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Don't RE-INVENT the wheel: Get a Mentor - 12/30/08 03:22 AM
Saw a great quote today, "Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight." - Anonymous A MENTOR is a coach, trainer, guide. Someone who's been there, done that, got the T-shirt, lived to tell about it, and learned from it. Someone who will pass on that knowledge to you. So you don't have to GO there also! So who's your Daddy (Mentor)? P.S. It cannot be your spouse. That puts too much pressure on the fun part of your marriage!
Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice Regina P. BrownBroker, Realtor®, e-ProAuthor of (12 comments)
Get Noticed with Better Blogs! - 12/30/08 02:59 AM
Found this web site resource today, offers some GREAT tips for getting to the top of the blogs and increasing your online marketing presence: http://www.buildabetterblog.com and http://www.theblogsquad.net/optin_thanks.htm They offer a free, open forum teleconference for Blogging Basics... and advanced tips also. I'm going to check it out. Anyone care to join me? Just found another blog tip site for newbies: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/14/blogging-for-beginners-2/
New APPRAISAL law will affect every Realtor and Lender by May 1st! - 12/30/08 02:41 AM
Has anyone heard about this? Received an email today from StreetLinks: "FHFA formally announced the final version of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct with implementation required by May 1. Clearly, this will have a major impact on all facets of the mortgage industry... Specifically, the code prohibits: Direct contact between a loan originator and an appraiser. Passing an expected or desired value. Requesting estimated values or sales comparables prior to completion of an appraisal report. Direct payment for appraisals to appraiser by origination-related personnel "The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has formally announced the final version of the Home Valuation (29 comments)
Are you hallucinating? Or have you Planned Steps to Execute your Vision? - 12/30/08 02:30 AM
Just saw this quote by Albert Einstein: "Vision without execution is hallucination." I couldn't agree more! Refer to my previous post, http://activerain.com/blogsview/851490/Whats-the-difference-between-a-GOAL-and-a-FANTASY for more info. So what are YOU going to execute in 2009? Or RIGHT NOW to get ready for 2009?
Need an Assistant? Try a Virtual Assistant (VA) - 12/30/08 02:18 AM
#1 rule for gettig MORE done QUICKER and for LESS: Delegate! Just found these 2 web sites for hiring VA's: http://www.assistu.com (trained and certified but cannot hire for short-term jobs) http://www.IVAA.org Many of the virtual assistants are experienced in working with real estate agents. QUESTIONS: Who has used a virtual assistant? Where did you find her/him? And how did it work out for you?
I had an eco-Christmas! - 12/28/08 07:22 PM
With all the talk about "green" and being environmentally conscious, and the new eco-Broker designation, a lot of folks have been thinking about how they can reduce their impact (or "footprint") on our environment. Well since my kids are grown and we don't have much of a Christmas anymore, it seems a little sad. But then I thought, hey, we just had an ECO-Christmas! No tree... so no cutting down a precious green tree that absorbs toxins out of our air. No lights... so no extra electricity used. No turkey dinner... so no oven gas used. And no uneaten food wasted. (2 comments)
Recap CHEAP Cool Tools for 2009 (& your 10 daily Comments done) - 12/25/08 12:50 PM
Due to popular demand, here's a recap of the CHEAP cool tech tools I found to help you with your business for next year: #1 http://activerain.com/blogsview/824067/CHEAP-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Glossy-Full-Color-Biz-Cards-limited-time-offer #2 http://activerain.com/blogsview/824105/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-SEO-tips-for-Web-Marketing-from-Anthony-Kirlew #3 http://activerain.com/blogsview/824957/CHEAP-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Branded-Email-WOW-factor-from-MLX-Jet And if you want a recap of the FREE cool tech tools I recommend: #1 http://activerain.com/blogsview/821888/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Dominate-the-Listings-with-eBook-from-Brett-Noel #2 http://activerain.com/blogsview/821978/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-BlackBerry-PDA-Phone-limited-time-offer #3 http://activerain.com/blogsview/822066/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Motivational-Audios-from-Paul-J-Meyer-limited-time-offer #4 http://activerain.com/blogsview/827754/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Birthday-Reminders-e-Cards-from-BirthdayAlarm #5 http://activerain.com/blogsview/831202/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Fly-Around-the-Globe-with-Google-Earth #6 http://activerain.com/blogsview/831219/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Email-Large-Files-with-YouSendIt #7 http://activerain.com/blogsview/832826/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Share-Photos-Online-with-Flickr #8 http://activerain.com/blogsview/832819/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Free-International-Calls-Video-with-Skype Hey, and if you want to get your 10 blog comments in today very QUICKLY.... that's okay too! Just use the lists above. MERRY CHRISTMAS and here's to your business success in 2009!
