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Over the Target

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Recently, I was visiting a good friend who is now a retired pilot. We were discussing challenges in life. Specifically, when we face opposition and challenges.

He told me the story of one of his uncles who was a fighter pilot who shared a wonderful story. Most likely, you have heard the term, "getting flak". Well, he shared the origin of the word and that it is really an acronym for the German word, Flugabwehkanone which means aircraft defense.

He explained that during bombing missions, an aircraft will be affected by the "flak" in the air that can damage the aircraft. However, when the pilot recognizes the "flak", they know that they are over the target.

He added that the pilots knew that it was risky to be over the target but it was necessary for the mission. In order to collect intelligence and to know where the target was, brave pilots endured a lot of flak. 

As I thought about this story, it resonated with me that when we face challenges in this life, it will often be a bit bumpy at times. So, when you are doing what you believe in yet are experiencing a lot of flak, you know that you are over the target. Maintain your mission and hold firm.

Whatever you are going through right now and if things are a bit bumpy, hang tight, and remember that you are most likely over the target. Also, many of your challenges in life pave the way for your next chapter. Stay over your target and remember that although things may be tough, you are stronger after going through the flak.

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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Paula,

Excellent post and analogy. Life's journey is bound to run into some turbulent times. We have to figure out how to ride it out and come through it as unscathed as we can. Always a learning experience and most likely will be better for it. Stay strong and over come those difficulties.

Aug 05, 2022 05:26 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Dorie Dillard Austin TX, thank you. You are so correct regarding turbulent times. I believe many can relate.

Aug 05, 2022 06:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Paula- what an apt analogy!  When you're zeroing in on what you want there may be some bumps in the road and some oops moments but don't lose focus. You're close to your goal and if it were easy....everyone could do it. 

Aug 05, 2022 06:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I sometimes find it interesting that I have shuffled through life as far as I have, and have been clueless about certain words.  "Flak" is one of them.  I learned something new today!

Aug 05, 2022 08:24 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Aug 05, 2022 08:25 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful analogy, Paula. Too many people give in too quickly, I've found. Keep going and things somehow work out.

Aug 06, 2022 04:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Great analogy. When times are bumpy we are probably right where we're supposed to be, and staying the course will make us stronger.

Aug 06, 2022 04:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Dr. Paula McDonald 

" So, when you are doing what you believe in yet are experiencing a lot of flak, you know that you are over the target."  YES to this.  The more resistance we get from others the more it also affirms we are on target. 

God Bless our pilots taking so much flak!  

Aug 06, 2022 07:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 06, 2022 06:34 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Paula excellent post!  And right on target......


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Aug 06, 2022 09:21 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Paula - I would like to remember "Maintain your mission and hold firm" and put it on a piece of paper.  Excellent motivational post.

Aug 07, 2022 05:59 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

stay on track....don't give up until the job is done.... 

Aug 07, 2022 06:55 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

In the movie "The Patriot," the hero continually makes this comment "Stay the Course."

Aug 07, 2022 08:45 AM
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

Hi Paula,

Taking flak is often the result of sticking to your principles and doing what you know is right.

Aug 07, 2022 01:53 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Why this post wasn't featured  by AR is beyond me - excellent post and information!  Glad Kathy featured it or I might have missed it!

Stay on course, and BELIEVE that things will work out for the best ;)  

Aug 10, 2022 10:50 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good morning Paula, an excellent story for just the reading, as well as the underlying wisdom.  Thank you.  Mark

Aug 13, 2022 11:47 AM