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Every Failure is a step to success

Setbacks are a part of life. The next time you’re facing a setback, here are a few stories about people who used a setback as a set-up for a comeback:

Every Failure is a step to success.

Lucille Ball: She began studying to become an actress in 1927 and was told by the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School, “Try any other profession. Any other profession.”

Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds: In 1959, a Universal Pictures executive dismissed them at the same meeting with the following statements. To Burt Reynolds: “You have no talent.” To Clint Eastwood: “You have a chip on your tooth, your Adam’s apple sticks out too far, and you talk too slow.”

Alexander Graham Bell:  When he invented the telephone in 1876, it didn’t ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”

Chester Carlson:  In the 1940’s, this young inventor took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947 – after seven long years of rejections – he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his electrostatic paper-copying process. Haloid became Xerox corporation, and both it and Carlson became very rich.

Abraham Lincoln:  He entered the Blackhawk War (1831-1832) as a captain. By the end of the war, he had been demoted to the rank of private.

J.K. Rowling: Author of the Harry Potter series, Joanne was an aspiring writer and single mother living on welfare with her young daughter in an unheated, mice-infested flat. Her first book was rejected by 12 publishers before the world met Harry Potter in 1997.

And then there was the young man who submitted a paper to his Yale University management professor and got this response: “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” The young man was Fred Smith, his paper proposed reliable overnight delivery service, and Fred went on to found FedEx Corp.
January is a wonderful time to remember that success, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. We have been irreversibly impacted by each of these people because they knew that failure is not the act of falling down… but it’s staying down…. and that is something they did NOT do!

Home Care Tips For October

Home Care Tips October

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Replace or clean your furnace filter.
  2. Clean filters for kitchen exhaust fans.
  3. Drain outside faucets and winterize your sprinkler system.
  4. Check your driveway for cracks. Fill cracks and reseal as needed.
  5. Cover your air conditioner and/or remove any window units.
  6. Reverse your ceiling fans to help blow warm air down from the ceiling throughout the room.
  7. Drain approximately 2 gallons from water heater to eliminate sediment.
  8. Pass a lit candle around doors and windows to check for drafts. Weather strip as necessary.
  9. Close up foundation vents.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

 

 

10 Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Whether you have a simple powder room or a master en suite, functionality should be at the heart of your bathroom remodel. Read on to learn tricks for gaining storage, improving lighting and drainage, and more to ensure that your renovated bathroom stands the test of time.

Home Care Tips December

Home Care Tips For November

Home Care Tips November

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  2. Make sure any outdoor furniture is put away or properly covered, including your grill.
  3. Pour 1 gallon of water down unused drains.
  4. Clean debris from gutters and ensure down spouts are free of obstruction.
  5. Check for leaks under sinks and toilets.
  6. Check for cracks in your foundation, brick or stucco.
  7. Review emergency procedures and ensure all the members of your family know what to do in the event of a home fire.
  8. Examine your chimney. Clean flue; repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired to make over your grilling zone for luxurious outdoor dining with these 13 ideas.

Home Care Tips For September

Home Care Tips September

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Make sure your gutters stay clean and clog free. It’s best to do this before leaves get wet from rain or snow.
  2. Check caulking and weather strips around doors and windows.
  3. Trim back tree branches that are too close to your house or other building structures.
  4. Check for peeling paint and scrub any mildewed areas you find on your siding.
  5. Service your kitchen disposal by grinding several cups of ice cubes.
  6. Examine, repair and replace caulk and grout around your bathtubs and showers.
  7. Pour one gallon of water down unused drains.
  8. Check your fire extinguisher. Refill or replace as needed.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

Home Care Tips For August

Home Care Tips August

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector. Replace batteries where necessary.
  2. Drain approximately 2 gallons from your water heater to eliminate sediment.
  3. Clean your clothes dryer vent duct.
  4. Vacuum your bathroom vent covers.
  5. Replace or clean your furnace filter.
  6. Clean out any basement window wells.
  7. Clean the condensation coils on your refrigerator to keep it running as efficiently as possible.
  8. Clean around your air conditioning compressor and make sure it has adequate airflow.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

Summer Weekend Projects to Have Your Home Looking Sweet by Fall

Summer Weekend Projects to Have Your Home Looking Sweet by Fall

Summer can be a great time to finally tackle those house projects you’ve been dreaming up, from painting and decorating to yard and garden work. This list of projects (all short enough to accomplish over a single weekend) is enough to keep you busy from now until fall.

Of course, it’s one thing to want to do a project and quite another to actually get it done — so if you’re serious, choose your top one or two and pencil in some dates on your calendar when you have time to work on them. By the time the first leaves begin to fall, your home could be looking a lot sweeter.

Home Care Tips For July

Home Care Tips July

You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:

  1. Trim back shrubbery around walls.
  2. Trim tree limbs away from roof.
  3. Remove any yard waste or debris as needed. Keep branches or other clippings around can attract insects.
  4. Check your siding for damage, warping, or rot.
  5. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  6. Check for damage, loose, or missing shingles on your roof.
  7. Check your chimneys for deteriorating bricks and mortar.
  8. Check window and door screens, replace or patch if needed.
  9. Check driveway, walkway, and patios for cracks or deterioration and reseal or repair as necessary.
As always, I appreciate referrals from my friends and past clients. If you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate, please send them my way!

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