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We all have that certain someone who pushes us when we think we can't trudge on any longer.  Someone who inspires, excites and amazes us in their ability to accomplish and believe.  This mentor may have changed throughout the years or it may be that same math teacher that didn't let you get away with anything less than your full potential. 

Who is your mentor?

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Comments (40)

Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

My mentor? Here is has been Active Rain for one. I've learned more here than anywhere else in real estate!


Sep 27, 2011 04:58 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

I think everyone has SOMEONE if they really think about it.  REALLY THINK - it's someone.

Christina has been known to kick me when I needed it -- in the fanny.

I always have to choice to listen and get moving, or to ignore the advise.


Sep 27, 2011 05:08 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

The idea of a mentor is often not obvious right away. Sometimes it is not until they are gone that we realize the were  mentor. As we get older and things change, we shift to new ones. Having had many incredible people mentor me, they are with me even when they are not here.

Sep 27, 2011 07:23 PM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

My parents, definitely. I remember my pop telling me that I was his favorite (out of 5 kids). Him and mum made us all feel special and gave us each tons of support in whatever we chose to do. We (us kids) only found out a couple years ago that pop told EACH of us that we were his favorites. Silly dad had us all thinking we were his favorite (even though I know I really am).   ha!


Jacque & Larry

Sep 27, 2011 08:53 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

I don't have a particular mentor where real estate is concerned. But there are dozens of people who inspire me - other agents, motivational speakers, thought leaders in our industry. Always good to surround yourself with successful, positive people.

Sep 28, 2011 02:42 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I can still remember my supervisor at the bank where I worked at the ripe old age of 18.  She would openly compliment me and inspired me to do more.  Because of her, I was transferred to 5 different departments and a raise along the way in each.  I'll always remember her gentle way of praise!  Thanks for the memories.

Sep 28, 2011 05:37 AM
Rick Payne

My father 100%. Although I do often draw inspiration from friends and people I meet throughout my day to day.

Sep 28, 2011 05:43 AM
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

Definitely my husband and partner.  Life would be very different without that inspiration.

Sep 28, 2011 05:55 AM
Pam Hills
Innovative Artistry - Kendall, FL
ASP/IAHSP- Stager Miami, FL, Creative Minds Innovatively At Work

Gosh where to uncle was like my brother.  a principal in my high school always pushing me to places to lead within the school, my grandmother, Greg & my daughter, and of course Active Rain has been full of mentors!!  :)

Sep 28, 2011 06:52 AM
Jimmy Phan
Phan real estate group in hickory

down but not out

so many time i was down, thinking i may completely give up and quit, but always pick myself back up

if i did not, no now did

Sep 28, 2011 06:56 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Both my Mom and my Dad are my mentors for different reasons. I find motivation from different avenues during the work week but, go them when I need sound advice, a reality check or motivation. 

Sep 28, 2011 08:32 AM
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

I can't say I have ever had a Mentor, always wanted one. I have had a few inspirational people in my life: My dad who taught me the meaning of "saving a buck" and my mom who taught me "treat people like you would want to be treated". Both of these lessons have taken me far in business.

Sep 28, 2011 08:36 AM
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

My mentor is my dad (Bryant Tutas). He was breaking into the business when I was a teenager and I remember thinking man that looks boring. Haha.  I went a different way in life and joined the military. I spent 14 years in the Marine Corps and by the time I was done I was ready to be my own boss and do my own thing. What better career than real estate right? So I called him and asked him what he thought of me joining him with the company. He's always there to lend a helpful hand or just listen to me vent. But the best part is that he always has the right answer. I don't know how he does it but i always walk away feeling better and with the answer I needed.

Sep 28, 2011 08:38 AM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

I have a wonderful friend here at my office. We problem solve together, and celebrate our successes together.

Sep 28, 2011 10:58 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

When it comes to my work, I have a friend, Kay Faulk. She's a fellow copywriter whom I have never met because she lives on the other side of the country. When either of us gets "stuck" or insecure we holler for help, and it's always there.

Sep 28, 2011 12:34 PM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

My husband, Vince, picks me up when I need it. My work mentors, though, are all of you here in the Rain. I've only been in business a little over three years, and I've spent a LOT of that time in here, lurking, chirping up now and then, but mostly learning the ropes from all of you. Thanks.

Sep 28, 2011 12:59 PM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

My father has been the most important influence in my life.  As I grew up and older my rock is my wife in my life.

Sep 28, 2011 05:48 PM
Jayson Holland - Denver, CO
Jay Holland

I've had quite a few mentors at various points in my life. Thank you for making me remember them.

Sep 30, 2011 08:57 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Great question.  I have always relied on myself, but my mom was the one I always went to for assurace.  I am still saddened by her death last month.

Oct 03, 2011 04:26 PM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

That is a tough question.  I have had so many mentor, from my Dad to a the President of the 1st company I worked for.

Oct 13, 2011 11:08 PM