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The Dance between Patience and Mindful Business, by Wes Pinkston

You’ve heard of Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles, The Altman Brothers and The Broke Agent, or at this point we’re assuming you have. If not, perhaps you’ve heard of Inman or Swanepoel? Following these various industry outlets may or may not have introduced you to the name Wes Pinkston. In fact, we had a Q & A session here, during his time with The Broke Agent.

In late spring 2016, Wes decided to pursue independent digital marketing consultation. Just before his 30th birthday a profound experience took place that caused a shift in his level of consciousness and self understanding. He describes this journey as the path that let inward to truths and the inspiration for establishing his own practice. You can read all about his story here.

In the meantime, with permission from Wes himself we’d like to publish a portion of one article. If you’re looking for encouragement, life coaching or a new perspective his blog can be read here.

January 10, 2017

The Dance between Patience and Mindful Business
by Wes Pinkston

In today’s business culture, common words that are thrown around are “Grinding,” “Hustle,” “Workaholic,” “Do, Do, Do,” “More! More! More!.” The business culture I was deeply embedded in and the values it upheld and what I directly came in contact with based on my own immediate feelings, always seemed out of harmony. We are quickly handed the industry rhetoric as to how things are, the proverbial “blueprint for success.” Follow this concept, this model, and you will achieve the reward. We quickly hit the ground running because we have the consistent set of waves coming in known as bills, debt, and so on. There is no time for patience, for reflection, I need to go DO something or the industry will leave me in the dust, I will lose to the competition, I won’t be able to pay my bills or maintain MY lifestyle.

Take a deep breath… the momentum and tension builds and builds until it works against us completely.

In the same way we are handed a concept of “how it is” in business, the same goes for life. What I failed to realize, and many others, is the mere fact that it is simply THEIR concept as to how life or the industry is, just one concept of seemingly infinite. Once we believe what we are told as to “how it is” then we use such a small portion of our unique faculty and creativity because there is a small space of wiggle room within the confining walls of “their concept and models for what THEY believe success is” and how to achieve it. Learn what you’d like from mentors, teachers etc and then forget it all, throw it away, the information and technologies available now didn’t exists back then when they developed their models and concepts, and most importantly it was contoured to fit their unique faculty, not yours.

Manifest your own concepts and models that work within the harmony of YOU and the unique faculty you have at your disposal.

Before you begin in an industry, it is highly beneficial to first look at it from a birds eye view as a “Game.” By game I mean it adheres to rules, roles, and boundaries. Regardless of industry, everything operates within a system of order, some more complicated than others. The one that truly understands this, does not view business as competitive, rather they view it as collaborative. The Male Dominator Complex influenced by greed and fear that many in the business world are working off of is not worth any amount of material gain compared to what it costs you in the end.

The Rules and Boundaries of the game you are entering into are rather simple concepts, your Role in the game is what I’d like to dive deeper into…

Until you clearly figure out what your role is, your strengths and what you enjoy, how this “work” fits within your ideal day, which hopefully you have drawn out, you’ll just inherit someone else’s concept or model for success, that was completely molded to fit their strengths and their lifestyle. You’ll quickly find yourself in situations, like I did, where you are “forcing” or “grinding” yourself to work in ways that are out of touch of your natural rhythm rather than shaping your work day around your strengths and special faculty we all have.

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Thank you Wes for allowing us to share your message! If you have an inspirational story that you would like to share, please email us at PR@CBHarper.com

Hard Work, Family and Gettin’ It Done

July 2016 — It is something we all face, the work/life balancing act. There is no single path that works for everyone, we all just tightrope walk that line which makes the most sense for our situation. In working to achieve a safe place for our families, we all make sacrifices.

Similarly we continually face challenges in the form of choice. Maybe it’s easier just to skip that open house, or perhaps you’re too busy, so having the lockbox isn’t a big deal – you can always do it later right? Come to think of it there’s so many emails, why not just mark them read and get back to it. You can always read them later. Excuses only satisfy the person telling them. Being a REALTOR® is not easy, but sure can sound lovely – make you own hours, be your own boss and business owner. The fact is, there are a tower full of moving parts and becoming derailed, discouraged is easy without focus.

Aside from closings, inspectors, paperwork and other facets of the real estate life; you also hope to fit family and loved one in the schedule too. Many of us understand this all too well. Some of us excel greatly at it, but a rare few exemplify what it means to really “get it all done”.

13730844_10154217533515726_8951716884385841463_oWe wanted to take the time to spotlight a sales agent who ranked 3rd as the Top Closing Agent (just behind the the top 2 sales teams) at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® as of June 2016. Additionally she ranked #1 individually among 350 of her peers. Less than a week later, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Wiley. Lindsey Ashcroft, mother, wife and REALTOR®, truly deserves a round of applause.

On Friday July 22nd, Lindsey and her husband Joe celebrated their new baby (the youngest of 4 children). On Monday she took care of a closing – one of four closings set for this month. When we called to ask if we could run this story (same day), she answered her phone on the second ring. That’s what we call getting it all done! Color us impressed.

Thank you Lindsey Ashcroft for being such a wonderful inspiration to the CBHarper Family. Cheers to you, Joe, and your four beautiful children during this exciting time!


If you’re looking for a hardworking, smart and determined REALTOR® to help your family find their next home, call Lindsey:

Lindsey Ashcroft, REALTOR®
(210) 284-1313