"Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting? "

Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808
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Ray Kroc was the businessman who built McDonalds into the huge success that it is. In his early 50s, he found a small hamburger joint being run by the McDonald brothers. The McDonalds made their hamburgers in an assembly line fashion, and offered only a few items on their menu - but the items they offered were great. 

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 Kroc saw the possibilities of this business model and bought the exclusive rights to their business model and began spreading the model around the Country. He began selling franchises to McDonalds, and eventually McDonalds became the first fast food company to publicly sell stock. When Kroc died in 1984, McDonalds had been the largest food supplier in the country for nearly twenty years and a new McDonalds was opening on average every 17 hours. 


Kroc once said, "As long as you're green you're growing. As soon as you're ripe, you start to rot." To that end, I'd like to think of those of us here in the Rain as constantly growing. We're all open to learning, eager to spread our wings and expand our horizons, or else we wouldn't be here. Kroc made that his mantra, expanding his business and evolving with the changing times through decades of successes. It's my mantra now.



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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What a great post.  This is so inspiring.  You're right, most of us are growing and adapting, and I'm proud that for my company we keep adapting and innovating and improving every week or two.  I have to remember this quote.  It's great.  Love it, love it, love it.

Oct 22, 2012 09:50 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Zuhl Team.... what a great post and the quote says it all......

"As long as you're green you're growing. As soon as you're ripe, you start to rot." 

Oct 22, 2012 10:07 PM #2
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Wayne and Jean, this quote holds true for the real estate industry. Agents who don't stay up with the changes will soon fall by the way side.

Oct 22, 2012 10:20 PM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hello Zuhls,


I love the McDonalds example but you have added a great point about staying green.  Many people don't enjoy the journey.  Life is a journey not a destination.

Oct 22, 2012 10:20 PM #4
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
Great words of wisdom for us all. And I agree with you that the Rainer's here are constantly learning and growing.
Oct 22, 2012 10:55 PM #5
Linda Piper
Planatek Financial, Inc. - Ventura, CA

What a GREAT post!  I am going to print this quote out and add to my inspiration wall!  Thank you very much!

Oct 22, 2012 11:07 PM #6
Chuck Mixon
The Keyes Company - Cutler Bay, FL
Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR

Great quote by Mr Kroc, something to thing about everytime we want to take a break.

Oct 22, 2012 11:13 PM #7
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning,

Great post - green and growing...YES!

Oct 22, 2012 11:24 PM #8
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I....remember when.....The first hamburgers were sold in my home town....

Green is Growing..Ripe is EATEN!

Oct 23, 2012 12:03 AM #9
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

I like to stay green and growing, always more to learn.. Nice job have a good week.

Oct 23, 2012 12:06 AM #10
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I use Kroc as an example sometimes of better faster and cheaper examples. The people running the place before he bought it couldn't see it.....

Oct 23, 2012 12:21 AM #11
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Green is in and a great reminder that we are forever learning and growing. . great quote!

Oct 23, 2012 12:59 AM #12
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Wayne and Jean Marie:

Ray Kroc was right.  Don't stagnate, get out and promote your business.  Be positive about your business and keep smiling and show your business knowledge.

Oct 23, 2012 02:28 AM #13
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I have to continually remind myself to stay vibrant and active in my profession. Sometimes when things aren't going great, it takes a little work but is well worth it.

Oct 23, 2012 03:59 AM #14
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Great post!  And, so true.  I've always been a very inquisitive person.  Staying curious and being a lifelong learner is definitely the way to go!

Oct 23, 2012 04:02 AM #15
Shane Barker
Amerifirst Financial, INC. - Salt Lake City, UT

Great post!  Very inspirational and uplifting.  Those are very good things to think about and keep in mind as we go forward.

Oct 23, 2012 04:50 AM #16
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Have to adapt to survive in this business.  Like to think all my fellow AR members are doing the same, and helping each other figure out how to expand.  

Oct 23, 2012 07:04 AM #17
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