Tenacity -- I hope you get one just like you!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Olsen Ziegler Realty

Tenacity -- I hope you get one just like you.  My mom has told me many times before we decided to have kids:

I hope you get one just like you: non-stop as she said with a glint and a hint of friendly revenge in her eye.

Tenacity

Tenacity.  Just take a look at my son there in December weather in Cleveland, Ohio. Frigid temperatures -- in the teens with the wind chill. This kid plays basketball all winter long in the backyard.  He shovels the snow off to the best of his ability and he will go outside and shoot baskets for 30-60 minutes just about every day.  If the court is icy, he will take his boot and try and scrape it off when he can't get the shovel to do what he wants.

Sometimes, he will spend 10 minutes dragging his heel around scraping ice off the court, just enough to make a lay-up path.

My mom always said I was non-stop as a kid (and that's my recollection as well), running in for just enough time to shovel food in my mouth a few times a day and then running back out the door, not to be seen until the next meal.

One attribute in life that I think I was fortunate to have innately is tenacity.  Different people have different inherent characteristics, both good and bad.  I think tenacity has served me really well in life and I sure hope it does for my son as well and I hope he never loses it.

Keep on shooting...

Oh...lest I forget, this kid plays so much basketball, always shooting, always trying new moves, etc.  So...when we play a game of horse, it's pretty bad when a grown man can't beat his 9-year old son in a game of horse.  I seriously try and he has shot that ball so many times, it's become second nature.  I usually lose by at least 2-3 letters most games.  I'm lucky to win 1 out of 10 games.

Luckily, I can still get the tip off! :)

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Stanley Stepak
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Chris,

You need to be proud of that little one.  He is focused and determined just like you and will those bid shoes of yours some day.  Have a happy holiday.

Dec 23, 2010 03:30 PM #1
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Chris Olsen
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Hi Stan -- Thanks, and he sure is.  They are only young once and they grow so fast.  It's fun to watch the continual sparkle in their eyes.  I hope you have a happy holiday as well.  :)

Dec 23, 2010 03:39 PM #2
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Inna Hardison
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What a great photo, Chris.  Isn't it great when the kids find something that they love enough to go through serious torture for?  I don't think i've ever seen shoot baskets with that much snow on the ground before.  Lucky for both of you, that he has the passion and the tenacity, although the latter doesn't surprise me in the least.

Merry Christmas to you, and Julie, and the kids:-)

Dec 24, 2010 05:47 AM #3
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Nick T Pappas
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Chris, enjoyed your story...if we can all hold on to that sort of tenacity in our business life...think of all the things we could do.

Dec 24, 2010 07:02 AM #4
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Chris Olsen
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Hi Inna -- Yes it is, it's easy to view things through the adult lens and forget how differently they view the world and what is important to them. Thanks for the holiday wishes.  I wish you, Jon and your boys a Merry Christmas.  You guys have been so good for my business this year I can't thank you enough!

Hi Nick -- Amen to that.  Happy holidays to you.

Dec 24, 2010 08:06 AM #5
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Chris that is great.  Tenacity is a great quality in my book, we could all use a double dose of it.

If your son keeps this up who knows maybe a College Scholarship might be in his future.

Dec 24, 2010 11:45 AM #6
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Hope you had a Merry Christmas today with lots of fun and food with family and friends.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2010 01:43 PM #7
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Chris  That kind of tenacity has to be rewarded in the future - it is a blessing to have a son like that even though you sonetimes wish there was an Off button.  :)

Dec 26, 2010 04:35 AM #8
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Chris, just checked back and saw Karen's comment...that's the problem with kids...no off button!!

Dec 26, 2010 04:15 PM #9
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I love the story and the pic Chris.  Tenacity, determination, resolve...similar qualities that will bode your son well as he transitiions into manhood.

Dec 30, 2010 12:21 AM #10
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You need to blow this photo up, photoshop "tenacity" on the bottom and "I hope you get one just like you" like those motivational posters.  I am sure it would look great in your office and a great gift for your mother.

Dec 30, 2010 04:01 AM #11
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Joan Cox
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Chris, sounds as if he is walking in your foot steps, and you should be very proud!    He is a mirror image of you, as your mother might say!   Good job!

Jan 03, 2011 04:04 AM #12
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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HI CHRIS!  Well this is a great thing to get!  How proud you must be of him! -- Gab

Jan 05, 2011 10:19 AM #13
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Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Gene -- Scholariships are always a good thing! :)
Hi Russel -- Same to you and I hope your new year is off to a good start.
Hi Karen -- I hear ya on the off button! :)
Hi Nick -- If you invent one, let me know, I'll be first in line to buy it.
Hi Anita -- Totally agree, I wouldn't have it any other way actually.
Hi Renee -- Brilliant.  I'm going to put this on my calendar to do! :)
Hi Joan -- We are proud <and tired> ;)
Hi Gabrielle -- Totally agree.

 

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