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The power of resilience, partnerships and people... in good times and bad.
Running your own business is challenging, even in the best of times. During times of crisis, running your own business can feel more than overwhelming; it can feel down-right impossible. Take it from someone who's been there -- a few times over. In 2005, I was living in New Orleans and had just restructured my entire business model from a service-based marketing agency into the wild world of software development. I had a 15-month old daughter and a 1-month old son. I was hustling through life and focused on building both a successful software company AND a loving household. All was well until August 29th, 2005... Hurricane Katrina. In an instant, your entire life can change. My staff dispersed all across the U.S. and Canada. My family was split as my husband stayed in New Orleans working with the National Weather Service, while I evacuated with two babies in diapers. I lost my home. I lost my office. I lost my entire community. I remember walking through what was left of my home with lead legs, feeling like I could barely move as my husband grabbed parts and pieces of our personal belongings and threw them out of the way so we could make our way from room to room. The media was telling people across the nation that our city was destroyed, that there was nothing to come back to. As I reached out to my staff, I was met again and again with "I'm going to relocate back home, maybe I can work remotely for you." I remember standing in the shell of my office, on the phone with my CTO who told me he was back in Oregon for good, assuring him that there WAS something to come back to, that we COULD get through this, and that we NEEDED him to make it happen. Luckily, he decided to believe me over the mass media hysteria, as eventually did the rest of my staff. The moments that define you. In times of crisis, you truly see who people really are. Hurricane Katrina showed me a side of people that in "good" times I may have never seen. I saw people who bailed, who fled, who left their friends, family, community and companies holding the bag. I also saw the people who rose above, who stopped gutting their own homes so they could spend a day gutting mine when I felt like I couldn't go on. I witnessed a sense of community, friendship and camaraderie that I will NEVER forget. There are people who stepped up in my time of need that I will forever remember and be indebted to, not because they have asked for it, but because I witnessed their true character—and it was beautiful. I would do anything for these people, and they would do the same for me because I did the same for them. How will people remember you...right now? Real estate gets a tough rap. For every great agent that's out there, there are 10 others that make the industry look bad. Real estate community, THIS is your moment of redemption. How are you going to handle it? Are you going to bail, or are you going to rise above? How do you want people to remember your actions during this challenging time? Your community is suffering and homeowners are scared, not only for their personal safety but for their ability to sustain one of the fundamental human needs — shelter. Are you going to be the resource and source of insight and guidance they need? You SHOULD be. Here are my thoughts... This will pass, as so many crises before us (Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the 1918 Spanish Flu, etc). People and organizations will profit from this, while others will fail. That's okay. That's the way it goes. Here are my thoughts and suggestions on how YOU can ride this out. Trust me, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Mr. Rogers said, "Focus on the helpers." I add to this: BE one of the helpers. Don't be reactive, be proactive. Anticipate the needs of your family, friends, clients and community and REACH OUT before people ask for help. Align yourself. This is the time to connect with your partners and make sure that you are hyper-focused on how you can collectively service your audience. Connect with your family, friends, community leaders. Show them that you are here to serve—and then actually step up and do it. This is NOT an every-man-for-themselves time. Get outside of your own head (a.k.a., don't be a douche) and serve those around you — safely. Find your "keepers." Take a hard look at every one and every company that supports your business. Who's there for you? Who's collaborating and working with you? These are your keepers. These guys get the fact that "we're in this together." They are invaluable. Clean house. Who's holding strong to their contracts in a "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" approach? Get rid of those assholes. If they aren't standing with you, then they need to step aside. Enough said. My service to YOU, my real estate community. I sincerely want to see everyone weather this storm. I want to see every single one of you come out of this crisis better and more focused on your business and family. I want to see every single one of you take advantage of what will surely be a real estate flood of activity. Here are ways that I can offer assistance to make that a reality: Agents – Your online presence is more important today than ever before, and you need to be present in order to be competitive. Schedule a 15-minute social media audit with an Elevate Coach to review what you are doing. They'll discuss what's working, what's not, and give you tips for improving. Schedule your session at tryelevate.com/socialmediareview/. Brokers – Before you start slashing and burning, or thinking about exiting this rat race, allow an Elevate Brokerage Development Coach to spend an afternoon with you digging into the fundamentals of your business. Be ready to take a hard look at your systems, processes, technology, marketing, lead generation, and agent offerings. Our team will help you understand where you can consolidate and streamline — without hurting your bottom line. Schedule your session at: https://boss.tryelevate.com. ALL – As the Managing Partner of 3sixtyfive.agency, I have the ability to bring you insight into everything from business growth to exit strategies, rebranding to reimagining your future. If this is a time of contemplative shift for you, let's have a conversation. You start by emailing me at [email protected] I look forward to serving you. Bondilyn Jolly is a tech entrepreneur, investor and business leader. She currently serves as the VP of Marketing at Elevate and the Managing Partner of 3sixtyfive.agency, a full-service digital and creative ad agency servicing the real estate sector. She consults and works with everyone from large tech companies, global franchise organizations, all the way down to individual brokers and agents looking to "up their game." She's been featured in Huffington Post, Inc. magazine, Inman News, RISMedia, and is a sought after speaker across the real estate sector and beyond.