Recap FREE Cool Tools for 2009: Take your Pick here! - 12/25/08 12:36 PM
You asked for it, so here's the complete list! FREE cool tech tools that make your life easier (and more fun). And help you make more profits too! Note that some of these offers expire Dec. 31st so check them out today! #1 http://activerain.com/blogsview/821888/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Dominate-the-Listings-with-eBook-from-Brett-Noel #2 http://activerain.com/blogsview/821978/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-BlackBerry-PDA-Phone-limited-time-offer #3 http://activerain.com/blogsview/822066/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Motivational-Audios-from-Paul-J-Meyer-limited-time-offer #4 http://activerain.com/blogsview/824105/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-SEO-tips-for-Web-Marketing-from-Anthony-Kirlew #5 http://activerain.com/blogsview/827754/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Birthday-Reminders-e-Cards-from-BirthdayAlarm #6 http://activerain.com/blogsview/831202/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Fly-Around-the-Globe-with-Google-Earth #7 http://activerain.com/blogsview/831219/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Email-Large-Files-with-YouSendIt #8 http://activerain.com/blogsview/832826/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Share-Photos-Online-with-Flickr #9 http://activerain.com/blogsview/832819/FREE-Cool-Tool-for-2009-Free-International-Calls-Video-with-Skype ENJOY!
Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice Regina P. Brown All text copyright (c) R.P. Brown 2008 (4 comments)
Will you Make any New Year Resolutions for 2009? Or Not? - 12/25/08 12:30 PM
New Year's resolutions are always made with the best intent -- to do something better, to make more money, be a better person, develop better relationships, lose weight and get in shape, or write that book you've always dreamed about... Since 1/3 of pros in our industry will be out of business by next year - so maybe you'll just close your eyes and hope for the best? Or will you have an overly-ambitious plan that you'll stop following by the 3rd week in January? Or something in between? New Year resolutions - or not? What are you going to do for (16 comments)
Discovered a UNIQUE Christmas Day tradition - 12/25/08 01:30 AM
For the first time ever, I finally attended a Christmas Eve service. Not that I didn't want to attend one in previous years. Our church doesn't offer a Christmas Eve service, and I haven't been able to find one to go to. This year, we were blessed to be invited by a dear friend to her church's Christmas eve service. I went with no expectations, not knowing what to expect: dramatic play? children singing? candlelight vigil? But actually it wasn't any of those. We sang traditional Christmas Carols and watched a short inspirational video. But what amazed me most was that the (9 comments)
What's the difference between a GOAL and a FANTASY? - 12/24/08 05:17 PM
Answer: A goal has practical steps to achieve it. A fantasy is just a "pie-in-the-sky" daydream of wishful thinking. Don't get me wrong; it's okay to dream. And have a big vision. But then plan and implement steps needed to reach those dreams. That's when your dreams turn from DREAMS into achievable GOALS. "Dream big dreams....Then plan steps to realize your dreams. Your dreams become reachable goals!" Don't go to your grave living a life of regrets: could have, would have, should have. Take action steps NOW to make your DREAMS into your REALITY. Start today. Start now. "Just do it" (4 comments)
Home Owners / Borrowers: Pay Off Mortgage Early, Save $$$ - 12/24/08 04:35 PM
You signed the loan docs. TONS of papers. So many that your signature now looks like just a scribble. But when you got to the "Truth in Lending" page, you GASPED! With a $300,000 mortgage, even at today's rate, the interest amortized over the length of the 30-year loan may be $330,000 or more! So you are paying back twice as much money as you borrowed, once you calculated in the cost of interest. You wonder if you'll ever be able to own your house free and clear? You may be thinking, "Am I stuck with my mortgage for another 30 years?" You may (3 comments)
Come Join me on Linked In! And raise your Google profile - 12/24/08 04:07 PM
I'm at 267 and counting! Linkedin "contacts", that is. After doing Google searches, I've realized how much Active Rain has raised my online profile. I have several other social networking sites and the BEST one is Linked In. It's like having your resume available, PLUS showing the world your personal recommendations PLUS joining groups and forums PLUS displaying your sphere of influence. And a great way to meet other business folks, find jobs, get questions answered from professionals, and widen your exposure. Hey, I'm even connected to Don Lemon, the CNN weekend news anchor! Linkedin is a very professional format. One (6 comments)
Can you Help me? Looking for Webinars for Real Estate Agent Training - 12/23/08 11:45 PM
Hello fellow AR friends: Do you know of a good resource to watch webinars for real estate agents? I would like to find a company that offers training for beginners, intermediate, and advanced agents. Also it should be free or very low-cost AND professional quality. Am I asking for too much? Come on, there's so many resources out there, I know one of you must have a source handy! THANK YOU.
Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice Regina P. Brown (13 comments)
Quick, before the year is over... Make all your donations to non-profit organizations or charities (including church tithes). And pay as many business bills as you can. Remember you can pay a lot of things (including donations) over the phone or the internet by credit card, so you don't have to mail. With MORE deductions for your income tax filing, it means LESS taxes you'll have to pay. Ask your accountant for other things to pay before the end of the year, due to changing tax laws next year. P.S. And if you're looking for a worthy cause, I simply (3 comments)
This Christmas, give yourself a TAX break! - 12/21/08 03:14 AM
What about a Christmas GIFT to yourself? The gift of wrapping up your bookkeeping at the end of the year and starting off 2009 with a FRESH new clean slate? Okay, then, just do it! WHY? Refer to my previous post, http://activerain.com/blogsview/845466/TAXES-+-CHRISTMAS-HOLIDAY-RELIEF. Here's part two: HOW to do it quickly and simply. (And the best part is that you can do it all while watching your favorite TV show or a movie, and it's done before you know it!) STEP 1: PREPARE. Get the following supplies: Clear plastic filing tub with clear plastic lid 10-20 Hanging file folders (letter size) 20+ File (47 comments)
TAXES + CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY = RELIEF? - 12/19/08 11:42 PM
Are you scratching your head wondering how "Income TAXES" and "CHRISTMAS holiday" fit together in the same sentence? Well it's simple. Christmas holiday is the end of the year. And also is a very quiet time (business-wise) compared to the rest of the year. Not that I don't have buyers or sellers at that time of the year. But fewer and father between than the spring and summer. Since it's quieter, and other industry associates will be taking vacations (lenders, escrow reps, insurance reps, etc.), it's a PERFECT time to shut your office door and get your bookkeeping done. Without any phone interruptions. "You (14 comments)
What are you GIVING for Christmas? And I don’t mean “Presents”... - 12/18/08 09:58 PM
Where you will be on Christmas? At home with your family and a warm glowing fireplace? Or volunteering to serve dinner at the soup kitchen? We're blessed with so many gifts we can give besides money (the Gift of Treasure): The Gift of Time The Gift of Talent The Gift of Touch Monthly, my husband and I shop, prepare lunch, take it to our local soup kitchen, and serve our forgotten and overlooked neighbors. It is just a joy to be able to help these folks. They are always so grateful for the small things we take for granted -- like (2 comments)
Hey, I'm not on Active Rain for the $$$... - 12/18/08 01:47 AM
Okay, well that's not true. It's a fun hobby, and a harmless addiction, but let's face it: we can't justify hours of working on our computer time without at least the PURPOSE to make money. But I'll admit, I haven't made any of that green stuff from AR yet. I'm still waiting to hit the magic jackpot. In the meantime, I'm really enjoying the daily discipline of writing every day. Chasing the coveted "top" agent spot in my area, I'm forced to write every day. 10 blogs per week, at least, and a minimum of 10 responses per day. That's not so (14 comments)
'Twas the Night Before Jesus Came - interesting version of the traditional Christmas poem - 12/17/08 12:21 AM
Have you heard this interesting twist on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas? Kind of makes you stop and think about what's really important that will last... probably NOT shopping, gifts, eating, decorating trees, Santa, or reindeer... ENJOY this cute version! ‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the houseNot a creature was praying, not one in the house.Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without careIn hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed,Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lapWas watching the (24 comments)
What does the Candy Cane have to do with Christmas? - 12/16/08 11:51 PM
My wonderful daughter shared this story with me a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it. Is this the real origin of the Candy Cane? Does anyone know? Anyway, hope you enjoy this story too! The candy cane has long been a Christmas tradition. Its sweet peppermint taste has been enjoyed by young and old for years. But do you know what it symbolizes? It is a hard candy because the church is built on solid rock and God's promises are a firm foundation. The large red stripe symbolizes the blood Jesus shed for our sins on the cross. In Him (2 comments)
