Sable Otey has spent most of her adult life clearing hurdles -- usually the type that are lined up single file on a running track -- but there have been a few that life has dropped in her way. When the world is your stage, you want to be at your best when Olympic gold is hanging in the balance.She's challenged herself to earn a spot on the United States bobsled team that competed in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. In some ways, it's a major transition from track and field, her sport of choice in high school, college and one year beyond, but in other ways, her role on the bobsled team is very similar. Either way, Otey is convinced she had the athleticism, work ethic and support and made her latest dream reality.After her pregnancy ended hopes of participating in the 2012 Olympic track and field trials,…
Posted On Thursday, 08 September 2022 00:00 Written by
Prior to 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic, corporate and client meetings were commonly an even blend between in person, over the phone, and by way of Skype, Zoom, 1 Click Connection™ or even Microsoft Teams. Which technology was used in what situation largely depended upon what type of material was covered in these meetings. In looking back, this was largely because it allowed business leaders and trainers the ability to make certain that all involved in a meeting were fully informed. But once the pandemic hit, nearly every company made the shift to a virtual and, in most cases, hybrid work environment. What this did to meetings and employee or customer communication was remarkable — virtual meetings, video classrooms, and all things Skype, Zoom, 1 Click Connection™, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, and more became the “new normal.”
The likes of these software options were second nature to many who have utilized…
Posted On Wednesday, 07 September 2022 01:00 Written by
Join Krisstina and Terri Murphy for their FREE Money Mondays webinars! Click here to sign up.  Krisstina Wise is a real estate mogul, Millionaire Coach, and creator of several multi-million dollar businesses including Goodlife Luxury, The Paperless Agent and most recently, WealthyWellthy. She is also an international speaker and the award-winning author of the Amazon Best-Seller Falling for Money, a romance novel for your bank account. Named one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in the country, she has been featured in USA TODAY, as well as by Apple, Contactually and Evernote for her creative leadership with emerging technologies.    
Posted On Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00 Written by
Many of you won’t remember this famous song, but the reality of our business is that September is one of the most critical months of the year. As we transition from summer to fall, vacation back to school, we look forward to the final quarter of the year. September can quietly make or break your year by what you do or don’t do! You must take control over your schedule to maximize opportunities. The key words are visibility and opportunity! While each market is different, the transition from summer to fall brings with it many community events, school functions, charity fund raisers, and a huge number of harvest festivals of one kind or another. The key for all of us is to take part in one or more of these activities. Sure, you should attend as many of these as possible and network, but these events afford you the opportunity…
Posted On Monday, 05 September 2022 00:00 Written by
Charles T. Jones, a great speaker and writer and lover of books proclaimed that “You will be the same 5 years from now as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read!” He influenced me to begin building a robust library some forty years ago, and it has been one of the most rewarding activities I have ever been involved in.   An interesting phenomenon has taken place in the last century. In the eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds, people relied on books to learn and gain sophistication through being “well-read”. Today we have so much information inundating us that we hardly have time to sort and process it. Technology has changed our world substantially in that regard. The learners of 150 years ago simply did not have the choices we had. Books were sacrosanct in the lives of many.   Today lots of…
Posted On Friday, 02 September 2022 00:00 Written by
Edward J. Pinto is a senior fellow and the director of the AEI Housing Center at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is currently researching how to increase the entry-level housing supply for first-time buyers and renters who earn hourly wages, as well as examining the current house price boom that began in 2012. This continues his previous work on the role of federal housing policy in the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis. Along with AEI Resident Scholar Stephen Oliner, Mr. Pinto created the Wealth Building Home Mortgage, a new approach to home finance designed to provide a more reliable and effective way of building wealth than is available under existing policies. This mortgage allows home buyers to maintain a buying power similar to a 30-year loan. It is aimed at a broad range of homebuyers, including low-income, minority, and first-time buyers. Before joining AEI, Mr. Pinto was an executive…
Posted On Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00 Written by
More and more mortgage and real estate professionals are connecting and posting on social media. Aside from the compliance issues you need to satisfy, you do need a game plan as to how, what, and why you are posting. There are some simple things I have found in making sure you are maximizing your benefits of the social media connections you make, while at the same time, you don’t end up driving people away from reading what you are sharing. When it comes to professional posts, keep them short, focused, and direct. Most of all, make it YOUR interpretation of what ever point you are trying to make. Simply sharing a post put together by your corporate marking department that everyone else in your company is going to share does NOT create differentiation, it makes you just like everyone else! You can share the story, just share the story in…
Posted On Monday, 29 August 2022 00:00 Written by
The role of a manager or executive comes with a myriad of responsibilities. Some of the more traditional roles of a manager or business executive can include balancing due dates for parts of a project, helping employees feel adequately trained for their role, and even being in charge of the company’s image. These and other elements of managerial and executive roles may stay the same for years, but just as many roles and responsibilities are evolving with the times. In everything, from a shift to remote and hybrid work environments to accelerating digital disruptions that transform whole departments and organizations, change is the only constant. If you are a manager, how would you write your job description today compared to day one? Do you find yourself still listing the same tasks even though you know they have gotten far more dynamic than before? Change has already begun, so how do you as…
Posted On Monday, 29 August 2022 00:00 Written by
As the NFL nears the end of its 2022 pre-season, fans can hardly wait for the regular season to start. The real games start when the teams play their “first-string” players. For the preseason most every team has played its reserve players so as not to get their regular players injured. They call it the championship season since preseason games don’t count toward the playoffs.
While that system is OK for the regulars (those players in the high salary brackets) the fans aren’t thrilled that the cost of the tickets is still high and they are watching their team play with players who will be “cut” when preseason ends. You see, each team brings 100-plus players into their training camps so that during the preseason the coaches can evaluate them for a spot on their regular roster. That’s what fans are seeing in the preseason. Coaches then begin…
Posted On Friday, 26 August 2022 00:00 Written by
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