Top 10 Wacky And Depraved Real Estate Agents

ADAM R. RAMOS 

 

Being a real estate agent is a taxing occupation with no guarantee of financial success. The unpredictability of housing markets often weighs heavily on the minds of realtors, whose livelihood can drastically change overnight. Sometimes, their methods of coping with that stress are less than ideal.

The following ten entries examine unscrupulous and depraved characters whose appalling antics will leave one questioning whether to hand over their keys to a “trusted” real estate agent. You might just be better off listing your home as for sale by owner.

10Competition

In a competitive and volatile housing market, brokers can become resentful, disloyal, and quite unhinged. Case in point: summer 2018 in Hong Kong, where, within a span of a few days, three violent brawls spilled out into the streets, with hordes of brokers fighting each other for customers and listings. The vicious, competition-fueled clashes have caused the Estate Agents Authority (EAA) to investigate the matter in an attempt to find a resolution to the loathing and violence. The EAA concluded that agents who indulge in future throwdowns are subject to having their licenses revoked for up to three years.In the Western world, hostility between brokers is a little more subtle but still involves illegal activity. In 2012, Nathan Andrew Dunham of Sarasota, Florida, was arrested after he was caught stealing competitors’ signs outside their firms and along residential sidewalks. When asked by a deputy to open his trunk, the 29-year-old broker had an impressive stash of 37 signs belonging to local realtors.[1] Though not as determined as Dunham, 60-year-old Cape Cod realtor James Regan III was booked into jail in 2016 after he, too, was caught stealing around a dozen signs. Both men were charged with two counts of petty larceny, leaving their licenses hanging in the balance.

9The Wolf Of Realty

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It is safe to assume that one of the last places expected to be a den for trafficking narcotics would be a realty firm in a quiet neighborhood. Such was the case in Chetek, Wisconsin, in 2017, after Quinlan Thomas, 53, was busted for selling methamphetamine to a police confidential informant at Chetek Realty, LLC. His arrest came after an investigation conducted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Office that spanned several months.

However, nothing can be quite absurd as what occurred in Cleveland, Ohio, where a respected real estate agent was arrested for peddling meth to his associates. Reminiscent of the debauchery seen in The Wolf of Wall Street, 37-year-old Robert McCann and his colleagues “consistently engaged in coded conversations,” referring to the life-siphoning narcotic as “ice,” “rice,” or “wine.”

In 2015, despite the fact that his well-known image was plastered all over local news outlets, McCann conceitedly went on to open a new realty branch, First National in Cleveland, in spite of his pending trial. Interestingly enough, homeowners were still handing their keys over to him regardless of the possibility that if convicted, he would not only be stripped of his license but incarcerated as well. As if to pull on the public’s heartstrings, McCann stated that his surprising downfall was solely due to the stress he endured following the “breakdown of a relationship.” How endearing.[2]

8Convenient Listings


Love is often blind not only to the eye but to one’s logic. The following cases, however, may be more about kinky exploits rather than actual love. Such was the case in 2016 for 22-year-old Houston-area realtor Kayla Marisa Seloff, who was caught getting it on in the home of one of her clients. Responding to a possible burglary, police discovered Seloff and a male companion in a “passionate rendezvous” on the floor in one of the rooms of the vacant residence. In the end, the adoring duo was charged with criminal trespass after her former client pressed charges.

Surprisingly, such raunchy bedroom acrobatics in listed homes are nothing new and are, frankly, more common than one may realize. In 2013, New Jersey realtor Robert Lindsey intentionally overpriced his client’s house with the sole purpose of using it as his personal sex pad with a fellow broker. Sadly, the coworkers’ sexual escapades came to an abrupt end after they were caught by security cameras, playing out their fantasies on the homeowner’s bed.

The award for indecency and mistrust, however, goes to Michigan agent Scott Adlhoch, who had sex in at least six homes. According to reports, between 2013 and 2015, instead of showing his clients’ homes to potential buyers, he was too busy getting a cardio workout in their beds. Even more audacious is the fact that he allowed a female companion to conduct therapy sessions with her professional counselor in at least two of the homes. For Adlhoch, his perverse heyday ended after a fellow realtor intercepted his wife’s texts detailing their scandalous trysts.[3] Love is blind . . .

7Dirty Old Man

In 2013, dissatisfied and perturbed with their previous realtor, a couple in Arlington, Virginia, hired 60-year-old Stephen Brumme as their new agent to list their home. From all appearances, Brumme was the perfect match for an apprehensive household, given the facade of his frail and calm demeanor. Nonetheless, webcams installed throughout the home captured an unsettling perversion.

While the couple was away, Brumme entered the house and, in a hasty manner, headed straight for the master bedroom. As the cameras rolled, Brumme could be seen rifling through the wife’s closet and underweardrawer like a child rummaging through a mountainous pile of gifts on Christmas morning. Perplexed by the variety of colorful and fragrant selections to choose from, the decrepit, dirty old man eventually settled on a negligee. Clenching his newfound keepsake, Brumme left the residence to partake in extracurricular activities too disgusting to think of or imagine. While he was busy sampling his memento as one would do at a perfume kiosk, police were viewing the footage brought into them by the distressed couple.[4]

Following his inevitable arrest, the deviant sniffer was convicted of unlawful entry and petit larceny and placed on supervised probation. In addition, the judge ordered him to forfeit his real estate license for a minimum of two years. Perhaps what’s most troubling, other than a lenient sentence, is that police believed there were others who were missing panties, bras, and other lingerie. They appealed to recent sellers in the area to come forward.

6The Wandering Boozer

In 2015, a popular Daytona Beach realtor had quite the Sunday afternoon following a blissful day of boozing. At the end of the bender, 49-year-old Aswinder “Aswin” Suri made the decision to return home, albeit blind drunk. Less than an hour later, Ponce Inlet officers were called to a residence, where they encountered Suri being pinned down on the living room floor by two men.

Believing he had arrived at his destination, an “extremely intoxicated” Suri had erroneously entered a stranger’s home through an unlocked garage door. As expected, the pickled agent was taken to the police station, where his belligerence hit an all-time high. At first, Suri professed his love for the officers, whom he considered “family,” all while sobbing like a baby. Moments later, after he was placed in a glass holding cell, Dr. Jekyll emerged with a barrage of charming insults and obscenities. Suri was booked on charges of trespassing.[5]

Predictably, this would not be Suri’s first or last run-in with the law. The year prior, he was arrested for aggravated battery of his girlfriend, and in 2016, he was detained by Daytona Beach police for refusing to pay a $445 bar tab at the Lollipops gentlemen’s club. Once again, the inebriated realtor was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail, this time on charges of grand theft between $300 and $500.

5The Unknown Stalker


In 2017, while repairing a computer for a client in Kane County, Utah, an electronic specialist came across a vast amount of alarming photographs. Once authorities were alerted, further forensic examination found hundreds of images of prepubescent girls as well as surreptitiously taken pictures of local children and women who were unknowingly stalked and photographed.

Aside from his female coworkers, the owner of the computer—an unidentified 49-year-old local realtor—apparently zeroed in on one woman in particular: his neighbor. According to the search warrant:

It’s obvious that [the woman] has no knowledge that she’s being photographed by [the man]. It’s evident that [the man] has a fascination with [her]. It appears that [the man] is stalking [her] because he has cut and pasted images of [her] from their original state to images of young nude women. Some of these images are pornographic.

Even more disturbing is the fact that the agent was taking pictures of framed photographs of children and adolescent females while in the homes which he was in the process of selling. In addition, the warrant goes on to state that the realtor “had been entering other people’s homes and multiple bedrooms and hanging women’s underwear on his genitals and committing sex acts.”[6]

Due to the fact that the case was still under investigation, the man was never identified nor arrested in spite of the overwhelming evidence. Prior to being charged with an actual crime, he chose to expedite his looming doom by blowing his brains out, bringing an end to his debauchery.

4A Woman Scorned


In 2005, Greg and Lenae Thomas settled on a home for $640,000, but at the last minute, they chose a different realtor due to concerns with the terms of their agent’s contract. Three years later, Sandra Haddad, 49, would seek retribution for the commission she lost. After recruiting four 13-year-old boys, two of them family friends, Haddad sent the youths to the Thomases’ residence armed with vegetable oil and spray paint. As the couple vacationed, the boys smashed windows and outside lights, spray-painted vulgar language and images on the walls and fence, and permanently stained the driveway with oil, totaling $17,000 in damages. In time, the identity of the culprits came to light. The boys were charged as juveniles with felony criminal mischief, while Haddad saw handcuffs and the back of a squad car.

With the cards verily stacked against her, not to mention the boys’ immediate confession, a sullen Haddad pleaded guilty to four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. As part of her plea deal, she was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service removing graffiti, 15 days of home detention, and four years of supervised probation as well as to attend anger management classes and pay the Thomases $17,075 in retribution. To top off an exhilarating summer, the Thomases filed a restraining order as well as a pricey lawsuit against her.[7]

3Toxic Treats

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Dogs are allowed to roam freely in Batesville, Mississippi, given the fact that there are no leash laws in the county. This lack of restrictions, however, became a nuisance for a local realtor, who decided to thin out the herd of domesticated animals in 2013. Using meat mixed with the pesticide Temik, Brad McCulley placed the delectable toxin in Styrofoam cups, which he then spread throughout the district.