Which came First - the Shepherds or the Wise Men? - 12/16/08 11:44 PM
The Christmas story can be confusing, as the sequence seems to jump around depending on whether you're reading it in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. To see the Scripture in chronological order, scroll down. Amazingly, the true Christmas story doesn't involveshopping for gifts,lights on a tree,turkey dinner,or Santa Claus and reindeer. It's the divine story of heaven coming to earth....the simple story of human redemptionbecause of God's love. It's the story of a virgin who was blessed because she was a willing vessel; It's the story of a young groom who heeded God's angel; It's the story of a babe whose (6 comments)
The Joy Christmas Brings ('Twas the Night before Christmas - Version #2) - 12/16/08 11:31 PM
‘Twas the night before ChristmasAnd I was uptight.There WAS something missingFelt something's not right. The holiday fluff was hung up with care.Retailers were glad, for sales goals were there. I with my bottle, the wife under stressGuests were obnoxious, a fine Christmas mess. With Christmas depression, I happen to spyA dusty old Bible. Without knowing why, Picked up the old book and turned to the storyBack to the time, of Christmas glory. The shepherds were watching their sheep in the night.And lo! Up above! A WONDERFUL sight! The Angels were singing in GLORIOUS praiseA babe in a manger, Who'll from sin (0 comments)
Why it's CHRIST-mas, not X-mas - 12/16/08 11:25 PM
"She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus--'God saves'-- because he will save his people from their sins." -- Matthew 1:21, The Message How did the "X" come about, and why did RETAIL MERCHANTS take it over?
Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice Regina P. BrownAllison James Estates & Homeswww.ReginaBrown.AllisonJamesInc.com (22 comments)
SURVEY: Will You be Here Next Year? Or Out of Business? - 12/16/08 12:48 AM
I got gasps for mentioning the inevitable at a Realtor caravan meeting. My colleagues were shocked that I would bring it up! It's the "elephant" in the living room. We all know it, but don't talk about it. It's so big that we have to step around it, be careful not to disturb it. Okay, enough already, let's talk about it! One-third of us will NOT be here on this AR blog next year at this time. We will be out of business. Gone. Poof. Vanished from the real estate world. This may seem like a bold prediction, but I've seen this cycle before, (47 comments)
Why do you Keep Sending me e-Flyers?! Aaaargh! - 12/14/08 01:38 AM
I think I'm on every single Realtor® spam email list. Not an hour ticks by that I don't receive a request to join a new company, info on a mortgage program, or an e-Flyer from another agent! Yeah, I'm talking to you, the agent who keeps SPAMMING me with advertising from your listing. And the answer is: NO! I do NOT have a buyer for your listing. First of all, your property is probably OUT of the area I service and I don't have buyers in that area. Besides that, if I was interested in showing your property, I would simply (45 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Share Photos Online with Flickr - 12/12/08 01:49 AM
A big thanks to my photo-happy college daughter (the one who's been to India, New York, and all over Europe), she's uploaded thousands of photos snapped during her travels. Rather than email them, she just puts them up on www.Flickr.com and gives a brief description for each, so I know more about it. Cool site flickr.com allows you to post and share your photos (and video) and to view others' photos as well; effectively, watching the world. It's simple to upload your photos for others to view (either people you've designated or the public). As a side benefit, you can search (17 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Free International Calls & Video with Skype - 12/12/08 01:34 AM
Skype is a God send! We've talked to our daughter weekly while she was in India on a college study-abroad program. She was very lonely away from her family, and seeing us helped to cheer her up. And it gave me some peace of mind knowing that she was okay. How about talking to someone -- not on your phone, but on your computer -- and seeing them live via video while you talk! Oh yeah, and did I mention that it's FREE? Skype is great for military families, and also for long-distance business meetings. How to Get Set Up: 1. (4 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Email Large Files with YouSendIt - 12/11/08 01:06 AM
