Category Personal Improvement

Merry Christmas, 2023!


Hey Y’all,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I just wanted to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and I hope that you enjoy the Happiest of Holidays! While it’s been a tough year, we have strived to make the best of it. I encourage all of you to look to 2024 in anticipation of it becoming your best year ever! I am here to support you in any way that I can.

I would also like to invite you to visit our light show, Bayou Blue Dancing Lights. It’s at 145 Gabriel St, Houma, La and will run from 5:20 pm until Midnight, (17:20-00:00 military time for those so inclined.), daily through New Years’ Day. Be sure to tune to 107.1 FM on your vehicle radio when you do.

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR®
985.647.4479
clint.galliano@kw.com
Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission
Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners
985.647.4479
307 Bayou Gardens Blvd
Houma, La 70364
Each Office is Independently Owned & Operated


Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Personal – A Celebration Being Laid Off

Let's Celebrate two years of Clint being laid off from his 28 year oil & gas career!
04-May-2022 makes two years of being laid off!

I am crappy at posting new stuff here, lately. Been really busy learning marketing for my real estate business. It’s something I’ll never master, but I keep working on it.

I woke up yesterday and my wife reminded me that it was two years ago that I was laid off from Big Red, the Big H, the place where I spent twenty-eight years of my life working first with Baroid under Dresser, then, from 1998 to 2020, with Baroid under Halliburton.

I initially started working as a longshoreman at the Baroid dock in Fourchon, progressed to offshore engineering, got tired of the “offshore life”, and created a position for myself in the office. It’s kind of funny…I just started doing it, then they created the position for me. Then a year of slow down / bad times where I had to work offshore again, but when I came back, it was into a role to figure out how to monetize a piece of software. That turned into creating a whole new service offering for the company, allowing me to travel to places around the world that I would never have dreamed possible, (Aberdeen, Scotland was my favorite, with Calgary, Alberta & Quito, Ecuador tied for second), and meet people of many nationalities, who have become friends.

I rubbed elbows with dock workers and CEOs, had meetings with movers and shakers, and collaborated with some of the brightest minds in the world on problems, projects, and inventions.

These were the things that invigorated me. But…

(Seems like there is always a but…), I had gotten bored. I fought to promote automation and optimization as a profit center only to have it used as a loss leader to make sure that some other service that wasn’t able to sell a lot of jobs would be added to a project. It wasn’t fun anymore.

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My regional position was eliminated because regional management decided that they “…weren’t going to do that anymore.” This was discussed here. Because the Baroid regional manager did not want to lose me from the company, he asked Baroid management if there was another position they could offer me because he felt that it would be a good idea to keep me with the company. They found one, but it was a demotion. Working a fourteen day rotational job with thirteen hour shifts in Houston. I was given a choice between being laid off with a severance package or the position in Houston. I took Houston and regretted it.

Then the Covid lockdowns came. I began working from home, dreading the phone call telling me to return to Houston.

Next thing I know, I have a conference call scheduled with my manager and when I get on the call he introduces an HR person…”Due to market conditions and Covid…”.

I was sooooooo relieved! I got a decent severance package, plus, since it was only 04-May, almost sixty days of Insurance coverage.

So, this is why I celebrate 04 May. I think I will be referring to it as “Liberation Day” going forward.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Personal – Top 10 Sales for Jan-2022

Congratulation to the agents who made the Top 10 for sales volume at our brokerage!

This is two months in a row that I am in this group. I am deeply honored to be here.

This is an amazing place to work and I really love the family atmosphere of the KW Bayou Partners Brokerage. It is so different than my previous career that I am constantly having to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming.

If you are thinking about a career in real estate, let’s talk.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Personal – Top 10 Sales for Dec-2021

Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners Top Ten Sales Production for December 2021.

Just a short article here to let y’all know that I was one of the top ten producers for December 2021 in our Brokerage.

