Be an Encourager

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Saturday was one of my “less than glorious days” on a bike.  While riding out in Dayton on a county road, a pack of dogs came out of a yard after us.  The lead dog jumped into my bike, causing me to flip end over end.  My bike was totally mangled, and I sustained some pretty good cuts and bruises that will keep me out of training for a week or two.  Nothing too serious, and hopefully not too much of a setback for my next Ironman race which is in November.

 Last night my 8-year old daughter Phoebe asked “daddy are you training tomorrow?”.  I told her “not yet, doctor says I have to rest a few weeks”.  She said, “I don’t think your doctor knows how hard you’re supposed to train”.  The whole family burst out laughing.  Phoebe teared up and said “it’s not funny, how is dad going to win if he can’t train”.  This caused more laughter from the rest of the kids.  Being the sap of the family I couldn’t help but tear up a little myself as I realized that my little girl cares as much about my success as I do. 

 While putting Phoebe to bed I told her that winning isn’t everything.  I told her that I just wanted to do my best and that’s all that mom, the rest of the kids, and God really care about.  She replied “but dad, if we do our best we cannot lose because God loves us”.

 As I consider the message of my 8-year old I can’t help but think of all the amazing people I work with on a daily basis.  I hope that each of you recognize and make every effort to surround yourself with positive minded people.  People that believe in you and who encourage you to fight for your dreams.  This business of Real Estate is lonelier than most realize.  For that reason it’s of the utmost importance that your team, your business partners, and your colleagues are the type of people that have your best interest at heart.  If you do this you cannot fail.  These people will stand at your side and cheer you along the path to achieving the things that are most important to you.  When you experience setbacks they will pick you up and encourage you to keep going.

 This is the perfect time of year for you to reach out to your customer base and old acquaintances.  Be positive, be an encourager. Be the kind of person that lifts others.   As you do this you’ll be amazed at the way in which others will be attracted to you.  In turn you’ll see your business soar. 

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 Max VanNatter


Comments (17)

David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential



Any dad that has his daughter watching out for him as yours is, is a rich and lucky man. 

Sep 22, 2015 07:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Max- what a wonderful post.  Your daughter sounds like she already has sympathy as well as the ability to be supportive of others.  Hm- where could she have learned that?!  I agree- surround yourself with encouragers and aim to be one yourself. 

Sep 26, 2015 07:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


Sep 26, 2015 11:13 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Max and welcome to the Rain. Your daughter gets it, and you are right about being psitive and encouraging. I hope you are better soon.

Sep 26, 2015 09:43 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Max. A positive message. Your daughter is one smart cookie. Recover quickly! Enjoy your day!

Sep 26, 2015 09:56 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Max VanNatter,

What a wonderful post! I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! You are so's important to surround yourself with positive minded people. Our office is unbelievable positive and we all are excited about each others successes! Being an "encourager" sure beats being a Debbie downer!

Sep 26, 2015 10:09 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow, I can see why Kathy chose to include your post this week.  Great stuff!

Sep 27, 2015 12:13 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I can't tell you how many times my kids have said words of encouragement to me that they didn't even know they were saying. Such truth from your little girl!

Sep 27, 2015 01:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Max - your daughter is awesome.  I am sure you will be watching her win a lot.

Sep 27, 2015 04:07 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wouldn't it be nice to shift the world's balance away from the discouragers and mud slingers - over to the encouragers and "approvers?"

Sep 27, 2015 04:11 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Max this is a warm and heart tugging post...obviously written from the heart.  Nicely done.  No matter the # placed I trust you will be pleased with your Iron Man results.  I come via Kathy Strieb.  And a belated welcome to Active Rain.  Make it a great week ahead.  Mark

Sep 27, 2015 04:45 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

The encouraging apple doesn't fall far from the encouraging tree, to coin a phrase that suits you and your daughter!

And to underline your "team" aspect in our lonely career choice (which I'd never really looked at that way), I count myself as so very lucky to have surrounded myself with a hand-picked tried-and-true team who exemplify great customer service and make me look good. 

And thanks go to our wonderful Florida friend,  Kathy Streib for bringing this beautiful post into the aha spotlight!!

Sep 27, 2015 06:30 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful message, and what a smart little girl you have. You should be so proud!  I'm so glad that Kathy shared this today!

Sep 27, 2015 09:47 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Max VanNatter it's such a powerful thing! This is, indeed a lonely business - and accountability partners are must!

Have more than one - and make sure you are true to what you report!

Sep 27, 2015 02:50 PM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Max, I am so jealous of your daughter. I need to learn how to "create" these encouragers.

Bill Roberts

Sep 28, 2015 12:10 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Max VanNatter - You should be so proud of your daughter. At such a young age, she has learned to love and cheer for those around her. Wisdom does come from the mouth of babes. 

Get well soon and give it your best on your next Ironman. May God continue to bless your lovely family.

Sep 28, 2015 02:32 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Max, so happy that you are okay from that biking debacle.  I am a road biker and so I totally understand.  So wonderful that you have taught your daughter well and that she has learned equally well.

Sep 28, 2015 03:02 AM