Oops! You emailed that home inspection report to your client, but your email bounced back and your client didn't get the report! Because the file was too large to send via email, you'll have to think of another way to get it to your client who lives out of state ASAP (besides FedEx). If you have WinZip, you can zip up your files before sending them. But in some cases, that may not work either. What to do? Now you can send, upload, and download large files for free at YouSendIt.com. Send and Receive Files up to 100 MB Each On-Demand (21 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Zoom Around the Planet with Google Earth - 12/11/08 12:43 AM
Remember when you were a kid and you spun the soccer-ball sized globe around on its metal axis stand, just to see how fast it could spin without breaking? Oh yeah, and when you had a school project due, you actually used it for research too. Far-away places and were only an imaginary dot on the little globe. Heck, no one at my school had even visited a foreign country (now called "international destinations" to be politically correct) -- except immigrants from Mexico. Well, my childhood seems like ions ago, and gee how much the world has changed in the last generation. (8 comments)
Warning: Don't Buy Gift Certificates at these Stores for Christmas - 12/09/08 12:59 PM
Stores that are planning to close after Christmas are still selling gift cards through the holidays even though the cards will be worthless January 1st or sooner. There is no law preventing them from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as "Bankrupcy Planning". Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be cautious about, says Cyndi Carver who sent me this email. So if you have gift certificates to ANY store, use them up now. And don't get gift certificates from any of the stores below, as your gift recipient probably won't be able to redeem them (17 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Birthday Reminders & e-Cards from BirthdayAlarm - 12/09/08 12:51 AM
It's their birthday! Woo-hoo, celebrate! Send a card! That is, if you don't forget... With so many responsibilities, it's easy to let the days slip by. Then one day you look at your calendar and realize that you've missed someone's birthday. Whoops! You feel like an idiot. So what do you do? 1. You send a "belated" birthday e-card which makes them laugh real loud. 2. You sign up for www.BirthdayAlarm.com so you'll never miss another one. 3. You enter all the important birthdays and receive automatic notification of every one. Never miss someone's birthday again, with this really COOL reminder (18 comments)
CHEAP Cool Tool for 2009: Branded Email (WOW factor) from MLX Jet - 12/08/08 11:48 AM
Brett Noel sent me a really cool email. Not cool because of the content; but because of the WOW format! Featuring a bold, impressive graphic with a photo of him, and (get this), LINKS to his web sites, which I couldn't resist clicking. I found out that this email ALSO lets him know when I opened it, and keep track of any listings I may have clicked on from his email! Brett says that this is one of the best tools that helped him increase his business. I went to his web site, which directed me to http://www.mlxjet.com/index.php?rpc=BN1531 . Use Brett's (24 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: SEO tips for Web Marketing from Anthony Kirlew - 12/08/08 11:45 AM
WHY am I recommending this CHEAP book and the FREE services? Because it gained me a new buyer yesterday! I read the book. Over and over. And have implemented some of the miriad of tips. Now I've seen my web site traffic increase, and just received a call from a buyer yesterday! It costed me nothing more than my time; and in exchange, I'll make enough to keep my business cranking (and a profit to boot!). Whether your business is large or small, making your web site visible on the Search Engines is like posting an extra-large "Open for Business" sign. Take (25 comments)
CHEAP Cool Tool for 2009: Glossy Full-Color Biz Cards (limited time offer) - 12/07/08 12:38 PM
Warning: this is NOT VistaPrint (the "free" service that charges $12.95 for $2 worth of shipping). Agents are continually impressed with my business cards. "Where did you get those unique cards?" they ask me. PostCardPress.com is one of my secret sources. I took the photo of the beach, mountains, house. Then I waved my magic Photoshop wand (translation: many hours of editing). I sent the entire file (including fonts) to PostCardPress and they took it from there. Here is an old version of my card. Be a standout! Your card graphic can be customized (submit a photoshop file) or you can use one (6 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Motivational Audios from Paul J. Meyer (limited time offer) - 12/07/08 12:36 PM
