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By William Smith | Agent in 92646

Why Am I A Realtor?

I just read part of an article, and an old quote from 1910 really stood out.  It speaks to, and about a lot of us.  It isn't just Realtors, I think it applies to those that will not settle and want more out of life.  After saying that, I must say that I totally respect those who are happy going to a "job" for years.  It just doesn't give me any sense of fulfillment.  I feel like I'm doing a great service, and having a career I love.  Anyway, this is part of a speech by Theodore Roosevelt back in 1910, and it is inspiring:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
 Another Commander in Chief, President Richard Nixon, referred to the speech during his 1974 resignation, saying "Sometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed, but always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena, 'whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood."
I find all the above great food for thought.  Don't you?
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