America. What a Country.

Industry Observer with Right Choice Realty

What a country we have. America produces an unbelievable opportunity for all that are willing to work hard, educate themselves, and pursue their dreams. Amazing how the media has trained everyone to be a victim through this recession/downturn. Victim of poverty. Victim of racism. Victim of circumstances. Victim of a bad loan, the terms of which I never bothered to read?  Victim. Victim. Victim.  

Above is a picture of the home I grew up in.

I was raised in a blue collar life and received a great high school education while I bailed hay all summer long for money, worked at McDonald's, and started pulling weeds for $1.50 an hour at 14 years old to save up for a car I eventually bought 2 years later for $500 bucks. Summers were hard WORK for me. Work used to mean opportunity to earn a few bucks.  College?  We never spoke of that.  My father had a tenth grade education with 11 brothers and sisters and was working full time by 16.  I was born when he was 18 years old and my parents we're separated by the time I was 5 years old and again at 10 years old.   They divorced shortly after.  Look how happy my mother looked and my dad was nearly cut out of the picture.  Foretelling of the future?

As a child I never felt like I was disadvantaged or,  a victim of unfairness because I had to work for everything I ever got. Or even that my mother was manically depressed most of the time.  Afterall, I was ALIVE and what more could I ask for? It seemed to me that the world was my oyster. As a country and as a people we have got to stop all this " stinkin' thinkin' ". Perhaps we should get back to work and chase a dream for change.  I did and 15 years after the above photo was taken I purchased my first rental property and obtained my real estate license at the ripe old age of 20 years old.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.  -John C. Maxwell

I love America. I am not a victim nor do I feel like one or want to feel like one. I'd like to think that I am an example of what you can do in America with a heavy dose of ambition, a little passion, and some help from your friends & family. Get back to living America. Turn off the news for a few nights and reclaim your sanity. Afterall, just look how far we've come together.

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Jack Solloway, President & Founder

Right Choice Realty, LLC

(239) 333-BEST


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Jack, you skipped the word "entitled" and empowered yourself forward. Congrats! Enjoy your day!

Aug 01, 2015 10:42 PM #9
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jack Solloway Your post echoes what so many of us are feeling today. The apathetic silent majority is sick and tired of the PC crowd. Get back to work, I say!

Aug 01, 2015 11:09 PM #10
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Jack, Thank you for your honesty and for speaking the truth! I grew up poor in a large family on the streets of Georgia back in the early 60s and learned early on that I would have to work for what I wanted. Like you, I did just that, no hand outs or hands up! Glad Kathy featured this in her weekly Aha Moment.

Aug 02, 2015 12:00 AM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am so glad I didn't miss your post, thanks to Kathy's wrap up this week!

Aug 02, 2015 12:42 AM #12
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

One of the best posts I've read on this platform.  Drop the victim mentality, drop your excuses for why you can't, quit complaining and DO SOMETHING with your life.  Thanks for having the courage to call it like it is.

Jack, your story is triumph in my book.  Good on ya.

Aug 02, 2015 12:43 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your uplifting story.

Best wishes for continued success!

Aug 02, 2015 02:32 AM #14
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I so do agree with you! I'm sick to death of the whiners and the "victims" who are victims of nothing more than their own lack of ambition and initiative. I'm also sick of those who look for reasons to be offended. 

Having to work as a child gives a person a sense of appreciation and of being "worth something." I'm sorry so many kids today have nothing to do but play and find distractions to occupy their days. They're NOT better off for it. 

I didn't have to go work for money as a child, but I WAS expected to do my share of the work at home - like cleaning, laundry, and having dinner started before my Mom got home from work. 

We were not wealthy, so expensive toys, clothes, shoes, etc. were never even considered. When I got to be a teen and wanted more clothes, I got out the sewing machine. 

We raised our boys the same way and neither of them turned out to be a whiner. 

Aug 02, 2015 03:06 AM #15
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Yes! Everyone wants to be a victim nowadays.  Why?  

Life is so much richer when you accomplish things on your own.  There is nothing like working hard at an early age to set the stage for a good life.  

I grew up in difficult circumstances and I wouldnt have traded it for anything. I went to great lengths to make sure my children didn't - but I also had to go to great lengths to make sure they didn't grow up feeling privileged.

Aug 02, 2015 03:14 AM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was very blessed in the my parents had a happy marriage... they've been married 51 years.  I however divorced 2 months before my daughter was born.  I did what I could and lived in a single wide trailer with my daughter until she was in high school. I struggled, but I was never a victim of anything and never let her feel that way.  I've now owned my own business for 20  years and my daughter just applied to medical school (she's also been working full time while going to college)

Aug 02, 2015 09:52 AM #17
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Why is this not featured? It is an All American Story.  Imigrants from other Countries flock here to be part of this great nation that some of us were born into. We are the best country in the World and have every opportunity to be whatever we want to be.  If you don't believe that, go read Lou Ludwig 's posts until you can think straight! Bravo!




Aug 02, 2015 10:11 AM #18
Jack Solloway
Right Choice Realty - Fort Myers, FL
There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate

Good point Evelyn.

Aug 02, 2015 09:55 PM #19
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I could not agree more. Attitude, determination and hard work are the keys to a successful life.

Aug 02, 2015 11:42 PM #20
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am very happy for your success and I hope it continues, but I don't believe that the media is as powerful as you think in creating victims. I do believe what is important is not taking everything as face value when it plays into narrow focused beliefs. Everyone should try to possess a bullshit meter and it looks like you have one.

Aug 03, 2015 08:57 AM #21
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Jack, a little hard work never hurt anyone. We so need to take our country back before it is too late.

Aug 03, 2015 10:58 AM #22
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I am so glad it got fetured! I love what you said and believe this is the greatest Country on Earth!

Aug 03, 2015 11:43 AM #23
Jack Solloway
Right Choice Realty - Fort Myers, FL
There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate

Wow.  It did get featured!  :-)

Aug 03, 2015 09:14 PM #24
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

What an incredible piece! Jack, you speak straight from the heart and you don't hold back. I love it! Congrats on the feature. And I found this wonderful piece thanks to Kathy Streib (a wonder in her own right). 

You could be one of those good ole American writers that we have loved for centuries! 

Aug 05, 2015 04:18 PM #25
Bob Bloom
Cuzitmatters - Vancouver, WA
Agent Mentor & Coach

BOOYAH... Jack.

Aug 07, 2015 12:56 PM #46
Jack Solloway
Right Choice Realty - Fort Myers, FL
There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate

:-)  Bob    Gayle   :-)

Sep 04, 2015 11:40 AM #47
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

A very helpful and encouraging post, Im glad I came across it in the AR's data base.

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