I have been thinking about thought leaders lately. I know I should let someone lead me through my thinking but I am too much of free spirit.
My thoughts have been about how people become thought leaders and how little they actually contribute to the industry and in some cases to their employers or to society. It seems like such a waste of words, 1’s and 0’s and even oxygen.
There are people who endorse or condemn products that they themselves will never use and that they don’t really understand because that is what thought leaders sometimes do. It isn’t like a person has to have a certain kind of experience or amount of experience or any credentials at all to become an expert.
Thought leaders are getting easier and easier to ignore.
Sometimes I wish I could still eat hot dogs. I guess I can but I won’t because like thought leaders they are not good for me and they usually have enough salt in them to raise my blood pressure.
0.06% of NAR members made it to NAR midyear meetings this year.
Don’t judge me because I am among the one million two hundred ninety-two thousand NAR members who were not in Washington D.C. this week.
I am not wrong or a person who should be shamed and I don’t feel the need to thank the people who went. It looks like they all had a wonderful time, doing what they love with people that they love.
Attendees could be heard cheering the president as he bashed the media and called other politicians names that sounded like racial slurs. It was a proud moment.
NAR is the second largest spender on lobbying. The US Chamber of commerce is number one.
NAR is the largest trade group in the U.S.
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products is the industry the spends the most on lobbying. Followed by the Insurance industry. [that could be why drugs are more expensive in the U.S. than anywhere on the planet and why our health care is more expensive than in any other country but we die younger] – healthcare has become a luxury.
The real estate industry is the number 11 industry as measured by how much they spend.
To get a better picture of what NAR lobbies for:
Contributions to candidates: $3,467,367
Contributions to Leadership PACs: $972,000
Contributions to parties: $480,001
Contributions to 527 committees: $2,150
Contributions to outside spending groups: $12,349,694 [Open secrets]
67% of NAR members are women. [I like to throw that in]
I invented a word yesterday. “Marketunity™”
Marketunity™ is what holidays are for because they are an opportunity to market. Days that were once for religious observance are Marketunities™. Christmas and Easter are the obvious examples.
I wonder what kind of marketunity™ Good Friday and Passover present and how marketers are taking advantage of them. No one wants to miss a marketunity™.
I was reading (yes I read) a mission statement for YPN (young professionals network) a group within NAR. I think the group started because someone decided young people are better than old people and that more of them should be in charge. I digress.
In the mission statement was the phrase “like minded individuals” and the word “diversity”. Seriously? Diversity isn’t about finding people from different ethnic groups who all think alike. What is the point of having a diverse group if they all think alike? What is the point of having any kind of a workgroup or committee if everyone on it thinks alike?
Why not just have that one handsome younger guy in a suit be the whole committee?