Overnight, local residents, including some of McCulley’s neighbors, awoke to find their dogs and cats in a state of rigor mortis. Based on how much of the poison was ingested, those that did not swiftly succumb to the effects of the pesticide suffered a horrendously painful demise. To make matters worse, the poison had the potential to spread even after the death of the animals. According to Dr. Justin Unruh, “If one animal ingests it, then another animal consumes that animal, potentially it could be devastating.”

Following the death of at least 12 household pets, Panola County investigators arrested McCulley on charges of administering the toxin. Sadly, the charges did little to console Jenny Herron, who lost two of her dogs to McCulley’s diabolic actions. “It’s just heartbreaking, and I absolutely hope that nobody has to witness or go through this,” she said.[8]

2New Year’s Day

On January 1, 2017, investigators were called to the scene of an empty California home that was set ablaze. The following day, the bodies of the home’s owner, 59-year-old Yolanda Holtrey, and her friend, 49-year-old Michelle Luke, were found in a desolate field in Newport Beach. That day, Christopher Ireland, 37, was taken into custody on suspicion of murder. Ireland, who was a real estate agent planning on listing Holtrey’s home, celebrated New Year’s Eve with the victims along with his wife, Samantha, before leaving at 1:30 AM. During questioning, Samantha claimed that she had no recollection of her husband leaving their home in the early hours of the morning and believed that he might have been sleepwalking.

What Samantha did not know was that while she was waiting with her family in Holtrey’s driveway prior to leaving, her husband was inside bludgeoning and disfiguring the women. Later, as she slept, Ireland lined the trunk of his car and returned to the blood-splattered home at 3:00 AM to discard the bodies. The reasons as to why a festive night of celebrationended in such a horrifying manner remain unknown. As for Ireland, he was formally charged on January 4 for the murder of his client and her friend.[9]

1The Contreras Family


In September 1998, 39-year-old Rosalba Contreras arrived at the San Pedro home of Valentine Partida to discuss missing finances pertaining to real estate fraud. (She had stolen the money from Partida and his wife.) Contreras had known the 78-year-old man for three years, yet her betrayal was far beyond reconciliation. When heated words escalated to a fight, Contreras bludgeoned Partida to death with a hammer. Thereafter, she entered Partida’s bedroom, where his 90-year-old wife Elvira lay bedridden, helplessly anticipating her fate. In a futile attempt to hide her crime, Contreras set the home ablaze, only after stabbing the powerless woman multiple times in the upper body.[10] It wouldn’t be long until police linked Contreras to the murders, earning her two life terms in prison.

In 2009 in Los Angeles, a real estate agent was preparing to show a foreclosed home when she discovered the body of a fellow realtor laying dead on the floor. In a bizarre twist, the victim was Contreras’s brother Ricardo, 45, who had, ironically, been stabbed to death. According to family members, Ricardo had gone to show prospective buyers the home on the day he went missing. To date, his murder has yet to be solved, and although police see no immediate evidence tying his death to his sister’s butchery, questions continue to loom.

10 Tribes With Superpowers You Wish You Had

OLIVER TAYLOR 

 

Ever wished you had a superpower of some sort? There are entire tribes of people who have seemingly superhuman abilities that we can only dream of. Sometimes, these people do not even realize that they are exceptional until it is pointed out to them.

These tribes got their superpowers due to various factors, including their foods, climates, and lifestyles. In several instances, the sources of these abilities are explainable. Nevertheless, these superpowers give them an edge over other humans in sports and other ways.

10The Kalenjin Of Kenya Are The World’s Best Long-Distance Runners

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Everyone knows that Kenya has the world’s best marathon runners. What most people do not know is that the majority of these runners are from the same tribe. Enter the Kalenjin, the world’s best long-distance runners.

Several scientists, researchers, and sports analysts have tried to explain why the tribe dominates long-distance running. Although their starch-rich diet, the location of their homeland, and coincidental social and economic factors have been fingered as possible reasons, no one has come to a definite conclusion. However, it is suspected to have something to do with genetics.

