To Achieve Your Dreams...Remember Your ABC's

Real Estate Agent with Scott Owens Limited

I saw the following on an inspirational poster at my first "real" job in 1989, and it really struck a chord with me.  After leaving that job, I found that I remembered most of the "rules" outlined below, and tried to live by them.  Oddly enough, when I started with Prudential Property Specialists this year, I noticed this same poster is on display in their (our) office.  I thought I would share it with the AR community:

To Achieve Your Dreams...Remember Your ABC's

Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up and don't give in.
Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.
Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you plan to.
Hang on to your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it.
Keep trying no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier.
Love yourself first and most.
Make it happen.
Never lie, cheat or steal, always strike a fair deal.
Open your eyes and see things as they really are.
Practice makes perfect.
Quitters never win and winners never quit.
Read, study and learn about everything important in your life.
Stop procrastinating.
Take control of your own destiny.
Understand yourself in order to better understand others.
Visualize it.
Want it more than anything.
Xcellerate your efforts.
You are unique of all God's creations, nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target and go for it.

Comments (20)

Samantha Nichols
ERA Belsito and Associates - Plymouth, MA
Massachusetts Real Estate Specialist

Words to live by, thank you

Sep 18, 2008 01:46 PM
Robin Gulledge
Remax Capital City - Cedar Park, TX
Cedar Park, TX ABR,CRS,GRI

I have never seen this. How ironic that you came accross it twice. Even better, that you remembered all of it! You must have been living by it.

Sep 18, 2008 01:50 PM ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals - Dallas, TX

  GREAT blog for the a/r community,  Have a wonderful weekend.

Sep 18, 2008 02:00 PM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Good list to keep next to your computer monitor!!!

Sep 18, 2008 02:08 PM
Garren Grup
John R. Wood REALTORS - Naples, FL
REALTOR, ABR, CNE,CDPE, GRI, Naples & Bonita Springs, FL

Inspirational!... and here's one moer... Wishes Change Nothing, Decisions Change Everything!

Sep 18, 2008 02:10 PM
Earleene Woods
Keller Williams Experience Realty - Murray, KY

Thank you for sharing.  Good rules to live by.

Sep 18, 2008 02:14 PM
Scott Owens
Scott Owens Limited - Halifax, NS

Robin, I not only SAW this poster every day for a year, but I actually READ it every day!  It is ironic that it was at my first job, and my last job.  I think it's a sign that I am at the right brokerage.

Sergio - This is on the front page on my family website: (if you go there, I apologize for the poor layout...over 1100 pictures were accidentally deleted, making the site quite "messy").

Garren - Good one.  Thanks for your add.

Everyone else - I am glad you enjoyed it.  Thank you for reading.



Sep 18, 2008 02:24 PM
Charles (Chuck) Crooker

Scott we have this in our office, my children took it to school 8 yrs. ago on a plastic print and it is still in the school. Check ou my post here.

Sep 18, 2008 02:49 PM
Scott Owens
Scott Owens Limited - Halifax, NS

That's pretty cool Chuck!  They are great words to live by, and to teach our children to live by.   Lead by example.  Thanks for reading.

Sep 18, 2008 02:59 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Scott - Inspirational and worthy of remembering. The A,E,I,O,U are all points to remember here in the rain which is full of AEIOU

Sep 18, 2008 03:55 PM
Charles (Chuck) Crooker

Yea SCott, as Benjamin Franklin said "well done is better than well Said".

Sep 18, 2008 04:02 PM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Scott, Excellent post.  I went down the list to see how well I match up to it, and I have some areas for improvement, but overall not too bad. I've printed it out, and I'm posting it over my desk at work, and I will read and learn it well.  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 19, 2008 02:41 AM
Diana Lyons
Blacksburg, VA

Me too Bob!  I printed it out as well and will work on it!

Sep 19, 2008 02:59 AM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Scott, this is more like the A through Z's...

Great list!  I like it!

Hang on to your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it.
Keep trying no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier.

 ...Hijk...  My favorites; espcially:  Just Do It!

Sep 19, 2008 06:55 AM
Bubba Fife
Complete Property Maintenance - Nashville, TN

Scott, Cool post! Kinda reminds me of that song from ELO... Hold on tight to your dreams... One of the biggest dreamers was the late Walt Disney... Love him...

Sep 19, 2008 10:16 AM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Scott -great post. We should all do our best to remember this, and success will come with it. Thanks for the reminder

Sep 23, 2008 12:30 AM
Scott Owens
Scott Owens Limited - Halifax, NS

Charles - GREAT QUOTE!  I had never heard that one...but I really like it - Thanks for sharing.

Bob & Diana - I am glad that you liked it enough to print it out...I am glad that I posted it now.

Mirela and Kathy - I can't pick a favourite...but A, B E, I, N and T have had the most impact on my life.

Bubba - I like it.  Nice comparison...ELO's "Hold On Tight" memorable verses:

Time just rolls on and on
When you need a shoulder to cry on
When you get so sick of trying
Just hold tight to your dream

When you get so down that you cant get up
And you want so much but you're all out of luck
When you're so downhearted and misunderstood

Hold on tight to your dream
When you see the shadows falling
When you hear that cold wind calling
Hold on tight to your dream.

Larry - I have always believed that, myself.  Good things happen to good people.

Sep 23, 2008 01:55 AM
Mike Oslin
Prudential Georgia Realty - Canton, GA

Nice post, A perfect reminder of not only how to be successful, but of how we should all strive to live our lives. Thanks

Sep 23, 2008 02:36 AM
Jessica Bigger
Bigger Communications - Reston, VA
Freelance Real Estate Business Writer

Scott - Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post.  Now I like them ABC's, especially when you present in such a positive way :)


Nov 05, 2008 02:44 AM
Scott Owens
Scott Owens Limited - Halifax, NS

Mike & Jessica - Thanks for reading, and for your comments.  I am glad that you enjoyed this post.

Nov 05, 2008 09:33 PM