Passion, It's More Than Just A Word

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 When I first joined Active Rain last year, the first thing I read here was the "Mission" Statement: "A FREE Online Network and Community for helping to Promote and Grow Your Business!"  Helping promote and grow business is exactly what I had been doing for the clients in my area for many years.  This made it a seamless and easy transition to "join" Active Rain as a new member.  (then, only 28,000 members)  That's when I discovered the power of Blogging.

 For those of you who have been following my Blog, (and life in general)  know what an incredible journey it has been for me and my family this year!  It has been absolutely, one of the most challenging and "Life Changing" years we have ever endured.  The most recent experience was that my Brother, who I hadn't seen in over 41 years (we were separated as children), found me on Active Rain.  I still can't believe it!!  There are countless stories of how this Network has changed my life, and I have also witnessed what it has done for hundreds thousands of others around me.  The success stories here go way beyond just marketing and growing our business!!

 

 A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from my friend Jeff Turner whom I have followed, admired and respected since I joined back in February last year.  He asked me a simple, but life changing question. "Brad, at the end of the day, when you look in the mirror, are you really really happy?  Are you doing what you are most passionate about?"  I have to admit, that question made me realize it had been a long time since I had looked in a mirror!  It was an awakening of the "Giant" within me.  Thanks Jeff, look what you've done now!!  :-)

 

 Today, I am announcing that I am no longer "The Escrow Guy! The Title and Escrow Industry is going to have to say "Goodbye" to Brad Andersohn.  There have been so many great relationships established and wonderful memories built over the past many years, I will always value and respect them deeply.  Now it's time for me to move on, and chase my dreams and passions.  One of which, is to be a part of the most Dynamic and Creative Networks and TEAMS in the Country, Active Rain.  This opportunity and experience tops them all!!  




 When Bob Stewart and Jonathan Washburn called me yesterday about becoming part of the AR TEAM (OK, so I pushed them a little... LOL), they asked me what I could bring to the Company and why I felt I should be a part of their TEAM?  My response was,  "MY PASSION!"  I believe that if you love what you do, really love it, then nothing else will ever matter.  Life will just keep opening doors and creating opportunities that will bring even more joy and true happiness to you, and to others around you!  Today, I am excited beyond what my words can express! 


 There are sooooo many of you that I have become so fond of, and very close to.  I feel like I know YOU better than I know some of my own neighbors and friends.  So, having said all this, I am proud to say that I am no longer just a member of the Active Rain Community, I'm now a part of the family and TEAM.  I am committed to helping our members, and determined to provide the support they may need.  My goal is to help our communities become more familiar and comfortable with ALL the Active Rain products, tools and services here to promote and grow their relationships and business.  


 Wait till you see what's coming... There are so many great things ahead and in store for this community, I am very honored and lucky to be a part of the TEAM here at Active Rain.

I look forward to serving our community, the staff, the members and ALL of my MANY friends here.  My door and phone line are always open to you.  I will do my best to come out and meet every single one of you.  (ok..that may take a couple years LOL)  Thank you Active Rain, for entrusting me with this great opportunity and responsibility, and "Thank You" to ALL the members of this FANTASTIC community for the love and support you have given me and my family over this past year.  We are Blessed, because you have truly Blessed us!!  :-)


Read Bob Stewart's Post: MORE>>>
 

Thank You All Sincerely, 

  
Brad Andersohn
Active Rain Corp.

PS. This is a "Special Edition" Post:  My #200th Post on Active Rain!!

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Missy - (wink wink) thank you!  I will come to your area as soon as I get settled in and have the marching orders. Seriously, if you were to set something up, I can get it approved by Bob and John as long as we work out all the details on the cost and current calendar of events.  I hope we can make this happen, I'm packed and ready to go anytime I'm needed there by AR and the members in your area.  :-) Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers, this was a big decision, and it's one I know I'll have NO regrets! 
Mar 27, 2008 09:40 AM #160
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Courtney - thanks!  Me Too!

Larry - if you need a lesson, just call me. 707 718-6773, I can help you!  :-)

Renee - you are too kind!  I an a huge admirer of your work and Blog.  I have a great respect and appreciation for all you know and do here and outside of ActiveRain.  I hope we will meet soon, it's always a thrill to meet the people in person that I have come to know and love online!  Thanks Renee, I'll try to hold up to your standards and expectations.  :-)

Mar 27, 2008 10:12 AM #161
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I really am trying my best.....I know you all understand!


I am soooo sorry it has taken me this long to reply and respond to all your warm and very welcoming and encouraging comments here.
  I feel really guilty having taken this long already.  Please forgive me and my shortcomings on this post.  I have to work on a few projects right now, but will try to get back to this post later this evening if I can. 

