Pondering with purpose!

Real Estate Agent with Wayne M Martin

I have been trying to go back to some of my early posts here in the Rain to check if I still believed what I originally wrote. And, I must admit, I have been sporadic in my efforts. Yesterday I read a post that Michael Jacobs wrote and it got me to pondering as a wake-up call.

Back in May of 2011 I wrote a post about the following affirmation:

"If you are not totally clear about the purpose of what you are doing, you have no chance of winning. Purpose defines success."

Many times I ask myself about the real purpose of ideas I might be pondering. And, I must admit, sometimes I stop because my pondering lacks purpose. Do I want my pondering to have meaning? Can I define the purpose of my quest? If I can't all my pondering is useless since it has no chance of success.

Thanks for the wake-up call Michael.

Enjoy your day.

Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wayne - my alarm for awareness is definitely not always set accurately.  It not only ticks me off but drives me directions out-of-bounds, up various creeks and down never-ending streams of consciousness.  Where is the cruise control?  Is it a thrill a minute?  Well, that's a deep subject, isn't it?  

Thanks for the mention.  Meanwhile, I meander.   🚣 🚣 🚣

May 31, 2023 02:08 PM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs and Wayne- I don't want to stop being a work in progress. I let my mind wander where it wants and while the cruise control is mostly on, my mouth often needs a muffler. 

May 31, 2023 05:39 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - the wheel goes 'round and 'round, right?   

May 31, 2023 05:42 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Michael Jacobs - We sometimes must be thinking along the same lines. And, if I ponder that I may scare myself. By the way my cruise control quit functioning years ago and I have no ambition to have it repaired. Actually, now retired, glad I did not.

May 31, 2023 02:18 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - indeed!  

May 31, 2023 02:39 PM
Wayne Martin

Michael Jacobs - isn't it interesting for me to be a "work in progress" well into retirement? But I like it, in case someone asks! 

May 31, 2023 02:33 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - I accept (well, kinda) - adapt - and adjust soooo much more today than many of the yesterdays of my life.  There's a reason (perhaps, many) reasons why I continue to say "I'm a work in progress".  

May 31, 2023 02:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne- your affirmation struck a chord with me.  When I start a topic for a post, there are times when I must stop and ask myself the purpose of what I'm trying to say. Otherwise, it becomes a trainwreck of words. 

May 31, 2023 06:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne I do everything with a purpose, make no mistake about it. Every post has a purpose, to either get business, or get referrals or well you know the old saying "points" so with that said I do not need to ponder:)Endre

May 31, 2023 09:04 PM
Wayne Martin

Like your line of thinking.

Jun 01, 2023 04:01 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne Martin - Interesting!

I read your post from May 11 forward and backward several times and then I wondered.

Why did I wonder because I was curious.

Curiousity led to the why? Why do I want to know? 

So then, I pondered to find the answer and I had to figure out what was the purpose?

I came to the same conclusion you did: "If you are not totally clear about the purpose of what you are doing, you have no chance of winning. Purposes defines success."

For example. I woke up thirsty and hungry and wondered, shoud I start my day with fresh squeezed orange juice or a fresh cup of coffee grinding the coffee beans?

And then I pondered.... again going back to the why? Fresh squeezed orange juice is a healthy choice. Grinding my own coffee beans smells good and tastes good. But then I had to make a decision, what was the purpose?

If my goal is to be good and healthy, fresh squeezed orange juice is right for me. I am about to start the process for making fresh squeezed orange juice because that is my goal, I am focusing on being healthy because that is what I desire. 

Jun 01, 2023 04:34 AM
Wayne Martin

I have been waking up to coffee for so many years, not going to change now. That said, orange juice sounds good too. Maybe after I finish my coffee, ha, ha!

Jun 01, 2023 07:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Wayne Martin - both oj & coffee sounds even better!

Jun 01, 2023 08:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think sometimes pondering must be done to find a purpose. I ponder a lot!

Jun 01, 2023 05:03 AM
Wayne Martin

So do I and in retirement I try to spend more time doing it. I would be successful if not for the grandkids. They have other plans for me.

Jun 01, 2023 07:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share and it applies to our personal lives as well as our business activities.

Jun 01, 2023 05:04 AM
Wayne Martin

Purpose has a bigger role in life than sometimes thought.

Jun 01, 2023 07:54 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I think Michael keeps us all on our toes! He helps us all keep our focus.

Jun 01, 2023 06:09 AM
Wayne Martin

I agree.

Jun 01, 2023 07:54 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Excellent affirmation, Wayne, whether today, tomorrow or yesteryear:
""If you are not totally clear about the purpose of what you are doing, you have no chance of winning. Purpose defines success."

I also feel that going back in time and reviewing, for example, an older post,  is valuable input.   My  aunt, a Benedictine nun and professor at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, Minn., once told me that a person will get extra and valuable input when watching a movie a second time. I believe this would also apply to retrieving and rereading our older posts --insightful moments.  

Jun 01, 2023 02:33 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Wayne Martin and Michael Jacobs - you both inspire many of my ponderings, so while you ponder your own journey, ponder this pondering of mine: Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers? If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? 

Jun 01, 2023 07:45 PM
Michael Jacobs

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets - and that's a pickle.  Perhaps.  

Jun 02, 2023 02:52 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets


Jun 02, 2023 06:42 AM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

Purpose defines success. Love that.

So... a purpose driven life...

I love this.


Jun 02, 2023 05:30 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

When our boys were growing up, I told them it's important in life to find purpose and when setbacks happen to re-group and move forward. Enjoyed this post, Wayne.  

Jun 02, 2023 12:25 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Interesting thought process.  Often my purpose drives my intention. So how does play in?  HMMM.....  Thanks for the ponder Wayne!

Jun 02, 2023 04:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 03, 2023 06:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Wayne Martin ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week as I missed it! Pondering is a good thing but I do fine there needs to be purpose for me or I find the pondering useless!

Jun 04, 2023 06:45 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

A well deserved feature in Kathy's pick of the week! I enjoyed it when you originally posted too!

Jun 04, 2023 07:09 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Funny thing about many of the business building seminars as well as strategic business planning classes, few mention purpose. I am with you. Your purpose sets you on the path toward your vision or the culmination of your purpose if that every really happens. And yes purposes does change as we grow older and have more experiences as well as opportunities.

Jun 04, 2023 07:36 AM