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Friday, March 1, 2024   /   by Nick Waldner

Master Your Mind: A Lesson from Indian Wisdom on Choosing Positivity

An old tale of two wolves gives us insight into nurturing your mind.

Today, we're going to talk about an old Indian wise man’s tale. The story revolves around the concept of two wolves residing within each individual—a good wolf propelling us forward and aiding growth and a bad wolf tempting us towards negative paths and poor decisions.

As the wise elder addressed the intrigued young minds, they asked: "Which wolf wins?" The answer was: "The one you feed." This simple yet profound response carries a powerful message about the choices we make in nurturing our thoughts and emotions.

Imagine your mind as an open container, impartial and non-judgmental, ready to absorb whatever you pour into it. It doesn't differentiate between right and wrong; it merely reflects the content it receives. So, what are you feeding your mental container?
"A good wolf propels us forward and aids growth, and a bad wolf tempts us toward negative paths."

Consider the analogy of a news d ...

  real estate, home selling, nome buying, economic insights

Thursday, February 8, 2024   /   by Nick Waldner

Lead With Impact: Mastering the Art of Leading by Example

Transform your leadership style and unleash your team's potential.

Leadership is a timeless topic that often hinges on one fundamental principle: leading by example. Though widely acknowledged, this principle is frequently neglected or misunderstood in practice. Today, we delve into why leading by example stands as perhaps the most violated yet profoundly impactful principle in leadership.

As a species, we learn through mimicking others. Consider how you learned to speak before you could read and how accents vary based on your upbringing. 98% of our behavior is learned through the tribe, the people we spend the most time with. This is why the five people you spend the most time with matter—they influence your behavior, especially the alpha figure.

We're not a "monkey say, monkey do" species; rather, we're "monkey see, monkey do."

Deep down, we want to be accepted by the alpha because, in ancient times, being cast out from the tribe meant certain death. Therefore ...

  real estate, home selling

Wednesday, January 31, 2024   /   by Nick Waldner

Mastering Business Rhythm: A Blueprint for Success

Here’s what you need to know about establishing a business rhythm.

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, finding your rhythm is essential for sustained success. Whether it's managing your health, family life, or running a real estate team, establishing a consistent routine can set the tone for triumph. Let's dive into the concept of business rhythm and how it applies to various aspects of our lives.


For many successful entrepreneurs, including myself, the day begins with a well-defined health rhythm. Rising at 5 a.m. is not just a routine; it's a commitment that requires hitting the sack by 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. the night before. Early mornings are dedicated to a gym session, followed by a strategic plan for nutrition during the first two hours of the day. This health rhythm becomes the cornerstone for a successful and energized day ahead. Imagine the impact if this rhythm were absent—a delayed start, decreased productivity, and a missed opportunity to seize t ...

  real estate, home selling, real estate market

Tuesday, December 12, 2023   /   by Nick Waldner

What To Look for When Hiring a Professional

Here’s what you need to know about hiring the right professional.
 
If you're considering hiring a professional, there are a few key qualities to look for in the individual. Let's explore this in the context of real estate, given my background and expertise. When seeking to hire a real estate agent, what attributes should you prioritize?

First and foremost, you want someone who is a top producer. Why does this matter? A top producer is deeply immersed in the market, with a keen understanding of the landscape. They are actively involved in negotiating deals and have the knowledge to secure the best possible outcome for you. 
 
Additionally, look for someone committed to their personal and professional growth. The best professionals are well-rounded individuals, excelling not only in their professional capacities but also in their personal lives. The qualities that make them exceptional in various aspects of life contribute to their effectiveness as salesp ...

  real estate, home selling, hiring a real estate professional, home buying

Wednesday, October 25, 2023   /   by Nick Waldner

Why the 4% Mortgage Gap Might Be Your Path to Real Estate Success

Why the 4% mortgage gap isn’t holding back savvy real estate investors.
 
Hello, I'm Nick Waldner from the Waldner Winters Team of Keller Williams, and today I want to talk to you about something that's been on my mind lately - the concept of the "4% gap" in mortgages. You might be wondering what this means and how it could affect your real estate decisions. Let's dive in.

So, what exactly is this "4% gap?” Well, it's the difference between the mortgage rates that many homeowners initially locked in when they purchased or refinanced their homes (usually around 3%) and today's rates, which are sitting at around 7% or even higher. This significant gap of 4% has left some homeowners hesitant to put their properties on the market.

"Understanding the 4% gap is crucial."

Two main factors contribute to this mortgage gap. First, there's the lasting memory of the 2008 housing crash. During that time, construction of new homes took a nosedive, resulting in a housi ...

  real estate, home selling