first american title: Asking the Right Questions ... Max your title guy - 06/23/14 07:15 AM
This morning my wife Cindy left town for a week, volunteering as a leader for a Christian youth girls camp in Dallas.  My two teenage daughters leave tomorrow for the camp, leaving me with two boys and our youngest daughter Phoebe.
 
After sending Cindy off I had breakfast with Phoebe.  She said, “Dad, we need to talk”.  I couldn’t help but smile and then told her I was all ears.  Here’s the conversation:
 
Phoebe:           Dad, I want a white BMW
Dad:                 You better start working right away
Phoebe:           Kellen got a car
Dad:                 Kellen did not get a car. … (1 comments)

first american title: Never Give Up - 05/20/14 07:18 AM
As some of you know I ran the Boston Marathon on April 21st, Patriots Day.  Part of my preparation included reading 1776 by David McCullough.  David McCullough details the events leading to the American Revolution, the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the leadership of so many including General George Washington.
 
In mid-1776 the “Americans” had a great victory in Boston which pushed the war to New York.  From around August of 1776 til’ December 25th, the Americans experienced one humiliating defeat after another to the British.  The American military was a poor site to behold.  Most often half … (0 comments)

first american title: Daily Motivation Feeding - 05/05/14 06:14 AM
Happy Monday and Hello May.
 
Friday night my daughter Kendall asked me if I was running Saturday morning.  I told her I was thinking about it but not entirely sure.  She then said “C’mon dad if you can run Boston with those ribs you can do a morning run with me”.   I told her I’d love to run with her but that I was still hurting a bit and needed to be careful.  What she said next was perfect.  “I think you’ve lost your love for running.  I know Boston took a lot out of you but you cannot give … (0 comments)

first american title: Running Boston - 04/23/14 07:26 AM
It started with a challenge in June of 2012 when my brother-in-law Steve told me I should try and qualify to run in the Boston Marathon.  7 months later, January 2013, I qualified for Boston by running a marathon (26.2 miles) in 3 hours and 7 minutes, placing 3rd overall in my first race.  3 weeks later I ran the Huntsville marathon where I placed first.  As registration for the Boston Marathon doesn’t open until September I knew I’d have 14 months to further prepare myself to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
 
In April of 2013 we all heard … (1 comments)

first american title: All In - 09/30/13 08:55 AM
 
In July we as a family came up with a family theme.  We wanted something that would be easy for the kids to remember.  Something that would bind us together, something we could state out loud that would serve as a powerful reminder as to how we approach challenges, commitments, and the love we have for each other.  The theme is “All In”. 
 Fast forward to this weekend, Saturday morning at 4:30am.   Our freshman daughter at KHS, Kendall, would be racing a 2-mile event on the JV Cross Country team.  Every week she gets faster and grows in confidence.  Saturday … (0 comments)

first american title: Real Estate_ A great service to others - 07/15/13 07:33 AM
21 years ago, at the age of 19, I left the safety of my home in Kingwood TX to serve a two-year service mission in a very poor part of Mexico.  It was the scariest thing I had ever done.  I had never been away from home for more than a week, I did not speak Spanish, my self-confidence was low, and I really doubted if I had anything to offer this world and the people in it.
 
My first home in Mexico was a cardboard house that had been painted with oil to make it waterproof.  The roof was … (0 comments)

first american title: Disney_Over Managing - 04/23/13 08:34 AM
This past week I had the opportunity to spend 3 days in Disneyland at Disney’s Leadership Institute.  It truly was an honor to be a part of the program. Here’s just one of my takeaways that helps make Disney so magical:
 
1)      Disney believes in “Over Managing” those things which they believe to be critical to their success.  Over managing is not to be confused with “Micro Managing”.  They have determined there are 4 keys that will ultimately make it possible for them to create the happiest place on earth.  By creating the happiest place on earth they’ve successfully built … (3 comments)

first american title: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone - 01/24/13 07:26 AM
Yesterday I received a phone call from a Realtor that brought a huge smile to my face.  As she explained how she had just sold a home I could literally feel her jumping up and down with excitement.  Like so many, she struggles a bit with calling prospects.  A few months ago her client, a buyer, made an offer on a property and then backed out as they decided the price was just a bit out of their financial safe zone.  The client fell off the radar and she’s had no recent contact.  We’ve been talking, working on sales skills, and … (4 comments)

first american title: Reflections of a Runner - 11/27/12 06:55 AM
In final preparations for my Boston Marathon qualifier to be held on January 1 2013 I ran the San Antonio Rock-N-Roll Marathon two weeks ago.  It was supposed to be a hard, but not leg-busting event that would prepare my mind for the pain I will certainly endure on January 1st.  It was supposed to be a confidence building event.
 
