Two Kinds

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of people in the world. For example you either dry off in the shower (which is the correct way, obviously) or you are one of those freaks who gets out of the shower before drying off, getting the entire bathroom wet in the process.

Let’s be honest.  There’s only one right way.

Let’s be honest. There’s only one right way.

You either hang the toilet paper the right way (which, of course, is overhand) or you can be one of “those people” who hangs it underhanded.

Then you’ve got your folders vs. your wadders.

Pizza crust eaters vs. crust leavers.

Ketchup beside the fries for dipping vs. ketchup squirted all over the fries.

iPhone vs. Android.

The list goes on forever.

Earlier today I got an email from “America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents.”

I have been selected for an award because I have, according to them, “years of exceptional real estate sales above market value in luxury or high-volume markets. . .”

Plus some other impressive sounding stuff

I’m not surprised by this, I’ve been selected every year for the last four of five years. That’s not as impressive as it sounds, though. I’m pretty sure any agent who’s done more than one or two transactions in a year gets selected, despite the claim that the award is limited to the top 1% of professionals in my state.

Still, they promise the world if I accept.

Name recognition!

Search engine optimization!

Publication on their high ranking website!


A special seal that I can put in my email signature!

All of this, and more, can be mind if only I accept the award.

(And provide my credit card number, of course.)

This got me to thinking about the two kinds of people in this world. There are those who strive for greatness, and then there are people who strive for the appearance of greatness.

This award is clearly intended for the latter.

It’s clearly nothing more than a pay-to-play award. A trophy in exchange for $350. Another in the huge array of meaningless & disingenuous designations and awards available for purchase by anyone with a real estate license.

It’s bogus.

Even the information about the agents who have accepted this award is mostly bogus. I checked our MLS, which conveniently tracks the production of our more than 15,000 members and, of all the agents in my area who have claimed the award, only three are actually in the top 100.

For the record, I’m not in the top 100 either.

So I think I’ll pass again this year.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with someone else choosing to accept it if that’s what they want to do.

I’m just saying that person probably also puts the toilet paper on upside down, squirts the ketchup all over their fries, and leaves their pizza crust on the plate.