The Kalenjin have small ankles and calves and a slim stature, which is just perfect for marathon running. Body size is important in determining who will win a marathon because people with smaller ankles and calves use less energy than others. It is even said that one can guess the winner of a marathon by checking which of the contestants has the smallest ankles and calves.[1]

9Bajau People Of Indonesia Can Hold Their Breath Underwater For An Unusually Long Time

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The Bajau people of Indonesia are called sea nomads or sea gypsies because of their ability to remain underwater for several minutes without any equipment. The most experienced divers can remain underwater for 13 minutes before returning to the surface to breathe. Researchers from Cambridge University discovered that the Bajau people can do this because their bodies adapted to diving, causing their spleens to increase by 50 percent.

Before the discovery, researchers had always suspected the size of our spleens had something to do with our ability to remain underwater. A larger spleen compresses underwater, releasing oxygen-rich blood into the body. This reduces oxygen use and allows us to stay underwater for longer. In the case of the Bajau people, they have a unique gene that increases secretion of the thyroid hormone T4, which causes larger spleens.[2]

8Moken People Of Indonesia Can See Underwater

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What is cooler than being able to hold your breath underwater? Seeing underwater.

This ability is limited to the children of the Moken people of western Thailand. Like the Bajau people of Indonesia, the Moken live by the seaside and are also called water nomads. Unlike other kids, however, the Moken children have excellent eyesight underwater.

In 1999, Anna Gislen, a researcher with the University of Lund, traveled to Thailand to live with the Moken people and study their superpower. She realized that the eyesight of their children was two times better underwater than that of European children. Interestingly, she also observed that adult Moken cannot see as well underwater.

Gislen initially suspected that the eyes of the children had evolved. But that was not the case because it would have affected their eyesight outside the water. On careful observation, she realized that the children could constrict their pupils and change the shape of the lenses of their eyes—two factors necessary for underwater eyesight. In fact, this is how seals and dolphins see underwater.

To confirm her theory, Gislen trained some European children in Thailand and Swedish children in Sweden to control their pupils and lenses underwater. A month later, they could see as well underwater as the Moken children. The European children did not find it easy, though. Unlike the Moken children, their eyes always turned red because of the salty seawater. But they would have adapted to that, too, if the training continued.

Moken adults cannot see that well underwater because their lenses are already rigid, just like that of adults elsewhere. From all indications, it is unlikely that Moken children will maintain their superpower for long. The entire tribe was moved far inland after an earthquake-induced tsunami destroyed their seaside village in 2004. They no longer have such easy access to the sea.[3]

7The Sherpas Are Expert Mountain Climbers

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Climbing Everest or any other mountain would be a daunting task for the average person. But not for the Sherpas. They are expert mountain climbers with the ability to seek out previously unknown routes. Today, people climbing Mount Everest always go with Sherpa guides.

Research revealed that Sherpas are excellent mountain climbers because their bodies manage oxygen better at higher altitudes than the average person. This should not be a surprise. The Sherpas have been living on the Himalayas for over 6,000 years, which is more than enough time for their bodies to adapt to the extremely cold temperatures and low oxygen levels. The Sherpas are also immune to the nasty side effects and sometimes fatal ailments that affect other climbers.

Oxygen decreases as we go higher up Mount Everest. In response, the body produces more red blood cells to feed the muscles with the required oxygen. At the same time, these excess blood cells make the blood thicker, stressing the heart.

The Sherpas also experience the same thing but at a much lower rate. This is not all. Their bodies are also able to produce more energy in the absence of oxygen.[4]

6Some Native Ecuadorean Sufferers Of Laron Syndrome Are Immune To Cancer And Diabetes

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Laron syndrome is an ailment that causes mutation in the human growth hormone receptor, leading to dwarfism. It is common among members of a tribe in a remote village in Ecuador. No one thought much of the syndrome until Dr. Jaime Guevara-Aguirre, who had been working with the tribe, realized that tribesmen with the syndrome were almost immune to diabetes and cancer.

In contrast, tribesmen without the syndrome were highly susceptible to cancer and diabetes. To confirm his suspicion, Guevara-Aguirre partnered with Dr. Valter D. Longo of the University of Southern California to run lab tests with serum made from genes of the Laron patients.[5]

The researchers added the serum to human cells that had been deliberately damaged. They discovered that the serum stopped these cells from experiencing more genetic damage. At the same time, these cells destroyed themselves instead of turning cancerous.

5Some Of The Fore People Of Papua New Guinea Are Immune To Kuru And Mad Cow Disease

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Kuru is the name of a deadly brain disease that broke out among members of the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea in the 20th century. It was the result of tribesmen eating the brains of their dead as part of their burial rites.

Some of the consumed brains were infected with prion disease, which caused kuru. The majority of the deaths occurred in the 1950s, forcing the tribesmen to abandon the tradition. At that time, 2 percent of the tribesmen died every year.

