The Property Hugger

p1010021_sm.jpg Diane Watson moved from Pennsylvania to Texas when her husband transferred to a new job. 

She became depressed.

She didn’t know anyone. Didn’t have a job. Missed her family and friends and familiar surroundings.

She found my book The Attractor Factor, read it, applied it, and began to do things that made her happy.

She smiled more. She became a realtor. She made friends.

And then she discovered that the author of The Attractor Factor lived down the street from her.

You might imagine her surprise.

She wanted to meet me but was nervous. She saw my bright yellow Steven Tyler Panoz AIV Roadster outside a coffee shop and knew I was inside. She got out of her car, took a picture of my car, and left.

She saw me walking to my mail box one day as she drove past, and instead of saying hello, she ducked behind the steering wheel and stepped on the gas.

She wrote me a long letter, sent it by snail mail to me, and I read it and replied to it. But she never wrote back.

We finally met at a party. I liked her instantly and we arranged to have lunch.

Over lunch Nerissa and I learned she was a realtor. We told her our plans for a green mansion. Diane took on the project. She’s been helping us find the right property ever since.

But something else happened at that lunch.

Diane told me she had been studying my marketing material, too, and loved my book on P.T. Barnum, There’s a Customer Born Every Minute.

She told us she had a dream of opening a site that would be a one-stop clearing spot for people wanting to buy or sale land or homes anywhere in the country.

But she wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, or if she could do it.

I saw the diamond in the rough and encouraged her to take action.

“But where do I start?” she protested. “There are rules and regulations for each state. And I don’t know how to make a website. Or how to get traffic to it. Or what to call the site. Or –”

Her list of objections went on and on.

Both Nerissa and myself encouraged Diane to start now, and to start with something. As she took action, I explained, the next steps would become clear.

I wasn’t sure if Diane would take action or not. I hoped she would. But you never know what people will do. Will they step forward, or step back? It’s up to them.

Well, the other night Diane came by to pick us up in her new car (which she says she attracted with my attract a new car program) and with new business cards proudly displaying her new website:

She is going for it.

This is how dreams become realities: you start with whatever you can do, learn what you need to know for the next steps, and just keep moving forward.

It helps to have encouragement, of course. That’s why I have a Miracles Coaching program. But maybe you, like Diane, don’t need it. (Actually, Diane had me has her neighborhood Miracles Coach.)

Whatever the case, begin and begin now.

Go for your dreams.

Ao Akua,


PS — In my next post I’ll answer the question, “When did I start encouraging people, and why?” It’s an eye-opener.


  1. June 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I’d like to meet you and Narissa one day.

    If I were to live in your area, I’d probably did the same thing Diane did, ducked under the wheel, because I’m a dead broke, no-name, newbie trying to make a go at Internet Marketing.

    I’ve been a fan of yours for years and have enjoyed many of your books and products, like the recent purchase of Clearing Audio and the Web2.0. I love how you say: “you are your own Michaelangleo sculpting your own David…” Your writing has inspired me and I’m so glad to have come across you years ago.

    This year has been extremely challenging and I’m still struggling to pursue my dream. Sometimes when I’m down and depressed, I recall your saying “dare something big”, and that somehow motivate me to continue again.

    Thanks Joe and Narissa
    Best wishes

  2. June 15, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    What an inspiring story! Unfortunately, I know the ‘ol “duck behind the steering wheel and step on the gas” all too well. (Or rather, duck behind the newspaper in the subway, here in New York City.) Why do we do it? For me, it was instinctual shyness until I started questioning… and using the power of rational thought, as per the great Maxwell Maltz. So much drama occurs in our heads! But it starts to fade with slow and steady applications of the principles in Joe’s books and other greats.

    Congrats to Diane!

  3. June 17, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I wonder how I would react if I saw Joe passing by in person? Would I introduce myself? I think I would feel a little shy, if its a casual encounter… yet would still smile and say hello, but, if it was at a seminar, I would feel less intimidated. Wow, didn’t realize this until I thought about it. LOL!


  4. June 18, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Great story Joe. I love it! Coaches and mentors….that’s what its all about! Rico

  5. June 19, 2008 at 12:27 am

    “you start with whatever you can do, learn what you need to know for the next steps, and just keep moving forward.”

    That sums it up for me. I’m just learning how to do the things to make a great website. Up to a couple of weeks ago I was still looking but thought that I should just start and then learn as I go along. And so I did.

    Thanks for the books Joe. I devour everyone I pick up.

  6. PHAM-Reply
    June 21, 2008 at 6:45 am

    That’s great . Dr Joe Vitale , you allways inspire me to take more actions. thank you

  7. Nicoletta from Italy-Reply
    June 24, 2008 at 5:47 am

    Iam still looking for my road, but with your suggestions I now know that I will find it…I am sure of this!
    thanks Dr. joe.

  8. June 24, 2008 at 9:10 am

    The Attraction Factor book also changed my life and I thank you for writing it. When our passion runs deep so does our desire to suceed. I believe God allows people to come on our path of life so we may learn from them and then pay it forward. I look forward to meeting you some day soon.
    God Bless at God Speed,
    Tamara Bartlett
    MX Energy contract with

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