“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.”-Theodore Roosevelt
As I busted it last week taking calls, making calls…I was stunned at the overall negativity amongst most. I would make a call and they would sound like their mother just passed away. I must admit, one of those days I got down myself as the sheer vastness of everyone’s depression, combined with some temporary sales defeats, had me temporarily focused on the negatives all around me. But as I woke up the next day, went through my routine, and got myself fired up again, I realized that you guys are the heroes in this marketplace.
Sales people, mortgage people, Realtors, those that are left in the arena are the hope of this time. Most people are looking to the Government, and begging them to take control of more and more, but I don’t think that will fix things long term. More government, in my opinion, is a band-aid, not a solution. The solution resides with us, those that are left in the arena. It is on our efforts, our creativity, our ridiculous optimism that the tide will eventually turn. You may think your labors amount to nothing, and that you are at the mercy of forces beyond your control. And in many ways, you are. But you can still control your response, you still have a say in how your life will play out. And you ARE out there making it happen.
I want to encourage you to stay in the arena because the country needs the fighters. If you are still in this market at this point then you are a fighter. You, not the government, are the true hope of this country. People need positive people, they need hope, they need good stories. They need heroes-they need you. And many of you are having awesome years. True, many Realtors and mortgage people are struggling. But if you are reading this, then you are still in the game. You are still fighting. You are still experiencing the high’s, the low’s, victory and defeat. It is Roosevelt’s quote being lived out each day. And if this economy does completely crash and the banking system collapses, then I am going to crash greatly, for my place is NOT with the cold and timid souls. I know both victory and defeat.
And I think we can accomplish so much more if we work together to help each other's businesses.
Just some thoughts of the day...