Today, several tribesmen are immune to kuru and will not get it even if they eat the infected brain of a dead person. They are also immune to similar diseases, including mad cow disease. This protection has been traced to the unique V127 genetic mutation present in the bodies of kuru survivors. Descendants of tribesmen who never had kuru do not have the mutation or the immunity to kuru and mad cow disease.

To test their theory, researchers used genetic engineering to develop some mice with the mutation before injecting the animals with the different brain diseases. They found that the mice were immune to kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, depending on whether the animals had one or two copies of the V127 mutation.[6]

As to the Fore people, researchers believe that all of them would have become immune to kuru and similar brain diseases if they had continued to eat the brains of their dead.

4Tsimane People Of Bolivia Are Almost Immune To Heart Disease

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The Tsimane people of Bolivia have the lowest risk of heart disease in the world. Between 2004 and 2015, researchers tested hundreds of tribesmen and discovered that 90 percent had clear arteries, which is directly linked to a lower possibility of contracting heart disease. At the same time, they have lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.[7]

Researchers attributed this uniqueness to the diet and lifestyle of the Tsimane people. They eat unprocessed carbohydrates along with little fat and protein. They get their protein from the animals they hunt and the fish they catch. They are also very active and work long hours.

3The Hmong People Of China Can Communicate By Whistling

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Whistling is not exclusive to the Hmong people of China. Several tribes around the world independently learned to communicate via whistling. However, they are usually located in mountainous regions where people live far apart. The Hmong live at the foot of the Himalayas.

The Hmong farmers whistle to chat on farms, while hunting in the jungle, and to send love messages at night. Everyone understands what the lovers are saying. But they do not recognize the people because a whistle is not individually identifiable like a voice. This allows the lovers to remain anonymous while passing messages. Some even add nonsense whistles to confuse the listeners.

A tribe on one of the Canary Islands also communicates via whistling. Their whistling language is called Silbo Gomero and sounds so similar to birdsong that some birds are imitating it.

Some Amazonian tribes also use whistling to communicate while hunting in the jungle. This is safer than speech because whistling will not startle game. The Inuit communities of the Bering Strait also use whistling to communicate when whale hunting.

Whistling has even been used in warfare. The Berbers of North Africa used it to pass secret messages during their resistance against France. During World War II, Australia hired Wam speakers from Papua New Guinea to transmit and decode whistled messages to prevent the interception of radio messages by the Japanese.[8]

2Some Aboriginal Australians Have Superb Vision

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Looking for humans with the best eyesight? Check with the aboriginal people of Australia. Some have eyesight four times better than the average person. This allows them to see things that are four times smaller than what the average person can see. Other aboriginal Australians do not have such superb eyesight, although they can see two or three times better than the average person.

Some aboriginal people work as spotters for the Australian army because they can perceive enemies at extremely long distances. They are also used to spot illegal immigrants’ boats and illegal fishing boats in Australian waters.

This superior vision is believed to be the result of the hunter-gatherer nature of ancient aboriginal people who needed superb eyesight to survive in the wild. Unfortunately, today’s aboriginal Australians do not always have their remarkable eyesight into old age. Due to several factors, including poor hygiene and diabetes, aboriginal people above 40 are six times likelier to go blind than other Australians.[9]

1The Okinawans Of Japan Live The Longest

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Looking for the oldest people alive? Look no further than the native people of Okinawa, Japan. They are likelier to reach age 100 than the members of any other tribe in the world.

Okinawa boasts of having the largest concentration of centenarians in the world. Longevity among Okinawans has been traced to their healthy diet. They eat lots of whole grains, soy, tofu, vegetables, sweet potatoes, fish, squid, and octopus.

Despite their large centenarian population, the Okinawans have been suffering a steady decline in health within the past few years. This has been traced to increased consumption of fast food from outlets that followed the opening of a US base in the area.[10]

Title: Build Your Business With Four Easy Steps

 

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Summary:
Building a business is not easy. This easy to read step by step guide shall provide an outline to starting a business in just four easy steps.

 

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Building, business, step by step, guide, outline, four easy steps. 

 

Article Body:
Creating a successful and profitable business is not easy. Initially, external factors, such as competition, timing and demand, with scant or little contol bother us.  We aspire to have sound business plan. In order to lead a successful business we must assume that external factors shall favour us. The five steps we consider while building our business from the ground up:

1. Determine your business. What are you selling?
This question is not as easy to answer as you may think. For example, Nike is in the sportswear business, but the truth is that when you buy a pair of Nike shoes and a t-shirt at the mall we are buying a lot more than sportswear; you’re buying an image, a feeling. You’re buying the Nike brand. For example  someone who is in speciality retial business may say, ìconvenience or “innovation” before they specify any particular industry.  Your brand is what sets your product apart from your competitors.

