Motivational Monday...It’s How We Handle It

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Motivational Monday...It’s How We Handle It


This weekend my great-nephew was terribly disappointed when he could not compete in a very special Taekwando tournament. He’d injured his hand during practice so he was out.

It’s hard to see someone you love so disappointed. And yet, as his mother and I discussed, this is a teaching moment. And better to learn this with caring family members around. 

Haven’t we all been losing a game, a job, a listing. Life is not perfect. We won’t always get what we want. Or perhaps we’ll succeed in what our goal is but not until we’ve tried and failed many times. 


What to remember about life is not if you will have setbacks in your life but when. (and how many!)


Some of the people I’ve admired the most are those who were able to move forward through countless disappointments, health problems, failed marriages, and business losses. 


They did not wallow in it or place blame but found a solution or new path to cross the finish line.

Make it a point to find or be the solution to a setback this week. 


The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.  

 Robert Kiyosaki

Comments (37)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Life presents all manner of obstacles to us.  Our growth as people is not how we let it stop us, but how we overcome those obstacles

Oct 25, 2021 10:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Norma J. Elkins Thank you. Life sends us these plays no favorites!!

Sham Reddy CRS isn't that a great quote?!  Have a wonderful week. 

Michael Jacobs One of the things I've always liked about organized sports is what you can learn, and not just how to play football. 

Oct 25, 2021 10:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander, Broker and I think that it's a parent's obligation to allow their children to work through these disappointments with their guidance. 

Wayne Martin nothing is ever perfect...we have to learn how to accept that. 

Oct 25, 2021 11:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat Palmiotti I wonder what happens to children who have parents who hover over them and step in to solve all of their problems. 

Thank you Roy Kelley I hope that you and Chef Dolores are well. 

Oct 25, 2021 11:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England playing sports is so important for children for that very reason. 

Joan Cox exactly.  Getting past it is important!!!

Oct 25, 2021 11:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel this is so true. In fact, they used that opportunity to schedule a basketball lesson since he wants to play basketball. 

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I'm thinking of Peyton Manning us came back after neck surgery and won another Super Bowl!

Oct 25, 2021 11:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bob "RealMan" Timm this is so true. Their solution is not to move on but to blame something or someone. 

faye schubert I much blame going around instead of seeking a solution. And yes, they should do away with all of those "participation" trophies. You made an excellent point about our setbacks shaping who we are. 

Oct 25, 2021 11:27 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Pat Champion Thank you!!!  It's why I admire many who have had numerous setbacks and keep pushing forward. 

Will Hamm he will continue and he took some basketball lessons this weekend as well. 

Oct 25, 2021 11:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider all of us need support when we have setbacks but especially so when we are younger. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker I like the "Choose and Move" philosophy!!  I saw him yesterday and he is fine. 

Oct 25, 2021 11:33 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I attended my grandsons last cross country race, in the pouring rain, yesterday. They both competed in the third grade class. My youngest is in Kindergarten but he finished not ten feet behind his brother. They finished 2nd and third over all. It is all about how they handle and what they want to accomplish Kathy Streib 

Oct 25, 2021 12:41 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy if we always won, and always got what we wanted, we would most likely not appreciate we have as much as someone who lost, and fail a few times along the way.

Oct 25, 2021 01:37 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I love that quote by Robert Kiyosaki.  It is so true.  But what you said about having the support of those who love you makes all the difference. 

Oct 25, 2021 06:30 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

That is a great one Kathy! I only wish you would include it on your Sunday list!

Oct 25, 2021 09:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Perseverance is my  middle name Kathy so I can resonate with this post, Endre

Oct 25, 2021 11:53 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are wise words, Kathy.  For one reason or another, tasks or projects that I had been trying to accomplish over the last few months, have taken much more involvement to get completed.  For example, since July, I had been working on restoration of the spa and gazebo in my backyard.  I can say it is finally finished now, but it took far more time and attention than I ever thought it would.  Much of it had to do with supply line issues, and finding the right people, who would actually work.  Sometimes, you need to improvide, adapt and overcome.

Oct 26, 2021 02:08 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 26, 2021 02:08 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Kathy Streib Big message for this week.  Basically, don't dwell on the negative. Move forward and conquer, picking up strength and education along the way. 

Oct 26, 2021 01:42 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I love the message in your last line. Be the solution! 

Oct 27, 2021 08:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

So sorry to hear about your nephew but no doubt he felt supported, and encouraged, by having family around. Life often brings tough lessons and learning how to cope with these early on is important. Some never seem to learn these valuable lessons.

Kiyosaki's quote is wonderful!


Oct 27, 2021 09:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Breaks my heart to see children disappointed and sad. 

Great advice here. Having family to help them through it does serve as a great life lesson.

Oct 27, 2021 10:46 AM