Four years

Riding in the cab yesterday from Charlottesville Airport to Washington Dulles (thanks, United), I had the pleasure of riding with a graduate of the Naval Academy. While debating the merits of having an airline pay for our taxi, he asked if I knew (name deleted), who was his Realtor when he purchased four years ago. I acknowledged that I did.

His response was – “I found him to not be a man of his word.”

Damn. Four years. That was this gentleman’s take-away from that transaction. If anyone ever says that reputation is not the single most important facet of one’s profession – one’s identity – they have no idea what is honor.

Honesty and humility go a long way. Two of the most important things I can offer my clients are my time and my word. Waking up every day, one of my goals is to waste neither.

Is this an example of a Long Tail of reputation?

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5 Comments

  1. Jennifer August 8, 2006 at 10:04

    Instructive.

  2. Ray Hyde August 8, 2006 at 13:07

    Fabulous Story. Should become one of Aesop’s fables.

  3. Jim Duncan August 9, 2006 at 12:20

    It never ceases to amaze me how (relatively) few people realize the simple concept of consistently doing what’s right. It’s simple, painful and sometimes expensive, but simple.

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