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Don’t Make Resolutions… Ask Questions!

The Don’t Make Resolutions… Ask Questions! – by Dana Sparks

Resolve to Make 2014 the Best at Maximum One Realty

January 1st! The date is notorious for setting goals and making resolutions! Do these things really work? In order to move forward, you need to discover for yourself things you do not know! My former real estate coach has a saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know!” Sounds trite and Yogi Berra-esque until you realize that you are in the productivity business – to help people with their needs in real estate by showing them what they don’t know!

Make this market in real estate crystal clear and elucidate your ability to help Sellers and Buyers by realizing what you don’t know. To assist you with this, one of the main skills to learn lies in the realm of interpersonal communications and INTRApersonal communications! Therefore, do not concern yourself with setting goals which sound good yet may not be so personally motivating to you. Instead, ask yourself inspiring questions to guide your daily activities!

So what questions should you ask yourself? Start with these action-oriented questions:

  • “How do I want 2014 to be different from 2013?”
  • “Am I doing everything I know how to do to ensure my success?”
  • “Will more of the same only get me more of the same?”
  • “What tasks do I need to STOP doing?”
  • “What habits do I need to embrace?”
  • “Do I actively participate in generating new business every day?”
  • “Is there something else I can be doing to be successful?”
  • “Is there someone else from whom I can get guidance and support to be successful?”
  • “Am I in an environment – physically and socially – that supports me and my desires?”
  • “What can I do to be more efficient and more effective with what I know?”
  • “Houses are selling EVERY DAY… am I selling them? Why or why not?”
  • “How can I help clients take advantage of all the opportunities in this market today?”

For some more thought-provoking questions, enjoy this video, “The 5.75 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding” from Michael Bungay Stanier of “Box of Crayons” for some ideas!

 From all of us at Maximum One Realty, have a Happy, Healthy, Loving, Adventurous and Prosperous 2014!

The Night Before Christmas at Maximum One


The Night Before Christmas at Maximum One – by Dana Sparks


Twas the night before Christmas

And through Maximum One

Not an agent was working

The deals had been done!


The checks had been cut

By Genna with care

Direct Deposit, DA

In your mailbox it’s there!


Each Branch was festive

Even for Hanukkah!

Thanks to Sarah Beth, Dawn, Alicia,

Melissa, Vivian & Monica!


Donna sent bills

For the end of the year

And all were at peace

As we sent out good cheer!


Tina and David

Continue to give.

In North Fulton & Gwinnett

Through MX1 Executives!


Our closing attorneys

We also must thank

Amee Davis, Horan,

& Murphy & Shank!


Each one of you is great!

In fact you’re terrific!

And we cannot forget

To thank Justin Pacific!


Affiliated lenders

We also must thank

Chase, Starkey & Homestar

You get us to the bank!


Lenders & Lawyers

You bring us such unity

Thank you also to Movement

And to First Community!


If you’ve been omitted

Forgiveness I ask

Writing this poem

Has been quite the task!


The market was climbing

People needed our service

With your goals written down

There’s no need to be nervous!


Lead Generation

Every day is the trick

For a bountiful Christmas

Even without Good Saint Nick!


You have the power

You have the control!

You are in position

To reach your 2014 goal!


Dave Kubat, our leader,

With Ann by his side

Keeps us moving & shaking

On this inspired ride!


He’s off on a journey

To open a new office

And he yells on his way

To us all, “Merry Christmas!”


For your real estate business,

Be prosperous!  Have fun!

We are honored and blessed

You chose Maximum One!

Inspiration from Nelson Mandela – 1918 – 2013

Inspiration from Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

 In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.  Mandela served 27 years in prison.  An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. Mandela published his autobiography and opened negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory.

Before his death, Nelson Mandela had already become a larger than life figure for his work ending apartheid in South Africa.  But the legend often overshadowed the real Madiba; he was simply a guy who saw inequality in his world and worked to make it right. Looking back at over five decades of his speeches and writings, we find a man who struggled to balance his duty to his family with his fight for his country, his moral drive to do what’s right with his personal pride. While alive, he inspired people through his speeches and letters, particularly those he wrote during his imprisonment. Here’s a selection of his most inspiring quotes:

  • “If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.” (After being convicted to five years hard labor, November 1962)
  • “I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.” (Statement during trial, 1962)
  • “I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.”  (At the opening of his trial, April 20, 1964)
  • “Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  (A letter written on August 1, 1970)
  • “Difficulties break some men but make others.” (From a letter to wife, Winnie Mandela, from Robben Island, February 1975)
  • “I came to accept that I have no right whatsoever to judge others in terms of my own customs.” (From his unpublished autobiographical manuscript, 1975)
  • “Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.” (Speech to European Parliament, 1990)
  • “Without democracy there cannot be peace.” (South Africa, May 9, 1992)
  • “We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour.” (March 8, 1993)
  •  “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”  (Interview for Mandela, 1994)
  • “Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.”  (December 16, 1995)
  • “I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
  • “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
  • “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
  • “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)
  • “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, April 25, 1998)
  • “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”  (South Africa, July 14, 2000)
  • “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” (Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 14, 2006)
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

* Compilation from The Daily Beast & Wikipedia

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