Kathy’s Korner

Do you remember Horton? A soliloquy on business

January 28, 2014 

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one hundred percent.”

The world is simpler when viewed through the eyes of a child or a benevolent genius such as Dr. Seuss. And what’s wrong with simple? I often ponder the detrimental value of “growing up.” Just call me Peter Pan!

Many have asked the key to my success through an extraordinary career in real estate. I smile and laugh; it is clear as mud. And children do appreciate mud. My Daddy always taught me to respect others, to look out after older folk, and to tell the truth, work hard, and do the right thing. Last time I checked, this wasn’t a touted business plan template, but darned if it doesn’t work.

If one provides genuine service – real estate or otherwise – offering quality information with the needs of the client foremost, well, people just appreciate that and tend to support that business. A good business person cares for each person, doing “the right thing” without visions of profits or commissions dancing in their heads.

One has only to look around. Apple is possibly the most successful company in the world. Certainly they are making huge profits, but they are also deeply involved in programs working with special needs children. An iPad can open the world to an autistic child. Children are on long waiting lists. Salivating over that next generation device? Consider donating your old one.

Target donates 5 percent of its pretax operating profits to charities. That actually turns out to be quite a chunk of change. They do this day in and day out. Liberty Mutual Insurance encourages the “pay it forward” concept of personal responsibility. The list goes on. But it is easy for us to lose our focus.

No one has life down pat. But if we are at peace with ourselves, respect others, and “do the right thing,” well, it’s good both for business and the soul.

Kathryn Miller is a NC/SC real rstate broker with the Andy Bovender Team, Allen Tate and can be reached at 803-517-1975. Go to WelcomeToTheCarolinas.com.

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