Ask An Ambassador: The Glass Is Full

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Which glass is full?


This week I saw a T-shirt for sale that took a new approach on the glass is half empty/half full debate.


According to the T-shirt, BOTH the glasses above are full, each totaling 100% capacity of liquid and air, the only difference being the ratio of liquid to air.


Take that perspective from a T-shirt and replace liquid and air with positive and negative attitudes and understand that you get to decide the ratio in your glass.  Full up bright and sparkly or just a few drops in the bottom?


ActiveRain isn't much different from the rest of my life.  There are some good things and some not so good things.  If you attended today's Zoom meeting you got to hear Ben's latest update and the work that is being done to fix the issues and have an improved site.


It's your choice in how you perceive that information.

You can be hopeful that better days ARE coming (and IMO we're already much better off than we were years ago when the curtains slammed shut regularly) and tolerate any workarounds you need to in the interim (and yes, I've used a workaround or two just to make this post).  And while I'm waiting I still get the benefit of learning from some great real estate agents, network across the country and have a lot of friends I'd have never found without this site.


Or option 2 is stay focused on what's not right and let it impact your mentality about being here in the Rain. 

Bottom line, I don't own this sandbox and I don't set the rules.  I have a daily choice to make about where to spend my time and how to spend my time. 


How much business? 


How much social? 


We establish our reputation in the community by how we spend our time and the attitude we demonstrate while we're here.

Is my glass always 100% full of positivity?  Nope, I have my moments of frustration too.  But never enough to keep me from coming back daily.  The gain outweighs the pain.


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,


Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

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Comments (21)

Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I am all about choosing to seek solutions and positive ways of thinking rather than the Debbie Downer attitude.

Aug 24, 2021 05:22 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

There's little to be gained by playing the victim card.  We each make active choices.  If there's a day that the cons outweigh the pros, I know it's time to make a change.

Aug 24, 2021 08:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill- I couldn't agree more!!!  What we choose to fill our glass with is always our choice. Having been here since 2008, I've seen the highs and lows. Are there glitches here? Yes but there aren't any curtains or that darn frog or whatever creature it was. I love reading the posts here and interacting via comments and often phone calls. 

Aug 24, 2021 05:58 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

And that's the thing for me.  I've seen it far, far worse.  Yes, I have to go into the html code and tinker slightly (for now) to get the font size I want.  How do I know to do that?  Just another thing I've learned from being part of this community.

Aug 24, 2021 08:05 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sounds like an amazing plan.  I need to do a little more of avoiding negative.  I think I'm going to push it out of my glass for the rest of the week.

Aug 24, 2021 07:10 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've taken a more active role in filtering out the negative people I interact with on Facebook and in the Rain.  If someone is perpetually on a negative slant, I'll give them as much of a wide berth as I can.

Aug 24, 2021 08:06 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

So good to see you and so many others on the Zoom Call today.

Love this statement:

''We establish our reputation in the community by how we spend our time and the attitude we demonstrate while we're here.''

Aug 24, 2021 08:31 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

There are some people that I know are always sincere.  They read the post and leave a comment that ties in.  Others I could bait with a picture of a house and talk about anything else and still get a "nice listing" robocomment.

Aug 25, 2021 08:24 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Glass is half full in my opinion in a lot of ways considering what we're going through right now around the world. I feel like something is turning a corner

Aug 24, 2021 09:06 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's our choice.  Things have been different in the last 18 months, and I can find positive and negative in the situation.

Aug 25, 2021 08:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - another thought-provoking post.  On a pondering level, I am quenched.  

Aug 25, 2021 04:12 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

A change of pace for me with this one, a bit higher on the ponder-meter than most.

Aug 25, 2021 08:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

💯  Well-Represented.   

Aug 25, 2021 01:09 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I seem to remember reading somewhere that we receive 9 negative messages to every positive one. That's a ratio that takes diligence to stay focused on the positive and not let the negatives overwhelm us.

Aug 25, 2021 05:12 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've controlled that ratio to more tolerable (at least on Facebook) with some snoozing/unfollowing.  Some people are just constant with the negative messages.

