The journey of a thousand miles...

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The journey of a thousand miles...

Last weekend was my first anniversary blogging on Active Rain. I took my first step here posting "A Sunday Kind of Morning" on November 23rd, 2008. I didn't have a party to celebrate or anything. Actually, I forgot about it until late last night. 

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu

A few weekends ago with Halloween approaching I was out doing my Saturday chores. I swung by the grocery store to pickup a few things when my eye caught the perfect autumn pumpkin to carve, just for me. I was putting the pumpion in the shopping cart when I caught myself pondering over my personal little milestone. It seemed ironic that I was already looking back over 12 months on Active Rain...

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From: Off My Deck ~ 11/25/09...

I began my adventure here on AR not really knowing what it was exactly I was going to do. I had no big agenda and I seesawed on the point for quite a while, "Am I willing to go on this ride?" I was working a demanding corporate job and already committed to a lot of hours every week. My platter was more than full. "How was I going to make time for this?" In spite of the facts, knowing if I participated, it would change my life in some way, yet I jumped in.

Looking long and short, fast and slow, forward, backward...

Who'd a thunk. A year looked so far off when I began this journey, yet it seems like yesterday when I look back. My premise originally for trying this experiment was... 

1. It was important to find a meaningful place to have an ongoing real estate centric conversation around contemporary marketing ideas and technology.  

The times they are a changing. What fascinated me was seeing that early adopters of social media, the realtors I knew that were experimenting online and developing a good web presence, were doing much better than those that were not. I was very interested in what they were doing. What was working, what was not? 
 
2. Communities are conversations and conversations are opportunity. 

I've worked with realtors for many years and I'm well aware of the challenges we all face in this new economy and its current recession. If we are to survive and thrive, it behooves us to learn everything we can about it. We need to emerse ourselves in the whole "i" and "e" thing. In fact, if we're the least bit smart, we'll embrace a leadership role in this new frontier and explore the endless possibilities, sharing our findings along the way for the betterment of all.


A lot was accomplished this year... 

We openly shared our findings and experiments. We brought value, built relationships, and shared our stories creating opportunity. We helped our clients, each other, and the industry demystify some of the 'new dynamic' and its technologies. We've grown to understand the necessity of participation and cooperation over competition. All of us, in our different roles, are interdependent. Real Estate has always been a relationship business, but a whole new model for conducting it is still emerging. 

An important discovery for me this year was the realization that we can't afford to confuse attitude with intellect. It's critical not to make assumptions about what is and what is not. More valuable than ever, in this brave new world, is to keep asking questions. If we stay in the conversation the universe will reveal itself.

Surely, not all agree, yet sharing our diverse opinions and points of view all contribute to our remarkable dance with Shiva.

I'm grateful to be a part of it. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday...
René

 

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René Fabre

"Where there's conversation, there's opportunity."

Please Note - The views expressed herein reflect only the individual’s personal views and are not the views of the author’s employer.

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Rainmaker
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Joyce Thomas
REMAX Home Expert Realty - Florence, AZ
Anthem Merrill Ranch AZ Real Estate

Rene, great post and very thoughtful information.  Thanks for sharing your journey with us.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2009 03:54 PM #11
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Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
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Renen

Great milestone. Many, many more to come.

Nov 26, 2009 04:05 PM #12
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Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Rene, time does fly and AR does help the learning curve

Ty

Nov 26, 2009 04:53 PM #13
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Janice Roosevelt
Rory Burkhart Team, Keller Williams - West Chester, PA
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Rene, it is bittersweet - this time of year, reflecting, the leaves turning and falling - sweet to celebrate new accomplishments such as yours, bitter, if only for a second, to know that we will not walk this way again.

Nov 26, 2009 05:12 PM #14
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
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I'm certianly glad you joined Activerain as we ever would have met had it not been for Activerain. I know there has been some big changes for you over the past few months, butI know because of your connections and knowledge you will survive and take this to a level that you couldn't have reached before.

Nov 26, 2009 05:27 PM #15
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Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

Rene, a great summation of your year. I especially like the part about keep asking questions. this has been a terrific way to keep up with different parts of the country and the new technology that is always developing.

Nov 26, 2009 11:58 PM #16
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Rebecca Gaujot, the GO TO REALTOR
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Rene, I also started in November and wrote my first blog November 13...it has been great. Congratulations...

