An Attitude Question - Are You A 1, 2 or 3?

Ask yourself, which man (woman) are you?   

One of my favorite quotes from Charles M. Schwab:


Three men were laying brick.

The first was asked: “What are you doing?”

He answered: “laying some brick.”

The second man was asked: “what are you working for?”

He answered: “Five dollars a day.”

The third man was asked: “What are you doing?”

He answered: “I am helping to build a great cathedral.”

Which man are you?


Too many times we get caught up in the “daily grind” and go through the motions of what is needed to be done.  Don’t let yourself forget the big picture.  Examine what you want to accomplish, review your goals…and if you have none, stop and take the time to write them.  How else can you achieve if you have nothing to strive for?




Charles M. Schwab

Charles Michael Schwab was an American steel magnate. Under his leadership, Bethlehem Steel became the second largest steel maker in the United States, and one of the most important heavy manufacturers in the world.


Lisa Von Domek


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Comment balloon 16 commentsLisa Von Domek • March 27 2018 02:18AM


Lisa, loved your post and the message, indeed you have to be a big picture person or it is just a daily grind...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

I like looking at the big picture, too. This makes a great point, Lisa.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 2 years ago

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr. now how did I know you would have that positive attitude?!! 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds I know that you do my friend...big picture gals, that's us!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 2 years ago

Hi Lisa

Love this post. I like to focus on the big picture, but if I have to I don't forget those details.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Hi Lisa -

Yes, sometimes the mundane tasks take our focus off the big picture. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Terri Woods, Selling Homes and Land in Oregon (Benton, Linn and Douglas Counties) over 2 years ago

Good morning Lisa - it is so important to look at the big picture.  In business that starts with Vision, Values, and Mission.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Morning Lisa.

When building a cathedral or an agency, one must not forget even the most mundane steps are the building blocks to achieve the goals we set out to accomplish

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 2 years ago

Hi Sheila.  Some days I'm laying bricks while on others I'm selling a cathedral.  

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

To be totally honest, Lisa, I'm not any of those men, as I'm a woman! And much as Gabe Sanders said... my goal might be to build a cathedral but there are those days when it's just laying the bricks! And nothing wrong with as you need those bricks laid to accomplish the cathedral.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 2 years ago

Good morning Lisa. I love this and I think I am number three. At least I hope so.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Always loved that story, good reminder to have goals and to work towards them

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Lisa what a fantastic world would this be if we had more of worker number three.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Hi Lisa, Thanks for sharing this story.  I would find it very difficult to work if I didn't have the big picture in mind.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 2 years ago

Great quote by Charles M. Schwab;  we definitely can get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of the true goal.  "...I'm helping to build a great cathedral" --- - beautiful!

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) over 2 years ago

"Same thing we do every day, Pinky -- try to take over the world!"  :D

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 2 years ago

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