Opportunities From Obstacles. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


From Obstacles


The secret in life is to make every obstacle into an opportunity.

Clarence Seedorf


I am quite fond of the word and concept of opportunity.  And with an increasing amount of time on this planet, the way it operates alongside obstacles can’t be ignored in my opinion.  It’s definitely not a case of being overly optimistic but I do believe there are multiple ways of observing that relationship.   Whether it be the low hurdles we face on an everyday basis or the occasional detour that require a greater set of skills, we continue to see results of these efforts regularly. 


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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (37)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I enjoyed reading your post. A quote to remember is:

The secret in life is to make every obstacle into an opportunity.

Mar 29, 2022 08:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Pat Champion - thank you for the comment.  I appreciate it.  

Mar 29, 2022 09:41 AM
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

Michael, Being in this Real Estate biz, we see obstacles at every corner. Those in the know don't pass up some of these that turn into opportunities!

Mar 29, 2022 03:51 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - it doesn't necessarily take magic to "see" the possibilities that exist in real estate although some may think there is something other-worldly happening at times.  

Mar 29, 2022 06:54 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I love the very thought behind your quote selection Michael. Happiest of Tuesdays to you 🙂

Mar 29, 2022 08:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, I never had obstacles in my way only Challenges:) now with that said I always managed to convert the challenges into Successful Opportunities:)Endre

Mar 29, 2022 10:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Michael.

This is a good day to overcome some of our personal obstacles.

Mar 30, 2022 06:08 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Words to live by Michael Jacobs Especially in this busy since obstacles are a mainstay and opportunities are ever present because of it.

Mar 30, 2022 06:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - some thoughts are launching pads to greater ones.  

Endre Barath, Jr. - that's good to hear.

Roy Kelley - I find each day presents at least one opportunity for a workaround of some kind.   

Charita Cadenhead - I think your comment rings true.  


Mar 30, 2022 09:06 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

Those thoughts are priceless Michael Jacobs 

May 17, 2022 07:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

It's all about attitude, isn't it?! That's a wonderful, inspiring quote - thank you! Life is full of opportunities.


Mar 30, 2022 11:23 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Great post, Michael Jacobs.  I loved the last line:  "Whether it be the low hurdles we face on an everyday basis or the occasional detour that require a greater set of skills, we continue to see results of these efforts regularly. "    

Apr 01, 2022 12:02 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Awww. Another good one. Obstacle to opportunities, it's going to be the mindset of my day. Thank you Michael Jacobs 

Apr 01, 2022 08:43 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - Great post!  It seems like such a simple concept but, for many,  so hard to make happen.  Staying positive is the catalyst and, for some, the missing ingredient. Happy Friday!

Apr 01, 2022 02:21 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love Seedorf's quote, Michael! Oddly enough, I just said similar words to someone yesterday, concerned that this market is simply too challenging for them. I encouraged them to find the opportunity in it - otherwise, the obstacle has beaten you.

Apr 01, 2022 07:24 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, you have really cut back on your posts!   I love your way with words, and miss your posts.  Happy Sunday.

Apr 03, 2022 08:00 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  Turning obstacles into positive energy is always fun isn't 

Apr 03, 2022 03:41 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Learning from each and every experience, be it positive or negative, is so important. 

The ability (or willingness to try) to turn obstacles into opportunities is something to be admired.

Apr 06, 2022 01:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I love this photo...no fear ..pondering and coming up with a solution is what I see.

Apr 10, 2022 12:58 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do like the optimism relayed in that quote.  It seems some hit an obstacle and turn around, while others hit an obstacle and excitedly try to overcome it.  

Apr 15, 2022 08:13 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We all have our challenges. How we respond to our challenges goes a long way to defining who we are.

Apr 17, 2022 10:09 AM