post, Mike.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 10 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  Lately I feel I am the only bump in my way -- and focused on "tomorrow may not come" for others instead of myself. This encourages me to find a way to glide right over them instead of trying to get over them!! -- Gab

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

We approach real estate one day at a time. However, please ensure that each day counts and take time for oneself.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 10 years ago

Speed bumps, while a pain in the neck, do save lives by stopping people from speeding through residential areas.

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

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