My proudest accomplishment with ActiveRain

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"Do you have any questions for us?" Doug asked at the end of the interview, after we had put this potential ActiveRain employee through the ringer. She replied with a doozy.

"What is your proudest accomplishment with ActiveRain?"

This one caught my interviewing partner and I completely flat-footed. We expected to hear one of the handful of softball questions that are usually lobbed at us to round down an interview. Questions like, "Do you have health benefits?", or "When will I hear from you about whether or not I got the job?". We never expected to be giving an account of our very reason for being.

Doug lifted his shoulders and turned to me with up-turned palms, as if handing me an imaginary ball. The look on his face conveyed the message that this was clearly a question most appropriate for the CEO, and he would be of no help answering.

What if our biggest accomplishment isn't that great? I thought to myself. A sense of expectation seemed to hover in the air, giving extra gravitas to the stone silence that filled the room while I held a frantic and personal inquest for an answer. Then it came to me.

"Breakdancing."

I coolly nodded to Doug- I got this one. Internally, I was squealing with the joy of a 14 year old boy riddled with Attention Deficit Disorder, grabbing his third Redbull during an all night Starcraft battle. 

"In the 1970s and 80s, break-dancers would gather on street corners to showcase their dance moves. The dancers would take turns in the center circle showcasing their latest and greatest while also working to incorporate the things that they learned from the other dancers on their corner. This is how people learned to become better dancers: from the other people that they danced with. The problem with this method is that the pool to learn from is limited to the best dancers in your neighborhood. 

Today, dance is thriving and evolving faster than ever. It's thriving because of technology. YouTube has taken the street corner and extended it across the entire globe. Someone in Korea can watch a video of a brand new dance move just created yesterday in New York. The Korean dancer can then riff off of what she just learned, record the improvement, then post it to YouTube where an eight year old dance prodigy can watch and replicate it tomorrow.

ActiveRain did the same thing for real estate that YouTube did for dance. When I was a real estate agent my learning was limited to the few real estate sales books I could find and the generous real estate agents in my own office who were willing to share from their experience. Now real estate professionals from all over the world share their best practices, learning from each other, and collectively lifting the industry to new heights."

I am proud of this accomplishment, and of all the ActiveRain members who consistently strive to better themselves, support one another, and prove that we're more than just a website: we're a community.

 


 

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Mike Frazier
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Jonathan, I appreciate all you and the staff have been able to accomplish here in the rain because we all are benefiting from the expertise of the many here.

Jan 12, 2011 10:37 AM #89
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Jon,

So true!  I have not only survived in real estate but have thrived thanks to Active Rain.  And may I say Bob's words were touching....and yes....Active Rain has helped my family....and for that I am most thankful!

Jan 12, 2011 11:09 AM #90
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Jon,

I am kind of a newbie but am realizing the many benefits of Activerain. It's quite a community to be a part of!

Great job on the breakdancing! :)

Jan 12, 2011 11:25 AM #91
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Jon,

Wonderful, wonderful off-the-cuff response. And clearly you're still pleased with the inspiration that came your way.  Love it!

Jan 12, 2011 12:31 PM #92
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Great way to use a scenario that people could relate to themselves. This is true with almost any type of hobby or industry the world can connect easier and thus have a larger pool of people and information to learn from.

Jan 12, 2011 01:26 PM #93
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Brent & Deb Wells
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Jon,

I have interviewed a ton of people and hired a few over the years. Anyone who makes it through the process and snaps back with a deeply thoughtout question is gaining massive credit with me. Most of the applicants were glassy eyed by the end of the process.

-Brent

Jan 12, 2011 02:06 PM #94
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Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

AR is a great place to be, learn and make a statement about my profession as a Realtor!

Thanks for the great post today.

 

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Jan 12, 2011 02:45 PM #95
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So what was her response to your answer???  Was she shocked at all, lol.

Jan 12, 2011 03:11 PM #96
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Sussie Sutton
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Mesmerizing and awesomely beautiful....

Jan 12, 2011 05:09 PM #97
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AR is a 24/7 real estate convention with thousands of practitioners sharing real knowledge. The difference is that in a convention when you attend a breakout session you can't attend the others. On AR there are 2,200 breakout sessions a day in the form of individual blogs and you can "attend" all of them at your convenience.

The knowledge can be implemented immediately for the benefit of the clients and the Realtor's business.

Jan 12, 2011 09:16 PM #98
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My company offers a lot but AR is priceless. Excellent comparision.

Jan 12, 2011 11:10 PM #99
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You nailed it, Jon. Can't thank you enough for pulling me out of my old-timer I know it all funk in to an awesome community filled with knowledge and the spirit to share.

Jan 14, 2011 09:20 AM #100
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Good one, Jonathan!  We should all get continuing ed credit for reading and writing blogs on Active Rain.  It's kept us on our toes with new technology, learning about customs around the country and keeping abreast of markets all over.  You guys are amazing!  Thanks for putting it all together.

Jan 14, 2011 09:33 AM #101
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Phil Leng
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Breakdancing!

Hmmmmmmmm...

Phil

Jan 16, 2011 12:04 AM #102
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Maggie Dokic
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Awesome analogy for capturing the essense of Active Rain.  Even though I am not on here as much as I think I should be, my life is different today because of Active Rain.  Thank you.

Jan 18, 2011 06:23 AM #103
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Anja Richardson
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John, great answer:)

Jan 19, 2011 01:47 PM #104
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Don Wixom
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Jon, what a great creative response that makes absolute sense of building on each other and continuing to grow. Great job here in the Rain!

Feb 06, 2011 01:16 PM #105
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Dear Jon,

ActiveRain has certainly done what you wanted ActiveRain to do in my life.

Jon said, " ActiveRain did the same thing for real estate that YouTube did for dance. When I was a real estate agent my learning was limited to the few real estate sales books I could find and the generous real estate agents in my own office who were willing to share from their experience. Now real estate professionals from all over the world share their best practices, learning from each other, and collectively lifting the industry to new heights."

I am proud of this accomplishment, and of all the ActiveRain members who consistently strive to better themselves, support one another, and prove that we're more than just a website: we're a community."

All of that is so true for me!

T H A N K S !!!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 19, 2011 01:07 AM #106
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About a year ago I attended Rain Camp Denver.  During Lunch you sat down next to me at my table after asking if the seat was available.  We all replied that the seat was yours   NONE of us knew who you were until a few minutes into the conversation as you curiously asked us what we thought of AR and how it could be better.  Your enthusiasm and down-to-earth demeanor stood out and you were instantly liked at our table.  

My blogging is about to begin (finally) on AR.  Thanks for what you have done for our industry and best of luck in your new adventures!

May 12, 2011 12:11 PM #107
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I would have LOVED to have seen her face as you said it, then explained it, and after she heard your final answer, lol!  LOVE this post!!!

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