It was shared with me an experience this week from one of my Realtor partners that taught me a whole new perspective on having an abundance mentality.

This particular Realtor, Brad with Waterstone Realty Group, lives and works in Wilsonville, Oregon, population around 22,000. Brad reached out to another more experienced Realtor from his company for some insight. This act alone of asking for help from a competitor shows an abundance mentality. The Realtor that he approached, Andy Green with Green Group Real Estate, lives and works, not only in the same town, but in the same masterplan community.

To add to this overlap, these two also attend the same church congregation. In other words, they share a common network and likely often compete directly for listings and buyers.

Despite this, Brad had planned on only spending a few minutes with Andy to learn some basic, call them generic, tips on growing a real estate team. Instead of being somewhat guarded with his trade secrets, Andy opened up, sharing a remarkable amount of time, coaching and call it, intellectual property, with a direct competitor.

I was not only surprised, but impressed and inspired to go and do likewise. A couple of key takeaways from this experience for me are:

  • I’m impressed with Brad… if you never ask, you’ll never receive
  • I’m impressed with Andy… by believing that there is plenty of success to go around, there is

Both Brad and Andy have validated that the most successful people around us are often those most willing to ask, learn, and share. They personify an abundance mentality.

The late Stephen R. Covey once said, “Instead, I have an abundance mentality: when people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.”

The longer I live, the more I realize that the more I share, the richer my life becomes and the more I open myself to abundance and success.