How is my best friend five years old? Having a best friend that’s five years old is the best thing in the world. Having a best friend at all is a great thing. But sometimes as adults, we move on past friends we may have had in the past and we forget to connect with people like we used to. So our best friends sometimes become our kids. I am married and I have 2 boys, 12 and 5 years old. I love my 12 year old, but he is starting to think that dad is a little uncool. But my 5 year old still wants to be my best friend. I am his world, I am his light, I am his protector. I tell him everything and he says: “cool daddy, I love you, can I get some chocolate milk”?
But there’s more to my 5 year old best friend: he has been awesome for my business. No, I’m certainly not talking about child labor. What I mean is that we can learn a lot from children that will help us in our businesses. Kids do some amazing things that sometimes as adults we have forgotten about. Here are 5 of the most important things I learn from my 5 year old best friend:
5 year olds are the best sales people of all time. They keep asking for that chocolate milk no matter what. They will throw a temper tantrum, pull your heart strings, play the guilt card, anything they have to do to get that sale. It might sound lame, but I don’t care. How freaking bad you want it? Ask yourself that, and then become more like a 5 year old. Better yet, be a salesperson like a 5 year old.
Be a good listener. I have taught my 5 year old the importance and value of listening to what people have to say. Not all 5 year olds are good listeners. Heck, even most adults aren’t good listeners. But you will break that mold!
Allow yourself to actually forgive someone. Don’t hold any regrets. This is especially true if you’ve already received NO for an answer. You might know that what you’re trying to sell this person is the best thing ever, but they don’t know that. They know not what they do. You must forgive them and continue to address their concerns professionally like an adult, but never taking no for an answer – just like a five year old.
Are you starting to see that there’s a lot we can learn from children that will help us in our businesses?
5 year olds do some amazing things that sometimes as adults we have forgotten about being important. Value things that people have to say. Show respect, forgiveness, kindness and listening skills. But most of all – be patient and learn to enjoy every minute, because you’ll never get those precious moments back!
Don’t take NO for a sales answer, just like a five year old.
I hope you got something out of this story. I enjoy sharing these types of things with you. Let me know your story of your 5 year olds. How is your 5 year old good for your business?
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Stay blessed, friends. Here’s to your success with real estate.
Franklin A. Cruz
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