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Red-blooded Passion Shown by Realtors and a Realtor Association
We all need to find ways to help in our local communities--and the more real estate professionals I speak with, the more hope I have for humanity. Earlier, I shared Melody Botting's story about volunteering at the San Antonio Food bank. This week, I had the chance to speak with Addie Owens, the President of the REALTORS Association of Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida (RALSC). I saw a notice that RALSC was co-sponsoring a blood drive. Before contacting her, I did a little research. The web is filled with stories from the American Red Cross about blood shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I decided it was a timely subject, so I reached out to Addie.
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4 Skills That Will Catapult You to Success
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5 Quotes that Will Motivate You to Become the Best Real Estate Agent in the New Year
While the holiday season is just beginning, it's never too early to start thinking about how to take the upcoming new year by storm. These five quotes can help you get motivated to take on 2020 like the champion that you are. And, bonus, each is an image that you can easily share on Pinterest or your other social media accounts!
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Real (Estate) Talk: How a Single Mom and New Agent Achieved Success in 6 Months
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5 Quotes that Will Motivate You to Become the Most Successful Real Estate Agent
1. "If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion." – Elon Musk, Tesla Motors How do you expect to achieve success in your real estate career without having the proper foundation? This is where you have to make sure you have all of your "ingredients" prepared to build your career and turn it into a "delicious cake." Hard work, dedication and networking can only get you so far, but you also need tools that help take your real estate career one step further.
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49 Uplifting Real Estate Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Great
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5 Morning Habits of the Most Successful Real Estate Professionals
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." - Robert Collier Rise and shine! How do you begin your day? Are you pushing the snooze button and then racing against the clock to get out the door? Or are you truly in charge of your schedule? To be successful in real estate, motivation and efficiency aren't merely useful, they are critical. The name of the game is to move through your day with intention. To be proactive instead of reactive. Pair all of these healthy habits with discipline and consistency – and you've got the recipe for boundless success.
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The Dance between Patience and Mindful Real Estate Sales
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How to Become, Stay and Feel Successful: The Final Secret (6/22)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT Opportunity is knocking on your door. Don't complain about the noise... open it! During this 90 minutes with Hall of Fame speaker Floyd Wickman you will learn and be inspired to fulfill your full potential with the opportunities you have now. You will learn how to: Implement the formula that will drive up your production Keep yourself positive and focused The number one tool to balance your family and business time 6 production secret of all top producers Register now!
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Proverbs for the Real Estate Professional
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[VIDEO] 7 Brilliant Tips to Start Making 7 Figures in Real Estate
Want to take your real estate business to the next level and start making some serious money? It's way easier said than done. Founder of "The King of Systems," John Cochran, goes through 7 crucial steps you need to take in order to take your real estate business to the next level. Step number 2 is a game-changer!
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3 Mindsets Sabotaging Your Success in Real Estate
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I Can't Believe This is Happening to Me!
