Pull people up or push them down?

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Pull people up or push them down?


“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength:

one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”

Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915, African- American Educator,

Author, Orator, and Advisor to the Presidents


ActiveRain blogger Lou Ludwig shared this quote in one of his posts. In the highly charged political environment in Washington, DC, we see news reports of daily comments that try to push people down by negative remarks. Personally, I would prefer to have leadership that pulls people up and then pushes then to higher heights. 


"One can lead a life of pushing the people around down. They will also try to suppress the person’s personal growth . . . . and ambition while restraining their forward progress and success.

This type of person has self-esteem issues . . . . and they try to conceal it by treating the people around them very harshly. Pushing people down at any opportunity gives the person that doing the pushing the allusion of satisfaction. 

This person will . . . . eventually self-destruct." - Lou Ludwig


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Roy Kelley I miss Lou and how "spot on" all of his posts were.... thanks for sharing his thoughts today....

Mar 08, 2020 03:26 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Look no further than our politicians for prime examples of pushing people down for their personal benefit. Enjoy your day!

Mar 08, 2020 05:35 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - accentuate the positive. . .    Sometimes it's so simple.  Until it's not.   

Mar 08, 2020 06:13 AM #4
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Yes Roy, we have met these type of personalities. They only feel good when they make someone else look bad...Lou knew what he was talking about!

Mar 08, 2020 06:51 AM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - This is a GREAT post. Timely too! In the immortal words of Lou Ludwig, and your wisdom we can all be better when it comes to making comments and supporting others. I hope this one gets FEATURED!

Mar 08, 2020 08:52 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great post and also include Lou Ludwig's quotes.    Funny enough those who pull people down are those with major self esteem issues.  A

Mar 08, 2020 11:57 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy Kelley - that certainly describes Lou.  I was lucky enough to meet him.

Mar 08, 2020 12:25 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Happy Sunday, Roy. I consider myself blessed and lucky to have known Lou. He was the ultimate supporter of others...always encouraging, always informing us. Thank you for this. 

Mar 08, 2020 02:08 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Lou Ludwig was a very special soul.  He had a way of uplifting folks with his daily inspirational posts.  He is missed!

Mar 08, 2020 02:47 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Mar 08, 2020 02:48 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - Thanks for sharing a little of Lou with us today...

Mar 08, 2020 04:33 PM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am weary of the name calling and belittling daily. I do my best to be in a positive culture.

Mar 11, 2020 06:57 PM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Mar 12, 2020 05:54 AM #19
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