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28 May 2009

Are You Deterred or Determined?

Not much surprises me. I’m a Jersey girl, born and bred. No one has to convince me the Paterson Waterfalls should be a National Landmark and “How you doin?” rolls off my tongue naturally. I did witness something recently though that literally stopped me in my tracks.

My normal driving route to the gym takes me along a strip of the Passaic River in the pre-dawn hours. The mist was heavy over the murky waters this chilly morning and I noticed movement through the fog. I slowed my car and watched a figure take shape. First, the reflective vest outlined a silhouette, then a vessel came into view. A lone canoeist gliding across the water in the pre-dawn hours is not commonplace by any stretch of the imagination. I pulled to the side of the road and watched.

I wondered what motivated this person as he (or she) paddled upstream undaunted by obstacles, navigating some with caution and forging straight through others. He was not at all deterred by the fog or the darkness. He was determined. He stayed focused and pressed on, aware the fog would lift, the sun would rise and confident he would eventually reach his destination.

As the tough economy looms over our industry like a heavy fog creating obstacles for real estate professionals, I drew strength from this canoeist. We are not that different. Many within the real estate river are navigating in unchartered waters. This is our time to be determined, stay focused and press on. With confidence that better days are ahead.

6 thoughts on “Are You Deterred or Determined?

  1. Hi Paulette,

    Good Analogy! It seems as the current is getting weaker. In our area of California (as well as many other areas of California) the market has been making a slow rebound. Pending sales are up 23% from this time last year and are better than the past 2 years before that. We should see closed sales higher than previous years in the months to come.

    -Brendan Aiello

  2. Is this real? Or one of those motivational stories? Really nice picture and thought though, the early morning is my thinking and refocusing time too. I can imagine that fog on the river would be pretty chilly though in the dark.

    1. Wow, Portland Real Estate, I’m honored! This is as true as life gets. I am an observer of life. Much of what we observe can be transferrable to other situations. Thank you for your comment … and the compliment.

  3. .

    You have made the right observations –
    – undaunted by obstacles,
    – navigating some with caution
    – forging straight through others
    – not at all deterred by the fog or the darkness
    – He stayed focused and pressed on

    But the interesting part is that he was
    – aware the fog would lift,
    – the sun would rise and confident

    But in todays Real Estate Market which is at present mid night, so in that way starting to go canoeing will not be a good idea, but if you are already in the water, then better keep rowing slowly and with caution, as you have long to go and there are long period of darkness and for the mist to clear and the sun to come out.

    For those who are already in the water, any shining that you see is just a reflection of light, and be sure that the sun may not shine from the place you saw the light, when day starts to break.

    1. See Brendan Aiello’s comments above. I have heard similar comments often over the past few weeks about the market. Your comment brings us back to the original theme of being deterred or determined.

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