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How to Ensure A Better Quality of Life in 2019

If you give yourself two weeks to complete a project, how long does it take? (Two weeks, right?) If you give yourself two days to finish it, how long does it take? (Two days, right?) It’s been said that “Work expands to fill the time we allow for its completion.” And it’s true! So let’s […]


15 Fantastic Books to Shape Your Mindset & Grow Your Business

You can romanticize it… snuggling up with a good book next to the fireplace on a chilly autumn night. Or you can be straightforward about it… educating yourself and arming yourself with new tactics as the New Year approaches. Either way, Q4 is a fantastic time to dive into some great books. I recently posted […]


More Great Business Tools You Should Be Using

A while back, I did a #TomFerryShow about 6 Killer Tools to Stay Ahead of the Competition. Today I want to add four more. My buddy Greg Robertson is the President and co-founder of W+R Studios, makers of Cloud Agent Suite. Together we’ve teamed up to offer you an extraordinary “test drive” of their services for […]


Are You Ready for Crunch Time?

This might be a local reference, but stick with me… The Los Angeles Lakers’ longtime PA announcer Lawrence Tanter has a tradition when the fourth quarter of a game is just about to begin. In his inimitable deep voice and confident yet understated style, he says… “Heeeeeeere we go. The FOURTH and FINAL quarter…” When […]


Critical Lessons from One of Summit’s Most Poignant Moments

A poignant moment took place during my “Ask Me Anything” breakout session last month at Success Summit. I want to share it with you for a couple reasons: For one, I think many people will relate to the situation I’m about to describe. (I know I do.) And second, because within my reply was a […]


One Simple Mantra that Means EVERYTHING to Your Success

At last month’s Success Summit, I introduced a theme that I believe has the potential to become a very powerful mantra you can use. It consists of just four simple words. But when taken to heart, it makes all the difference in the world. What is this magical mantra? Ready? Here goes: “This is MY […]


Never Let the Vampires Steal Your Energy

I was recently talking with one our super coaches Vanda Martin, and she told me about one memorable event that happened early in her real estate career… It’s a cautionary tale I think is important that you hear, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been in the business. Before I share […]


The #1 Task You Should Be “Ferociously Intentional” About

Did you hear the news? Three percent of you are actually doing your jobs well. Ouch. Did that hurt a bit? The stats don’t lie: There are 1.3 million real estate agents in the U.S. Only 43,000 of those are really doing it, though… That’s how many people sell more than 25 homes annually. Why? […]


Case Study: Brand New Agent to $500K GCI in 2 Years!

In May of 2015, Ryan Skrzypkowski had been in real estate three short months… …and admittedly, didn’t really have a clue what he was doing. Today, he’s on pace to achieve his goal of $50 million in sales in 2018 after two consecutive stellar years at $20 million. So how did everything change so quickly […]


10 Personal Highlights You Missed if You Weren’t at Summit

I wish I could adequately describe what it feels like to walk onstage in front of 6,000 dedicated real estate professionals who are… …filled with energy. …super attentive and engaged. …incredibly supportive – of me AND of each other! …obviously committed to improving themselves and the industry as a whole. It’s like pure inspiration for me! That’s […]


Human Behavior in Thirds: Which One are You?

Have you ever witnessed the perfect crystallization of a theory in real life? I experienced one such lesson about human behavior several years ago at our Elite+ Retreat event. Gary Vaynerchuk was our special guest speaker, talking about the things he’s known for: hustle, video innovation, staying top of mind, etc. The Q&A questions mostly followed […]


Your Mid-Summer Wake-Up Call

Here at TF HQ, we’re closing in on Summit and it’s a very exciting time of year. But it’s also a very important time of year for anyone working toward an annual goal. Like YOU. That’s exactly why I’m checking in with a quick wake-up call…   7 Months Down… How Many to Go? August […]


Let’s Get Real: Why Not You?

This isn’t a #TomFerryShow. But I do have a video I want you to watch. It’s only five minutes. And it might be one of the most important messages I’ve ever recorded. Consider it a “heart to heart” designed to help create your moment of inspiration. To get where you want to go in life, you […]


Real Estate Scripts Roundup: 11 Scripts to Win More Business

We talk a lot about real estate scripts on the #TomFerryShow and in this blog. Why? Because they’re difference makers. When you know what to say… …You pick up the phone more frequently. …You deliver with confidence. …And you convert more business. There are three script-related episodes of the #TomFerryShow I want to remind you […]


It’s Time to Stop Beating Yourself Up

“I suck at follow-up.” “I don’t deserve to make $1 million.” “It’s hard for me to get in shape.” “I just really like bad food.” If someone told you to write the perfect script for your life’s story, would you include any of those sentences? Then why do you tell yourself things like this in […]


Case Study: 20 Deals to 218 in Just 3 Years!

