"Who Am I?" - Can A Simple Riddle Hold The Key To Your Success?

Real Estate Sales Representative with Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC

Not my content, but I thought it was a good exercise to post. 

“I am your constant companion. I will push you forward to success or I will drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. 80% of what you do, you might as well hand over to me and I will do it promptly and I will do it correctly. I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me what you’d like to have done, and after a couple of lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people. Alas, I am the master of all failures as well. All who are great, I have made great. All who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine; but I do work with the precision of a machine and the intellect of a human. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I’ll lay the world at your feet. Be easy with me, and I will destroy you!”

“Who am I?”


Well, I didn’t want the week to end without giving you the answer to the success riddle. We had so many great guesses and even several right answers! The correct answer, as it was told to me, is…Your Habits.

When you think about it, your habits do have control over whether you succeed or fail. If you practice success thinking and success habits on a daily basis you can’t help but to achieve, continue growing and re-achieve your goals. If you practice bad habits daily and practice negative thinking you will find yourself constantly disappointed, treading water and second guessing yourself and your success.

I think this riddle is a good opportunity for all of us to take a look at our habits and honestly see if they are success habits or something less desirable.


Posted by Lee Green on March 18, 2008 at 5:19pm in Open Forum

Chairman National Black Business Trade Association (NBBTA)

Founder BlackBusinessSpace.com 

Posted by
  • Would you give a thief direct access to your checking account? 
No? Unfortunately, you may be doing just that by regularly using your debit card. And I use mine all the time. Debit cards may look identical to credit cards, but there’s one key difference. With credit cards, users who spot fraudulent charges on their bill can simply decline the charges and not pay the bill. On the other hand, debit cards draw money directly from your checking account, rather than from an intermediary such as a credit card company.
Because of that, even clear-cut cases of fraud where victims are protected from liability by consumer protection laws can cause significant hardship
While debit card fraud is always a possibility, being careful where you use it can help keep your checking account balance out of the hands of criminals.
For details on four risky places, please click on the link below.


Comments (19)

Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team
Tara, great post!  Thanks for sharing.  Habits are something that we need to bring under control and make them work for us, not against us.  Great Post.
Mar 21, 2008 10:58 PM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
Morning Tony & Darcy! I thought it was good and I plan on printing it out and putting on my wall.
Mar 21, 2008 11:00 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!
I have to say that I like that. Good post
Mar 21, 2008 11:04 PM
Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach
Hi Tara!  Love the riddle, if you get anymore please share.  Habits are hard to break especially bad one's.  Have a blessed day!
Mar 21, 2008 11:09 PM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
Tara - Here is my favorite quote....."We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ ARISTOTLE  It may seem simple but if you really think about it and practice it good things will come!
Mar 21, 2008 11:26 PM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

Dennis: Thanks Dennis. 

Lorinda: Yes, it was great and I will definitely share whenever I see another riddle. See what happens when you clean up your e-mails? A good habit! Each weekend is 'clean up' for the week.

Leesa: Love that quote! Yes, I am going to practice what I preach. 8-)

Mar 21, 2008 11:30 PM
Debra Gambill
Weichert Realtor's Southern Coast - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Realtor, N.C. / S.C
I had to stop and think about that one- what a creative riddle.
Mar 22, 2008 12:12 AM
Jerry LaRose - Orlando Fl Real Estate Expert
Orlando Realty Partners, Orlando Short Sale Specialists - Orlando, FL
Orlando Fl Real Estate Expert, Short Sale Expert

Great Post, Thanks for the information. Keep up the great blogs. Very interesting. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Mar 22, 2008 12:34 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

Debra: Yes, it makes us stop and think. We all need to do that more often.

Jerry: Thank you for the compliment!

Mar 22, 2008 12:46 AM
Tammy & Terry Coleman
Coldwell Banker Snow & Wall - Murfreesboro, TN
Great post. I am going to use this in my training classes. Thanks!
Mar 22, 2008 12:49 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
Tammy & Terry: What a great idea!
Mar 22, 2008 01:10 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Tara, I would have guessed "Ego" or "Motivation", but "Habit" does make more sense.  Glad you did not make me wait for the answer.
Mar 22, 2008 10:38 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

George: I remember 'ego' was one of the responses. And yes, you didn't have to wait the 4 days the rest of us did!

???: Thanks! If you should happen back, please let me know who you are so I may read your blogs and get to know you.

Mar 22, 2008 11:41 AM
Eugene Jones
Weichert Realtors - Somerville, NJ

My first guess was will power, then conscience....but habit makes perfect sense. I've heard it said that if you do something for 21 days straight, that it will become a habit (not sure how true that is). But I believe that if we make an effort to practice and do the things necessary to become successful on a consistent basis, then those things will become habitual. 

Mar 23, 2008 06:51 AM
Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate
So many habits to change, so little time.  I admit to multiple bad habits and remembering to replace them is overwhelming at times.
Mar 23, 2008 05:16 PM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor

Eugene: 21 days is not enough time for me, but it is a good start! And yes, it is the practice that becomes habit.

Gayle: I just work on one at a time, but may change them from day to day, hour to hour. It usually works. 8-)

Mar 24, 2008 03:06 AM
Jeff Fullmer
FM Properties - Idaho Falls, ID
Real Estate Investor/Financier
Tara, great riddle! We all have habits, it is human nature. We are all slaves to our habits, so why not be a slave to good habits?!!
Mar 24, 2008 05:32 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
Jeff: Yeah, I thought it was pretty good too. I am trying to get to those good habits, but the bad ones are so much easier to keep!
Mar 24, 2008 05:38 AM
Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966

Spokane Washington Real Estate Expert Yes, to capture an emerging market look at where everyone goes and be an alternate route.

May 16, 2008 09:42 AM