Choosing Battles

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Choosing Battles

Obstacles are a part of life.  Some seem more evident at times than others.  Bigger.  More severe or serious.  


It may not take too long to understand but the struggle seems to continue for many.   There are some who “deal” with these challenges better than others.  Everyone moves and learns at his or her own pace.  


The subject of “battles” has been on my mind so I take yet another trip down Tangent Alley to seek some quotes that might add clarity.  


Sure, there were lots of words that might be expected on the subject but I was struck by this one.    


The battle to win - 

on the pitch and in the boardroom 

begins in one’s head.  

                                                         Sourav Ganguly  


The author is a former national cricket team captain in India and an administrator in the sport.  I have little to no knowledge of cricket let alone the person or his job title but I do like finding quotes that give me an opportunity to ponder and continue to learn.    


Definitely not a new thought but nice to learn a bit more.  And on different levels.   Choosing battles takes place in many different locations.  Not only on the traditional battlefield.  


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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (36)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Wayne Martin - true.  While the thoughts he expressed are not new, this quote stood out to me for a variety of reasons.  

Sep 04, 2020 05:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, good subject this morning!   I am not married, so no battles there, but in real estate I try to stay away from battles, but negotiate respectfully.

Sep 04, 2020 05:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We are being faced with continuing political battles that can become very frustrating. Stay calm and be cool.

Sep 04, 2020 07:17 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael Jacobs, lucky for us, we can pick and choose which battles we want to face. Once the decision is made, the winning strategies will flow. 

Sep 04, 2020 08:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - ones marital status may have little(or a lot) to do with settling/ winning battles.  The same for real estate.  I imagine that strategy and finesse become a part of the discussion along with some other factors.  

Roy Kelley - so many potential battlefields.  Choose wisely.  

Beth Atalay - with an abundance, the opportunity to select can open possibilities. 

Sep 04, 2020 09:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting post, and equally interesting comments that it generated.  Most battles are not worth the fight or the agony it can generate...One of our agents was a many degrees black belt told us a story about his master.. He never engaged in battle, but he was always prepared, and no one ever challenged him.  A

Sep 04, 2020 09:33 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't mind challenges in my life, I am definitely used to overcoming them by now, haha.  It is always better when we can see the light at the end of the tunnel though.

Sep 04, 2020 09:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Michael Jacobs ,

A great post and topic to read on this rainy day in Austin. I've not heard of this quote from Sourav Ganguly and certainly one to ponder. I've always felt every battle does not need to be engaged in..some are not worth my time and efforts.

Sep 04, 2020 12:41 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Alexandra Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I agree with you about comments.  I believe they add to any topic.  Of course, they also add to pondering.  

Brian England - certainly hiking and any sports-related event involves challenges.  Whether it be a team effort or one tackled alone, this is one way we learn to grow.  

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - No rain in our forecast - I hope the precipitation brings forth a good weekend in Austin.  

Sep 04, 2020 01:42 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Any challenge I believe is won in the head first. If you believe you can do it, you will find a way, relentlessly pursuing your goal.

Sep 04, 2020 01:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - that is certainly a part of a winning plan.  

Sep 04, 2020 01:56 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Well we all have our own "battles" to fight Michael. It's how we choose settle them and keep moving forward...

Sep 05, 2020 04:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - moving forward can often lead to the best destination.  

Sep 05, 2020 06:37 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I find the inner battles are what tear most folks apart. The struggles created from an erroneous belief that life is hard. That attitude permeates everything and can create battles with others too. Unhappiness and dissatisfaction is good fuel for fighting. Sigh, who the heck has time? 

Sep 05, 2020 06:41 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Michael, I think that learning to pick one's battles wisely is the foundation for a life stategy that actually works!

Sep 05, 2020 08:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - those self-inflicted battles/struggles can be quite damaging.  To the person as well as to others.

Patricia Kennedy - indeed!

Sep 05, 2020 02:14 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I try to stay clear of battles, but negotiate with respect if possible.   Hope you have a GREAT day! 

Sep 10, 2020 07:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - that sounds like a winning strategy to me.  

Sep 10, 2020 08:00 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

some that deal with challenges better than others?

Yeah, that wouldn't be me. LOL

Sep 16, 2020 12:21 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - we each do the best we can.  

Sep 16, 2020 01:34 PM