When Brok Hansmeyer dropped from 33 transactions in 2013 to 20 in 2014, he knew he was capable of so much more. But to get there, something had to change. Oh, it changed alright. By 2017, Brok and his team were closing 218 transactions while he took three week-long vacations — with his phone turned […]


Q1 Is Done: How Are You Doing?

So… Q1 is coming to an end. You know what that means… It’s progress report time. You should have achieved 25 percent of your goals by now. But have you? Before we get to your goals, I encourage you to read this awesome story from coaching member Tyler Whitman in New York City. He posted […]


How a Five-Time NBA Champ Inspires Me to Never Settle

I asked Kobe Bryant (yeah, that Kobe Bryant) in the gym recently “Why are you here at 5:00 a.m., five days a week, flying coast to coast, working harder than you did in your NBA days?” He said two things: “I’m going to be in better shape off the court than I was on the […]


Is Your Personal “OS” in Need of an Upgrade?

What would happen if you put an operating system from five years ago on your phone today? If it was able to operate at all, it’d be glitchy, slow and inefficient. You’d probably ditch it after a few hours and go buy a new phone rather than deal with the frustration. So then… What about […]


The More Efficient You Become, the Fewer Leads You Need

“Time on market” for listings reached an all-time low of just 3 weeks in 2017, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS. Certainly, this can be attributed to a robust real estate market, but I suspect another factor is at play, too… Efficiency. We live in an age of efficiency. We want — […]


5 Questions Every Homeowner Wants Answered Before Choosing a Listing Agent

Most agents begin their listing presentation by “presenting” a bunch of stats, awards, graphs and booklets along with whatever else they’ve stuffed into their listing binder. Don’t do this! Start with a story instead. Capture the homeowner’s interest. Engage them. Here’s an example: “I’ve been on 62 of these appointments in the last 12 months, […]


4 Crucial Content Categories Every Agent Should Be Creating

Becoming the “knowledge broker” in your marketplace doesn’t just happen. It takes work. No matter how experienced you are, no matter how successful you’ve been, people aren’t going to universally consider you the premier local resource for real estate information — unless YOU make that happen. The way to make that happen is by consistently […]


Is Your Narrative “For You” or “Against You”?

“I suck at follow-up.” “I don’t deserve to make $1 million.” “It’s hard for me to get in shape.” “I just really like bad food.” If someone told you to write the perfect script for your life’s story, would you include any of those sentences? Then why do you tell yourself things like this in […]


When Maxine Talks, You’d Be Wise to Listen

Last weekend I went to a birthday party. Not just any birthday party… …An 80th birthday party. …For one of the most vivacious, full-of-life and gusto people I know! The Rockstar of all Rockstars… Maxine Gellens! Next month will mark 43 years in real estate for Maxine. And she’s going strong as ever. Maxine and […]


How to Maximize Accountability and Create the Results You Desire

Quick quiz: Which will get you to your fitness goal faster? Working out for 30 minutes 4 days a week. Working out for 30 minutes 2 days a week. Which will allow you to finish a book faster? Reading for one hour 6 days a week. Reading for one hour 3 days a week. I […]


90 Minutes A Week to More Effective Marketing

There are 13 items on the Weekly Million Dollar Checklist I shared at last year’s Success Summit. (You can download it here.) In this blog, I want to focus on just one of those 13 tasks. This one… If you want to create truly effective marketing, you can’t just “wing it.”


Why Elite+ Retreat Blew My Mind

I want to use this blog to talk about how proud I am of something we’ve built. Last week in Palm Desert, more than 1,200 Rockstar real estate professionals joined me (and 155 of our coaches) at Elite+ Retreat, a two-day private training event exclusively for our Elite+ coaching members. The energy, the ideas, the […]


7 Essential Questions to Gauge Your Progress Toward Your 2018 Goals

Picture two major cities in your mind. Now picture yourself in the cockpit of an airliner, piloting the plane from City A to City B. Once you got the plane airborne, what would you do? You might think you simply aim the plane toward your destination, and that’s all there is to it. But there’s […]


Striving for a Green Beret Standard

I think it’s safe to assume you’re reading this because you strive to be the best, right? As a real estate professional? In life? To be the best YOU you can be? Good. Then here’s my question for you: Are you modeling your behaviors on the “best” role models? Like, say, a Green Beret? Not […]


Announcing the 2018 Tom Ferry Events Schedule!

What’s YOUR plan for putting yourself in the right environment for success, continuing to educate yourself and maintaining the growth mindset needed to make 2018 your best year ever? I have a few suggestions. Or more than a few. 18, to be exact.


Plan Your Dive. Dive Your Plan.

One of my favorite highlights of 2017 was having David Goggins as a special guest speaker at our Success Summit last summer. As a former Navy SEAL, he shared his own extraordinary stories of the grit, perseverance and tenacity required to truly excel in any field. One of the topics he covered is especially relevant […]


What the #@!* is HBUT and Why Will It Make Me More Successful?