 

2. Select your market. Who are you selling to?
This step is a bit less interpretive as the first, though equally important. Who are you selling to? or more importantly, what do you know about this person? Understanding your consumer is a key to success. What do they do? Where do they hang out? What do they watch on television? These are just a few of the questions that you should be able to answer about your consumer. Knowing the answers to these questions can answer a lot of questions of your own when it comes to a devising a marketing strategy. We have to understand our market with “amazing ability to figure out the things that people want to have.” This ability to perceive our consumer’s desire can only be a result of knowing them like our neighbor.

 

3. Create a marketing strategy. How do you speak to these people?
This is a culmination of understanding your brand and your consumer. As mentioned in number two, understanding our consumer can answer a lot of questions concerning our marketing strategy: Where should you advertise? What’s the voice of your brand? What kind of prices are reasonable for this demographic? In order to engage your consumer, a.k.a. sell your product to them, you must know where your advertisements will be noticed, how to speak to them, and how much they will be able to spend, among many of things. Really, this step should have been combined with the last because who your market is dictates your marketing strategy entirely.

 

4. Learn by example. Seek advice from those who have done it.
There are many books written by professionals who have already started their own business and have been successful in doing so.

Remember, building a successful business in not all about the Rupees and Paise. Equally as valuable is you brand equity and your ability to engage your consumer, which is only attainable by understanding them. Assuming there is a demand for your product, and you can compete with the other brands, following these four steps shall guide you in the right direction.

 

 

Shooting Star Day

Did you know…

… that today is Shooting Star Day? In 1988, Elvis Presley’s Shooting Star stage outfit was sold for $48,000, the highest price ever paid for a rock star’s clothing up to that time. And on August 7, 2008, his famous 1974 stage-worn peacock jumpsuit sold for $300,000. So, I guess that day we’ll call Peacock Day. 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

— Og Mandino

Mentor Master Class- Free Tutorial Series 1-10 for Mentors from Jay Parkhe #6

  • More often than not, we get influenced in our lives by the people we come in contact with. Our actions, behavior, ambitions, and dreams are motivated after coming in contact with them, or after interacting with them.This activity is designed to make the reader understand the different influences he has had over his life. The reader is supposed to divide his age in three equal parts, and mention them left to right in the table, starting with the lowest age bracket.

    Below that are mentioned three types of people. In the row that has “Influencers” mentioned at the left, you need to mention at least three people who have influenced you at different stages of your life.

    1st − the people who have influenced you in the first stage of your life.

    2nd − the people who have influenced you in the first stage of your life.

    3rd − the people who have influenced you in the first stage of your life.

    In the same row, keep mentioning their good qualities and bad qualities. Mention as many people as you can who have influenced you over your early life till date.

    In the row with the heading Teachers, state the names of at least three teachers who have taught you the skills that led to your success today. Also mention their positives and negatives.

    Finally, the third row with the heading Correctional Facilitators refers to those people who have provided correctional guidance to you when you were struggling with some aspect in your life. Mention them, along with their positives and negatives.

    The purpose behind this exercise is to de-mystify people and accept them as common human beings. The idea is to understand that these people whom you hold as your idols are also not god, but erring human beings who have their ups and downs as well.

    In other words, you can also be someone’s idol despite the shortcomings that you think are in you. All you need is to be self-motivated and inclined towards growth and learning in your life.

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These countries are gaining the most by employing older workers

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Hiring more seniors and retirees could be worth $3.5 trillion to OECD economies.
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Businesses around the world are chasing the grey dollar, but older people can contribute more to an economy than how they choose to spend their retirement funds.

Humans are living longer, which puts additional strain on healthcare provision, social care and pensions. And unless these issues are addressed, they could wreak havoc on economies in the future.

The thinking goes that by harnessing the potential of older workers, governments can raise additional tax revenues and increase spending power, which in turn boosts output.

Golden Age Index 2018

The economic prospects of older workers across 35 OECD countries.
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PricewaterhouseCooper’s Golden Age Index assesses the impact of older workers on different aspects of a country’s labour market, including employment, earnings, the gender gap and participation in training.

In the latest update of its report, PwC estimates that as much as $3.5 trillion could be added to the OECD economies overall by encouraging people nearing retirement age to stay longer in the workforce. This figure represents the potential long-term boost of raising workforce participation rates of over-55s to the same level as New Zealand.

