With Challenges Put Your Thinking Cap On

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Thinking CapI love these management gurus that have these flowery words for what we might use more plain and simple words. Think problems. They call them "challenges." Well

              With Challenges Put Your Thinking Cap On.

Challenges allow us to grow by overcoming them and also learning the lesson from them. I can't sell this house of mine. That example I would say is a problem, ahem, challenge. You need to come up with many directions of how to overcome it. I guess if you have to bail yourself out with a lot of cash at the closing table being underwater with your loan balance and the sale price there is a lesson there, like don't buy an overpriced house or maybe you shouldn't sell in a down cycle. But for every "challenge" there are multiple options to solve it.

Some of the people that go the farthest in life are the best at solving problems and even finding the optimum solution.

So toss the dunce cap, don the thinking cap, and knock those challenges out of the way, one by one.


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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

I like that word challenge, Gary.  If we put our thinking caps on, we can find the answer and "win" the challenge! Good post!

May 29, 2009 03:41 PM #1
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Gary -- I would like to order a "thinking cap" ... do you know a good resource!!  I think one for each day would be ideal!

May 29, 2009 03:42 PM #2
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Love the word challenge....great post! 

May 29, 2009 03:43 PM #3
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Is that like "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger?"

May 29, 2009 03:49 PM #4
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Problem Solvers tend to be the most succesful peeps in my eyes !

May 29, 2009 03:54 PM #5
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Hi Gary

"Some of the people that go the farthest in life are the best at solving problems and even finding the optimum solution. "

A good agent should know how to help their clients solve these problems( real estate related) and a great agent should be able to suggest optimum solutions. 

Being involved with our Board of Directors for 5 years and being President for a year allowed me to learn strategic thinking.  It was a great learning experience.

May 29, 2009 04:00 PM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Gary-This line sums it up nicely-"Challenges allow us to grow by overcoming them and also learning the lesson from them." 

I have learned lots of lessons. Some more challenging that others. Just learned one as a matter of fact. Lesson learned!!! So it is time to move on. Life is too short for looking back. Cut your losses and move forward. Enjoy your weekend. <SMILE>

May 29, 2009 04:27 PM #7
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Gary, Selling does not start until the first challenge "hits the fan". Challenge is such a good word to use instead of problem. Always enjoy your posts.

May 29, 2009 04:49 PM #8
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gary, That was an easy challenge, Lower the Price. If it doesn't sell, lower it some more. When all the equity is gone, do a deed in-lieu and call it day. Problem Solved challenge overcome.  LOL

May 29, 2009 05:10 PM #9
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Gary, another great post!  I like the term challenge and the fact that overcoming them leads to growth and learning.  Thanks again!

May 29, 2009 05:27 PM #10
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


A lot of those challenges remind of one of your past posts that really shined through; the fact that all challenges need a contingency plan.

May 29, 2009 06:23 PM #11
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

There are lots of challenging people in the world too. I just remember that God won't give me more challenges than he thinks I can handle. Sometimes I wish he did not trust me so much. I am ready for a coffee break!



May 29, 2009 07:27 PM #12
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

When I hear 'challenge', I think in terms of games or competing. 'Problems' sound more like work, and a lot less fun!

May 29, 2009 08:02 PM #13
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I prefer my Cowgirl hat. I think the pressure it puts on my head is like accupuncture - - it makes me feel good, I think better, and it sure makes me fantasize think positively! And ... I'm solving my problems one step at a time. I'm 'righting my course' or as we say in the horse world, I started off on the wrong lead. XXOO

May 29, 2009 08:34 PM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gary, Cute post but I think BETTER when I'm dancing!  If I toss my dancing cap, I won't get anything done at ALL!

May 30, 2009 12:30 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

And, let me tell you--Susie looks SMASHING in her cowboy hat--you just can't get her to ride the bull!!  LOL

As for the challange--Those are the times that I DO do my best--I relish them and look for them.  VERY motivating to me!

Debe in Charlotte


May 30, 2009 02:33 AM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Gary,

Great inspirational post..sometimes the answer is so simple..just need to think outside the box sometimes!

May 30, 2009 06:17 AM #17
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