I know you. I know there are aspects of your business that you feel you do better than anyone else. It’s not about a superiority complex or an overinflated ego, but simple pride… You believe so deep in your heart, “Nobody else cares enough to do this as well as I do.” I understand how […]


Your Single Most Important Marketing Activity to Kickstart 2018

Take your “real estate professional” hat off for a second. Picture yourself as a homeowner who is beginning to think about selling his or her house. What are you looking for in a listing agent? At the very base level, what’s most important to you when preparing to sell your largest investment? It’s not a […]


The REAL (and Amazingly Selfish) Reason We Plan

It’s that time of year that we’re all developing our business plans, strategizing and goal setting for the new year. And it got me thinking… Why do we really plan? One reason is to break everything down into bite-size chunks so we don’t get overwhelmed by the tasks necessary to accomplish our goals. But I […]


Schedule Your Life First, Then Your Business

Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s #TomFerryShow about designing your 2018 business plan, it’s time to start mapping out your 2018 calendar as well. I want to help you make it a great year! My definition of a great year is one that surpasses your personal goals in production… AND ALSO… …finds you enjoying the […]


3 Ways Coaching Helped Steven Cohen Add $100 Million in Annual Sales

Imagine adding $100 million in annual production over the next half decade. That’s exactly what Steven Cohen has done since he became a coaching member five years ago. At the time, he was already a success by most definitions. A New York City broker with Corcoran Group Real Estate, Steven was producing annual sales of […]


How Many Times Do You Hear “No” Before You Quit?

  Back in August at the Summit, we were fortunate to have the phenomenal David Goggins — Navy Seal and amazing endurance athlete — appear as a special guest speaker. One of the most compelling stories he shared was about when he decided to become a Navy Seal. He’d already served in the military and […]


Focus Where You’re Weakest

If I asked you to choose one aspect of your business to drill down and work on, what immediately comes to mind? Hopefully your answer was an area where you are truly deficient. Here’s what I often find… When asked to work on their business, people naturally gravitate toward a topic they’re already passionate about… […]


How to Strengthen Partnerships by Pushing the Reset Button

Relationships change. We know this. It’s obvious. But we don’t act on it nearly enough. They spark. They fizzle. They thrive. They fade away. They hang on by a thread. You can probably think of a different relationship in your life for every one of those descriptions. But here’s the important question: Are you doing […]


Are You Making Excuses or Finding Solutions?

I love reading the comments on my blog articles or episodes of the #TomFerryShow. You know I do. But every once in a while, I’ll see a comment and I can’t help but shake my head. “Thanks Tom, but what if I’m a new agent?” Or “Great info but how do I use this if […]


Why Keeping Creativity Alive is Critical to Your Success

Picture this: Your boss, Walt Disney, sits just a few offices down the hall from your office. Think you’d feel some pressure? A constant need to be on your toes? To seek innovation constantly? To keep creativity flowing like the Mississippi River?


Breakdown to Breakthrough: Dealing with YOU Before Making Yourself Great

I want to take a little different tone today. This blog is a personal plea from me to you. It certainly won’t apply to everyone reading this… but maybe more of us than we’d like to admit.   A recent situation with a friend illustrated this point to me… If our lives are in chaos, […]


The Single Most Costly Mistake Agents Make with Real Estate Scripts

Let’s say you decide to reward yourself after a great year by purchasing a speedy little sports car. But what if you didn’t know how to drive a manual transmission? (Or maybe you’re just a little rusty.) You wouldn’t “practice” on your awesome new car, would you? Of course not, because you’d burn up the […]


It’s YOU Against YOU!

Think about your competition for a second. Who do you think of? Is it that big company in town? Is it that one agent who seems to get every listing? Is it a manager who you believe is holding you back? Or just maybe… is it none of the above? Bingo! With $86 billion available in […]


12 Soul-Searching Questions to Determine Your WHY

It’s often one of the first things you ask someone when you meet them: “What do you do?” or “Where do you work?” Want to know a much more interesting question? Ask them this: “Why do you work?” I guarantee their answer will tell you a lot about them. And YOUR answer will help you […]


My Biggest Takeaways from Summit 2017

What an awesome week! I just wrapped up three-plus days with thousands of forward-thinking agents in Vegas for our annual Summit. Make sure to watch the wrap-up video above for a glimpse at what went down. Just about every conceivable topic was covered at one point or another — from my “Daily $1,000,000 Checklist” (see […]


It’s Time to Get Up and Take Action

I’m writing to you from Las Vegas, where our biggest event of the year — SUMMIT — is taking place RIGHT NOW at the MGM Grand. I’ve got a giant room full of thousands of success-minded real estate professionals sharing three+ days with me, learning new business strategies, networking and getting motivated to take their […]


3 Questions All Successful Agents Ask Themselves

Real estate is a very competitive industry and the rate of success is very slim. So what separates the best from the rest? Here are 3 simple questions all successful real estate agents ask themselves to elevate their business to the top!