What we learned from Dan Castro, including complete video of his speech|2010 EXIT Convention, Real Estate Careers, Houston TX Real Estate Careers, Humble TX Real Estate Careers, Kingwood TX Real Estate Careers, Texas Real Estate Careers

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The purposes of our sharing these blog posts are to remind those who attended convention about what they learned & experienced, and help those who could not attend to learn & experience what we experienced.  In case you arrived at this blog from another location, here is a link to our website which contains ALL links to our material, and we recommend that you go here to get started: http://www.exitrealtyneh.com/2010exitconvention.html

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(Parts 2 and 3 are at the bottom of this post)

I was introduced to Dan Castro when Tami Bonnell sent me his book, Critical Choices That Changes Lives.  I sat up & started taking notes after reading this line just a couple pages into the book, "Every now and then, someone comes along and lifts our burdens and shows us the way.  That's what I hope this book does for you."

The book arrived via FedEx, just minutes after I was burdened with some of the worst news of my life, news that Tami had no idea about, and the concepts in the book spoke directly to the burdens I was bearing.  It is the first time I have read a book of this length, cover-to-cover without stopping, and below this shot of the book are some bullet points of what I've learned from Dan Castro.  

Needless to say, I highly recommend the book, whether you are currently faced with adversity, or to be prepared for future adversity in your life.  Buy this book!  The remainder of videos of his speech are at the bottom of this post.

What we learned from Dan Castro, including complete video of his speech|2010 EXIT Convention, Real Estate Careers, Houston TX Real Estate Careers, Humble TX Real Estate Careers, Kingwood TX Real Estate Careers, Texas Real Estate Careers

The Seven Laws of Critical Focus:


  1. Our most recent experiences influence what we focus on, whether we like it or not.
  2. What we focus on determines what we believe.
  3. What we believe determines what we expect.
  4. We tend to see what we're expecting to see.
  5. We tend to filter out what we're not expecting to see.
  6. The more we see, the more options are available to us.
  7. We have the power to choose what to focus on, no matter what is going on in the world around us.
There are no impossible situations in life, only difficult decisions waiting to be made.

If someone can control what we focus on, they can control what we believe.

Heroes focus on the purpose on the other side of pain.

Have you ever stopped and made a list of things you'd like to do for the sake of humanity before you die?  What if money & time were not obstacles?  Now what what you do?  Make a list.  Now ask yourself, "What's the tiniest of baby steps I can take this month toward accomplishing this dream?"  Now go out and take that baby step.

Control what you think about and you can control the direction your life takes.  Control what you read, what you watch, and who you associate with, and you can control how you think and feel.  You can begin reshaping your life today simply by reading about, studying, and pouring your energies in the direction you want your life to go.

I too often pray for a way to reach the tops of the coconut tress when I should be praying to reach the stars.  Are we praying to the God of the universe, or to the God of the coconuts?  When we remember who it is we are asking, the realm of realistic possibilities is expanded by a quantum leap.  God is not limited by anything.

"If you want to see Eagles fly, you have to go where Eagles fly."  So, if you want to see something great accomplished, you have to first take that risk, that first scary step, to put yourself in that place where the Eagles will fly for you, before you are actually there, seeing them fly.  You can't say, "when I see the Eagles fly, I will go to the mountain."  You have to go to the mountain first and THEN you will see the Eagles fly.  This applies to any dream or goal in my life.  I can't wait for things to fall in line that lead me to believe I will reach my dream or goal, I have to do the things that seem risky, by faith, with NO assurance it will work, in order for it to work.  The Eagles aren't going to fly outside my office window, I have go where they WILL fly, FIRST!

Thank you Dan & Rose Castro, and Tami Bonnell!





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Frank D'Angelo
EXIT REALTY NEXUS Minneapolis & St. Paul MN - Coon Rapids, MN
Helping people is my business in Real Estate

What an incredible jam packed set of sessions at convention.  It will take the entire year to filter this material to our agents.

Wish I had more agents at convention...

Thanks for the post

Frank D'Angelo

Minneapolis MN

Nov 03, 2010 03:17 PM #1
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

I definitely will have to add this book to my books to read list. I am so happy that I stopped by your blog. I will watch the videos later. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

Nov 03, 2010 05:01 PM #2
Ken Snyder
Exit Realty NE Houston - Humble, TX
Houston Texas Real Estate

Thanks for the comments & group feature, Frank & Lanre.  Frank, we played this video for our agents during our sales meeting this week & will play others in coming weeks.  We will also replay these videos between now & next convention.  Hopefully this will give them the experience from afar, so they will attend next year.

Also, your & our agents will need to be at convention to accepttheir Bronze or higher awards, right?  They should buy the tickets now, while they are cheaper.  If they want to see Eagles fly, they have to go where Eagles fly...

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