I couldn't believe my good fortune to receive 5 FREE inspirational and motivational audio downloads today! I just downloaded and listened to the 5 free audios: Accepting Personal Responsibility Harness the Power of Your Attitude Never Never Never Give Up! Positive Expectancy to Win Who Motivates The Motivator I went to http://theleadingedgepublishing.com/category_3/Audio.html and selected the audios. 3 were mp3 file formats, 2 were in zip files which had to be opened after downloading (because they each have 2 mp3 files). #3. FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Motivational Audios from Paul J. Meyer (limited time offer) If you don't know Paul J. Meyer (6 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: BlackBerry PDA / Phone (limited time offer) - 12/05/08 11:03 AM
Tune in to my series of Cool Tools to help you succeed in 2009! YES you can get a Blackberry Curve or Pearl, but only until DEC 31st! Just sign up with T-Mobile as part of the CAR Realtor benefit -- or if you're already a customer, you must add a new line. #2. FREE Cool Tool for 2009: BlackBerry PDA / Phone (limited time offer) Click on: http://www.car.org/members/memberbenefits/carmemberadvantage/ Scroll down to "T-Mobile". You will see their promotion: BlackBerry Curve 8320 FREE after mail-in-rebate. BlackBerry Pearl FREE after mail-in-rebate Sidekick $99.99 after mail-in-rebate FREE Motorola Rockr Promotions require a new activation and a qualified rate (8 comments)
FREE Cool Tool for 2009: Dominate the Listings with eBook from Brett Noel - 12/05/08 10:18 AM
Welcome to my 1st of a series of FREE and CHEAP cool tools for you to start 2009 with a bang! Brett Noel "California's Success Coach" is an Accomplished Motivational Speaker & Author, and you can download his eBook for FREE! #1. Free ebook for Top Producing Agents only (and agents who want to become top producers) Top trainer, coach, motivator for real estate agents, Brett Noel (refer to photo) teaches seminars for Keller Williams and other real estate offices. He offers his free eBook on listing presentations, and being a top producer: "SURVIVING AND PROSPERING IN A SHIFTING MARKET". It shows WHY you must (19 comments)
Success breeds Success (Tips learned from Bicycling) - PART 5 of 5 - 12/04/08 04:37 AM
Continued from Part 4. PART 1: http://activerain.com/blogsview/813348/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-1-of-5 PART 2: http://activerain.com/blogsview/814114/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-2-of-5 PART 3: http://activerain.com/blogsview/816213/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-3-of-5
PART 4: http://activerain.com/blogsview/818069/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-4-of-5 5. Enjoy the scenery. After biking up the tough hill, I'm out of breath, out of energy. I made it but it was really difficult. And there will be more hills to come. Then I glance to the west. The wide, blue Pacific sparkles in the sunshine. A few seagulls soar against the backdrop of white puffy clouds. A lone surfer waits patiently for that monstrous wave. I take a long, deep breath and feel a new burst of energy -- a (11 comments)
Success builds Success (Tips from Bicycle Riding) - PART 5 of 5 - 12/04/08 04:33 AM
Continued from Part 4. PART 1: http://activerain.com/blogsview/813349/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-1-of-5 PART 2: http://activerain.com/blogsview/814120/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-2-of-5 PART 3: http://activerain.com/blogsview/816220/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-3-of-5 PART 4: http://activerain.com/blogsview/818071/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-4-of-5 5. Enjoy the scenery. After biking up the tough hill, I'm out of breath, out of energy. I made it but it was really difficult. And there will be more hills to come. Then I glance to the west. The wide, blue Pacific sparkles in the sunshine. A few seagulls soar against the backdrop of white puffy clouds. A lone surfer waits patiently for that monstrous wave. I take a long, deep breath and feel a new burst of energy -- (4 comments)
Success builds Success (Tips from Bicycle Riding) - PART 4 of 5 - 12/03/08 01:10 AM
...Continued from Part 3... PART 1: http://activerain.com/blogsview/813349/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-1-of-5 PART 2: http://activerain.com/blogsview/814120/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-2-of-5
