Controlling Your Destiny

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vic Steele, Broker CA DRE 01349863 CA BRE 01349863

 Controlling Your Destiny

A few years ago, I discovered the fresh pasta available at the grocery store.  I’ve been completely addicted to it ever since.  I tried their ready-made sauces and realized I could do much better myself.  I’ve been making my own tomato sauce ever since.  When I recently explained how heavily I spice my sauce, a trusted friend pointed out the hidden sugars in the ingredients I was using, speculated I was spicing to cover up the artificial sweetness  and recommended I try other sources for my tomato sauce.  The same friend taught me how wonderful it is to cook with fresh garlic.  I proved how poorly I paid attention to HOW the garlic was being used last weekend when I made up another batch of my sauce.  I put one clove of diced garlic into the sausage and fried it up.  I put one clove of garlic into the tomato sauce along with the other ingredients including whole mushrooms, sliced olives and chopped onions. The garlic smell was really strong.  I tasted it and realized I had made a mistake.  That was the moment when I learned the whole garlic is called a bulb and the little pieces are called the cloves!!!!  Oops!  I joked about it on Facebook and the first response was how safe I will be from vampires!

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Last Monday, I got to see the end of the Daytona 500.  During a lengthy delay, they continually showed the clip of Juan Pablo Montoya sliding into the service vehicle pulling the jet engine.  The explosion was dramatic and it’s a minor miracle no one was hurt badly.  They said his transmission had completely locked up and he had no control of the vehicle.  I saw the replay over and over.  His wheels barely moved.  Montoya was radioing that something in the transmission was broken.  He had no control over the vehicle when it slid and hit that jet engine.  You can see it here.

What an interesting contrast.  I had control of a situation, but I didn’t have the necessary experience or knowledge.  I survived my mistake, though I sweated garlic for a few days!  Juan Pablo Montoya had no control over a situation but he had the experience and the knowledge to handle and no one was badly hurt.  I don’t mean to say the situations are similar.  I’m saying that how you handle a mistake is what really matters.  Accidents happen.  That’s why we call them accidents, not On Purposes.  Learning from the mistake, navigating it without causing serious harm and showing character throughout are what matters.

How refreshing it was to come to work the next morning and be in complete control; a brand new office, nicely set up and ready to produce top results!  (We’re ordering the sign this week.)  You are welcome to come by anytime.  We’re on the northeast corner of La Palma and Lakeview; 1250 N. Lakeview, Suite M.  It takes a full time professional to navigate the waters of today’s real estate market.  I’m pleased that my friends have one they can rely on!

Controlling Your Destiny was written by Vic Steele, Broker, CA DRE 01349863.

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1250 N. Lakeview Avenue, Suite M, Anaheim, CA 92807

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Comments (11)

Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Vic- Interesting take on control and a well-made point. Less, or maybe more, seriously, you're just a step away from complete control - make your own pasta fresh. You'll be amazed at how easy it is - there are lots of demos on YouTube - and amazed at how good it tastes. You will need a pasta machine - the manual ones work great - but it will be worth it. And here's a garlic tip - if you're not going to be cooking it, but want the flavor without the bite, boil the cloves for a couple of minutes before you dice or mince them.

Mar 04, 2012 08:08 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Vic this is a welcome post on a Sunday evening. I wasn't quite sure where you were going but you've tied it togeher nicely and made a very good point...

 Learning from the mistake, navigating it without causing serious harm and showing character throughout are what matters.

Mar 04, 2012 08:18 AM
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA DRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA
Broker/Consultant

I'm looking forward to making my own pasta Dick.  I will definitely be giving that a try.

Thanks Anna Banana!  I knew it didn't flow perfectly, but I felt it did make my point.  Sometimes the road to get there is a little bumpier than others!

Mar 04, 2012 09:42 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Vic, we all make mistakes, but learning from the mistake is a necessity so we don't do it again.  I've made my own sauce before, and think I will make some this week.  BTW, couldn't view the video.

Mar 04, 2012 10:22 PM
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA DRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA
Broker/Consultant

Thank you Rebecca!!!  I'm not sure what happened to the other URL, but I've updated the link.

Mar 05, 2012 04:09 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have made my own pasta sauce  . . . forever. Just like Gramma and Mom taught me.

Yours actually sounds great with all the garlic! Okay, maybe not that much. Are you a TrueBlood fan? LOL!

We're all works in progress. So even mistakes are for the good.

Our response (not reaction) to the mistakes is the magic!

 

 

Mar 08, 2012 12:28 AM
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA DRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA
Broker/Consultant

I'm a True Blood fan, but I'm scaring away more than vampires with this much garlic!  Grins!

Wouldn't this make a great contest theme for blogging CandiceA mistake I made and how I learned from it.  People are afraid to admit mistakes.  What they don't understand is that if they handle the mistake well - as a learning opportunity - the people they care about will respect them even more!

Mar 08, 2012 06:00 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I agree! We don't want to admit mistakes for fear they will be all that's remembered about us.  :)

But if we can transform the mistake into something super beneficial, it will turn that 'aw crap' back into 100 'attaboys'.

Mar 10, 2012 08:32 AM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Awww   You sure must have sweated garlic for days!   Hope you didn't have a lot of appointments!

Mar 13, 2012 01:02 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Vic, I never seem to have the time to make my own sauce so I commend you even though you added a little too much garlic.

Mar 29, 2012 07:47 AM
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA DRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA
Broker/Consultant

Let's hear it for attaboys Candice, we've even shared them in the past!!

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it affected my social life Dagny...lol.

It is defiitely a therapeutic experience to make your own sauce Tammie.  I recommend it highly.

Mar 29, 2012 07:48 AM