Like many real estate agents, the Bravo channels “Million Dollar Listing” show with Madison Hildebrand caught my eye while I was surfing the channels and I had to watch. I am not a TV person. I do not mind knowing nothing about TV shows. I just don’t sit around long enough to watch any entire show. I am almost proud to say I have never seen an entire episode of American Idol; it makes me unique. If it were not for my DVR I would never be able to watch a complete program. From a real estate agents perspective, the “Million Dollar Listing” show is very entertaining. The interaction and differences of the three personalities are easy to relate to in our business and the show just cracks me up constantly. Few of us ever get to see the luxury homes of the Los Angeles area and I have considered that many of their clients are the type of people that buy properties and investments anywhere, especially in Southwest Florida where I work. The show is actually useful market information for me. Not knowing anything about how these reality type shows are put together, I first assumed the three characters on the show were actors playing the roles of agents. Hollywood is right there after all. When I noticed the three guys were actually engaging in some serious and highly professional real estate business practices I had to consider if they were being heavily coached or maybe they were actual agents. I Googled the names and the first I found was Madison Hildebrand who is a real agent at Caldwell Banker in Malibu. I heard in an episode he had a book and I saw it for sale on his site. I was still skeptical of the whole idea of the celebrity Realtor. My wife and I stood right next to Sylvester Stallone on the sidewalk at South Beach in Miami once as he was waiting for his car to get brought around. I know he is a real person because I saw him in the flesh, but I also know he is not actually Rambo or Rocky. Both characters who I enjoyed immensely. Out of curiosity and an appreciation of the personality I see portrayed on TV, I purchased Madison’s book. I fully expected to receive a Bravo channel promotional pack or something of the sort, but that is not what this book or what Madison Hildebrand is about at all.
I was amazed and inspired by this relevant, empowering and concise book. Plus, it often had me smiling and laughing as I read which kept it genuinely entertaining. I own stacks of books on professional sales, corporate training manuals, motivation, even the how to books. As a professional in marketing and sales it has always been important to me to stay well informed. I have a couple books on the shelf half finished because they just bored me too much. They really do just sound alike sometimes. I received Madison’s book in the mail and had the time right then to open it up and begin reading. The next thing I knew I had read the entire book. It is not a very long book which is perfect for busy people and it was just enjoyable to read. I felt like I was reading a long letter from a friend giving me some great advice. Some of the topics covered include goal setting, effective business planning, tips on making good choices personally and in your career and sound business building practices. He also makes outstanding points on ethics, professional presentation, and for anyone starting a new position working with the public. To me, what makes this book different than the stack of books on the shelf is that it is written in a way that is not preaching or from an overly egocentric point of view. Madison Hildebrand writes a cleaver and engaging narrative from a real world perspective and without even realizing it, you receive the fundamentals for a great career. What I appreciate most from the book personally is how it reminded me about the importance of attitude and passion not only in my professional life, but in all important endeavors. I am 43 years old, I own companies and manage people and sometimes see myself too deep in the business end of it all. This week after I read this book by Madison Hildebrand I re-evaluated how I was interacting with my clients, especially some of my past clients and I was able to identify and open several outstanding new business opportunities. If you have been around a while, this book will remind you why you got in business and how to stay on top, if you are new it will show you a clear path to success. The book has a focus on the real estate industry, but is relevant to most any career path especially any entrepreneur. I am hardly a professional book reviewer or critic, but I enjoyed this book and got something important out of it. I recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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