I’m Helping To Build A Cathedral!


I’m helping to build a cathedral!

My long-time friend and business associate Dave Mashburn reminded me of an old parable you’ve probably heard before:


There were three bricklayers who were all working on the same job.

When they get a break, one guy asks the other two, ‘Why are you doing this job?’

The first guy says, ‘I’m doing it for the wages.’

The second guy says, ‘I’m doing it for my wife and kids.’

The third guy looks up at what they’ve been building — a church, a place to get in touch with God— and says, ‘I’m helping to build a cathedral.’


Many people hear this parable, and they think the third guy has the “right” answer.

Yet consider this, the 3rd answer is not the lesson being taught.

All three men have a sense of purpose — the cathedral is just a conduit for their purpose to be realized (spirituality, family, or self-sufficiency).

They’re all excellent.

They’re all ‘right’ answers.

The real lesson of the parable? Notice no one answered, ‘I just love laying bricks.’

Our most successful JPAR associates and their real estate industry colleagues usually have a larger purpose that inspires the work they do. At JPAR, we help you uncover your true purpose and then create a culture that enables you to flourish more in that purpose.

Find out more at www.jparready.com


About the Author
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of JPAR Real Estate, a rapidly growing full-service transaction-based real estate brokerage, the host of "Success Superstars," a weekly show that highlights the blueprint of agent success, and the co-founder of CoRecruit. He has invested decades in understanding the inner workings of high-performing real estate companies, managers, teams, and their leaders in major markets across the world. Mark has served as a business coach in progressive leadership capacities for one of the largest US-based real estate firms, in sales and customer marketing leadership capacities for a major consumer goods company, and served in the US Army. Mark is a father of 3, a lifelong learner, Spartan, and adventure athlete. He earned his MBA from California State University and a Behavioral Change Certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine.