Reasons to "Keep On Truckin" - the New Year's Coming

Real Estate Agent with Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc.

Did your parents say this phrase, "If at first you don't succeed, try try again"? Are you in the same club as I am, where we heard it so often it keeps ringing in our ears whenever we have a bad day? Or let's take, "not the year you thought it would be".

It still makes sense. I'm basically an optimistic person, but I'm also realistic and pragmatic...... so if something is just plain not working...yes I do take a look and check it out. Is the error in my assumptions, or my execution, or the timing, it still is a good idea?  Then think it through.

This whole process of frustration-doubt-self review-frustration-doubt-self review all came together when I happened on a book by James Dale, entitled The Obvious: All You Need To Know In Business. Period.  

Well, anything with that bodacious a title is worth more than a second glance to see if the content lives up to the title. It did.

Here's what worked best for me...the simple reminder that failure can lead to success.  We all know about the endless times Thomas Edison worked on versions of the incandescent light bulb before success, but here are  examples of "some of the world's greatest failures":

- Henry Ford forgot to put a reverse gear on his first car.

- Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

- Elvis Presley didn't make the Glee Club.

- Napoleon finished near the bottom of his military school class.

- Abe Lincoln failed at so many things - jobs, runs for office, businesses, love - before he found his niche as president.

- Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school.

- Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, a league record at the time.

- Many companies went bankrupt (some multiple times) before becoming giants in their industries - even big ones like Pepsi, Quaker Oats, Bird's Eye and Wrigleys.

So "let's keep on truckin" and welcome the New Year with a "Whoopee"!





Comments (13)

Beatrice Cooper,
Finacial Destination - Cape Coral, FL

What are you tring to say we all make mistakes.  Great post.  I will keep on truckin away this year. 


Dec 28, 2007 07:52 AM
Christina Moock
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Cutler Real Estate
We have to continuously reinvent ourselves or we won't succeed.  Great post to remind us to keep trying in this tough market.
Dec 28, 2007 07:56 AM
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX
I ran across a quote a few weeks ago that I keep posted on my computer monitor, its become a mantra for me..  "failure is not falling down..  It is not getting up again"   I forgot who wrote/said it.. but it speaks volumes to me when I think about it. 
Dec 28, 2007 10:42 AM
Marge Coffing
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Florida Fractional Lady

Beatrice -

Thanks for your comment, and the reminder that the only thing we all share is the ability to goof! It's what we do afterward that matters......... 

Dec 28, 2007 11:29 AM
Marge Coffing
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Florida Fractional Lady

Christina -

Thanks for reminding us all about the "reinvention" part - it's true that there's no standing grow or you're already behind.  

Dec 28, 2007 11:33 AM
Marge Coffing
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Florida Fractional Lady
Gail - Two things I love about what you said...1) the mantra about the meaning of failure, and 2) the reminder about a computer monitor's centrality in our daily life. Thanks!   
Dec 28, 2007 11:36 AM
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Marge..this is your best post to date!So many people would benefit from reading about the people who have failed and then found success.Their secret is..they never gave up!They just kept going!

The realtors who are quitting or just crying about a rotten market...should look at these people....

even Donald Trump has had his failings...and he is back on his game!

Quitters never prosper(I know its cheaters...but quitters fit here too!)

Dec 28, 2007 09:45 PM
Wayne Miller
San Diego, CA

Hi Marge,

This is one of the most inspirational blog I've read so far. 

I believe our clients would rather hire a person who is a leader and not a quitter.  For those who would rather rollover and die, then Real Estate is definitely not for you. 

Have a Happy New Year. 

Dec 28, 2007 11:25 PM
Marge Coffing
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Florida Fractional Lady

Wayne -

Thanks so much for your response. I guess it's a reminder that we all need inspiration, and all we have to do to get it is to look around at others.

I'm so glad I finally met you...nice to put a name & face with a person!

Dec 29, 2007 09:39 PM
Marge Coffing
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Florida Fractional Lady

Rick -

Thanks for your kind words. The Energizer Bunny benefits from can we all.

What I want to know is your source of always the appropriate emoticons.

Dec 29, 2007 09:47 PM
blreast therealty4u
Beach and Luxury Realty, Inc. - New Smyrna Beach, FL

nice blog Marge,

maybe need to find that book too..

how many times in business (and so many other aspects of life) one tends to ignore or simply look beyond the OBVIOUS! 

And generally that's that the BASICS that MUST be done... before any of  the  'fine tuning' of the details can matter..

What's that old saying:


Dec 30, 2007 10:35 PM
Marge Coffing
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Florida Fractional Lady

Dear BLReast -

Thanks for the comment about the basics. Your saying about "failure and success" popped into my head when I remembered something... Winston Churchill, who said that ...

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."

Jan 01, 2008 07:27 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate
That was a great post and thank you for reminding us of those who "failed" only to find the ultimate success. We have to pick ourselves up out of the dirt and brush ourselves off and keep on going.
Jan 02, 2008 02:13 PM