Olympians at REBarCamp Are you Prepared to Win?

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I've been reading about the Obama's bid to host the Olympics in Chicago and although they didn't win, it made me think about hosting a World Class Event like that in your city.  How exciting would that be?ReBarCamp is coming to Raleigh!

And what about the Athletes?  What compels someone to love their sport so much that they are willing to compete at that level as an Amateur? 

An amateur is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit,study, or science, without formal training or pay.

John Naber, an Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming was interviewed and asked about the responsibility Gold Medalist have...

";Olympians need to realize that we are members of a very exclusive club to which membership cannot be granted, purchased or bestowed. We earned it!

This can make us heroes to our entire country [Community] (not unlike astronauts and war heroes).

With this opportunity comes a great responsibility, not to be taken lightly. As I say in the foreword of the book ";Awaken the Olympian Within";,

Olympic champions are not extraordinary people, we are ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things in a limited area of our lives. If we can do it, so can others, and it is the teaching of that fact that allows us to become real role models.";

As I think about the GREAT Thought Leaders we have coming to Real Estate BarCamps (there's one scheduled in Raleigh on 11/6) it reminds me of these Olympians.  No, there's not a Gold Medal in Real Estate Twittering, or Blogging (well maybe) but there's a commitment among a few people in each part of our Community to be the best, to learn the most, to perfect their tools... and the love of the ";sport"; (in our case industry) that drives that distinct group to selflessly SHARE their knowledge with others!!

It's worth the risk!If there's a Real Estate BarCamp in YOUR community - you should go.  You should participate - and you should THANK the people who come there to share! The tools Real Estate Agents are using today are DIFFERENT, and for some it seems POINTLESS... because there are people out there writing blog posts everyday and not getting ANY comments - but there are ALSO people who are getting calls from First Time Homebuyers, who read something compelling. 

Real Estate BarCamp CAN be a GAME CHANGER. But if you are coming, you have to be prepared to take a risk. 

";RISK taking goes beyond just a necessary step, beyond just a requirement to reach the perfect “10”. Risks-sensible, calculated, prudent, rational risks-are the obstacles that make reaching the destination worthwhile.

Without them there would be no struggle and no satisfaction. I’m not saying all risks are good, and I don’t recommend that we take every outlandish gamble that comes our way, but progress in business or sports occurs only when we risk going someplace we’ve never been before. A new product or a new territory or even new packaging can be risky, but it’s also more rewarding when the risk pays off.

To awaken the Olympian within, we should look for those hidden risky opportunities, places to go, and ways to stretch our abilities. These daily challenges and events outside our comfort zone can be a valuable part of our journey through life, and we should resolve in advance to prepare for them in order to meet them and to beat them.";

If you've been the top producer in your office for 20 years , and your now reading that you need to have blogs, and be on Facebook, and learn to Twitter, that can be pretty intimidating!  As a professional who knows more about real estate that most people have forgotten, this can seem pretty silly, and not something you have an interest in taking seriously!

Working to be the BEST in your business, just like being the BEST athlete, means growing your KNOWLEDGE Base.  If a Swimmer wants to cut their time by 4 seconds... they have to learn and focus on the details and techniques that will enable them to do that.

The Real Estate Industry has CHANGED, and I'm reminded of that even more as I'm creating my business BE A WINNER!plan for 2010. I'm looking for ways to stretch what I'm currently doing so that I can be better.  I'm reading Mashable, I ordered Wordpress for 2nd Edition Dummies, I'm listening to podcasts and I'm growing my knowledge base. 

If you are going to a Real Estate BarCamp, start expanding your knowledge base BEFORE you go.  PLAN and THINK about what you want to learn and get from that event. (Start TRAINING!) Participate in the survey's regarding what you want to learn -  maybe you could look at it this way... to get the MOST out of the Olympics, you would want to be an ATHLETE.

Real Estate BarCamp is NOT a SPECTATOR EVENT!