Aug 25, 2021 08:28 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning. The funny thing is as soon as I saw the photo and before I read the words, I said, "Well, they're both full!" Glad I was right!


As for the rest, our attitudes are everything. They shape how we view things. I'm more of the optimistic/see the best in everything kind of person. I do have to say I was a bit perturbed by a few comments on yesterday's call and by the speed of the "fixes", but chose to see the changes thus far as positive. And that's where I am! 

Aug 25, 2021 05:25 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I'm finally seeing some changes that (ideally) should have been made long ago.  If we can get the devs to walk more in the shoes of the users, I think we'll have fewer use issues than we do now.  I know I shouldn't have to use workarounds, but I'm a realist and will do so as long as I need to.

Aug 25, 2021 08:33 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I agree Liz and Bill Spear .  Sorry I missed the meeting.  But, back to your point, we are all still here and wouldn't know each other without AR.  Sure there are glitches, but IMO the benefits outweight the negatives.

Aug 25, 2021 05:39 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

My network across the country and Canada is so much more developed than it could have ever been without ActiveRain.

Aug 25, 2021 08:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I liked what you had to say in the meeting and I am going to remain patient with ActiveRain through this transition.

Aug 25, 2021 06:03 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Been here a bit and learned a few things about how things worked (and didn't work). so overall I find us in a much more positive place.  But we do need improvement or the new folks will never stick around.

Aug 25, 2021 08:35 AM
Robert Rauf
CMG Home Loans - Toms River, NJ

Reading this post I am reminded of a scene in Monty Python's Meaning of Life:  Always look on the bright side of life........

Aug 25, 2021 07:06 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I may have to go searching for some Monty Python movies :)

Aug 25, 2021 08:35 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I think I would have bought the T-Shirt.  LOL

Aug 25, 2021 08:56 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I may still wind up doing so yet!

Aug 25, 2021 09:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It really IS about perspective and attitude, isn't. There IS a choice.


Aug 25, 2021 03:48 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I don't always make the right choice, but I know there is a choice to be made :)

Aug 26, 2021 06:12 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I think of all the negatives as water and figure I'm half duck, let someone else step in the puddle

Aug 25, 2021 06:08 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've always thought ducks were a good analogy for real estate agents, looking smooth on the surface, but paddling like mad out of sight! :)

Aug 26, 2021 06:13 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Bill I did hear about the meeting and honestly glad I wasn't on it due to other responsiblilities.  I do think they'll get things fixed all in good time.  Not as quickly as we'd all prefer but it is what is and we don't own the site. I haven't had time to post on a regular basis most of this year.  Perhaps that will change once business quiets down and our big remodeling project is completed.  All in all I see my glass as full and briming over actually with all kinds of good things happening.

Aug 26, 2021 03:16 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

The site still suits my needs even with the glitches (at least so far).  So hoping they continue to make improvements and make it worth our time.

Aug 26, 2021 07:27 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I think they will Bill.....I really do.

Aug 26, 2021 09:14 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Bill,

So glad to see your post and see it featured. It's with anything in our life..we can choose to see the positive side of things or wallow in negativity. They are working hard and even though I get frustrated its soooo much better than before! Thanks as always for your words of wisdom.

Aug 28, 2021 04:33 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

A lot of it is just setting up realistic expectations.  I know most homes I show will not result in a contract.  I don't expect perfection from a site I don't pay for or control.  Both understandings make the day to day easier.

Aug 29, 2021 01:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 28, 2021 06:49 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Thanks for including us!

Aug 29, 2021 01:31 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good post Liz and Bill.  I choose too to manage my frustrations here and elsewhere and make lemonade out to lemons.

Aug 29, 2021 04:33 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

A lot of choices to make every day, it's critical to expend our energy where it counts.

Aug 29, 2021 01:32 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Every glass is full. What it is full of is up to you! Choose wisely. Enjoy your day. 

Aug 29, 2021 05:22 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Sweet or tart? :)

Aug 29, 2021 01:32 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your perspective and your advice.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Aug 30, 2021 07:34 AM