Ever have one of those weeks where "the sky is falling" and nothing seems to go right? Sometimes, no matter what you do, the chips don't fall your way. That hot new listing you were hoping for signs up with a competitor, your best buyer lead decides to put things off for six months, even your car turns against you and breaks down on the way to work! It happens... these are the things that seemingly are sent to test us. It's almost as if the universe wants to see if we are up to the challenge – before it will offer any new successes. Bill McDermott is the CEO of SAP, the world's business software leader (291,000 customers). He presents himself as a very inspirational leader who understands the necessity for mental toughness. In a recent interview, he shared some very insightful wisdom: "Never let the circumstances of the moment affect the size of your dreams." Mr. McDermott makes a lot of sense. He went on to say that you must always "Stay with your big purpose." Sometimes it's tough to fight through the "circumstances of the moment" when grenades are going off all around you. The next time you have one of those days or weeks when nothing is going right, here are five ideas to get you back on track: Protecting the Size of Your Dreams 1. Your Goals/Dream Board – Make sure you're very clear on your big goals. As Bill McDermott says, "Focus on your big purpose." What are the real reasons you are working so hard? Have a look at your goals list every morning, spend a couple of extra moments looking at your dream board. If you don't have one, Google some pictures and make one up right away – it won't take long. The main thing is to stay motivated.
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4 Traits of a Top Producer
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Convince Yourself First
When I started prospecting for my business, I hated the phone. I felt bad for interrupting people, I was anxious to accept any excuse and hang up. It took me a long time to get my own head right, and that experience has led me to one hard truth – long before you convince your prospect, you've got to convince yourself. Since 1997, I haven't picked up the phone without thinking these words: CALM CONFIDENT GROUNDED STRONG HAPPY Say these words to yourself before each call. People can smell a pitch coming from miles away, and that's okay, because they can smell, touch, taste and feel your sincerity. If you can get yourself to a place where you genuinely care about making a positive difference in the lives of every single person you have the privilege to touch, you're not only MILES ahead of your competition, you're playing an entirely different game.
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Things Always Even Out
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5 Great Sales Tips from Steve Jobs
Here are five great sales tips from Steve Jobs that I know you will enjoy: 1. Do not compete on price – compete on value - Consider the way retailers like Costco operate. Almost everything is discounted from the competition. Their televisions are sold primarily based on price. Very few purchasers spend time checking out the various features offered by the manufacturers – the lowest price is the main buying criteria. Now translate that concept into you having a listing agreement signed at full commission. When you show extra value, your seller will be happy to pay you more because you're going to get them more. It is critical that you show them how you're going to do that. Your listing presentation must demonstrate that extra value and equally importantly; it must be entertaining, compelling, and full of conviction. This is definitely not the time to "wing it." 2. People do not know what they want until you show it to them (Steve was a master at introducing new ideas that everybody decided they needed) - Make sure that the value you bring demonstrates how current you are with what works today. A couple of interesting examples here: A) For your sellers — Open Houses are much more effective now than they were five years ago. This is due to the fact that buyers are much now more actively searching the Internet. This is obviously not a new idea but it is one that should be resurrected. B) For your buyers – With there being such a shortage of inventory right now, doorknocking the neighborhood your buyers are interested in can be amazingly productive (and profitable). Make sure when you are asking for the Buyers Agency Agreement signature, you are pointing out that this is the type of "above and beyond" approach you will be taking. It will open their eyes as to how serious you are about helping them find exactly what they want.
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10 Amazing Real Estate Quotes to Inspire You
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Finding True Job Satisfaction in Real Estate
Real estate is an entrepreneurial business. Each agent or broker who makes it puts his or her heart, soul, spirit, effort, professional and personal self on the line every day. In some ways, this puts you a step ahead of the general population, because it's unlikely you went into the risks of entrepreneurship for something you didn't feel passionate about. Sure, some people are only in for the money, but, from experience, they don't end up succeeding as well as those who do it for the love of the industry itself, the freedom of self-employment, and the ability to have just that little bit more control over their lives. With risk comes reward, and that reward is job satisfaction. I recently saw a blog post on motivation by Chester Elton, co-author of What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work, with Adrian Gostick, and it struck a chord. Elton wrote about his 20+ year career as a consultant, particularly the last 10 years, in which he and his team conducted three research studies on workplace trends, comprising more than 850,000 interviews. All those interviews, all that research, all that data answered some questions. More than that, it highlighted a "key difference in those people who are most energized on the job." So what is that key difference? Well, Elton says, "The happiest have aligned more of their work with their core motivations. As for those people who are most unhappy at work, as you might expect, their jobs are out of whack with what they are passionate about."
