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Adjusting the sails

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward, 1921-1994

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What a great quote this is! I got this in an email tonite and I found that it really speaks to me. I think I am a bit of both optimist and realist. Especially since joining Activerain, I have found how to adjust my sails to this wind. And I just know that by adjusting my sails the change is nothing short of great!

I had never heard of William Arthur Ward before this. I was so intrigued that I looked him up. Mr. Ward was a motivational speaker, I found many of his quotes online, that are really fantastic. While reading them I realized I have indeed read some of his material, but for some reason it never smacked me between the eyes like this one did. I guess you really do get what you need when you need it.

How about you? Are you complaining, expecting a change or making it happen, or a combination.


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Comment balloon 22 commentsAndrea Swiedler • June 18 2009 09:17PM

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Andrea - What a great quote and I love how you related it to your experiences with Active Rain!  In today's market I'm always expecting changes and making the necessary adjustments along the way. :)

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) almost 11 years ago

Andrea, change is the only constant. If we aren't quick to adjust our "sails" we may miss the wind. Great quote; thanks. 

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 11 years ago

Hi Andrea ~ I think I've got a bit of all three in me - can't say I don't love to complain - ha! Wonderful quote.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 11 years ago

... I adjust my sails constantly, and my boat has served me well because of it !

great quote. Well found Andrea !

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 11 years ago

Andrea, that is such a cool quote!  I'm saving it on my little brain's hard drive.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 11 years ago

Donna, thank you so much! I am glad I opened the email, that's for sure. It was almost sent to the spam folder.

John, you are very welcome. Yes, change is the only constant, and we need to respond fast, with a good attitude.

Liz, ok, I admit it, sometimes you just have to get it out there, LOL.

Shel, thank you so much! Somehow I just knew that was you.

Pat, thank you. LOL, I hate to say, but if I don't save this in written words somewhere it might get pushed out of my little brain by some extra stuff!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Great quote Andrea, I had never heard of Mr. Ward either.

Posted by Diego A. Perez (Connecticut Lawn Painting) almost 11 years ago

Hi Diego, so that made 2 of us, LOL. But he said some pretty cool things, some I recognized as I was reading about him. Might be worth me buying his book. I liked what I read. Thank you!

Hard to do anything here lately though, with all that rain it rather took the wind out of our sails...

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Great quote!  Thanks for bringing it to us.

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

Hi Lisa, you are very welcome!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Happy sailing Andrea!  This is a great quote and yes, there are many times when the sails need adjusting... not just in business, but also in life.  I admit that I fit into the combo category more often than not. As long as I don't flip over, it's a good day! LOL

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) almost 11 years ago

Andrea, I love this quote, and adjusting the sails is critical for staying ahead of the real estate quandry! Kind of like "To be or not to be, that is the question!" Are we going to be in it to win it, or complain, and be in pain???

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 11 years ago

Good morning Judy, I love it, "as long as I don't flip over, it's a good day"! You said a mouthful there. Happy sailing to you too.

Caren, I think that is key, as well as expecting that good things are already happening. Complaining and being in pain go hand in hand, and that is one hand I don't want to be holding.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Andrea --- great quote --- As Dr. Wayne Dwyer said "One cannot read his books until they are ready to receive (understand) the material."  I believe this.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 11 years ago

That is a fabulous quote!! I have always been more of an optimist, but am learning to become more of a realist.

Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Liz, thank you. That is so true. You can lead a horse to water... but you sure can't make him drink.

Dan, isn't it though? I am split right between the 2 of them. Thank you.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

Andrea, you mean people actually complain?  I must be to busy adjusting my sails to hear them :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 11 years ago

George, yes indeed they do, so I am told. Can you imagine that?

Now just to be clear, venting and complaining are 2 ENTIRELY different things, LOL. I know I have been guilty of venting, but complain???? Nevah... LOL. :D

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

I came to this after reading Karen Stone's post about being featured... or not.  This quote seems to fit right in with that whole conversation, doesn't it?  I'm glad you shared this bit of wisdom with the rest of us.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Margaret, I didn't think of it that way, but yes, it is very fitting for that entire conversation!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

I very much used to be a pessimist until I met my marketing guru fifteen years ago. He taught me how to be an optimist by being a realist.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jim, I love that  phrase "He taught me how to be an optimist by being a realist". Thank you, that is wonderful!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 11 years ago

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