Inspiration from the Wisest of Women ~ Maya Angelou

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268

Words of inspiration often help us through the day. Winston Churchill with his never, ever give in, or Mark Twain with his wise words that travel is fatal to prejudice and bigotry. There are so many wonderful quotes from so many insightful individuals that I've known and loved since I was a young girl and reading was my first love.

My favorite quotes however come from someone that I learned about much later in my life, when I moved here to the U.S. Maya Angelou was a very special woman whose immense wisdom was unparalleled. It's hard to choose one quote from her to make my point here today, but I think the one that probably comes to mind more often than any other for me is "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

I've found this quote from Maya Angelou to be a game changer for me. I no longer hold onto anger or waste time with "what ifs." This is actually very handy, not only in private life, but also in the world of real estate. At times when I want something to be different to the way it is, I ask myself if I have the power to change it, or whether I need to adjust my attitude to it. For me this quote is a great guide to self-awareness. 

Fall is on its way here in Iowa and it seemed appropriate to share a picture that illustrates how nature adapts to change. Nature doesn't fight the changing seasons. It adapts to it and comes out stronger on the other side. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."


Posted by

Denise Hamlin, Realtor®


CARDINAL Realty, Coralville IA 

Licensed to Sell Real Estate in the State of Iowa


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Comments (4)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I have used this quote before and I can really appreciate why you like it Denise Hamlin 

Sep 13, 2016 10:06 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Denise - this is a good quote to be guided by.  Your beautiful fall color are some weeks ahead of ours in New York.

Sep 15, 2016 08:28 PM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner

Thanks Grant. Nothing says change better than Autumn does! I think we're probably on the same time line with fall colors. This photo is from last year, in October I think based on the cat. 

Sep 20, 2016 03:52 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Denise ~ what a great quote and post!  Not only does the quote help us to cope with life, but it can be found in nature as you pointed out!

Sep 19, 2016 02:22 PM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner

Thanks for the thoughtful comment Dawn. Yes, we only have to look around us to see that all living things have to deal with change. We humans seem to be the only ones who struggle so much with it. This quote reminds me to do what I should be doing when I don't like something. 

Sep 20, 2016 03:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I really like your quote selection which is good advice for all of us.

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

Sep 22, 2016 02:32 AM