Shocking. That’s the only way to describe it. One minute you’re planning for a farewell tour and the next you’re actually saying farewell to life.
Look, this blog is meant to be about mortgage marketing and crm, and that’s all good. But sometimes there are life lessons that just can’t be ignored. Last night served as just another wake up call for me. I’m 38 years old and carry around a stress load that just doesn’t make any sense for a “regular joe”. Sure, 10 years ago, it was just stress. But now, there are days where I feel the physical effects of the stress. My heart rate races sometimes at night – and I just lie awake staring at the ceiling until the subconscious takes over – thankful to arise the next morning. One day, who knows when, the next morning will not come.
Top of Mind Networks production manager Dante Jones shared his perspective in a Facebook update last night:
“The goal is not to live forever. The goal is to create something that does.”
There’s absolutely no doubt that MJ will live on into perpetuity. The haters will remember the controversial side of MJ. The rest of us will remember his genius and the fact that charity always brought out his best. In a sense, it’s a shame that he was not able to outlive the controversy – surely it factored into his early death. In fact, I’d guess that the stress of MJ’s everyday life is what ultimately killed him.
We talk about perspective all the time. The passing of MJ serves as another wake up call to all of us. In the mortgage business, the typical litmus test we measure ourselves against is how much money we’re making. And money’s good. Money’s fun. But money in the bank doesn’t make for legacies.
My measuring stick – how many people did I help? And I think that’s the ideal measuring stick for mortgage originators.
We in the mortgage business have the unique opportunity to make great livings while doing good deeds. That’s why I’m proud to be a part of the Mortgage Revolution. You’re going to begin hearing about Mortgage Revolution – the premier event for ethical mortgage originators – over the coming weeks and months. Can we teach ethical origination techniques that will also make the cash register ring? Can we implement a universal Code of Ethics for the mortgage industry? Can we raise $250,000 for charity?
This industry is starving for leadership right now. Quite frankly, if it wasn’t “profitable” to throw a big event for mortgage originators, it just wasn’t going to happen. 2009 is proof of that. My goal – no, make that my legacy – is proving that wrong. I know that Mortgage Revolution is going to be my full time job for the next 4 months, and it’s an unpaid volunteer gig. But at the end of the day, I’m positive that we’re going to change the mortgage industry for the better – perhaps forever.
It’s an accomplishment that pales in comparison to MJ’s legacy. But we all have to start somewhere.