Surviving Your Serengeti....

Real Estate Broker/Owner with McKinney Realty Group

Surviving Your Serengeti

After reading just the first two chapters of this book I am very intrigued where the story will lead...

Book Cover Surviving Your Serengeti

It is a interesting comparison, animal survival on the Serengeti to the way we “survive” in our lives.  It really made me think about my life, trials, and tribulations.  What if I had chosen to give up? Not stay the course? Some people do not have the endurance that it takes to be successful in life, business and relationships.

I do believe that it has become socially acceptable to give up when the going gets tough. Make excuses to why we “had” to quit.... I have seen my fair share of tough times, mind you, I know I have a blessed life compared to some. But we make a conscious decision to quit or to continue trying.

As I read these first two chapters it made me think of those times and how easy it would have been to give up, but if I had I would not be where I am today.  There have been days that I thought that maybe I made the wrong decisions, that it was really to hard to stay the course.  That is when I seem to find my most inner strength, at the verge of hopelessness....

That is why the Wildebeest survive and multiply, because even when they are losing part of their family along the way they know they MUST make it to the end of the journey in order to survive, to prosper and grow.

We need to be more like them, continue no matter the road blocks! Know that others have come before and all though they had their troubles they did not give up!

When I look around at some of the most influential people in the Real Estate business I have begun to think that “if they can do it so can I”! I do not give up easily.  Only I can stop me from making the journey across the Serengeti to get to where I need to go....

I had the pleasure to receive a signed copy of “Surviving Your Serengeti” while at KW Family Reunion.  I was very excited about that! I know you all are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what animal am I.....

                                           “Communicating Elephant”


  • They’re skilled at both listening to and actually hearing the other person, and take time to comprehend the details in their message.


  • They are interested in advancing the discussion beyond just a series of shared monologues and into a true dialogue. They realize that taking a positive approach can make others feel more confident, and in turn, more likely to cooperate.

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Cinnamon Wright
Wilmington Real Estate 4U 910.547.1446 - Wrightsville Beach, NC
Assistant to Tish Lloyd

Nice job getting the book!  I took the quiz and it says I'm a mongoose.  Isn't that just a really long rat?  Ick!

Feb 25, 2011 11:14 PM #9
Roger Jenisch
Advance Realty Team Jenisch - Bloomingdale, IL

I am a Mongoose !!!!  Funny how some of the comments are very much on target with my lifes history...  Great blog.....  Maybe this mongoose should walk to the library and get the book or maybe even the book store and buy a copy for the house....

Feb 25, 2011 11:41 PM #10
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Melissa, congrats on getting the signed copy of the book.  I plan on buying mine when they come out next week.  I enjoyed your story and can see that you are a survivor.  Best wishes for a great 2011 to you, an elephant, from me, a crocodile.

Feb 25, 2011 11:58 PM #11
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Melissa ~ The description you shared about your animal, the “Communicating Elephant” really is you. You do make others feel more confident and show genuine interest in what others have to say. Beautiful post! I'm proud to know you &call you friend.  : )

Feb 26, 2011 12:57 AM #12
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

The Elephant has the very caring trait and you do!  Me...I'm the Cheetah...task...zoom...done.  Great you got a book; when I was there he was already sold out.

Cindy in Indy

Feb 26, 2011 01:05 AM #13
Lisa Hicks
Hoang Realty - Augusta, ME
Serving Central and Southern Maine

Hey, a fellow elephant!  Nice to see I'm not the only one gray and wrinkly! 

Feb 26, 2011 01:25 AM #14
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Hi Melissa ~ Yup, you communicate all right and very well too ~ I'm a Gorgeous Giraffe, oops,  I meant to say a Graceful Giraffe ~ grins ~

Feb 26, 2011 02:04 AM #15
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Hi Melissa - What a prize !!! That is wonderful that you got a signed book.

I took the test...Graceful Giraffe and my husband is the crocodile (unbelievable).