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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I'm planning on attending Indianapolis in November. Looking forward to seeing new faces and getting a different group to interact with.

Oct 03, 2009 04:28 PM #1
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Eleanor what an excellent article!  Thanks for taking the time to write it especially for all those planning to head to the RE BarCamps in Lynchburg this week and Raleigh in a month!  Great advice!!

Oct 05, 2009 12:23 AM #2
Carol Pease
JP & Associates Realtors - Bastrop, TX
CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320

Supposed to be coming to Austin in late November or December.  I wish they would pick a date and let the games begin!!!

Oct 05, 2009 04:32 PM #3
Billie Hillier
http://702IsHome.com - North Las Vegas, NV
Savvy Home Realty Solutions

We are planning one for Las Vegas to kick off to 2010 - - - details coming soon!

Oct 05, 2009 04:37 PM #4
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

My husband and I are looking forward to our camp on 10/27 here in Northern Virginia  Karen

Oct 06, 2009 01:15 AM #5
April Stephens
RE/MAX One Realty - Clayton, NC
Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County

I will see you in Raleigh in a few weeks!!  I am very excited!!

Oct 06, 2009 02:09 AM #6
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate

Congrats on the Feature E!!  This is a great analogy for getting ready to learn new ways to do the same old business.  We will be attending a REBAR Camp in Indy about the same time as yours.  We hope to sharpen our skills and venture into new territory.....pumping my blogging muscles  ;-)

Oct 06, 2009 04:01 AM #7
Monica Bourgeau
New Phase Business Coaching - Portland, OR
Business Coaching

We've attended 2 ReBar camps in person, and several through the live Dakno feeds and they are very worthwhile. It's great to watch them online and even more fun to go in person because you are able to meet so many amazing people. I highly recommend REBar Camp and can't wait to attend more of them.

Oct 06, 2009 04:45 AM #8
Deborah Wilson
Hackenberg Realty Group - Canton, OH
Stark County OH Real Estate

I really learned alot from the Ohio Rebar in Columbus.  I look forward  to the next one.  Good post.

Oct 06, 2009 09:57 AM #9
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Eleanor, this is a FANTASTIC analogy -- I went to my first mini barcamp last month, DC is the end of this month -- and I can't WAIT! I learned so much at the last one -- I know a full day will leave me breathless! GREAT post!

Oct 06, 2009 10:09 AM #10
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Eleanor -- You are so right.  One can achieve most anything in life with a vision, goals and solid execution.

Oct 06, 2009 12:41 PM #11
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

I'm looking forward to Raleigh.  I wanted to do Lynchburg, too.  rebarcamps are GREAT.  And you have to step away from the chairs at the side of the room and dance...

Oct 06, 2009 01:29 PM #12
David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Hey there, great post, I'll be there, can't wait. Got your call yesterday, I didn't get to send anyone over to you. Hope you had a good turnout.

Oct 07, 2009 03:22 PM #13
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

Hey guys!  We are so excited about this!  Lane - you are right!  "you have to step away from the chairs at the side of the room and dance..."  WHAT an elegant way to say that!

Oct 09, 2009 02:20 AM #14
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Eleanor - I would love to see REBar Camp come to St. Louis.  I have always been curious and never been to the REBar Camp - Chicago.


Oct 12, 2009 01:31 PM #15
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Eleanor - wonderful summary of what REBarCamp is all about.  I've reblogged!

Oct 12, 2009 11:47 PM #16
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I've been to one RE/BAR camp and headed to another one at the end of the month.  It was a great experience.  I also last year went to a Bloodhound Unchained workshop before the NAR conference that was packed with information.  I think the more we keep ourselves informed on what is happening in our industry and how to use the technologies that make sense for us the better we can serve our clients.

Oct 12, 2009 11:49 PM #17
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Congrats on the feature; it fell off the radar too soon!

Mike in Tucson

Oct 16, 2009 04:15 PM #18
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