Today is the 63rd birthday for American vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin. He has earned 10 Grammy Awards and is probably most well known for his 1988 hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
The song title is pretty good instruction for anyone but especially those in a sales career like real estate. Think about everything that happens in a typical real estate transaction. There is so much that must happen for a client to get from the start of a transactions to a successful close and it doesn’t matter if you’re representing the Buyer or the Seller. You can only do so much to represent the best interests of your client.
Yet many of us spend a large portion of our time worrying about things that we have no control over.
A Few Thoughts on Worry
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ― Corrie ten Boom
“Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don’t happen at all.” ― Thomas Carlyle
“How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” To which the man responded, “That’s your worry.” ― Max Lucado
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” ― Erma Bombeck
Just think about it this week. Do your best because your best is all you can do. Focus your attention on building relationships, solving problems and having fun.
And if things start to go sideways, listen to the birthday boy and sing along. (Click here if you don’t see the video below)
P.S. This is one of those songs that is okay to get stuck in your head all day long. Trust me, it’ll never get you in much trouble if you sing it at work. Now… this one might be a different story.
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