At a national level, if New Zealand’s performance on employment of older workers were matched, the GDP boost could be as high as 23% for Greece, 20% for Belgium and 9% for the UK. Here’s that in dollars:

Image: PwC/OECD

The older worker participation podium

Iceland topped the 2018 index with 84% of the 55-64 age range employed, compared with the OECD average of 60%. New Zealand was second (78%) and Israel (66.8%) took the final podium step. At the other end of the scale were Luxembourg with 40% of the same age group employed, Greece with 37% and Turkey with 34%.

Overall, the index showed an upward trend in the number of older people remaining in work across member states.

Ups and downs over time

Germany, Israel and New Zealand proved the biggest climbers, rising steadily up the index since 2003. Despite dropping a few places, the UK continued to make gains over the same period, absorbing 63% of the 55-64 age group (up from 55% in 2003) into the labour force and 21% of 65-69 year olds (up from 13%).

Mexico, Greece and Turkey suffered the biggest falls as each country dropped over 10 places down the index.

Incentives to keep working

So, what motivates people to work past retirement age? The answer is a mix of public policy and personal circumstances. The Golden Age Index identified three main drivers that influenced this decision.

Pension policies: The more governments spend on pensions the less incentive people have to keep working. The amount they receive and the age that workers are eligible to receive a pension also influence the decision to retire.

A 2012 study by Hurd, Mitchaud and Rohwedder found that public pensions have a negative effect on people’s savings and encourage them to retire early. The study concluded that a $10,000 increase in public pension worth reduces the average retirement age by roughly one month.

Life expectancy: Longer lives equate to more time spent working and there is a strong link between good health and participation in the workforce. Government healthcare policies and medical breakthroughs can facilitate people working to an older age.

Caring responsibilities: A person’s personal and financial situation are also important considerations. Caring for a spouse or a dependent could remove people’s freedom to keep working, if state care and benefits are not available. This will obviously differ from country to country.

However, taking things easy might be contagious. A husband or wife’s retirement could become an incentive for their partner to retire, too. A paper by Patrick Hesselius suggests that average sickness absence from work increases for women when their spouse retires.

Adapting to change

Technology is transforming the way we work. Innovation, automation and AI developments create new jobs and make existing roles obsolete. The workforce of tomorrow will need to be flexible enough to pick up new skills quickly or transfer the ones they already have.

Adapting to a future with less job security may prove challenging for older workers, who are more likely to face the consequences of automation than their better-educated and better-trained younger colleagues.

The top spots on the Golden Age Index are occupied by countries that have put policy measures in place and reformed their labour markets to target older workers.

The report recommends raising the retirement age to keep people in the workforce longer. However, to maximize the benefits of this policy governments need to support workers with lifetime learning and retraining programmes, to facilitate the skills needed for longer careers.

Making work options and pensions more flexible also supports the changing needs of older workers, by increasing opportunities for part-time or temporary jobs, as well as offering partial retirement options.

The physical needs of older employees is another important consideration. As well as adapting roles, employers can redesign factories and offices buildings to attract older workers.

The Golden Age Index figure of a $3.5 trillion boost to the OECD economy may still be some way off, but if more countries adapt the structure of their labour market and adopt a more flexible approach to older employees, the world will be working towards it.

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3 winning marketing strategies to fuel business growth

Dhananjay Parkhe

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Summary: An effective marketing strategy ensures that your product/service reaches your target audience and that you maintain an edge over your competitors. Business mentor, Dhananjay Parkhe, shares some simple yet effective marketing strategies.

Anything’s tough to do, if you don’t have the right raw material to help you. These three winning marketing strategies are the right materials for an extremely successful business. After all, an effective marketing strategy is what drives sales and leads to business growth.

1. Attention – Ads that yield results

Think about it—how many advertisements do you hear every day…how about every hour?  Let’s face it, we’re bombarded with magazine ads, newspaper ads, TV ads, radio ads, and the Internet is plastered with banner ads, ticker ads, video ads on every site.  Not many of the astronomical number of advertisements stick with us and make an impact.  How can you make your ad stand out from the crowd?

 

  • Make a dramatic statement – “Even my dog knows…”

 

  • Surprise them with the unexpected – “Use for 30 days totally free…”

 

  • Ask a thought-provoking question – “Is your current insurance costing you thousand of extra rupees every year?”

 

  • Use high impact headlines – it’s important to snag their attention right away.

 

2. Get personal

How many times have you been caught in the cycle of IVR (Interactive Voice Response) services? Yes, you push 15 numbers and end up back at the main menu and never get to talk to a sales representative.  People are hungry for personal interaction in the marketplace.
Look for ways to make your business a personal experience that your customers will appreciate. Get to know something about the people who walk through your doors or land on your website/ecommerce stores.

