Thanks A Million!

Reblogger Lottie Kendall
Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

If you happened to miss Dick Greenberg's post this morning, read on. Take a moment to thank Dick for stating so well how much this Active Rain community brings to many of us.

Original content by Dick Greenberg EB #1326335

Almost ThereSo, after almost three years playing in the Rain, I made my Million today. It's obviously a major milestone, and one that comes with a lot of emotional content. The most compelling emotion I'm experiencing right now, however, isn't one of achievement, or even relief - it's gratitude.

 

When I first arrived here three years ago, I was a different person. I think it's fair to say that after 19 years as an agent, I was close to something suspiciously like burn-out. I was tired, disillusioned and hugely disappointed with the industry. I was finding very little inspiration and there weren't many challenges of interest. And I was very angry - life at the bottom of the real estate food chain can be an ugly struggle, particularly when your livelihood has become the main staple for the organizations that should be nourishing you (at least in my imaginary better world) instead of sucking your blood.

 

In all honesty, I'm still disappointed by the industry, and still disgusted at the predatory behavior of its organizational infrastructure. But I'm no longer tired and I'm no longer wasting energy on anger. I am stimulated and challenged. My energy levels are much higher and I'm a lot happier.

 

The difference? ActiveRain has showered me with gifts. And it's all because of you guys.

 

I have met and become friends with people whom I deeply respect, who represent the best standards and ideals of what we do, whether its real estate, construction, staging, lending, inspecting, part-time furniture sales or just plain living. You have inspired me.

 

I have learned so many things. Some make me a better agent, some make me a better person. Some extend my capabilities into areas that, three years ago, I didn't even know existed. What you have shared has found an eager audience.

 

I have become part of a community I care deeply about, one that is unique among the weird lands of the Internet. This is a strangely nice place for an industry known for its less savory practices, and it's that way because we all want it to be that way.

 

I have become a better writer. While 80% of what I write is simply to feed the Google monster, that other 20% has been pure reward. The opportunity to express myself freely, and have some of you actually like it, is insanely cool and immensely appreciated.

 

ActiveRain has been great for our business. What we do here, when done properly, works and translates into income. But that's never been sufficient to fuel my fires, and there are other ways to get Google's attention. But most importantly, by your example, you have shown us that there is a better way possible and have given Mary & I the confidence to strike out on our own, on our search for that better way.

 

So please accept my heartfelt thanks. You guys are great and it has been enormous fun - you're interesting, engaging, entertaining and funny, and you have made me laugh - a lot. We like to say that all real estate is local - Well, AR is one awesome neighborhood. I'm hopelessly addicted and I'm sticking around for the next million.

Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Lottie - thanks for reporting this. I am heading over to Dick's blog to comment.

 

Mar 21, 2014 12:13 AM #1
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Thanks for the heads up - love Dick and want to wish him congratulations. Have a great day Lottie. :)

Mar 21, 2014 12:51 AM #2
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Roy Kelley
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This is a nice re-blog selection. Congratulations to Dick!

Mar 21, 2014 01:08 AM #3
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Lottie Kendall
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Grant, I'm glad you did.

Debb, Dick has a wonderfully natural writing style--I enjoy his posts, but this one in particular. It definitely has "feature" written all over it.

Roy, Dick's post deserves lots of eyeballs on it. He expresses well one of the marvelous benefits of this Active Rain community.

Mar 21, 2014 03:25 AM #4
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Oh my gosh, Dick ... we should be thanking YOU!  What you provide .. offer so generously and so consistently ... is so welcome and feels so good.  I, like you, feel I have gained much via my presence and relationships here.  You expressed what I have not ... yet.  Thank you .. and hope there's millions of millions more ahead ...

Gene

Mar 21, 2014 03:53 AM #5
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
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Lottie - What a nice re-blog, and it was such a good post to celebrate hitting a million points!

Mar 21, 2014 10:47 AM #6
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Good evening, Lottie. Good to see that Dick stuck with it. Far too many do not.

Mar 21, 2014 11:06 AM #7
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Laura, I love Dick's writing style, and this post of his is definitely heartfelt.

Michael, many people disappear; I'm glad many others don't, including you!

Mar 21, 2014 11:21 AM #8
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John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
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Lottie  I was watching for Dick to hit the mark...and missed it.  Off to congratulate him.  Thanks for re-blogging this one.

Mar 21, 2014 11:49 PM #9
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Lottie. That is such a great story, there should be many more stories like his. I don't understand why more folks don't participate with AR.

Make it a great weekend!

Mar 22, 2014 12:36 AM #10
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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You're welcome, John. I think Dick's post should be featured!

Joe, we're converts, right? Wishing you a great weekend, too.

Mar 22, 2014 02:04 AM #11
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
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Lottie, thanks for sharing this post, as I had not seen the original. That's the thing I like about AR, is that there is so much to learn and share.

Mar 27, 2014 02:53 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Troy, agreed--the learning never stops here on Active Rain. Take today for instance: I made a pie chart as suggested by Sally Chessman.

Mar 27, 2014 03:41 AM #13
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Inna Ivchenko
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Great re-post. I did miss it.

Active Rain is a good place to be if you are related to a real estate. I like it here:)

Mar 27, 2014 03:37 PM #14
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Good morning, Inna. I'm glad you spotted my re-blog; Dick stated so well why Active Rain is important to many of us.

Mar 27, 2014 10:56 PM #15
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