I'm the Best!

Real Estate Agent with CastNet Realty TREC#263257

Yes, we all want to be the best!

This is universal in whatever we do.  We want our children to be the best in school, in sports, in everything they want to do.  We want to be the best at work, at home, at our hobbies, in everything we do.  Our country thrives on competition and a few years back, some people thought it would be good to allow all participants to receive awards.  Of course, that took away from trying to be your best if everyone got an award.

Let's talk about apples and oranges.  Both are tasty, both have bright, beautiful colors, both have health benefits and both taste good.  Everyone can agree they are not the same.  They both fill a need.  When I want to make a pie, I reach for the apples.  When I want juice, I reach for the oranges.  Each one is better suited for my tasks.  Sure I could make an orange pie or try to squeeze apple juice by hand from fresh, firm apples but it would not be as good.  You get the idea.

My husband is a good mechanic, carpenter, and plumber.  He can fix anything that goes wrong around the house.  I am a good cook, cleaner, and planner.  I keep things humming along around the house.  Both of our jobs are important but not the same.  I don't want his jobs and he does not want mine.  Different is good.  I like to think I fill in the gaps where he is lacking and he fills in mine.  That's what a marriage does.  That's what a well run business does as well.  Workers fill in the gaps and the business is whole.  Again, different is good.

So before you insist on your children being like all the others, consider these things.  Before you judge yourself by others, consider the differences.  Differences are good.  You are unique, your business is unique.  You fill in the gaps in your community.  Your work is valuable and your contribution is immeasurable.

Go into the New Year with a new vision of who you are and what your business does to contribute to your community.  Explore the differences in your life and enjoy them.

                                                        Happy New Year!


Ricki McCallum                                 CastNet Realty                      361-944-2051


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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA

I love your post and couldn’t agree more.  Different is good and does “fill in the gaps.”  There is nothing wrong with that at all! Happy 2019!

Dec 30, 2018 02:58 PM #1
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source

Thank you, Francine Viola.  I hope you have a wonderful 2019!

Dec 30, 2018 03:01 PM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Happy new year to you . Good luck in achieving your goals in 2019

Dec 30, 2018 04:58 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ricki- Love this post. And, we absolutely should celebrate the differences in each other. It's what adds texture to our world. 

Dec 30, 2018 07:47 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                          Thank you, Ricki

Jan 05, 2019 06:09 PM #5
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning,..thank goodness for Kathy Streib 's list. I found this. Some real powerful thoughts and insights to ponder. Love it!

Jan 06, 2019 04:16 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Ricki Eichler McCallum ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! I missed it and couldn't agree more with you. We all should celebrate the differences in each other....that's what makes it interesting and helps our society work. Differences are good ..we all have different skill sets and they all contribute for the better good. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Jan 06, 2019 05:22 AM #7
Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Corona, CA
Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Corona CA

I appreciate those thoughts very much. We need to embrace our differences.

Jan 06, 2019 06:06 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ricki- - -simple yet so important. 

Jan 06, 2019 08:57 AM #9
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Attributes that stand out when we're young and make us feel self-conscious can become our biggest assets later on in life, if we embrace them and learn to use them wisely.

Jan 06, 2019 09:05 AM #10
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Custom Home Design

No doubt it takes all kinds to make the world go round!  I am glad that doctors don't mind dealing with blood, that mechanics don't mind oil and grease everywhere, that lawyers don't mind dealing with personal and economic disasters, etc.  I am glad that I can do what I do and others are happy doing their thing too!

Jan 06, 2019 09:11 AM #11
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I think we all have to find our uniqueness, and go with it. And let our children find theirs as well.

Jan 06, 2019 12:28 PM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Differences and uniqueness is what we all possess.  It is in our DNA, it is what our work is about.  A

Jan 06, 2019 12:49 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ricki:

I love this post that celebrates differences and uniqueness among us all and serves to remind us how important that is, in life and in our business!


Jan 06, 2019 02:27 PM #14
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great points.  It's important to relay your differences from other agents as well during a listing appointment!

Jan 08, 2019 07:56 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Kathy shared this post. Well said, great examples, and a very important message!

Jan 08, 2019 12:42 PM #16
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source

Thank you, Kathy Streib for posting my blog in your weekly post.  I received some nice comments but was away from computers and could not answer them at the time.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read and comment.  You are all so special.  Thank you again Kathy!

Jan 13, 2019 12:21 PM #17
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