Let people who visit your website know something about you. It’s easier to trust an individual than a huge impersonal company, and trust is crucial to building a pool of loyal customers.

3. Paint a picture

The end of a hectic week has finally arrived! As I lock the doors on a still cluttered office, my mind wanders to the many things that will demand my attention this weekend. I long to just escape the demanding voices…escape to the waters of the lake across town. It would be like heaven to plop myself across the back seat of a boat and watch the sea gulls dip and dive as the waves rock me to peaceful sleep. I can almost hear the sound of their splashing when the clang of metal alerts me to the fact that I’ve dropped my keys.
Put your customers on the boat.

Painting word pictures that capture their emotions will be more effective that the raw facts of the benefits your product offers.

Describe what the benefits will do for them, vividly and in great detail…get them panting for the end result.

Paint your way to a sale!

Think about it – the three strategies we’ve talked about deal with human emotions or behaviours, rather than your product itself.

When we affect the heart of the customer, our sales are likely to see great results…and hey, they’ll feel good while they’re writing out the check!

What more could you ask for?

 

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  4. From the stars we came, to the stars we rise.
  5. Prepared for all.
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  7. Work, love, play.
  8. Watchers in the shade.
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Wise Coach – Naive Coach

I was reading this commercial from Tony Robbins’ Newsletter ”

When someone asks you for help, how do you respond?

The naive coach tends to “over-commit.”

They feel this heartfelt pressure to help the person, so the say, “Yes! Let me share my solutions with you. I’m committed to your change. Let’s make it happen!”

Why is this naive? Because if you rush in too much as a coach, you might scare the client away!

Or worse yet, you are seen as a “nagging” friend giving them unwanted advice. Ever experience that?

The wise coach knows better. They say, “Great. I’d love to help you.”

Then the wise coach thinks to themselves, “Let’s figure out what kind of client this is.”

You see, there are four different client types. The four types have different goals. They work at different speeds.

And they have completely different expectations for their coach.

When the naive coach “rushes in” to help, they miss out on the client’s type.

They miss what’s really going on.

The wise coach first understands the client’s type, and proceeds accordingly.

Which coach do you think is more effective?

If you ever find yourself giving advice to someone who doesn’t seem to benefit… I have something for you.

Today we will be sharing one of our top strategies for bringing faster, more profound change to coaching clients.

It will also work on anyone in your life who needs your help.”

I come into the later category of coaches – the Naive Coach! I tend to commit fast, stay committed for long and rarely have I failed.

I believe that Flirting Mentor is an Oxymoron just as a term like Naive Coach is, IMHO.   A TRUE coach or mentor is neither naive nor a Flirt ! Serious coaches are Committed people and whether they commit early or later is a matter of their mind’s processes and early or late decision making capabilities/ habits – nothing else!

 

Friday Jay Mentor: 36 Jack MA quotes

36 Jack Ma Quotes

1. “You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.”

2. “If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.”

3. “No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you (from any weak thoughts).”

4. “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.

5. “When we have money, we start making mistakes.”

6. “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?”

7. “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.”

8. “Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.”

9. “When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”

10. “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.”

11. “I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.”

12. “You never know how much can you do in your life.”

13. “We’re never in lack of money. We lack people with dreams, (people) who can die for those dreams.”

14. “The very important thing you should have is patience.”

15. “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.”

16. “Instead of learning from other people’s success, learn from their mistakes. Most of the people who fail share common reasons(to fail) whereas success can be attributed to various different kinds of reasons.”

17. “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”

18. “You need the right people with you, not the best people.”

19. “You’ve got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision.”

20. “When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.”

21. “There are big problems that change the world. If we are working together, that will make us understand each other, appreciate each other, help each other.”

22. “The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.”

23. “Learn passion, learn to dream.”

24. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.

25. “The world will not remember what you say, but it will not forget what you have done.”

26. “Stay hungry and follow your dreams.”

27. “Grow your mind, grow your culture, grow your values, grow your wisdom.”

28. “If you want to win in the 21st century, you have to empower others, making sure other people are better than you. Then you will be successful.”

29. “No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you from any weak thoughts.”

30. “Forget about your competitors. Just focus on your customers.”

31. “It’s easier to win if you have people seeing things from different perspectives.”

32. “A good boss is better than a good company.”

33. “Sooner or later, you’ll regret it if you spend all your time at work.”

34. “No matter how smart you are, if you don’t know how to work with people, your dreams will just be dreams.”

35. “Do what is hard.”

36. “The customer is number one, the employee is number two, and the shareholder is number three.”

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