Olympian Spirit ActiveRain Challenge here in Katy TX

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Olympian Spirit ActiveRain Challenge here in Katy TX


ActiveRain August Challenge is to discuss the Olympian Spirit and how it applies to each of us. The Olympics are over today as iis this Challenge. I thought about this post and wrote it in my head but never took the time to just write it.

I think I have to start with what I think constitutes the Olympian Spirit  and then cover how it applies to me and my life.


The research I did found a man named Pierre de Coubertin invented the modern Pentathlon and he intended the sport to be educational. The olympic Charter established by de Coubertin states “ The practice of sport is a human right”. Everyone should be able to play sport with discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic Spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play”.


Pierre was definitely an educator and he wished that sport would contribute to a better and peaceful world. We all still hope for a peaceful world.


The Olympic Spirit encompass so many traits that each and every one of these athletes embrace and make it part of their individual lifestyles.  These athletes show unbelievable dedication. Hard work comes with the territory. They all have failed along the way but learned from their failure(s). Each athlete has a desire to excel and willingness to sacrifice to be able to excel and be one of the best.  The journey is usually a long one and takes a special person to beat all the odds which are against their success. These folks always take the time to learn new things and educate themselves on the newest technology in their field of competition.


The Olympic Spirit also encompasses a support group for each of these superb athletes. This entails that their families and or friends make the journey with them and assist along the way. These supporters also make large sacrifices to assist these competitors.  


I have always had a very competitive spirit from all the sports I played along the way. Hard work is in my own DNA and my wife has to constantly tell me to take it easy and enjoy life. Many years ago I take the challenge to become a computer auditor. This does not sound like much now but back then the Company I worked for was the creator of computer auditing. Computer Auditing mission was to audit through the computer and not around it. This was a huge step and the first auditing major or minor firm to embrace this concept.


I applied to become one of the first regular auditors to be trained as a computer auditor. I knew this would be a stiff challenge and a lot of long and hard work. I speculated that computers were where the future direction of the business world and the entire world was going. This was back in the mid 1970’s  and no one even thought what we now take for granted would become reality. I had no computer background and we had to learn things such as programming, job control, how to handle disk drives and tape drives, how to run the computer console and the list went on and on. Mt Olympic Spirit was fully present by taking this course.


During the late 1970’s I got a job with Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh. I was and a friend of mine were the only people Gulf had taken with financial experience before joining the company. The usual course was to hire financial professionals right out of school and teach them the Gulf Way. we both got hired as we had the spirit of working hard and being the best professional we could be.


The Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer had adopted the Slogan back then of “Going for the Gold’ just like olympic athletes do during their careers. Those of us who adopted this work slogan and practiced doing whatever it took to get the job done in an efficient, timely, team effort  and in a company benefit first mentally got promoted and were rewarded. The above slogan embraced  all the traits I previously mentioned.

My Real Estate career has me following all the traits and spirit an Olympian follows when it comes to handling the business of my clients. Where i have fallen down is I do not take or have the time to promote me and my abilities to the public. Unfortunately with my schedule and having a very active CPA client I service I cannot make the Olympic effort to build my business. I hope one day in the future I will have the opportunity and time to fully adopt all the Olympic Spirit characteristics.

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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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Great post, Bob. I just got mine done to. We both came in under the wire. 

Aug 21, 2016 11:48 AM #1
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Oh boy, thanks for the reminder...I better get buzy!

Aug 21, 2016 12:05 PM #2
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bob didn't have time to write a post for this contest. Glad you got yours completed by the end of the deadline.

Aug 21, 2016 12:20 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

As much as I enjoy the Olympics, I was only able to take in a few of the special events.  I had to watch swimming, and some of the gymnastics.  I also watch Bolt run.  That guy is amazing!

Aug 21, 2016 01:25 PM #4
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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You truly have the spirit Bob.

Aug 21, 2016 01:51 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Bob.  I learned a lot of insight about you from your past in this post.

Aug 21, 2016 08:13 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Bob, for sharing some of your Olympic Spirit.

Best wishes for continued success.

Aug 21, 2016 10:16 PM #7
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you so much for your comments and support. I could have gone on and on about past experiences but this post is already too wordy .. 

Aug 22, 2016 06:18 AM #8
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 THe lack of computer and at work caused me not to participate in this challenge, I did have a rough outline in my head oh well....

Aug 22, 2016 09:29 AM #9
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Olympic spirit characteristics is often born with it and those who want to excel will get up and finish the last event.

Thanks for your participation.


Aug 22, 2016 12:03 PM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob making it to the Olympics makes you a winner and not everyone walks away with a Gold medal, some just participate, but to get to the Olympics is big enough and I think you are an Olympic Size player in Katy TX so do not be too humble, Endre

Aug 22, 2016 01:37 PM #11
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Endre Barath, Jr. - Thank you so much for the kind words my friend.. 

Aug 24, 2016 05:01 AM #12
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
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Bob, what an interesting background you have and I can see how such attention to detail has carried over into your real estate career.  Before the advent of Windows I could not even begin to use a computer as it was just way too far above my ability, so I greatly admire you taking the plunge into computer auditing in the 70's!!!!

Oct 05, 2016 11:09 PM #13
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