This makes the second time in 2021 that I make that list. More to come in 2022.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Business – CCGR Year-End Review

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® Sold $2,464,390 of real estate in 2021. 
985.647.4479
clint.galliano@kw.com.

Wow…It has been a while since I have posted an article here! I’ve been a bit busy with life and being a Real Estate Agent.

I just wanted share an update on how my real estate sales business did this year.

This was my first full year as a real estate agent, so it has allowed me to look over my numbers and performance to establish a baseline to grow from. Here are the highlights.

In the past year, I added 398 contacts to my database. What is the big deal about that? For every fifty people that you market to at least 12 times a year, you can expect one sale. So that allowed me to add four potential additional sales a year going forward.

Out of those contacts, 275 were potential buyers or sellers. That lead to a total of 87 sales opportunities, with 24 being listing opportunities and 63 being buyer opportunities.

I closed 16 total units with a production volume of $2,464,390. That was 7 listings at $880,500 and 9 buyer sales at $1,583,890. The average sale amount was $154,024.

I ended the year with 5 pending deals carried into 2022. 4 listings and 1 buyer. As of today, 17-Jan-2022, one of those listings has closed and buyer sale should close this week.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

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Now for the business breakdown…I had a Gross Revenue of $81,468. This included $68,581 of Gross Commission Income, $9,574 in referral Commission, and $3,308 of sales of oilfield testing equipment liquidated for a client.

Out of that, I paid $20,502 in “Company Dollar”, (split of my commission to the brokerage), $4,115 in Royalties to Keller Williams Realty International, $1,624 COGS, (client split of testing equipment sales), and $9,397 in operating expenses. OPEX includes advertising, training, dues, professional fees, etc.

Overall, I had a Gross Profit of $37,720 before taxes.

Not a bad start for my first full year! AND, this was while also serving as the Market Center Tech Trainer, in addition to the whole area shutting down for the whole month of September due to Hurricane Ida.

If you are interested in becoming a real estate agent, get in touch with me. It’s a really cool career and much more enjoyable than my previous career.

And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments. Ask questions, tell your story.

If you like my posts, please share them with others and subscribe to this blog.

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Why “Good Enough” is BULL$H!T!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend! We didn’t do a whole lot, considering that last week was (FINALLY) Rookie Camp for Marching Band for our oldest.

We spent the time contemplating the sacrifices that others have made, allowing us to enjoy what we have today. We also purchased a new pellet grill, which will be the subject of an article in the near future.

Good vs. Great

Did I ever tell y’all that I used to play in a rock band when I was younger? We weren’t very good, but played a few gigs and had some fun. Our biggest gig was getting booked as a last-minute replacement to fill a week at a bar in Memphis, Tennessee. Notified on a Saturday, to start on Monday. AND, we had to bring a sound system to play through. (Queue runon sentence…) Guitar player quit, found sound system, found guitar player, practiced 2 hours, drove to Memphis, woke up with pink eye, played the first night, got fired, went home.

The takeaway? We thought we, and our gear, (the gear was a bullet point in why we were fired), was good enough. What I realized then was that good enough is never good enough. I never thought past that, but have a history of over-building things. Shed workbench? Can probably support two thousand pounds. Rental business? Running it like I have one hundred doors. Lots of over-engineering.

Lately, the subject of Good vs. Great has come up more than three times in as many weeks, so I decided to write about it.

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”

― Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

Jim Collins wrote about this in his book “Good to Great”. He details how his study of companies allowed him to determine a path from being a good company to being a great company.

Ultimately, my issue with being content with “Good”, is that you have no incentive to be “Great”. No incentive to grow. No incentive to learn. No incentive to achieve Mastery.

Summary

If you want to achieve more, but don’t seem to be making progress, evaluate your situation to determine if you are content with being “Good”. If you are, then you can either learn to accept that you are OK with “Good”, or make the changes needed to achieve “Great”.

And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments. Ask questions, tell your story.

If you like my posts, please share them with others and subscribe to this blog.

