What Sets You Apart?

Last Update: November 02, 2017

We live in a culture that moves at a breakneck speed and can quickly leave us behind if we don’t keep pace. We often see that as people strive to get ahead, they will step over, around, and on top of one another in the name of competition and success. And in the process honor sometimes quickly evaporates.

During the years that I maintained my insurance business, I taught all the agents I hired to not be salespersons, because they’re a dime a dozen and, quite frankly, we’re all sick of them. Instead, I taught my agents to become trusted advisors, people of honor and integrity – people in whom our clients could fully rely. During those years, I unfortunately had to dismiss a few agents who chose to take shortcuts and/or allow their greed to become their guide.

What sets you apart as you develop your niche and work to grow your business? Here at WA we have an amazing amount of resources and some of the best support available. It is an opportunity to learn, if you have a teachable spirit. It is an opportunity to help others, if you are an encourager. It is an opportunity to change your life for the better. But to do so means that you need to help others change their lives as well.

As you grow your business, I encourage you to do your due diligence in these things. You were created as a unique individual, so let that shine through in your daily life. Write your own content and don’t “borrow” from others. Develop your own mailing lists and don’t subscribe others without their consent. Work hard to develop your craft according to your abilities. Do not give up the pursuit of learning.

Fall flat and fail, get frustrated, but in all things, get back up and press toward the goal to which you have been called. Remember to breathe, to forgive yourself, and to believe in yourself. Words and behavior work together, and they need to be in alignment with one another. Let love be the competition, and strive to outdo one another in that pursuit only. Know that something eternal is at work in your everyday life, even if you don’t see it this very moment. Peace my friends.

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Surfdude123 Premium
There are people here who are much more capable of succeeding here than I am. Living with some cognitive issues from meningitis I sometimes have some difficulty concentrating. However, I am not a quitter and have been here two years still plugging away. What sets me apart is my determination, patience and consistency. That will beat smarts in this industry because many smart people have quit while I have been here. I'm the turtle that keeps going when the energizer bunny fizzles out
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SurfsideBob Premium
Very cool brother, thanks for sharing. Gonna follow you if you don't mind. Keep pressing forward my friend, and please let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Peace. :-)
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VanceHunter Premium
Integrity, and credibility, are so important, helping others, kindness .. all good traits, which people of substance have. You express these traits well, and encourage your fellow members.

Thank you for being you!
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks brother, much appreciated.
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ElizabethI Premium
This really touched me. Thank you Bob.
Having been on the very extreme of aggressive sales tactics and mind control with an abusive cult, it is really refreshing to be here where people like you genuinely understand that nothing of real honesty, value and passion needs to be pushed on people.

Whilst for most people these sales tactics are annoying, on the other end they are life threatening.
Thanks for encouraging the sane way :)
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SurfsideBob Premium
My pleasure Elizabeth, be well my friend! :-)
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Shayne329 Premium
Right on!
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TaniaHersel Premium
Great post. To have peace means living in truth and honesty. Keep things simple.
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thank you Tania! And yes, peace certainly comes as we live by the principles of simplicity and respect. Peace my friend.
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wendyg53 Premium
Thanks for this. I don't trust insurance men because I grew up with a shady one. My father was, and is, not an especially nice guy. I've worked very hard to not be like him.

I want my business to be about helping people solve a problem first and foremost. Thanks for the reminder. :-)
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SurfsideBob Premium
My pleasure Wendy! It was a cutthroat industry that, as I said, I set myself apart. Peace my friend!
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MKearns Premium
As soon as you find that unique spark of YOIU. Hold on to it and make it pay!
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melpeace36 Premium
I agree. Sometimes its tough but, I would rather build my business on a good foundation of good ethics and integrity. I want a reputable business that will help make a difference in lives. Awesome post. Thank you.
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks Melissa!
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mickeyb123 Premium
Professionalism and an ability to move forward regardless of what anyone says about it!
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bobrseno Premium
I wholeheartedly agree, Bob. Thanks for the post.
~Bob
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks brother, my pleasure.
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GailLowe Premium
I love this - thanks for the reminder. I believe that the universe will expand to accommodate all desires - it is only us human beings who incorrectly think otherwise and that we need to compete at everything and on every level. But that's just because most of us are convinced we are living with limited resources and have a mindset obsessed with lack! I agree with you. Love is the be all and end all. Peace to you too. :)
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks my friend! :-)
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