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How to Stay Motivated When Opportunities are Low
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December Blogging Plan
Week 1: All things holiday related The December holidays provide a wealth of topic ideas that can inspire multiple blog posts. You can cover seasonal events like christmas tree lightings and parades, or direct readers to the best neighborhoods to see holiday light displays. Recipes, decorations, and homemade crafts are always a favorite, too (find ideas on Pinterest). Whatever you do, don't try to cram all that seasonal information into a single post! Start dripping out the holiday articles early and continue to post them throughout December. Additional or alternative topic: Staging your home during the holidays This month isn't all tinsel and light--serious real estate business is still going on amidst the hustle and bustle. And with homes harder to sell during the cold months, it's important that your sellers stage their home properly. Advise them to make sure their holiday decorations don't clash with their home's interior or overpower its best selling points. Seasonal decor can actually draw attention to great features. A beautiful fireplace, for example, can be tastefully staged with hanging stockings.
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9 Effective Home Buyer Calls-to-Action
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November Blogging Plan
From elections to Thanksgiving to Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, November presents a wealth of blog topics. We've rounded up eight more for you to help you jumpstart your writing. Week 1: What You Need to Know About Filing Insurance Claims In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this is an especially pertinent topic. If your business is located in an area affected by the storm, be sure to urge homeowners who experienced damage to file a claim right away. Because claims are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, the high volume of claims is sure to delay payments significantly. For areas outside of Sandy's reach, offer practical tips for dealing with common issues in your area, whether floods, fires, or other problems. Let your readers know why it's important to make sure their home is not underinsured, and advise them to get their own repair estimates from a contractor before the insurance adjustor arrives.
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Prepare Now to Sell More Homes in 2013
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Follow the Leader: Top Agent Justin Havre on the Value of Technology
Justin Havre is a real estate agent from CIR Realty in Calgary, Alberta. CIR is the largest independent firm in Canada with about 650 agents. With his team, Justin Havre & Associates, he has been number one or two in his brokerage over the last three years. To put that in perspective: in 2011 they were number one, closing 171 sides with an average price in Calgary of about $430,000. I sat down with Justin recently at a technology conference put on by his web technology provider, Real Estate Webmasters, to find out how technology fits into his success. One thing that became clear immediately was Justin's intent to make technology an integral part of his business from day one. Before real estate, he worked in the cable industry on the technology side, but, after some time, decided that he wanted to make a change. He set his sights on real estate. He chose CIR Realty (Canada's largest independent brokerage) because of the great virtual tools they offered and their overall commitment to technology. Everyone in their office, he pointed out, does their own documents online, manages their deals online--including deal processing--right down to payment of commissions. It was exactly what he was looking for.
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October Blogging Plan
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August Blogging Plan
Have you been following our monthly blogging plans? If so, you've been leveraging some pretty cool topics (if we do say so ourselves) this Summer. If not, you can find the first two months here: June Blogging Plan July Blogging Plan Most of these topics aren't too time sensitive, so you can use them now if you haven't already. Remember: these are consumer-facing topics, so they should be written to an audience of buyers, sellers, and/or homeowners. You might also want to check out these great topics from Karli Larson of ePropertySites: 10 Great Post Ideas for Your Real Estate Blog We're going to continue with this month's weekly blog topics (as well as additional/alternative topics). Most experts recommend blogging more than once a week, so don't be afraid to use all of the topics we've included here. Week 1: Home Improvements Sellers Should Avoid "Planning to sell your home in the near future? Here are _____ [your number goes here] improvements that will cost you money but won't increase your home value." So begins an easy-to-write post about home improvements that sellers should avoid. You know what these so-called improvements are from your own experience, but you may want to consider things like: fancy landscaping, new carpets (many people prefer hardwood floors), converting a spare room into a home office (many people don't work from home and would rather have the blank space). Additional or Alternative Topic: Tips for Attracting International Buyers As with the topic above, this is geared to sellers. This post should explain why it's important to reach out to international buyers as well as the ways that you, awesome agent that you are, can do this. Of course, if you're not doing anything for global marketing, this isn't the topic for you. (Want to get started with global marketing? Here's some recommended reading: Golden Opportunity: Translate Your Listings. You can also browse our product directory for global marketing and language translation.)