PART 3: http://activerain.com/blogsview/816220/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-3-of-5 4. Be accountable to a workout partner. Carlton: "Get up Sweetie, it's time to go on our bike ride." Regina: "Aaawww, I don't want to get out of bed...." <groan> Carlton: "Come on, let's get our day started, we need some energy before work!" Regina: "I'd rather sleep in today...." <yawn> Carlton: "You said you wanted to get rid of your cellulite, didn't you?" Yikes! I can't believe he went there!!! Unfortunately it's true... I say it out loud every day when getting dressed... so (7 comments)
Success breeds Success (Tips learned from Bicycling) - PART 4 of 5 - 12/03/08 01:05 AM
...Continued from Part 3... PART 1: http://activerain.com/blogsview/813348/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-1-of-5 PART 2: http://activerain.com/blogsview/814114/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-2-of-5 PART 3: http://activerain.com/blogsview/816213/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-3-of-5 4. Be accountable to a workout partner. Carlton: "Get up Sweetie, it's time to go on our bike ride." Regina: "Aaawww, I don't want to get out of bed...." <groan> Carlton: "Come on, let's get our day started, we need some energy before work!" Regina: "I'd rather sleep in today...." <yawn> Carlton: "You said you wanted to get rid of your cellulite, didn't you?" Yikes! I can't believe he went there!!! Unfortunately it's true... I say it out loud every day when getting dressed... so I can't argue (4 comments)
Success builds Success (Tips from Bicycle Riding) - PART 3 of 5 - 12/02/08 12:33 AM
Nothing builds success faster than success... Continued from Part 2. PART 1: http://activerain.com/blogsview/813349/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-1-of-5 PART 2: http://activerain.com/blogsview/814120/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-2-of-5 Addendum to Part 2: Most of us real estate professionals enjoyed several good years of "coasting" when sales were going great. However, many of us coasted down the easy hill, when instead, we should have used that momentum to prepare for the coming uphill. How do I know? Because so many of us real estate pros invested in real estate and got subprime loans at the peak of the market, and are now in foreclosure... Maybe we should have invested in our businesses instead? 3. (2 comments)
Success breeds Success (Tips learned from Bicycling) - PART 3 of 5 - 12/02/08 12:26 AM
Nothing builds success faster than success... Continued from Part 2. PART 1: http://activerain.com/blogsview/813348/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-1-of-5 PART 2: http://activerain.com/blogsview/814114/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-2-of-5 Addendum to Part 2: Most of us real estate professionals enjoyed several good years of "coasting" when sales were going great. However, many of us coasted down the easy hill, when instead, we should have used that momentum to prepare for the coming uphill. How do I know? Because so many of us real estate pros invested in real estate and got subprime loans at the peak of the market, and are now in foreclosure... Maybe we should have invested in our businesses instead? 3. The (0 comments)
Success breeds Success (Tips learned from Bicycling) - PART 2 of 5 - 12/01/08 12:36 AM
Nothing builds success faster than success. But how do you get success if you don't already have it? It seems like a catch-22. Sometimes you have to "get the ball rolling" by creating your own success! Each successful step fuels more success. Continued from Part 1 (http://activerain.com/blogsview/813348/Success-breeds-Success-Tips-learned-from-Bicycling-PART-1-of-5). 2. Build momentum before the uphill climb. My husband leads me on a grueling bike route. Of course, he makes it look effortless, since he's athletic and fit. But I huff and puff up the hills. Our short route has 4 hills and our long route has 6 hills (2 very steep -- 1 (6 comments)
Success builds Success (Tips from Bicycle Riding) - PART 2 of 5 - 12/01/08 12:35 AM
Nothing builds success faster than success. But how do you get success if you don't already have it? It seems like a catch-22. Sometimes you have to "get the ball rolling" by creating your own success! Each successful step fuels more success. Continued from Part 1 (http://activerain.com/blogsview/813349/Success-builds-Success-Tips-from-Bicycle-Riding-PART-1-of-5) 2. Build momentum before the uphill climb. My husband leads me on a grueling bike route. Of course, he makes it look effortless, since he's athletic and fit. But I huff and puff up the hills. Our short route has 4 hills and our long route has 6 hills (2 very steep -- 1 (2 comments)
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