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What's In It For Me?

June 20, 2012


Whether I’m interviewing someone to join my real estate team or a prospective buyer or seller, the major question on their minds would be “What’s in it for me?”.

Whether I am interviewing a prospective trade or supplier, advertiser or service provider, etc., the major question I have in mind is “What’s in it for me?”.

It’s a valid position to take. It’s a process for evaluation.

I consider the advantage of going for the green or laying up when I play golf. I consider the odds of filling a straight or a flush when playing poker. I used to do it when I was dating. It’s just another way of trying to consider the best approach or the most advantageous position when I’m dealing with a situation where a decision is called for. We all do it consciously or subconsciously. We do it to gain some knowledge or information. We do it when we need an advantage. We do it when we are unsure or afraid. We ask ourselves this question in many different ways but it still comes down to “What’s in it for me?”.

In any business decision the question must be asked, otherwise you are flying blind. No one takes a job without considering what the benefits are. No one hires an employee without considering if that person is the best choice for the job… what’s in it for the company. Banks don’t lend money without a prospect of making a profit. Insurance companies don’t give policies to people who will cost them money. It’s just good business practices.

The only times I don’t consider this is when I’m dealing with a loved one. When it comes to my spouse, my children or my other family members the question I tend to ask myself is “What’s in it for them?”. For my loved ones it’s not about me, it’s about them.

And when I do something there should also be a motivating factor. So, why do I write these blogs? What’s in it for me?

I share my thoughts and beliefs with you for different reasons. I like to write down my thoughts. It makes them more tangible. I hope my children will one day have them as a keepsake when I’m no longer around. I’m motivated to impart some type of thought process to my children and grandchildren that will serve them well in the future as they grow and grow.

And I do this because what’s in it for me is that I like to help others, and this is one way I feel I can accomplish that.

What’s in it for you when you read these?

Sam Green

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