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Tales of a Female Nomad

While cleaning off my home computer desk I found one-half of a flattened Starbucks coffee cup. A smile curled my lips and I'm sure endorphins were released by my brain, for it brought back an unexpected ah ha moment of 2007.

I was buried in the bowels of five escrows--each with significant issues--there was mold, undisclosed material facts and a host of other fun follies I was facing as I unlocked the office door.  After a couple of hours of administering CPR to the shaky files, I looked up to see my son with a Starbucks coffee cup in hand.  The gesture was lovely and as I took a few moments to sip and chat, I noticed this quote on the paper cup:

The Way I See It #31

Risk-taking, trust and serendipity

are key ingredients of joy.  Without

risk, nothing new ever happens.

Without trust, fear creeps in.

Without serendipity,

there are no surprises.

Rita Golden Gelman

Author of Tales of a Female

Nomad.  She has had no permanent

address since 1986.

(as it appeared on the cup)

Does that not describe a career in real estate?  You must be willing to take the risk, you must trust that success will come,  and although you never know when your next transaction will happen, serendipity appears as a buyer or seller in need.  Yes, that's the joy.

I could not throw that cup away, and I still can't.

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Norma, I would find some way to frame that one and put it up on my office wall!  Pretty great stuff!
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Patricia, I think it's destined for a frame too!
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 12 years ago

I love that! (and that your son surprises you with Starbucks). I'll admit I've never really paid any attention to the cups, too interested in drinking them down, but you've changed that for me now :-)

The part I most relate to is the "trusting that success will come". -Colleen

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) almost 12 years ago
Norma- I would not throw that cup out ever! What a great gesture and memory! Love it! What a great son you have. And yes, you must trust that it will happen. It is a business and as long as you have faith and belief it will work for you. Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 12 years ago
NORMA - This was great.  I need to start reading the quotes on the Starbuck's cups more often.  Thanks for sharing this.
Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) almost 12 years ago
Katerina - Yes, that cup is a keeper--the son also!
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 12 years ago
Adam - I am glad you enjoyed the quote--sometimes they really strike a chord.  If we wanted to play it safe we would have 9-5 jobs.  It's that old risk and reward thing.  Real estate is risky, but the rewards keep me flying without a net.
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 12 years ago

Norma, does this mean I need to hang out in the parking lot at Starbucks looking for crumpled paper cups on the ground? LOL. I was reading quotes off greeting cards at an outside cafe yesterday so I'm right there with you.

Here's one I liked: "In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." Depak Chopra. Like yours on risk, stillness is a good trait to have in the turbulent world of real estate.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago
 Gary - Sometimes the answer we're looking for is in our hands.  I'll remember stillness--I'm a Depak Chopra fan.
Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 12 years ago

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