Haters will Broadcast Your Failure but Whisper Your Success

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Haters will Broadcast Your Failure but Whisper Your Success

 haters whisper success
One of my dear friends - actually, the very first #1 in North Carolina on ActiveRain - recently ran for public office. As soon as she announced, I reached out to see how I could help her with her campaign - I adore her and would do anything in the world to help her. 


Fast-forward just over a month, my friend didn't win the bid for the elected office. I personally don't feel that it was a total waste of time for her thought - she had wonderful RPAC support and spent a good chunk of change to advertise and got lots of great exposure. She did a wonderful job of advertising, ran a good, clean campaign and, as far as I'm concerned, shone an incredibly bright, positive light on our profession. 


I remarked about my friend's campaign in a group of other local agents, many of whom I would consider to be personal friends of mine. I was quite surprised at the backlash about my friend's campaign - quite frankly, I was the only one in the group who supported her!


Seriously, comments were not at all what I would have expected from my peers about someone who has done SO much for our local and state associations, NAR, CRS and is well known all across the nation. Quite frankly, it was pure jealousy! In fact, one agent asked me specifically how I could support my peer - how stupid of me because I "sent business to her because I supported her!" According to one agent, my friend actually "cost all agents in our MLS business" because she ran for political office. Yes, that was actually said. To me. In a public forum. 


Many quotes came to mind but, these two really hit home as I read all of the negativity. It's so true - if you shine, you're going to get a few rocks hurled at you!


throwing rocks at those who shine


Hence, the quote - 


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Haters will Broadcast Your Failure but Whisper Your Success


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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

So sad to think this way.   Unfortunately there will always be some haters out there.  As my momma said to me -pick yourself up and dust yourself off and keep moving forward.   Never look behind just strive for better. Better days and better ways to improve tne mindset of others.

May 20, 2019 05:49 PM #63
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

How very sad that people lead with hate Debe. There is an agent from KW in San Diego that threatened the President just because he was scheduled to speak during the NAR Conference. I tried several times in the last few days to contact his broker to no avail (will keep trying). I wish there was more support among Realtor’s, after all we represent the same industry with the clients goals in mind. So sorry you experienced that and your friend became the subject of such unwarranted negativity.

May 20, 2019 05:59 PM #64
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

You're right, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - they don't matter to me and they shouldn't. I was truly surprised at the negativity and did lose a good deal of respect for quite a few people. I'm sure my friend did as well!

May 20, 2019 06:27 PM #65
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Rose Mary Justice - I love what your Momma said - she was so right! It's just discouraging to know that if my peers don't have this gal's back, they'll never have mine either!

May 20, 2019 06:28 PM #66
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, if I would have known you were going to NAR, I would have made a point to get there, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I did not hear of the threat but, good grief - can people not put politics aside and embrace the here and now? Learn from it and move on, right?! UGH!

May 20, 2019 06:30 PM #67
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

I know an agent who’s going through something similar. So sad

May 20, 2019 06:51 PM #68
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

It is sad, Melissa Spittel - they should be supporting her, not trying to tear her down! 

May 20, 2019 06:56 PM #69
Zippy in Baltimore

This reminds me of high school; I went to an all girls high school. And I notice it today, long past school. I never heard of this phrase, though. It's going up on my bulletin board:
People will broadcast your failures...that part alone is pure evil.
And whisper your success...I would not want a person who thinks this way for a friend.

May 20, 2019 07:20 PM #70
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Debe Maxwell, CRS maxwell
Loves the post - onward and upward - leaving those negative folks behind! All the best - Lynn

May 20, 2019 08:37 PM #71
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I so understand and appreciate your post.  LOVE the title as it's true.  Anyone who does a great job, is a good person in business and in their personal life - ANYONE is subject to criticism.  No matter if they are good or not.  Good for you for seeing things clearly!

May 20, 2019 09:23 PM #72
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"


The small-minded rock chuckers do not do themselves any favors.  There is an "odor" about folks who are so insecure and the public has a good nose.

May 21, 2019 05:12 AM #73
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debe, this says a whole lot more about the people throwing stones than your friend. Unnecessary to say the least but. it would sure make me question their character. Showing their true colors. I think if you reach any type of success there's going to be haters. That green-eyed monster comes out when someone is intimidated by another persons success. Kudos to you for standing up to them for her, she has a loyal friend in you. 

May 21, 2019 05:27 AM #74
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I can so relate to this. I was up for re-appointment to a City Planning Commission, and with no warning, got thrown under the bus by two City Council Members. It was quite a public show, on video for anyone to see. Lovely.

May 21, 2019 05:56 AM #75
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Debb, this is so true. This is why I do not spend one minute of my time wasting it on haters.

May 21, 2019 06:21 AM #76
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

The green -eyed monster is an ugly one, that's for sure. It's also true that we have a lot of haters running around today - a sad state of affairs.

May 21, 2019 07:17 AM #77
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debe,  I will just say it.  I. am. not. surprised. at. all. I see so much negativity and hate in the world today.  That includes peeps in our profession. It causes me to just stick to myself more and more.  I just have no patience or tolerance for it. Ignorance and stupidity live all around us. 

May 21, 2019 07:44 AM #78
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Both of those quotes are so true...and perhaps all of us are guilty of saying negative things about other agents--re: their behavior in a deal.  Running for office takes a lot of guts, time, money--something I could never do but admire those who feel the urge!

May 21, 2019 12:28 PM #79
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

People don't know how to be kind to each other anymore. That's really sad. Whatever happened to the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"???

May 21, 2019 05:43 PM #80
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debe Maxwell, CRS When you are a true friend you can share good times and success! Glad you were able to support your friend. 

May 22, 2019 07:55 AM #81
Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES mitch@prostead.com - Charlotte, NC
Certified Residential Specialist

Hi Debe, Ironic that I ran into her Dad a couple days before the election and we were discussing how nasty politics have become these days with all the haters out there and people that just make stuff up. So sad this happens to so many good people.  Hope you and your family are doing well!

May 22, 2019 08:04 AM #82
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