It's Not Like I'm Getting A Tattoo

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

fairy godmother reinventPerhaps you embarked upon 2012 – primed with soaring aspirations, lofty goals, and growing momentum.  Super-sized, high-octane adrenalin kept you on track and moving forward throughout the year.  Yet, despite all the hard work, long hours, and persistent triumphs over life’s inevitable hurdles and obstacles – you feel as though some of your efforts have been vanquished.  As I establish and cultivate strategies to be implemented in 2013, I recognize and embrace my past successes – and honor my failures valuable learning experiences.  Also, my self-reflective process always brings to mind one philosophy I adopted many years ago.  This philosophy applies equally to both personal and professional development, and at the risk of sounding too oversimplified, here it is:  Whenever I enter unchartered territory or attempt something new, I tell myself the following:  It’s not like I’m getting a tattoo.  If my choices don’t produce desired results or I change my mind – I can stop.  In fact, I can typically reverse my decisions painlessly, and then proceed to select different tactics or approaches.  After all, trying something new is an essential component for any significant growth process – a process which will invariably generate unexpected lessons anyway.  Alas, I am confident that trying will, at the very least, lead to a path of success more often than not trying at all.  And, of that – I have all the proof I need.

Death & Taxes

 “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Wouldn’t we all love to own a crystal ball – something to tell us precisely what to do and when to do it?  Something which emphatically assures us that which will show the greatest returns on our investments?  Of course, we may ask our colleagues and friends for encouragement and sound advice regarding the best marketing, advertising, networking, blogging, or lead generation techniques.  Nevertheless, over the years I have been repeatedly awakened to the following realization:  The only person who can truly evaluate what works best for me – is me.  What works for one may not necessarily work for another.  So, if I accept the attitude that few choices are irreversible or become permanent barriers to potential opportunities, I may find myself a little discouraged at times.  But, I never feel defeated.

Looks Like 2013 Will Be The Year Of Reinvention - Again

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Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Best wishes to you for a very Happy New Year!  Glad you aren't thinking about a tat in 2013!  :)

Jan 01, 2013 10:20 AM #25
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Denise:  Thank you!  Yes, life is essentially one giant learning experience ... and reinvention is just a part of it.  Bring on 2013!

Ginger:  Right On!  Determine what worked and what didn't ... and start all over again!  And, thanks for the reblog, Ginger :)

Hella:  Definitely makes it easier to cut your losses and try something else.  Because, sometimes it takes trying a lot of things until we find the right fit!

Paula:  Best wishes for a Happy 2013 to you too, Paula!  And, no tats in my future :)



Jan 01, 2013 10:26 AM #26
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Experiences can be greater tattoos for sure, Carie! :)


Love and light in a brilliant 2013,


Jan 01, 2013 10:34 AM #27
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Carie, great attitude! While it's good to embrace new ventures wholeheartedly, it's also wise to recognize when to retreat if necessary. No need to throw "good money after bad".

Jan 01, 2013 10:53 AM #28
Nancy Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA

I'd like to think that 2013 will not only be reinvention, but the prospects for the new year are looking good.  Good luck this year, and wishing you much success.

Jan 01, 2013 10:54 AM #29
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I do have a tattoo, and I've regretted it my entire life. Your analogy is terrific.


Jan 01, 2013 11:42 AM #30
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Carrie best wishes for the new year.  It is important to reflect on the past, and make adjustment where necessary.

Jan 01, 2013 12:40 PM #31
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Great post, Carrie! As I tell my kids, every day brings new possibilities! Fortunately, we haven't had to get into any discussions on tatoos! :)


Jan 01, 2013 12:53 PM #33
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Carrie, actually, I think you SHOULD get a tattoo.  Get a prettier one, rather than something nasty, of course.  And when it's all done, have someone take a really great picture of it, and do a post on it.  I think it would be a great follow-up post to this one... doncha think?

Also... you could just think of getting a tattoo as a unique way of "branding" yourself.  <smile>

Jan 01, 2013 01:36 PM #34
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Jan 01, 2013 03:55 PM #35
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Laura:  That's for sure, thanks!

Olga:  Right!  Know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em, yes?

Nancy:  Thanks and much success in 2013 to you too!  It great to have new and positive prospects on the horizon ....

Richard:  Thank you!  Regarding your tattoo ... I've heard that sentiment a few times before.  The 'circumstances' surrounding the unwanted tattoo are usually very interesting too :)

Jennifer:  Best wishes for 2013 to you too!  Yes, always a good idea to reflect, assess, and then make necessary changes.



Jan 01, 2013 08:31 PM #36
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Nina:  Sounds like you are giving your children excellent advice!  Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to you, Nina!

Karen Anne:  No tattoos in my immediate future.  Unless, of course, I get one with the likeness of my logo ... purely for marketing and business development?  Hmmmm ....  nope, sorry.  Not this year :)

Michelle:  I've heard that ... thanks!


Jan 01, 2013 08:38 PM #37
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Carie, I agree! Sometimes you have to test other areas to see what works and what doesn't work. If you don't try, you will never know.

Jan 01, 2013 10:32 PM #38
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Awwwwww... get a blue "R" and show it to us...put it where everyone knows you are a REALTOR.

Jan 01, 2013 10:39 PM #39
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

Every year gives us the chance to change what didn't transpire correctly in the past year. 2013 is another year for reinvention! I wish you all the best in your goals for 2013! 

Jan 02, 2013 01:49 AM #40
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
It's a rare year when we don't find a few new things we want to do or change whether in our business or personal lives. Best of luck in 2013.
Jan 02, 2013 04:48 AM #41
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Michael:  Exactly right!  Sometimes, I wish things would work more often than not work :)

Andrew:  Ha!  You first :)

Ridhi:  That's one of the best things about a brand new year ... a fresh start and a clean slate!  Wishing you the best for 2013 too :)

Cindy:  So true!  It's actually kind of exciting to make some changes and brainstorm new ideas to explore each year!


Jan 02, 2013 05:32 AM #42
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Every year is a new beginning.  A fresh opportunity to do something radically different.  Strike while the iron is hot and your motivation is at its peak.  Just like New Year's resolutions, it is best to get all your ideas on paper now while everyone else is still hibernating after the holiday season.  I spend more time in the office in December and January than I do any other time of the year.  It is easy to get in contact with people and you have some great reasons to call and things to talk about too!  Best of luck to you in 2013!

Jan 02, 2013 01:12 PM #43
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Karen:  You have a great system in place and a fabulous outlook.  Love the idea of contacting others during the holidays when others are 'hibernating' until February!  Keep the momentum going :)

Best of luck in 2013 to you too, Karen :)

Jan 03, 2013 01:37 AM #44
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Carie - I am also reflecting on what worked and what did not and tweaking things for 2013. The tatoo idea could be good branding!! Regards Dave

Jan 03, 2013 03:28 AM #45
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