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Put Up Your Dukes…Don’t

Adrian Leeds in meme for what the Adrian leeds Group is about

“Trust” is a very important word in my vocabulary. The definition is: “a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.”

We pride ourselves on being 100% trustworthy, honest and honorable in all of our dealings with our clients. We will never lie, never cheat and never take a penny more than is due to us. It is my personal policy to be firm on these issues and my staff are all held to such high standards. Anyone who accuses us of any attributes to the contrary might as well be putting up their dukes, as for me, “dems are fightin’ words.”

Black and white cartoon about putting up your dukes

If you work with as many people as we do who are seeking to not only make a big purchase as significant as a property in France, and who are embarking on an adventure to change their lives for the better by making such a big leap, we are certain to deal with a variety of personalities and psychological issues. We often joke that we’re not really in the business of real estate—but more in the business of psychology or acting as counselors. People come into the process carrying with them their fears and anxieties, trepidation, expectations, and even their marriage conflicts. This “baggage” can sometimes get in the way of their good experience and therefore it’s a part of our job to manage this.

Expectations are the number one culprit to manage in order for our clients to have the best experience. Philosopher Eckhart Tolle says of expectations, “Fulfill me, make me happy, make me feel safe, tell me who I am. The world cannot give you those things, and when you no longer have such expectations, all self created suffering comes to an end.” I learned long ago to replace the word “expectations” with “hopes” and that led to a much happier and fulfilled life in all aspects because there were never disappointments. I urge our clients to do the same.

We had one such client recently whose frustrations were a direct product of their unrealistic expectations. Such people “expect” to have “expectations” and in particular, when their pockets are over-flowing, they have even greater expectations of what their money will buy them. As a result we were all treated very badly, and blamed for not being able to meet those expectations.

Meme with a quote by Ekart Tolle about expectations

One’s ego plays a large role in this unhappiness, too. The human ego is another one of the things I’ve learned a lot about from the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. He writes,”You, in essence, are formless consciousness or stillness or presence. Ego, in this context, is the false self or current state of consciousness of humanity that doesn’t let the presence (universal intelligence) shine through. In other words, its an entity made of mental conditioning (thoughts and emotions) through which you see and act on the world. Ego was a necessary stage in the evolution of the consciousness, but to take the next step towards conscious evolution and ensure our survival, we must recognize and dissolve the ego. Considering the current times, there is a sense of urgency, as growing unconsciousness or Ego is threatening our survival, other species and even nature that sustains us. Its for those who already have an inner readiness in them and ones in whom inner shift from thoughts to consciousness or inner space has already begun. Not everyone is ready, but many are. Don’t just read with your mind but pay attention to any deeper feeling responses as you read. Its because feeling will get you closer to the truth than thinking.” (Source)

Meme for recognizing the ego

That might sound like a lot of garble, but if you visit the Wikihow site and read through it, you may become enlightened and learn about the power of dissolving the ego. When dealing with an ego that defends its right to these expectations, there is only one way to overcome it—and that’s by letting it have itself, and removing yours from the equation.

Think of it this way: a bully puts up his dukes and urges you to fight. Instead of taking the bait and defending yourself by fighting back, you simply stand there and refuse to fight at all. What will he do? Maybe he will walk away. Maybe he will punch you in the nose and you will fall. Either way, you have won and gained power over the bully because you didn’t play his game.

Meme for being present

In this case, I took the punch and fell, but we won the game because we’ll never have to deal with the bully ever again…at any price. We may have lost the client, but we gained back our self-respect. We treat each and every client with the same level of respect, regardless of their empty or over-flowing pockets. And we “hope” to be as equally respected by them. If not, then we walk away without a fight.

But, watch out. Should we ever be erroneously called unreliable, dishonest or untrustworthy, as that might be the one time I’d be willing to put up my dukes!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds with stars and stripes boxing gloves on and a starts and stripes punching bagAdrian Leeds
The Adrian Leeds Group®

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  1. Judith Blyckert on March 30, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Your timing is impeccable, Adrian, in light of recent world events and a former “Bully posing as a President”. I do LOVE the photo of you wearing your boxing gloves with your target in hand!
    Honestly, I JUST recommended you to friends who are considering a property purchase in France. You and your team are “Le top”. Keep Calm and Keep up the Dukes!

  2. Candice Dunnigan on March 30, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Appreciate your writing and your candor in so many of these.

  3. Cheryl Kennedy on March 30, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Hi Adrian,
    I so understand what you’re saying as I’m going through a similar bullying situation being sued for something I would never in a million years have considered doing, selling our beautiful house and hiding defects from the buyer. I’m meditating on being the light and concentrating on evolving my consciousness out of past traumas connected to being in this situation. As always thanks for talking about and sharing your life experiences.
    From your past client who marked your couch in Nice with the leaky pen🤣

  4. Wayne Wasiliew on March 30, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Excellent article, so true, thanks Adrian.

  5. Jayne Boyle on March 30, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing tthis post. The words of Ekhart Tolle are valuable tools for all of us to use when we cross paths with unreasonable people and bullies. I am so glad that you were able to walk away from this situation. As we grow more unwilling as a society to put up with the unrealistic and narcissistic expectations of bullies – no matter what they might have in their pockets – we, as well as all of nature’s beings, will benefit from severing these relationships. I am sorry that you had to deal with this unpleasantness but please know that by sharing this experience you have given strength to others in similar situations.

  6. Lora on March 30, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Wow. Sounds like you’re really overreacting, surely you deal with wealthy, “entitled”, “special” people all the time!

    • Adrian Leeds Group on March 31, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Not overreacting at all. All of our clients are special to us and many end up being our friends. The one that Adrian wrote about was one of the very few exceptions she’s had in 20-plus years in this business.

  7. Charlotte newton on April 28, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Resilience = character. The secret to living the good life.

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