Thanks for understanding and for being so supportive and patient!  It's the ActiveRain members like each of you that have made this place become what it is today! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

 

Mar 27, 2008 10:19 AM #162
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 Great news Brad..sorry I didn't congrats sooner!

 

Anne

Mar 28, 2008 12:31 AM #163
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Sorry for getting here so late. This is no surprise to me though:) It was just a matter of time. Kind of like you were grooming for it. Best of luck, Brad, you deserve it!
Mar 31, 2008 07:39 AM #164
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Linda Sanderson
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Wowee!!! It's true... I had to come looking for this as I missed your posting when you shared the news.  I feel bad it's taken me so long to say "CONGRATULATIONS"!!!  This is so perfect for you.  I'm just so delighted and happy for you :-)  LOL  This is the best news I've heard in a long time! 
Mar 31, 2008 10:51 AM #165
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Thanks again everyone for all the moral and emotional support.  I have been inundated with my new role here at AR....awh, who am I kidding, I've been busy having a great time supporting other members here in the rain.  I just haven't had the time or chance to come back to this post and comment to each of you like I normally would. Thanks for your patience and understanding.  If you need anything at all, you know how to reach me and I am here to help you in any way I can. 

I will remain in CA. with my family, but will be doing some travel, field training, webinars, technical support, How To and Informational Blogging, keeping up with and sharing the latest in Real Estate Technologies, and just all around supporting members with their AR needs.  I will be working closely with the AR staff and friends on initiatives to better the community and the services provided here.  My door, phone, and Blog are always open to you, please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to make your blogging experience and your time here more pleasant and effective. I am here to help!  

Thank you once again, and my family thanks you as well.  I am really looking forward to what's ahead in my long journey with ActiveRain and YOU!  :-)  You are all some of the greatest people I have ever had the opportunity to meet and work with.  Again, Thank You!  :-)

Mar 31, 2008 05:29 PM #166
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I'm sorry I missed this one until now. Brad, you're a fabulous addition to the team! Congratulations!
Apr 01, 2008 05:32 AM #167
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Brad - what wonderful news! Happy to hear your incredible efforts that show so much care and consideration for AR'ers will become your main career focus. Your contributions have been invaluable, and are greatly appreciated.
Apr 01, 2008 03:58 PM #168
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Brad, What terrific news! I am so happy for you. Romans 8:28, my friend, that about sums up your year....right?

You have always brought sunshine to the Rain.. Those guys are soo smart to hire you...

Ginger 

Apr 02, 2008 06:11 PM #171
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Brad: ActiveRain just gets better and better. Congratulations! And more importantly WE, the members, are the ones that get to have another 'AR' god in the heavens. 8-) 

Apr 03, 2008 09:24 PM #172
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Brad, you are inspiring... chasing those dreams, keeping what's important always in the forefront. Good job.. . and congratulations. You're a lucky guy :) Hey, I want to talk to you! Now that you maybe aren't tied to your "desk job" - are you around my area anytime soon? Can I take you to coffee??
Apr 05, 2008 06:10 PM #174
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Jeff Turner - glad you made it by this post!  I just want to publically thank you for those words again that day.  You may not have realized the impact it would have on my life, and at the time, it may have just seemed like casual conversation, but the results of our discussion brought great change in and to my life. Thanks my friend for "making a difference" in this world!  :-)
Apr 07, 2008 01:48 AM #175
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Ginger - thanks!  One word does come to mind in and through all this...  BLESSED!!   :-)
Apr 07, 2008 01:50 AM #176
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Catherine - I'd be happy to meet with you for coffee anytime. Let me know what works best for you and I'll try to make it over your way.  I want to share some stuff I'm doing now, that I think could really benefit what you are doing in your market area. LMK.  Thanks, it's great to hear from you. :-)
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Well, I knew something happened because of the change in your blog, so I decided to search your posts and find out what I had obviously missed.  Congratulations.  We are all blessed to have you part of the team that guides us.
Apr 29, 2008 04:16 PM #178
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Fran - I guess the word has leaked out! LOL!~  So now I get to offer my help and services to you if you ever need them. Call me anytime for any reason, would love to help make you AR experiences even better!  They sure are for me! :-))
Apr 30, 2008 07:00 AM #179
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Congrats Brad! Keep it comin!
Apr 30, 2008 08:42 AM #180
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Thanks Buddy, I'll do my best...always!!  :-)
Apr 30, 2008 09:36 AM #181
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Today is my 3 month anniversary, and I still can't believe how blessed I am to be here!  I love this place! :-)

To top it off, my spam graphic below was Lovi-Lovi, how cool is that!

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