Nov 27, 2009 12:58 PM #17
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Randy Brusven
Silverton, OR

Rene, thanks for your thoughts. Although our past meeting was brief, your words have had a lasting impact on how I look at communicating my business and ideas. Randy Brusven.

Nov 27, 2009 03:32 PM #18
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Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Very interesting comments Rene'.  It's good to see that you're still enjoying this site, since you got me roped into it in July.  I have spent way too much time in trying to create, but being as how there is so much I am learning I can't stop.  I see you can't either.

Best Personal Regards,

Gary

Nov 28, 2009 09:50 AM #20
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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
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Frank: The evolution of communication practices, nicely put... it is speeding ahead for sure.

Richard: Yes, a bit reflective. I often am going into the holidays. I did have a great Thanksgiving and am enjoying the weekend. Thanks.

Gary: It is kind of spooky when I think about a couple of conversations we've had in the past. Thanks for being there.

Liz: thanks... Like any family, I'm not always the happiest member sometimes, but hey, it's family! All kidding aside, it's fun to celebrate the little wins.

Jeff: It is funny that when the conversation begins we all have more in common than we would have thought. Thanks.

Kyle: Thanks... I'm actually up the hill from the S curves off Benson Rd. And yes, I think we're officially in the 'Big Grey" now...

Phillip: Indeed... I've made several good friends here and have enjoyed the fellowship. Thanks.

Charles: Thanks... Let it Rain!

Sybil: Indeed it is. Thank you for stopping by.

Joyce: Thanks, and to think the 'journey just begins!'

Ted: I'm just beginning to figure out for myself where this is going. I'll be around...

Ty: Time is racing by... for sure. Here on AR we have the good fortune to share what we've learned.

Janice: Thanks. I so enjoy the journey. I am thankful that my 1 year represents just kind of getting to know the place... the big trip is about to start.

Todd: Thanks my friend. I think the universe is trying to teach me, "Yes, you can fly."

Guy: I have believed for a long time that the Questions are far more important than the Answers.

Rebecca: Ahh... Happy Birthday to you too... We'll be in the same graduating class! (haha)... I've learned a lot about myself here, weird huh...

Randy: Thank you. Staying in the conversation is the most important action we can take.

Gary: I can't stop either... My curiosity drives me!

Thanks all for your wonderful comments. Though small, it's important to acknowledge (and celebrate) our little milestones. We need to lay down markers along the way to measure our growth. I hope you all are having a great Thanksgiving Holiday, I am... I have a lot to be thankful for.

 

Nov 28, 2009 11:37 AM #21
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
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Yeah, but does it have to push us over the cliff to do it?

Nov 28, 2009 04:13 PM #22
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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
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Todd: evidently, for me, this time it did! (hahaha)...

Nov 28, 2009 05:07 PM #23
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

One giant step off your deck would be on heck of a drop.  Great view and you are right just take it one step at a time.

shelton

Nov 30, 2009 01:26 PM #24
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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
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Shelton: Thanks, indeed... one step at a time, and don't forget to pause on occasion to smell the roses.

Nov 30, 2009 07:33 PM #25
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Medford, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Rene` ~ Congrats for reaching the milestone on AR.  I share in your sentiments and I am enjoying the discoveries here on AR.  ~ A fellow Kindred Spirit

Dec 01, 2009 02:19 AM #26
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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
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Melinda: Thank you... and there is certainly a lot to discover here.

Dec 01, 2009 08:48 AM #27
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As my wise old grandmother was fond of saying: "Life is a journey, not an end. Enjoy the journey." To which I added, "And take lots of pictures to share with everyone!"

Happy December!

Dec 03, 2009 11:09 AM #28
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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
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Russell: Amen to that! Lots of pictures...

Dec 03, 2009 12:45 PM #29
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Margaret Barnes
Windermere Investors Marketplace, Jacksonville, Oregon - Jacksonville, OR
ABR, GRI, Jacksonville, Oregon

I am very glad to have met you and learned from you this year, you turned me on to AR and I appreciate it. I'm a better reader of blogs than a blogger, but i am finding more and more inspiration. Thanks.

Dec 03, 2009 03:57 PM #30
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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Margaret: Thanks so much for stopping by. Believe me, it's a big learning curve for all of us!

Dec 03, 2009 04:28 PM #31
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