"If not you, who? If not now, when?" -- great line in Robin Hood movie

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I have heard the phrase "If not now, when?" several years ago.  It came up recently in a conversation as well.  I had worked out a custom home design with a client that he loved but the subdivision review board rejected it for various reasons.  Crushed after several months of work, the project languished and died.  A few years later he related the story to his Rabbi.  And this was the Rabbi's response:"If not now, when?"


I think many of us are not truly 'happy' and rather frustrated from day to day due to putting off essentials and tactical moves to 'get ahead' or even to stay solvent.  Too many are in our comfort zone, doing what has worked best for us in the past and sliding sideways day to day with a foreboding because we know what SHOULD be done is not occurring. (this can be true for a host of other issues, ha!!)


So 'when' is a good time, an optimal time, to follow through with plans you have made mentally but have failed to execute?


Marian poses this question to Robin in the recent movie - at a key point in the plot.  She does not want him to give up and change his mind.  Who exactly is the captain of your ship?  Where does the buck stop?


If you've been negligent about your future, you should establish your goals and a timeline NOW to reach them.  This recent blog by Grant Schneider offers a great outline.  Print it out and follow point by point.

This is about YOU.  What is more important in business other than yourself?  Only you can do the things to make your business and life better.  Only you can motivate yourself to take the steps necessary to improve financially and psychologically.  Only you can pick yourself up by your bootstraps and forge ahead.  You have elected to determine your own future.  It is YOUR responsibility to be responsible about your life.


You have the means, the background, the experience, the know-how.  So then, "If not you, who?"  Time is finite.  Opportunity can wane.  Do what you know needs to be done NOW.



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  1. Barbara Todaro 11/29/2018 10:43 AM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great pot, John, and so true...If not now, when it comes to our future we are responsible.

Nov 20, 2018 05:25 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning John. What a wonderful isight. As I age I understand this more and more.

Nov 20, 2018 05:39 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning John Henry - I have heard the expression which is a great one to get someone to start and do it.  Thanks so much for the mention of my blog.  Planning and then execution!

Nov 20, 2018 05:57 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, John - Hmm...Waiting for Godot? Did Horton Hear a Who?  Just Do It. Sometimes, most of the time, we know the answer. Excuse me while I think a little longer. 

Nov 20, 2018 08:20 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice post, and nice shout our to Grant Schneider for his eloquent post. However, being the odd balls that we are we used this plan. When we first starting out in biz together, we promised ourselves that we would not work ourselves to the bone and wait till we were too old to enjoy our lives.  We planned the time off as goals.  We did well, and continue to enjoy each moment as our daily goal, and make a point of appreciating each other and everyone we meet every day...even on the phone.  A

Nov 20, 2018 08:36 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello John,  I have to agreat with the insight of your blog.  Make it a great week and thanks for a great blog.


Nov 20, 2018 11:48 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- your post reminded me of a conversation I was having with a friend a few years ago. Her marriage was ok but that was about it. I asked her if she was happy and what she was doing. Her answer was that she was biding her time. 

As a good friend I had to tell her You're 72 years old! What the heck are you waiting for??!!

Nov 20, 2018 05:18 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

I've had some curve balls thrown at me this year.  They all missed and I'm forging full steam ahead. If I don't reach my goal for this year, I'll be close.  For next year, the plan is already in place.

Nov 21, 2018 03:20 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Beautifully written and such true words, John - we are our own motivators but, as you suggested, follow a plan - one like Grant's will definitely do the trick!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving today! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2018 10:03 PM #9
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Absolutely right. The only one responsible for my life is me. So if my life gets off track or isn't going the way I want it to, I'm the one that needs to get my butt in gear and fix it. 

Nov 23, 2018 03:02 AM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Henry - I enjoyed reading your post very much. It's kind of like, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." But don't stop. Be careful who you pick up along the way. Watch out for witches! Most of all, don't get caught up with con artists! You have the power! And if you don't get on that yellow-brick road, "if not now, when?"That's something everyone needs to remember when setting goals. After all, there's no such thing as the magic broomstick, is there? 

Nov 28, 2018 06:44 PM #11
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi John Henry I almost missed this one!!!  such a simple concept.... I love those two questions.... If not you, who? If not now, when?  stay on track and stay in motion.... it's up to you to keep your life balanced with and onward and upward motion.... 

Nov 29, 2018 10:46 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sometimes it takes TIME and needless to say some people do not consider TIME valuable, unlike your humble commenter here:)Endre

Nov 29, 2018 11:29 PM #13
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