A Gardening Lesson from Dogs



I love getting dirt under my fingernails in the flower garden.

And the way dirt crumbles in my hand.

I especially love the way weeds pull right out sometimes, root and all.

Recently, when I was down on my hands and knees digging in the dirt, my little dog joined me. At first, she supervised nearby for a few minutes, possibly to see what treasure I would unearth. As I continued pressing my hands and tools into the soil, pulling out weeds, and humming, she decided to dive in right next to me.

She claimed a patch of weeds right beside me and set her paws to furiously digging. Dirt and leaves flew everywhere, even onto me. I paused my weeding to watch (while guarding my eyes from flinging flecks of dirt). She worked and worked, finally digging a little pit for herself. Then she stood in the middle of it and plunked herself down, nestling as deeply as she could into the cool earth.

I smiled, petted her, and returned to pulling weeds.

In the quiet, I thought about how she and I were both digging in the garden but for different reasons. I want the flowers to be visible and not crowded out by weeds, and she wants a cool place to sit.

We all have different motivations for doing what we do.

Many people can do the same thing, but for different reasons.

I’m a real estate agent, but my why might surprise you.

It’s not for the money (It’s not as much as you think anyway)

It’s not for the glamour (People tend to see agents more as salespeople than industry professionals)

And it’s definitely not for the primo hours and awesome vacation times (Days off can be hard to come by. Heck, attending a wedding uninterrupted can be hard to come by!)

No, I’m an agent in spite of all these challenges.

Because I’m a helper and encourager at heart, and I love, love, love to help people find their perfect-for-them home. As an agent, I get to protect people from pitfalls, walk them through scary and difficult circumstances, and make them super crazy happy.

Those are the things that satisfy my soul that I count as excellent results, and that drive me forward each day.

What motivates you in your work?

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate

What the dog???


This morning, I opened up the door and both of my dogs bounded through the door simultaneously and went side by side down the stairs in synchronized movement.

My little pixie is not intimidated  by the size difference between herself and the border collie.

She doesn’t seem to feel less entitled because Ranger lived here before she did.

I am not sure that she is aware that her coat is a different color, or that  his bark sounds different from hers.

After all, they are both dogs! Pixie knows, she is a dog.

My epiphany this morning.

I am a REALTOR®.  There are other REALTORS®.  Some are bigger (produce more than I do).  Some have a different coat Color (different logo) than myself. Some have been here long before I got here.  All of them have a presentation (bark).

I can go confidently through the door alongside of other REALTORS® and do what I do the way I do it. I too, am not concerned with the differences. I don’t see myself smaller, less able, or less noticeable.

However, like pixie, I know my competitive advantage.

My encouragement to you today is to run, skip and jump along with the big dogs.

Enjoy being in the profession you are. You chose to do what you are doing. Do it well!!!

Learn your strengths and increase in them.

Stop comparing yourself to others.

Be more of yourself. There is only one like you.