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Who’s Training Who? What My Dog Is Teaching Me About Engagement
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Goals 2012
This post comes to us from the Happy Grasshopper blog. Seriously folks…it’s almost March and nearly all of us have abandoned our New Years’ Resolutions.  We’re better than this right? In this video, you’ll get specific tips from industry leaders on how to make the rest of 2012 really count.  Many thanks to Jeremy Blanton, Jared James, Roberta Ross, Mike Selvaggio, Eric Stegemann, Greg Grospitch and Chris Smith.
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Marketing Strategies: Stop Being So Hard on Yourself
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Fight Your Way Out of the Doldrums
Contributor Peter Toner of Web Real Estate Marketing shares this post: Have you seen this agent recently? Not necessarily greedy, in this current market they are more likely to be desperate Really great real estate agents uphold the principles they live by – honesty, integrity and solid morals. Working diligently for their clients, day in day out they provide a level of service that is unwavering even if they have demanding or difficult clients. These experienced dedicated agents are part of the 10% that do 90% of the business. On the other hand it’s true that some agents struggle because they are lazy, some are nasty, mean or even dishonest. But it’s no wonder more agents are struggling when you examine these charts -
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Memorial Day: Thankful for Freedom
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Find What You Love
In any profession, it can be easy to lose heart and wonder if you chose the right path in life. In 2005, Steve Jobs was asked to address Stanford University's graduating class. His advice to these young Americans was simply that to be a success you've got to find what you love. Here is the full Commencement address delivered on June 12, 2005. "I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
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Rid Your Vocabulary of the Word Impossible
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5 Blogging Lessons Straight from Hollywood
For this week's movie night, I gave up my chick pick and let my beau choose. It was a good call. He picked one with a super hottie. The Fighter chronicles the story of Mickey Ward and his journey to a Welterweight Title. if you haven't watched it yet, it's out on DVD and you should definitely rent it. Ward was known for his left hook to the body and his ability to take a lot of punches while waiting to land it. In fight after fight he was basically declared dead before coming back to drop his opponent. Sometimes we all feel like we are being beaten down by a faster, better prepared opponent. But, like in so many stories, it seems to be those who can take a bit of punishment that can end up victorious.
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Changing Perspective: A Life Altering Moment
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4 Reasons Giving Positive Feedback Rewards
I made someone`s day last week. How do I know? She told me. I had a bit of time to kill before an appointment and I was starving, so I stopped off at a nearby deli for a quick bite to eat. I had my notebook with me and started to think about the content for the leadership course that I am coaching in a few weeks. I was looking for words to describe leadership skills. Coming up a bit short, I asked a waitress who was wandering around the following question: "What makes your boss a good leader?" She thought for a moment, and then proceeded to give me a list, which I wrote down. After my meal, I bumped into the owner of the deli (the waitress's boss) and I shared my findings with her. She was absolutely dumbfounded and delighted. She wanted to know why I asked the question and who I was. She wanted to know what I do for a living and asked for my card. It was a haphazard encounter, but it was one that was immensely rewarding and insightful for me. Events like this trigger epiphanies, and slowly they formulate strategies that turn into implemented ideas. So what does all this have to do with everyday life? Everything.
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Are You on the Path of Living Extraordinarily?
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Go Into Your Week Smiling
To Smile is to... Wake up – Show others you care by giving attention to their needs Be thankful – The opportunity to serve is a gift... not an entitlement Be approachable – We're at each other's service and contact is where it starts Complain less – Being positive is more fun Smile. Really – It's where pleasantness begins To Move is to... Start early & go long – Get lost in your service to others Exceed expectations – Dismiss mediocrity. Expect and enjoy more from yourself Have a sense of urgency – Everyone's time is valuable Be resourceful & resilient – Results are what we're all really after
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5 Tips to Motivate You This Week!
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Start the Week with Inspiration
Take a minute out of your busy Monday to gain some perspective about what motivates us. Ten quotes, ten inspiring individuals and only 1 minute of your day.   The glass if half full already. 
