Active Rain Challenge: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

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Real Estate Agent with Baird&Warner Fox Valley
http://actvra.in/Jqk

Life is full of difficulties, but setbacks and challenges can be the foundation for success. Adversity actually can make people stronger and healthier. The ability to cope with adversity -- to thrive when life is difficult, to get back up when you've been knocked down -- is called resilience.

You don't have to be born with the capacity for resilience, it can be can be learned at any age by studying how other people overcame unusual stress or difficulties.  

This blogging challenge is about becoming more resilient by learning from each other.

Write about a situation that was unusually difficult for you to manage. Describe the situation and then "road map" what you did to solve the problem, save the deal, or live to fight another day. Be specific about the activities you performed, the people you consulted, what worked out and what didn't.

The situation you write about doesn't have to be one of life's great dilemmas. Lots of things we do every day test our mental, ethical and endurance boundaries.

Here's some ideas for topics :

- Your client, partner, team member or brokerage behaved unethically or illegally

- Your family or a significant other didn't support you, your career choice or an important decision

- Dilemmas with representation, dual agency, fair housing

- Working with clients going through major life changes

These are just a few ideas -- write about whatever you've accomplished that other people can learn from. Don't be modest...strut your stuff. Inspiration Here.

The Challenge  

Write a minimum 300 word post and post the link as a comment here by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on September 30, 2012. 

All posts will be awarded 500 points.

Please include this at the bottom of your post: This post is an entry in the Active Rain Challenge: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger. 


The Winners 

3 posts will be recognized for as being the most inspiring, the most well-written, or the most helpful to other members. The winning posts will be featured on Active Rain and will receive additional bonus points: 

1st Place 2000 points     2nd Place 1500 points     3rd place 1000 points

The judges will be me and my esteemed colleagues J Philip Faranda and Bill Spear. We'll probably lean towards real estate-related topics for contest winners. We look forward to learning from each of you and are grateful to everyone who shares their stories.

PS: This contest was inspired by a book I just read called Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback to Success. It's not your typical self-help book, it was useful and inspiring. I highly recommend it. I'll send copies to people whose posts personally inspire me.


 

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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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Leslie:

Here I am submitting my contest post on the last day again.  What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

 http://actvra.in/Jrn

My posts is not as dramatic as some of the other posts but it was a very stressful situation to me.

Sep 30, 2012 07:37 PM #197
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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Here is my entry in the contest : What Doesn't Kill You Will Make You stronger

Sep 30, 2012 07:41 PM #198
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes
Sep 30, 2012 08:49 PM #199
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Tammie White
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN, South of Nashville
Sep 30, 2012 09:06 PM #200
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Leslie Ebersole
Baird&Warner Fox Valley - Saint Charles, IL
BRIX Group

I've made it as far as Laura #196 and I am so impressed by everyone here. I'm signing off but I'll read more in the morning...I see 5 more in the last few minutes. Two hours to go...I, too am always "just under the wire".

Good night friends, see you all in the morning. 

Sep 30, 2012 09:23 PM #201
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty - Long Beach, CA
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Sep 30, 2012 09:41 PM #202
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Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale
Sep 30, 2012 09:46 PM #203
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Tiffany Sniezek
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct, - The Woodlands, TX
Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
Sep 30, 2012 10:02 PM #204
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663

Hi Leslie, I have been thinking about this blogging challenge for a while, and I hope I selected the best story for this blogging challenge.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/3462475/we-lost-a-forester-what-does-not-kill-us-makes-us-stronger-contest

Sep 30, 2012 11:24 PM #205
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Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California) - Roseville, CA
Placer County, CA (Roseville, Loomis, Granite Bay)

Here's my entry for this AR challenge...not my happiest story, but it's the truth:

The Greedy Landlords Didn't Kill Me, They Made Me Stronger

Leilani

Sep 30, 2012 11:36 PM #206
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Bill Dean
Worth Clark Realty St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Here's my entry, waited till Sunday and then got a call to show houses and took up my evening but I win the procrastinator award, yes?

 http://actvra.in/Jrz

 

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Sep 30, 2012 11:38 PM #207
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

It looks like the judges are going to have quite a few posts to read!  And there are some great stories in there too!

Oct 01, 2012 03:20 AM #208
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Leslie Ebersole
Baird&Warner Fox Valley - Saint Charles, IL
BRIX Group
CONTEST IS CLOSED! We'll get back to you in a day or two. Thank you to everyone for sharing their stories. They are important for all of us to learn from.
Oct 01, 2012 05:26 AM #209
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Saint Lucie West, FL
New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!

Leslie,

I had written this but someone commenting on it today told me I may not have entered it here in your comment section:

 

Port Saint Lucie Short Sales: Love them or hate them, but I get them completed UNTIL NOW!

Oct 01, 2012 06:18 PM #210
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Leslie Ebersole
Baird&Warner Fox Valley - Saint Charles, IL
BRIX Group

Thanks Kevin, since you published it on 09/29 I'll include it. We always need another good short sale story where the men slay the dragons.

Oct 02, 2012 05:36 AM #211
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Saint Lucie West, FL
New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!

Why thank you and boy could I curl your hair with the series of ranting texts that have came from Mr Turkey today when he was told before his home could resell, he has to pay to correct his damage.

Oct 02, 2012 06:08 PM #212
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J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY
Broker-Owner

All I can say is how humbled I am at the resilience of the authors. Hemingway's ideal hero exhibited grace under pressure. Your narratives transcended that and then some.

Oct 05, 2012 05:08 AM #213
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395 - Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Just wondering if you've posted the winners yet? I didn't get to all the entries, but working through them...

Oct 08, 2012 06:09 PM #214
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Leslie Ebersole
Baird&Warner Fox Valley - Saint Charles, IL
BRIX Group

Karen, I think Kerrie will post them today. With a little bit of service up and down issues it took us a while to get go back and forth on picking the 3. There were so many good ones!

 

Oct 11, 2012 05:32 AM #215
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Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
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Oh wow, there were a ton of entries!  All the points have now been awarded, thank you so much for hosting this Leslie.  I've read quite a few and they are very empowering.

Oct 12, 2012 01:02 PM #216
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