Guiding Principles

Real Estate Agent with America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc.

"To give anything
less than your best
is to sacrifice the gift."

Steve Prefontaine, 1951-1975
American Distance Runner

Steve Prefontaine was an amazing athlete who's life came to a tragic end. His life ended way too early.  The video below will give you a little insight into this young man's life and his drive to use his "gift" and excel in his sport.


In his short life Steve Prefontaine lived by a set of principles that guided his life and governed his actions.  Each of us has a set of "guiding" principles we live by; they govern the decisions we make and the manner in which we conduct our business.


Every now and then it's a good idea to review those principles (values) that guide our lives and evaluate the decisions we make.  Are we making the best use of our talents (gifts) and how can be best use them to excel in what we do?


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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

What a fine example of giving all you've got, and enjoying the pleasure it gives others.  My favorite is his quote saying someone my beat me, but they'll have to BLEED to do it!  Good post.

Laura G


Nov 28, 2008 09:56 PM #1
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

It seems only the good die young...sadly. Great post. A very nice tribute.

Nov 29, 2008 01:35 PM #2
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Jon:

Very nice tribute to Pre...I'm an avid running and happen to know his story well...

Isn't it great how sports impact our lives and even how we can relate that into the business world.

Nov 30, 2008 03:23 AM #3
David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!
Good post Jon, I am a huge Pre fan and love his story. Did you notice in most of the pics that there were no other runners in the pic? Awesome man and athlete.
Nov 30, 2008 08:44 AM #4
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I was a cross country runner in Jr. High and High School in Oregon, near the Nike campus. Prefontaine was my idol despite only being 5 when he died. I had his poster on my wall instead of Heather Locklear like so many of my friends had. That quote was on that poster and I have tried to live my life by that and if you do as well, you really can't go wrong! Always give 100%! (21-6)

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Dec 08, 2008 12:17 AM #5
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Todd - I'm not a runner but I've been a Prefontaine fan for years.  I remember watching him run as a youngster.  He had a heart bigger than most and certainly was an outstanding competitor.

Dec 08, 2008 02:24 AM #6
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