Remember, if you have a real estate need, whether buying or selling, give me a call or shoot me an email. It doesn’t matter if you are outside of my area, I can connect you with a Rockstar Real Estate Agent!

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR® 985.647.4479

Clint C. Galliano, a native of Lafourche Parish, has lived in the Houma-Thibodaux area for over 36 years and is currently a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners in Houma, La. He has been involved with real estate investing since 2017 and hosts the local Real Estate Investment Association. Real Estate is his passion. Clint previously worked in drilling fluids and drilling fluids automation for 28 years. He lives in Bayou Blue with his wife and two daughters.

Some Progress…

Top 10 Agents

Hey Y’all! I’ve been busy! LOL

I really don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I have been staying highly occupied while trying to build up my new business. From establishing my name as a real estate agent to marketing, to implementing systems and processes to make it successful.

Some of that is starting to pay off. I was able to close one sale each in January, February, and March.

Then I had a friend who was planning on listing their home when school ended, but decided to list it in March. We got it under contract fairly quickly, so they went out & put a new construction home under contract.

In the same week, a neighbor asked me to show them a couple of homes in a neighborhood closer to his family. They made an offer on one of them that was accepted and listed their home, too.

So, April found us closing on my (now former) neighbor’s house and their new home. This allowed me to rank in the top 10 for April!

Now that we are in May, I have two more closings coming up, signed two listings yesterday evening, and may possibly pick up two more listings. That is on top of working with two pre-approved buyers.

I’m really enjoying it all. It’s a big shift from my former life in oil and gas.

Well, enough on this for now. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Business – Open For Business as Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR®

As I have alluded to in the last few articles I have written, I have started my new career as a real estate salesperson licensed in the state of Louisiana.

My wife and I made the decision that since I loved real estate so much, why not jump in full time? So, I attended an online real estate school during the pandemic lockdown, then passed the test slightly less than a month after starting.

This new career is also a little out of my comfort zone because I am reaching out to people proactively to talk. Not something I have done on a regular basis outside of a close circle of friends. Time to grow. Time to expand my capabilities.

I am, little by little, becoming a more public person. I have doubled my Facebook friends list and continue to add people. I am making videos and live streams, (though not very good ones – LOL), for open houses and putting them out there.

I am enjoying this!

Why Keller Williams?

A few people have asked me why I chose the local Keller Williams team. I have a few reasons. The main one is that I am a fan of Gary Keller. I started reading his books when I began to educate myself on real estate investing. I like his approach to things. A lot of it dovetails with my own philosophy. I also like the way the company has and is adapt(ed/ing) to the changing world with the use of technology. KW also has some of the best training out there.

Then there is the family aspect of things. Family is one of the guiding principles of the company. Everyone here is very supportive and will do just about anything to help you.

And, on top of that, the company has a profit-sharing structure that is designed to ensure the long-term life of the company in addition to providing you and your beneficiaries with profit-sharing income.

So if you are interested in joining the Keller Williams family, get in contact with me here.

Clint C. Galliano, REALTOR®

I am working under Keller Williams Realty Bayou Partners, an independently owned and operated office serving the Houma, Thibodaux, Terrebonne Parish, Lafourche Parish, Assumption Parish, and St. Mary Parish areas.

If you are interested in buying in one of these areas, I would love to help you find the perfect home.

Go here to my website to search for properties. Or, if you are on a mobile device, you can also download my real estate app here.

  • If you are interested in selling your home or property, allow me to get it sold for you.
  • If you are an investor and want to acquire properties in the area, let me help you find the investment deals that fit your criteria.
  • If you currently manage your own rental property, but want someone else to take that on, give me a call. We can go over how we can help make your life easier.

And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments. Ask questions, tell your story.

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Personal Improvement – Habits and How to Change Them

I hope everyone is doing well. I am learning the ins and outs of being a REALTOR®. The kids are preparing to go back to school with a staggered schedule and a blend of virtual and in-person learning. AND, no extracurricular activities such as marching band, various band and choir competitions, etc.