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Greatness Takes Conditioning
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How One Cashier Generated Clients for Life
Every one of us has the opportunity each day to build loyalty among our clients and customers. This week, take a minute to be reminded about some simple truths about customer service. 1.) Put your personal signature on the job 2.) Focus on positive thoughts each day 3.) Great service comes from the heart Want an example? Take a lesson from Johnny,  a bagger with Down syndrome at a grocery store and watch how he made a difference in the lives of his customers.
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Inspiring Your Team to Excellence
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How to Play Your Team’s Personalities to Their Advantage
Guest Contributors Ray Martin and Jennifer Hixson Say: In our popular Personality and the Team program, we have the opportunity to show people how many of their behaviors can flow from their personalities. If you know their preferences on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality sorter, you can have insight into how they might act: as individuals and together in a team setting. Let's take a look at the four scales: Extraversion - Introversion (attention and energy focus) Briefly, extraversion (or "E" in MBTI shorthand) has its focus on the outer world and gets energized from interacting with others. Their energy drains when they are alone. Introversion ("I"), on the other hand, has its focus on the inner world and gives up energy when interacting with others. Their energy recharges when they are able to separate from others into a private space or activity.
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The Truth About What Drives Us
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Making Your Goals a Reality
Have you ever set goals for yourself?  Would you say you meet most goals you set, or are you someone who has the best of intentions but not much to show for them? As a real estate professional, who is in the business of generating leads and closing deals, setting goals can be a key component for success. But the secret to success comes in writing actionable goals down and holding to them. Zig Ziglar, popular American motivational speaker and self-help author, gives a short example about how powerful goal setting can be in achieving success. Ziglar himself came from humble beginnings and grew to become an expert sales person, best selling author, and highly sought after
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Find the Path to Success in These 8 Steps
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Committing to Success in 2011
“Make a decision!” My strident internal voice creates a slice of pain that arches over the crown of my head—a jolting order shrieking loudly enough to cause my heart to pound and my face to burn with frustration. It isn’t as if I am making a choice between life and death. I only have to determine how my business will grow over the next two to five years. Certainly, I can delay mapping out my career until I have a “safe” amount of discretionary cash set aside. Except one thought keeps hounding me: What came first? The chicken or the egg? Now, I understand that it doesn’t make any difference which came first. All I have to do is commit. No excuses, no lop-sided rationalizations that I might not be meant for what I want to do. Just set one foot in front of the other and take the first step. Whether that first step will falter or stride confidently forward is determined by my attitude and strength of belief in my own skills, attributes and character.
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Life Will be Mundane Without this Key Ingredient
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Money Doesn't Buy Happiness
“The value of a man resides in what he gives not in what he is capable of receiving”-  Albert Einstein “For it is in giving that we receive” – St. Francis of Assisi Happy  Monday!  It is hard to believe it is less than a week until Christmas! If you celebrate Christmas I hope your shopping is done and you are looking forward to short week. Last week my office took a little time out and volunteered to ring the Salvation Army bell at our local mall for a couple hours.  I have to say it was probably a little out of my comfort zone and I had pre-judged what to expect. I stepped further out of my comfort zone by agreeing to take ballroom dancing lessons with my wife but that is a different story. I think I was less concerned about skydiving then I am about ballroom dancing! Despite the weak economy, I was really surprised how many people stopped at our kettle and at the amounts they donated. If you stopped by thank you! It quite frankly restored my faith in people. However, there were still a ton of people that walked by without donating.  It made me start thinking about what makes someone want to give and someone just walk by.  As a general observation, the people donating were smiling and friendly. There wasn’t one person that walked by that couldn’t spare a buck so economic reasons don’t come into play. I think the bottom line is it has to do with attitudes towards money on whether you donate or not. Image: Chris Sharp / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Need a Little Inspiration? There's a Quote for That!
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Are You Remarkable? If You Choose to Be
The end of the year is approaching, and as we all look back over our years and evaluate the successes and room for improvement, it is important to empower yourself with a positive outlook.  Certainly realism is of value when looking through where you are in life, where you are looking to go and how you are going to get there.  However a key ingredient to many successful people is that indomitable spirit that drives individuals  to take risks and ultimately reach their potential. Enjoy this short motivational video.  May it inspire you this week to meet challenges with a smile and to re-evaluate your progress in 2010 with budding hope for 2011.
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