"A Position of Trust" - This is a True Story

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

 Back on Jaunary 14th, Mark Flanders and I launched SoundBiteBlog.

Today, we were honored to have our first guest blogger, fellow Rainer, Ed Rybczynski, of Rybczynski Consulting, LLC.

Ed's true story is a very sobering journey down a dark and difficult path. It's the real-life account of a successful real estate professional with lessons learned the hardest way imaginable.

To read Ed's story, go here. (opens in seperate window)

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Chris Griffith
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I love Ed's story.  An excellent example of accountability and recovery. 
February 10, 2007 06:19 AM #1
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Lysa Napolitano
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I've read a few of Ed's blogs, he's got quite a story with a lesson learned to tell. He is right, there is no such thing as a victimless crime. Rich, great first guest blogger!

February 10, 2007 06:37 AM #2
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Jay McGillicuddy
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We have Ed's DVD and we enjoy reading his posts.

I know an attorney who is  a great guy and got caught up in the early 90's for undisclosed seconds and was disbarred. He is now selling commercial real estate. He too turned his life around. I don't think he did jail time tho.

February 10, 2007 07:13 AM #3
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Monika McGillicuddy
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I'll second Jay's comment and add Ed is a "deep guy" very compelling story.
February 10, 2007 07:49 AM #4
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Bryant Tutas
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Loved the story. I hope Ed's new mission in life willl have a positive affect on helping to eliminate fraud. There sure is a bunch of of it out there. 
February 10, 2007 08:14 AM #5
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George Souto
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Rich, I have read all of Ed's Posts here on AR, and his story is a good one to read and a lesson well learn on why fraud comes with a very expensive price.  Ed's Posts and yours are among those that I look for each day when I am on AR.
February 10, 2007 10:48 AM #6
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Shari George
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson - Lewiston, ID
Wow, what a story.  It is rare to hear that side of the story.
February 10, 2007 11:14 AM #7
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Linda Davis
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gales Ferry, CT

An excellent first guest story for your blog.  I do follow Ed's posts here.  I hope he takes comfort in knowing he is helping others with his decision to tell his story.

February 10, 2007 01:07 PM #8
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Rich Jacobson
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Chris - yes, it is an amazing account, one that we can all learn from.

Lysa - thanks, we are really honored that Ed would write this story for our site.

Jay - thanks for taking the time to drop by. As always, I appreciate your thoughts.

Moni - he's incredibly deep and very transparent. We need more people like Ed, willing to be vulnerable.

Bryant  - Ed's is a compelling story. Hopefully, it can deter others from following the same path.

George - who the heck is Jeff??? Love ya, Bro.' Glad to see you put up another post, FINALLY! I was going through my Brother George withdrawals!

Shari - thanks for taking the time to read Ed's story. Most people would not be as willing to share such past events with the public.

Linda - We hope to bring many similar outstanding guest bloggers to our site. Ed is a great first step.

February 10, 2007 01:26 PM #9
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We all make mistakes, it is what we make of them that makes us better people.  Thanks for that Rich!

February 10, 2007 02:45 PM #10
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Cynthia Sloop
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Thanks Rich for the link and story about Ed's story.  It's always inspiring to hear how someone overcomes an adversity.  Now that's transparency!
February 10, 2007 02:47 PM #11
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Ines - thank for leaving your comment on SoundBite. I know that Ed will appreciate your thoughts.....

Cynthia - incredible transparency. It takes guts to air out your dirty laundry.

February 10, 2007 03:24 PM #12
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Brother Rich, I can't believe I did that......LOL
February 10, 2007 08:40 PM #13
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
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Everyone in the industry should hang a poster of that photo of Ed in their office.  A reminder of how easy it is for this business to drag you in the wrong direction thinking you are just trying to please everyone.
February 11, 2007 01:43 AM #14
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Rich, thanks for the link.  I almost didn't visit as I'm feeling like I can't handle anything "sobering, dark or difficult" today.  I'm glad I did though.  Ed's journey can teach all of us more than a thing or two.  Thanks.
February 12, 2007 08:37 AM #15
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Roberta Lee
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Rich,

This is such a powerful message.  This is a perfect of an individual that allows themselves to be sucked into a life that they normally would never think of doing.  But to me it says more, much more.  The caliber of his personality shows through.  He is absolutely sorry for what he did, not just for being caught.  Now he is teaching others what a moment of weakness will do to a life time of honest living.

My father used to tell me, "Honey you are born with one thing and one thing only...your name.  It will take you a life time to build your reputation (your name) but it can take only one weak moment and wrong doing to ruin it all forever."

Here is a man who is trying to make a difference and build his name again.  I wish him well.

Thank you for this post it was wonderful.

February 15, 2007 01:45 AM #16
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Ardell - visual reminders are a great idea. We need to have this issue in front of us daily. The temptations can many times be very innocent and grey.

Maggie - thanks for reading Ed's story. It's very sobering!

Roberta - great comments. We were so honored that Ed agreed to guest blog for us!

February 19, 2007 01:53 PM #17
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