A week after the event I found it difficult at best to maintain my normal workout pace.  Doubt has started to set in about my ability to run a 7:15 average mile over 26.2 miles in order to qualify me … (2 comments)

first american title: The brick walls that block our way are there for a reason - 08/06/12 06:54 AM
Many years ago as a Police Officer I was chasing a young man who had committed a serious crime.  He was tall and fast; it seems almost movie-like thinking back on the chase.  I ran after him through an alley, over a dumpster, and through a convenience store.  When he went over a 12' cinder block wall I felt I had no choice but to go over it myself.  Just as I was clearing the wall he looked back and our eyes made contact.  He stopped running, he laid down, threw his arms out in front of him and yelled, "I'm not running any more". 
Back at the station during the interview I … (84 comments)

first american title: Success is found in DESIRE - 06/13/12 07:33 AM
At the age of 19 my dad had me read a book by Napoleon Hill, "Think and GROW RICH".  It was first published in 1937, the first of its kind.  A self-help book for those seeking success in whatever the endeavor may be.  The book was revolutionary and to this day remains one of my top 5 business books of all time.  It taught me DESIRE and provided me the inspiration and confidence I needed.  It helped me realize that I can accomplish anything in life that I DESIRE.  It first sold for $2.50 a copy.  Today you can get it for an … (5 comments)

first american title: Building Trust - 05/11/12 07:05 AM
Last weekend while visiting with some friends, swimming in the pool, and having a little brisket I couldn’t help but notice my 16-year old son was having a great time with our friends 15-year old daughter.  They were sitting together poolside and “texting” away on their phones with big smiles all the while.  Frankly it scared the heck out of me.  I couldn’t help but wonder if my son is unable to have a real person-to-person, face-to-face conversation.   I took their phones away and was happy to see their conversation continued, only this time they were actually talking.  Wow what a … (3 comments)

first american title: The Right Prescription ... It's In the Asking - 04/17/12 06:14 AM
I went to our new family doctor a few weeks ago with little doubt of getting proper care.  Having had some “less than spectacular” experiences with doctors, I assumed the doctor would make a few guesses, prescribe some meds, and send me out the door with some hope that I was properly diagnosed.
Upon arrival at my new doctor’s office I was asked for my insurance card and some identification.  Nothing more, no ridiculous forms where they ask you the same questions that can be answered on the cards I already gave them.  Within a few minutes I was called … (1 comments)

first american title: First Things First - 04/02/12 07:58 AM
Ever since I received my New iPad a few weeks ago I've been as efficient as ever; new Apps, new strategies, new organizational tools, etc.  It's been great to say the least.
This weekend however I had a bit of an epiphany.  While going through my "checklist" of things to do I saw two of my younger children through our front windows.  They were kicking the soccer ball and having a great time... without me!  I was so absorbed in my "To Do" lists that I had lost sight for a moment of the things that matter most; namely my family.  The whole purpose behind … (2 comments)

first american title: Gaining trust and reducing risk - 03/12/12 07:56 AM
Some of my best memories are time spent with grandma VanNatter who passed away 20 years ago.  Her life and stories are with me to this day.  She never had material wealth or the fanciful things this world can offer.  Nor did I care.  She always made me feel welcome and loved in her very modest home.  I trusted her with every fiber of my being.
 
I’ve thought about the trust I have in some people and why.  The #1 reason people will choose to work with you as a realtor or choose someone else comes down to trust and … (4 comments)

first american title: Take Pride in Getting Help - 02/27/12 07:17 AM
Last month my 8 year old son Parker told us he was struggling with his math work.  He said other kids in the classroom seem to finish their work earlier and he didn’t know why it was so much harder for him.  We called his teacher and she recommended he come in for some tutoring.
This weekend while preparing to head out to my softball practice Parker said he wanted to come with me.  I could see from his facial expression that he didn’t just want to watch me play either.  There was something on his mind.  As soon as I … (3 comments)

first american title: What did you learn yesterday that you will never forget? - 02/13/12 09:17 AM
In real estate you have to deliver the numbers. Of greater long term importance, is to be a student of the game. We have to think back each day for the lesson of the day. Reviewing positive accomplishments is perhaps the most important learning skill you can acquire.
 
Last week I showed up to a client meeting, pen and paper in hand with a set plan.  The agenda was to review the Realtors business plan, determine how I could be of help, and set forth a strategy going forward.  As the meeting started however I could sense we were headed in a different direction.  The … (8 comments)

first american title: Take care of the bugs before they arrive - 02/07/12 09:16 AM
 
Some of my best memories as a kid were visiting my grandma and grandpa Rose in Maine during the summers.  Even as an 8-year old I could appreciate the difference in weather between muggy Houston and the cool summers of Maine.
 
My grandparents had acres and acres of apple orchards, hay, and a garden that seemed to go on forever.  They knew that if you grow great fruit that the bugs will come.  My grandpa could predict when the bugs would arrive and what type of damage they would do.  I have some great memories of flying overhead with my uncle in a crop … (5 comments)

first american title: Success is in the DETAILS - 01/23/12 10:08 AM
Many years ago while working undercover as a narcotics Police Officer I was given the opportunity for a promotion that would have provided me with the additional income my young family needed so badly.
My Lieutenant asked me to provide him some information on a particular neighborhood that I had worked for many years.  I knew all the important facts about the neighborhood, or at least I thought I did.  I quickly went to work and the next day I provided him the report. 
One week later it was announced that another officer would be given the position that I so … (4 comments)

first american title: It's a New Year, "Do or Don't Do" - 01/03/12 10:14 AM
When I was a kid I could never get enough Star Wars into my system.  I think I've watched the original trilogy hundreds of times.  I dreamed of one day becoming a Jedi and of wielding a light saber just as Luke Skywalker did.
And then I grew up.. at least a little.  Betweeen High School, girls, College, girls, Marriage and kids, life happened.  This past week I had the opportunity to watch one of the old Star Wars classics with my kids.  All along doodling with some notes and plans I was making for the New Year.  What are my new goals, … (3 comments)

 
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