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Wordless Wednesday…Starting Small

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Wordless Wednesday…Starting Small


Larry was surveying the yard in his never-ending battle with weeds and came across this. 

The rootball made a clunky sound when he tossed it into his bucket. Upon closer inspection, he realized it was the beginning of a majestic oak tree. If left to grow, and given the right conditions, it might take from 3 to 5 years to grow into a sapling tree.


Amazon began in the garage of its founder, Jeff Bezos. I don’t have to tell you how big (huge) Amazon is, do I? Mr. Bezos’ motto was “Get big fast” and while it may have taken six years to become profitable (2003), no one could say that Amazon isn’t BIG. 


What does this have to

 do with us? 


Whatever we hope to achieve, in our personal lives or at work…it all begins with one small step.


Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. 

14th Century Proverb


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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Love your blog!  Ty.

Mar 20, 2024 05:16 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Michael Elliott I'm glad you like it!!!

Mar 20, 2024 05:29 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Love the photo oi Larry holding the beginnings of a majestic oak tree! Your message came across loud and clear ..if we want to achieve something start somewhere, anywhere with one small step and keep moving in that direction!

Mar 20, 2024 05:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX When I look at these majestic trees and then look at that small acorn, I am in awe. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:30 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

I had a lot of woodland when I lived in NH.  I loved walking thru the woods in Spring to see these tiny saplings. great information. Thanks for sharing it. Have a super fantastic week! 

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Mar 20, 2024 05:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley that sounds ideal. I'll bet it was a big change from walking there in the winter. You must miss some of that in AZ. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:37 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

I always love your Wordless Wednesdays Kathy. We love those Oak trees here in the City of Oaks. Unfortunately, it seems they're making way for more and more development. Recently, residents of Apex NC fought and won the fight to save an old Oak tree. Save the Oak Tree - Apex NC

Happy Spring Kathy Streib 🦋

Mar 20, 2024 06:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Carla Freund That was a nice Christmas gift the mayor gave to the city!!! And, thank you for your very kind words. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:44 PM
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

 Kathy, We've cultivated trees from our red maple, which sheds tiny seeds. Over the years, they've evolved into magnificent specimens.

Mar 20, 2024 06:46 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I love that you've cultivated seeds and have been able to watch them grow. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:44 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I listened to a speech not long ago from Jeff Bezos. He was talking about the lifecycle of a company like Amazon. He said it will (like a mighty oak) one day die. Maybe from natural causes, maybe from environmental issues...maybe even from self inflicted wounds. 

Mar 20, 2024 07:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty it does happen. Look at Kodak. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:47 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Yes, we all begin at the starting line as we journey forward in a small or BIG WAY! Cool example to prove your point, Kathy!

Mar 20, 2024 08:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Larry was excited to show me the discovery. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:48 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

So true Kathy,  but one step, the first one, and that most times the most difficult one.  m

Mar 20, 2024 10:40 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho That's why sometimes we need a little nudge. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:49 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

It's all about taking that first step!  I remember someone telling my older sister-in-law that she just needed to take the first step (towards starting a new business). If that was sharpening a pencil - than get it done. Seemed too simple to me way back then, but there was probably more truth to it than I realized.

Mar 20, 2024 11:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna "Banana" Kruchten it's like an invisible barrier that we need to break. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:50 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh, Kathy Streib, you are so right on as always. It is just like writing a blog. Just start writing, and before you know it, you have a post 

Mar 20, 2024 11:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Hannah Williams that's it exactly!!! I've had those moments. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:51 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy a mustard seed is also a great example.  It is a tiny seed, and it produces a large plant.

Mar 20, 2024 02:15 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto another good example. I think that's why I love growing things. It's such a miracle. 

Mar 20, 2024 05:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How interesting, and here in Los Angeles Oak Trees are a protected species, so fun to see how they start out, Endre

Mar 20, 2024 09:43 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

Kathy, I fondly recall a comment from a colleague in Nashville, "the thing that stops most people is the start". So yes, one small step.... I trust that Larry replanted the oak tree sapling!!

Mar 20, 2024 11:19 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love that it shows an acorn in his palm in one of the pictures and the videos for my projects use the analogy of an acorn growing into a mighty oak tree.

Mar 21, 2024 05:11 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Awesome analogy Kathy!

Looking ahead to the future is so important...and the future can be much closer than we realize.

Mar 21, 2024 08:38 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Great reminder that small grows into large and the ability to see that opportunity separates those with vision and those who lack vision.

Mar 27, 2024 05:29 AM