Feb 26, 2011 04:57 AM #16
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

Melissa, what a elephant!  I loved Stefan's presentation.  I was fortunate enough to also get a book while at Family reunion and had Stefan sign it.  It will be a huge treasure.

I'm a crocodile, by the way!

Feb 26, 2011 05:03 AM #17
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

AHA - a fellow elephant!!!!  There doesn't seem to be many of us from all of the blogs. 

Feb 26, 2011 07:14 AM #18
Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Melissa~ From reading so many of your posts it's not surprising that you are the communicator.  And how cool to get an autographed copy.

Feb 26, 2011 10:07 AM #19
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

I ordered my copy today. Didn't do the 2 chapter challenge as while trying to download I got spyware. That is fixed and now I'm awaiting my copy.

Feb 26, 2011 11:41 AM #20
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Loreena~Yes it was...if I would have only though about getting a picture!

Debra~ It is!! LOL!

Clark~ I could see that! ~smile~ no other elephants hummm I could use that to my advantage! LOL

Margaret~ Thanks!

Joni~ ROTFLMBO! You are to funny you!!

Glenn~ That it did!!

Debbie~LOL thanks!!

BLiz~ I havent met many elephants, have one other in my office... Not sure what that means...LOL!

Cinnamon~ I will let you be whatever you want! ~grin~

Roger~ I think all should read it, I am sure you will get something from it!

Barbara~ Miss Croc you...Thanks! ~smile~

Diane~ Thanks, ditto for you my friend!

Cindy~ I hate that you didn't get one. When I bought mine he said that they wanted him to sit in front of stage the next day and be available to sell them and he said at this rate there wont be any.... Guess there wasn't!

Lisa!!! Gray and wrinkly...hadn't thought of it that way! LOL

Frank & Karen~ Gorgeous fits you both just fine... ~smile~

Sarah~Mine is a giraffe...Guess the test doesn't tell us who we are best compatible with...LOL

Vickie~ Cant believe you were there and I missed yet another Rainer....

Juli~ Nope doesnt look like it!

Kim~ Double thanks!

Dawn~ That is a quick read! You will enjoy!

Feb 26, 2011 01:48 PM #21
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 Apply 24/7

Melissa, You know what struck me as odd is that I have been subscribed to your posts for sometime, yet it never occured to me that you were a KW agent until I saw your #KWFR tweets. Because you use the same picture, I picked you out of the many, many tweets right away! Just sorry we didn't get a chance to bump into each other! BTW, I'm a crocodile. I thought I "wanted" to be the mongoose, but I'm getting used to the fact that I'm not. ;)

Feb 26, 2011 02:09 PM #22
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Ruth~ I am seriously bummed that we didn't get to meet!! Probably were in a lot of the same classes!! Oh well guess I am going to have to plan better for Orlando!! Now I have to go find you on twitter!!

Feb 26, 2011 02:14 PM #23
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 Apply 24/7

HEY! I have an idea... we should make a pact to meet at the AR booth in Orlando at a certain time, certain date. We'll spread the word to other KW AR members and see what kind of turn out we get?? What do you think? BTW, my user name is ColoradoLender on twitter.

Feb 26, 2011 02:46 PM #24
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Stefan was a speaker earlier this month at one of the KW seminar on Real Trends in Boston - and though the book was not out, he was there so I took the opportunity to take a picture with me.

And about being an elephant - isn't that the reason why elephant has big ears? Listening is a skill in our business - and one needs to be like an elephant to be successful in our business.

@Ruth, I will be there at KWFR in 2012.

Feb 26, 2011 03:11 PM #25
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 Apply 24/7

So now there will be three of us! This could be really fun!

Feb 26, 2011 03:22 PM #26
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Ruth & Praful I think that is a GREAT idea...look we already have three and a whole year to get our social together!

Feb 26, 2011 05:28 PM #27
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

Melissa - what a great post.  Lucky you to get a signed copy of the book!  I guess I'm a giraffe.

Feb 28, 2011 02:28 PM #28
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