“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”— Leonardo da Vinci
Despite being in the so-called “Information Age”, we’re confused now more than ever. Life has become increasingly complex, and your career is no exception. We aim to operate from the “K.I.S.S.” principle which implies that we must become stupid, or dumb ourselves down, in order to cope and adapt. However, “K.I.S.S.” actually stands for “Keep It Short and Simple”. The term originated with Kelly Johnson, the brilliant Lockheed engineer who oversaw the development of the Lockheed Skunk Works (Area 51) and over 40 different aircraft. He knew that in the pursuit of simplicity, we must not become simple ourselves. Being an engineer, he was also very aware of The Law of Entropy which states that any system will deteriorate over time unless it is injected with a) a new energy source and b) a template for the organization of the new energy. If there’s any principle which affirms the need for outside counsel, this is it. The Entropy Law applies to all things, including organizations, infrastructure, and relationships.
At Mastery Coaching we’ve not only witnessed the effects of the Entropy Law, we’ve experienced it. We’re here to tell you that Entropy can’t be avoided, no matter what your market share is, or how solid your foundation may be. It can look like a marriage heading towards stagnation, a small business becoming bloated as it grows, or an agent failing to adapt to a new market. Our clients who’ve adopted the new energy/template approach were the only ones who were able to pull out of a dive or even stay the course without losing steam. So what’s the answer to avoiding the inevitable slowdown of our business and increasing level of friction in life? What does “new energy” and a template to focus and deploy that energy look like?
“New energy” is something which serves as fuel for you to continue towards your goals. An example would be hiring a great personal assistant. The first thing I invested in after my first escrow, was an able and intelligent assistant. We recommend posting an ad on the “job board” of your local college’s website. College students tend to be tech savvy, flexible in their outlook, and can work odd hours. New energy doesn’t have to be acquisitional in nature. It can be trimming cost by reducing overhead or adopting a healthier lifestyle by eating right and working out more (a very effective and efficient method of energy cultivation). New energy is not rushing out and buying the latest gadget the moment it come out (it’ll be full of bugs and frustration anyway). It’s also not assuming an adrenalized lifestyle fueled by stress, caffeine, or working even more hours doing the same thing. At the end of the day, the point of new energy is to fuel your course of action and, to ensure that you’re in integrity with your goals.
A template is nothing more than forethought applied to moments of serendipity. Communication: Know what to say before you have to say it. Writing an effective and emotionally evocative cover letter is critical to putting a human face on your client’s offer. Yet we’ve seen so many agents produce obviously scripted or boring letters, or worse yet, no letter at all. Mastery Coaching can provide very effective and proven cover letters for offers (as well as requests for repairs). All we need is a quick brief on the situation and you’ll have a “leg up” on the competition as well as the seller’s emotions. A template could also be a plan for your staff. I had a wonderful assistant for over two years. However, there were frequent moments of frustration and friction because I would often fail to produce a hard schedule for her the moment she walked in. I was so busy putting together escrows that she was on the business end of “seagull management” (swoop in, provide droppings in the form of drive-by taskers, and swoop out). Income: So you made an extra couple thousand dollars this month? Great! Know in advance which bills you’ll apply your windfall to. And when it comes to energy, by far the most powerful form is time. Unless you’re God (in which case you’ll probably have no need for Mastery Coaching), you can’t make it, buy it, or even find more of it. So when a client cancels at the last minute, know in advance how you’ll be spending that free time. And ladies and gentlemen, we know that free time discovered during the work day is applied towards your work. We’ve already established that how you spend your free time is indicative of your maturity level. Use it wisely. Free time is like Tofu. It assumes the flavor of whatever you mix it with. If you waste it, that flavor will leave a nasty aftertaste that’ll be difficult to get rid of.
Let us help you with the level of creativity needed to ensure that your offers rise above those of your competitors. Let us help you discover who you want to be and where you want to go. Ultimately the answers lie within you, but the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Our templates ensure that you stay straight on the road to victory vs. bounce off the guardrails of life. Our methods for creating and obtaining energy will ensure that when you bounce off a guardrail, you’ll have enough fuel to recover from a spinout and get back on track. The staff at Mastery Coaching understands Entropy. We’ve been through it, but we’ve developed the experience to excel in the face of it and, we’d be remiss if we failed to share our methods and coping skills. It’s ok where you are, you’re just too good to stay there. Refuse to be “stupid” to make your dreams come true. Be simple in your values, but not in your outlook. Albert Einstein perhaps said it best; “Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.”. If your infrastructure and the systems within it can be simplified, so will your life. We want your income streams to be free of pollution and unnecessary obstacles so that you can enjoy what simplicity is supposed to offer: love, life, and purpose.