As published in Scotsman Guide's Residential Edition, July 2005.
Imagine you are at a carnival or fair, and you try out a “test of strength” —which allows you to hit a ground target with a sledgehammer hard enough to push a ball up a vertical track. The track measures your tenacity on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the hardest hit:
1: Calm, peaceful existence
4: Spiritually aware
7: Spiritually unaware
10: Unfiltered rage
You hit the top, a 10, and ring the bell. And that’s a typical day in the mortgage business.
Your client thinks your lender has taken out $1,400 hazard insurance twice and tells you that you are incompetent. Another buyer has a complaint about a $75 recording fee. Your company calls a meeting about a direct-to-consumer telemarketing campaign and wants you involved. The Federal Reserve is rumored to raise rates again. Back home, your teenager brings home a report card, and it is not looking good.
You keep ringing that bell.
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