Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. Tomorrow morning, I am heading out to this year’s RE/MAX Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been to nearly every convention over the past thirty years and believe that part of my success as a REALTOR® is my commitment to education, and networking with other professionals from around the U.S. and the world.
There are literally thousands of opportunities that we have access to on a daily basis, that will educate us and help us develop as individuals. And with the Internet, the access is literally one swipe across our smart phones. This week, while I am in classes and networking, I would like to challenge you to do something that makes you smarter, better at your skill or explore something new that is of interest to you. If we aren’t learning, we are dying. Let’s make it a great week!
There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains.
The lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain. They didn’t know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn’t know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.
Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home.
The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried one trail and then another. After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet.
Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.
As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them. They realized that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn’t figured out how to climb.
And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?
One man greeted her and said, “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”
She shrugged her shoulders and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” – Robert Fulghum
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII