The Goals We Attain are often Sweeter when they're harder won.

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WinnerI wrote a post about winning after I watched the Nick Nolte movie Blue Chips.  It was more than a basketball movie, and one that showed us the importance of how you play the game.

In his closing speech, Nolte's character looks back and recalls his favorite game.  It wasn't the one they had just won with his star players... no it was the one they'd played the year before with average players.  What was so memorable was that these players gave their all and played the best they could.  This is what meant the most and was so memorable  to Nolte's character...

Haven't we all been playing our game under tough conditions?  Poor economy... fewer buyers.... falling home prices... short sales.... rising gas prices... businesses closing. 

It's easy to win when optimal conditions exist, when its a no-brainer.  But for the last few years, most of us have had to struggle to play a game we thought we knew.  Many have had to play with new players- Short Sales and Foreclosures.  We've had to learn new skills, find new resources for leads and clients, discover new avenues for revenue generation. 

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And yet, I hear daily of Realtors, Stagers, and others in the field of Real Estate who are flourishing. They've been proactive in addressing the market and taking control of it rather than the other way around.  They've worked twice as hard and have not been afraid to put in the hours necessary to do their job better than well.


Sometimes the best game you play is not necessarily the one you win with all the advantages going your way... it's often the game you play when the universe seeks to act against you... when all you can do is play as hard as you can and give it 100+%.

How are you playing your game?

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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Kathy, very nicely put.  What doesn't kill us makes us stronger!  Sometimes when things come too easy or fall into place right away, you may not appreciate it or think it was too easy to achieve.  But on the other hand, sometimes success comes from experience and the accumulation of things, right or wrong, you've learned from in the past.

March 05, 2011 08:48 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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You just keep getting better every day BARFF..........excellent post and so well said.  When everything falls into place, it's hard not to be a success unless you're just a "slouch"...........but "when things get tough, the tough get going".............that's when being a success really counts.  I know for myself, when things come too easy, I hardly appreciate them..........when blood, sweat and tears are involved, it means so much more.  Well done Kathy.  I think my friend Ilene is going to have to do some work now.

March 05, 2011 09:00 PM
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Laura S. Baker
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NICE!  Just the perfect post today.  I have missed my friends in the rain so much that I decided to take a couple hours to catch up.  I am so very glad I stopped by here!  You always have such incredible things to say.  Thank you Kathy!

March 05, 2011 09:04 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Silvia- you said it well too.  For me, it's meant feeling a greater victory when I've had to struggle.

BARFF- Hey... what are you doing home on Saturday night?? Our household is watching college basketball.  Thank you my friend and thank Ilene!

Laura- You are too sweet!  I'm convinced that we'd be walking around with our computers/tablets in hand on ActiveRain most of the day if we could.  I get so used to seeing pics of my "friends" here that when you don't see them every day, you wonder where they are. Thank you, Laura, for stopping by.

March 05, 2011 09:23 PM
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Tammy Lankford
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Yes, I think you are right, it's about how we "play" and not the win always.  Recently I actually had a former client (and his house didn't sell), but he wrote me a very favorable review on zillow.  He chaulked it up to market conditions and decided to keep his house until the market improves.  It's a second home and he can well afford to keep it.  But he was pleased with how I marketed it and said he would list with me again and recommend me.  So it had to be, "how I played the game", I sure didn't win.

March 05, 2011 09:30 PM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

Kathy, a lot of people play to win at no cost...I feel sorry for them...because it is how the game is played that makes you feel like a winner (even if you don't win).

March 05, 2011 10:08 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Tammy- that's a very positive way to view it, because you did win.  He'll not only list with you when he does sell, but I'm sure he'll refer you to others.

Rebecca- Yes, it's always nice to win but the victories we cherish are the ones that we had to work hard for.

March 05, 2011 10:29 PM
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Linda D. Pufford
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
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Kathy,

I agree with Roger...  you just keep getting better and better with your post's.  This is so well said and really made me think...  what does keep me going?  This is my passion and I love what I do.  I'm not giving up because they say we are having a difficult economy.  Staging keeps me going and keeps me alive.  I can't stop now or give up.  The future is bright and good things just keep happening... and I am thankful for all I receive!!!  Thanks again Kathy... I always enjoy stopping by!

March 05, 2011 10:47 PM
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Lou Ludwig
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Ludwig & Associates

Kathy

Blue Chip is a very good movie, thanks for sharing your thoughts in a excellent post. Winning come from inside us.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

March 05, 2011 10:52 PM
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
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Linda- Thank you for your more than kind words,  I'm so happy to hear how passionate you are about staging.  I'm sure this passion comes through to others.  And in a year or two (let's hope not more) when things begin to turn around, just think of how far ahead of the game we'll be.

Lou- I loved that movie.  Many thanks for your continuous support.

March 05, 2011 10:57 PM
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John Pusa
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Sellstate Pacific Realty

Kathy - We all sweat under difficult conditions, and do our best to survive and succeed in real estate business and life.

March 06, 2011 12:02 AM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Hi Kathy....when the chips are downa and we are working under stress and difficult circumstances, our true colors show and the world sees what we are made of.....but more importantly, we realize who we are.....I suggested this....another fantastic post by Kathy Streib.

March 06, 2011 01:51 AM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Haven't been feeling to well BARFF and was out several nights this week, so Saturday was an early night for me at home.

March 06, 2011 07:39 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Great post Kathy.  And, it's not just about winning, but working and living smart.  Doing the right things to improve not only your business but life as well.

March 06, 2011 08:46 AM
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Kathy Streib
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John- You're right and we've all had to work even harder the last few years.

Barbara- Thank you for the sugget and your kind words.  This market is testing everyone and it will show us the strength we have!

BARFF- hope you're feeling better.  Rest today at the Rogmahal.

Gabe- Youre so right.  Winnning is nice but certainly not everything.

March 06, 2011 11:01 AM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Awesome post Kathy!  I have suggested too!  It's always the success that we worked hard for that is the sweetest.  Not that I don't love an easy one now and again, but the pride comes from winning in spite of the challenges.

March 06, 2011 01:34 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Sharon- you put it so well.  I think when things turn around we can all look back with a great deal of  pride at what we've accomplished.  (thanks for the suggest)

March 06, 2011 01:38 PM
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ Stager
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

Kathy - Once again I love your post. It makes me think of college - getting A's in English, History, Philosophy  and sociology was easy as pie. However, getting A's in algebra, calculus and statics gave me a run for my money and I never worked so hard for an A in my life - those were the classes I was most proud of because I was working with a big handy-cap - I suck at math - LOL! I'm such an A-type, over achiever that I had to graduate with a 4.0 and even though it caused me an ulcer, by God I did it! Of course I suggested!

March 06, 2011 08:28 PM
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
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Kathy, we stumbled on your post here and am very glad we did.  We always feel the universe is for us, but yes right now we feel the universe is acting against us on a particular issue...we will keep the faith and keep moving.  Thanks for you timely and most needed post. Isn't it funny how it works?

March 07, 2011 08:40 AM
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Kathy Streib
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Kristine- We should have been a team in college... I did well in math but egads! history was so hard for me.  And you're right... when we've had to overcome hardships and do win or come close to winning... those taste the sweetest.  Thanks for the suggest

Al and Peggy- Life is just full of surprises and they come at you when you least expect it.  Think how strong we'll all be after surviving these past few years.

March 07, 2011 10:06 AM
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