PAUL HARVEY: "I HAVEN'T SEEN A MONUMENT ERECTED TO A PESSIMIST"

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"I haven't seen a monument erected to a pessimist" 

Oh what a refeshing quote to hear in this dire financial crisis we're in.  But where do we draw the line between being an optimist and in touch with the brutal truth of reality?

There's a fine line. 

I love what Jim Stockedale said "confront the brutal facts, but never lose hope that in the end we will prevail."  Now that's more like it.  Can you imagine what would happen to our profession's credibility if we put into that into practice?!

I sense people are looking for those kinds of agents.  By and large, I've noticed people still want good stories, the heroes prevailing over the villains.  The John Wayne's of business.  Laughter over despair.  They want the truth, but they also want to hear hope coming out of our mouths.  Instead of blind faith, they want to know all the sides of the story based on hard research, but still understandable for the common man.

They need us--Realtors.  Honest. Hard working. Trustworthy.  That's who we are.

 

P.S--Condolences to the family of Paul Harvey: 1918-2009.  You will be greatly missed. The greatest broadcaster the world has known, left to be with his Creator.

 

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Cameron Novak
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I like the P.S.

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Mar 04, 2009 07:22 PM #1
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Lenn Harley
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"I haven't seen a monument erected to a pessimist" 

Ah!  Paul Harvey, was wrong.  Jimmy Carter, the pessimist extraordinaire, received the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Mar 04, 2009 08:44 PM #2
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Stanton Homes
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Interesting speech from the British PM yesterday on how Americans need to stay on the positive side of things.  We lead the rest of the world in so many different ways - and staying strong and hopeful about our future as a nation is one of the best ways to remain a leader!  What happened to national pride?

Mar 04, 2009 09:49 PM #3
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Joe, I agree with Lenn. And, yes, Paul will be missed. Good Day...

Mar 04, 2009 10:12 PM #4
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Richard Iarossi
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Joe, Paul Harvey was unique in what he did, even if there was an occassional mistake. There will be a gap in morning radio thats going to be hard to fill. Rich

Mar 04, 2009 10:24 PM #5
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Margaret Woda
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Great Paul Harvey quote!  And the way you've used it with the second quote from Jim Stockdale and related it to John Wayne - very brief BUT a big important message.  You're right, consumers want the truth but they also want it with a commitment from us that we'll do everything we can to mitigate the bad news and make everything turn out okay for them in the end.

Mar 04, 2009 11:02 PM #6
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Wendy Welborne-Kimery
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I had not heard that Paul Harvey had passed.  He will be missed.

Mar 04, 2009 11:15 PM #7
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Sarah Johnson
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Great poat and I could not agree more!  We need not be clueless polyannas to be optomistic.  There is a difference.  Confronting the issues and dealing with them responsibily while maintianing a positive attitude is the key.  Thanks for the positive post.....we need it.

Mar 05, 2009 07:47 AM #8
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Joe Salcedo
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Cameron,

He will be be missed.  But it's always nice to know he's off to a better place.

Mar 05, 2009 09:10 AM #9
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Joe Salcedo
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Lenn & Michael,

I couldn't agree with you guys more (Huh how can that be?!).  I adore Mr. Carter and the great things that he has done for the Country. 

Though I would argue that if he was the negative kind of pessimist, I don't think he'll go around the World mending broken relationships---that's why he got the Nobel peace prize!

 

Carter is a true realistic optimist.

 

Mar 05, 2009 09:13 AM #10
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Stanton Home,

I heard about Mr. Brown coming to visit the Senate.  You're right, we need to bring back the pride in our COuntry, but first we have to have a stable foundation to base that pride to.

Mar 05, 2009 09:16 AM #11
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Joe Salcedo
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Rich,

He did have his blunders.  And depending on where you are--he strongly supported Nixon with the Vietnam war.  And later changed his stand to being against the way. The outcry of his "original" supporters were vast but he remained resolute to his new belief. 

I think that's courage.

Mar 05, 2009 09:19 AM #12
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Joe Salcedo
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Margaret,

Yeah people are still like that-- "mitigate the bad news and make everything turn out okay for them in the end." Which sometimes can be bad if done with too much unconditional trust.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Mar 05, 2009 09:21 AM #13
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Joe Salcedo
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Wendy, Sarah:

He's a very noble man.  We need more like him.

Sarah, I love this--"We need not be clueless polyannas to be optomistic. There is a difference."

Thanks you guys..

Mar 05, 2009 09:23 AM #14
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