“When does one become great?” The obvious answer seems to be when the individual achieves a high level of performance, such as an award or a gold medal. Yet greatness is not achieved when the result is reached, but rather long before that when an individual chooses to do the things that he knows he needs to do. The results are not the attainment of greatness; the results are simply the confirmation of it. You become great long before the results show it. It happens in an instant, the moment you choose to do the things you need to do to be great and each moment that you continue to choose to do those things.
Each and every one of us has the ability to be great. Being great is a discipline to do the things you know you need to do even when-especially when-you don’t feel like it.
These 3 principles…..Accountability, Commitment, and Greatness in the Moment-form the foundation of personal and professional success.
Although I would like to say that I wrote this, credit goes to Donna Moyer, Managing Broker for the Liz Moore and Associates Newport News office. Sometimes the universe delivers things to you that you didn’t even know you needed. I needed this email today. Thank you, Donna
GET TO THE POINT!!!!
It screams through my head every time I open an email more than a paragraph long. I thought it was because I was from New York and lacked the southern mannerisms deep in my soul. Danny Rubin, author of Wait, How Do I Write This Email? has relieved my mind and explained why so many people write fluff instead of content.
Rubin contends that our inability to just say what we want in writing is because we paid attention in our high school English classes. Remember the 2000 word requirement? The constant reminders to increase our vocabularies? Well, we did it and now no one wants to read what we write.
The solution? Get rid of any words in your email that doesn’t affect the content. The following are typical culprits:
This, that, these and those
quite, extremely, absolutely, in order to, and most ing words
Rubin’s book is an easy read and he provides examples of effective writing. My only complaint is that the majority of his material is aimed at the job seeker, but he did disclose his intent at the beginning
Note: I have removed 20% of this blog before I pressed PUBLISH. Thank you, Mr. Rubin!
Maybe it was the rain the fell for three full days in Myrtle Beach this weekend. Maybe it was remembering where I used to work as I filmed my biography with Reel Events… but my thoughts went to the people trying to get their lives back together after the devastating storms in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Texas and who can ever forget, New Orleans.
Crowd Funding, most popularly known as “Go Fund Me” pages have sprouted up everywhere during the past few years and my own daughter has received much needed equipment and supplies for her classroom in Norfolk but until recently, real estate was left out in the cold. Not anymore. Now, thanks to Title 3 of the JOBS act, anyone will as little as $1000 can invest in single homes, retail centers and multi family homes.
So what does rain have to do with crowd funding? A lot, actually. Now a builder without a credit line at a bank or 20% equity can build homes in areas where people hit the hardest need them. Now people like me, not affected directly by these tragedies can invest (and get a return) without being an accredited investor.
Of course, all investment has risks. Do your homework. Read the details. Each project has it’s own requirements but how wonderful to have a chance to help another person have a home.
April, 2016: What am I going to do with my life? What have I done so far? Have I really learned from my mistakes in life or am I just comfortable thinking that I have? The questions ran through my head day and night.
October, 2017: What a difference a year makes. This has been the happiest, most satisfying time of my life. I became a REALTOR®. What a life! I am free to spend my days (and many evenings) helping people make some of the most important decisions of their lives: where they will live. These long hours are a tiny price to pay for the satisfaction of helping people create the lives they want. Sappy? Maybe, but true.
I hope you will follow me as we consider All Things Home. What is Home? Is it simply a building, a space or is it much more? Is it peace, comfort, belonging, ideas, growth and love? Is it sometimes a source of pain as well as joy? Together, let’s consider the options.
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