This will be far different from what they are used to. They hesitant about their ability to do school work consistently outside of a classroom environment. We will have to help them to develop new habits to successfully reach their goals. Which brings us to our topic: Habits and How to Change Them.

Habits & Productivity

I recognized that habits are responsible for productivity at a young age. I grew up with undiagnosed ADHD and had trouble focusing on any given task. I would generally get bored and move on to something more exciting.

My maternal grandfather, whom I am named after, recognized this and pulled me aside to tell me a story one day. He told me of Bethlehem Steel and how they worked and worked, but just couldn’t seem to make progress. After continued diminishing profits and increased backlogs, the CEO brought in a consultant to tell him what the problem was. The consultant studied the company’s business and reported back to the CEO. His findings were that across the company, tasks were started, then paused, to jump to other tasks. This happened over and over again, delaying production.

His recommendation was to prioritize the tasks needing to be accomplished, with the most important task at the top of the list. But the biggest change was that they could not move on to another task until the current task was completed.

This practice was implemented and Bethlehem Steel went on to become the second largest steel company in the US.

This story had a big impact on me in that it drove me to develop the habit to focus on a task until either it was completed or nothing more could be done with it.

In researching the details of the Bethlehem Steel story, I discovered some interesting things. This happened over 100 years ago, (1918), Charles Schwab was the CEO, and the practice that turned things around is called “The Ivy Lee Method”. While Mr. Schwab may sound familiar, the ILM did not, but I recognized it as the basis for a lot of time management programs. Making a prioritized list is now a common approach for productivity.

The ILM requires that at the end of each day, you make a list of the six most important tasks that need to be accomplished the next day. Then you complete the first item before moving on to the next item. Any leftover items on the list move to the next day’s list.

This method is lauded as being simple to follow, so that makes it effective when practiced. But sometimes, having too many “To Dos” becomes daunting. It can become an impenetrable wall discouraging you from doing more.

Gary Keller ran across this when he was building Keller Williams Realty. What he realized, is that your list should only be comprised of one thing, as described in his book, The One Thing. That method involves doing the one thing that makes everything else in your day easier/better/more productive.

Knowing vs. Doing

Based on the ILM, The One Thing, and various models, it seems we have many models to follow to accomplish our daily goals. We know what needs to be done. Or at least can easily find out/figure out those things.

Some people find the real struggle is actually doing them. I find that it all boils down to what you are willing to do to achieve your goals. Excuses get made as to why you aren’t, can’t, or won’t do something. But they are just that: EXCUSES.

Here is something else that stuck with me from when I was younger: a Stephen King short story called “Survivor Type”. The story is a bit disturbing and somewhat gory, as Stephen King stories are want to be.

Synopsys: A doctor is stuck on an atoll after some bad decisions that ruined his life. He is determined to live. He then proceeds to do disturbing things to survive.

When I read this story, the question that kept running through my mind was “What would you be willing to do to accomplish your goals?” To me, that is the take-away.

If you are in the habit of staying in your comfort zone and your focus changes like a leaf blowing in the wind, it will be hard to accomplish your goals.

Habits

The first step is to have a goal.

Then have a heart- to- heart with yourself to determine what you are willing to do to achieve your goal.

Start practicing a model that will help you reach your goal. Do it daily.

Eventually, the practice of the model will become a habit. This is how you succeed.

And, as always, let me know what you think in the comments. Ask questions, tell your story.

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Personal – I Passed!

As I have stated in previous articles, since leaving the oilfield I intended to move more into real estate. Part of working towards that goal is to become a real estate agent.

I began attending an online Louisiana Real Estate Salesperson course and successfully completed it over the course of a month while taking a week vacation during the same time period.

I have now completed the next step required to become an agent by passing the state and national portions of the exam.

I will begin onboarding next week with a local office of a national franchise.

That’s all for now. I just wanted to let everyone know about my progress.

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