Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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To Be Unstoppable
This week, I wanted to share a story of determination and a desire to be unstoppable, regardless of what life throws your way. Have you ever heard of John Paul DeJoria? He was born into poverty in Los Angeles and started his business life selling Christmas cards and newspapers before the age of ten. He also spent time in a gang. The path ahead looked disastrous for DeJoria, as he found himself homeless. But, instead of following that path, and giving up, he created John Paul Mitchell Systems using a $700 loan. He lived out of his car and sold shampoo door-to-door. Today, his hair care product line is one of the most successful in America. I hope this inspires you to be UNSTOPPABLE in your journey this week. Make it a great one! I’m here if you need anything!

Something to Think About:
We could all use some of Paul Dejoria’s determination and positivity. I love this story because Dejoria didn’t make any excuses. He easily could have used his homelessness as a reason not to start a business, but he didn’t let anything stop him—and you shouldn’t either. Everyone hits a bump or two in the road. Never lose sight of what is important, and what your goals are. If you continue to push yourself through hard times (or a rough quarter or two) you will reap the reward in the long run.

Weekly Activity:
As we come towards the end of the year, reach out to your clients and customers and let them know how very much you appreciate their loyalty. They are the reason for your success.

Words of Wisdom:
When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there. – Zig Ziglar
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. – Henry Ford
Every brand isn’t for everybody, and everybody isn’t for every brand. – Liz Lang
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Falling for Autumn Foliage
I hope that you had a fabulous weekend. In so many areas, it’s beautiful to see nature having her one last fling before settling down into winter’s sleep. As the weather gets cool, the green foliage turns into a palette of reds, gold, yellow, orange and brown. I love this time of year, so I did a little research, so I could share a few fun facts with you! Did you know that three factors influence those colors? Leaf pigments, length of night, and weather. The one factor with the greatest influence is the length of night. As we have fewer daylight hours, the color starts to change. The amount and brilliance of the colors that develop in any particular autumn season are related to weather conditions that occur before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. Temperature and moisture are the main influences.
Winter is a certainty that all vegetation must face each year. Perennial plants, trees, stems, twigs, and buds are equipped to survive extreme cold so that they can reawaken in spring. Evergreens are covered with a heavy wax coating. The fluid inside their cells contains substances that resist freezing. Leaves that are unable to survive winter are shed to protect the plant. The fallen leaves decompose and restock the soil with nutrients allowing trees to continue to grow. It’s one example of the Circle of Life in nature. A pretty beautiful one at that.
I hope you have an amazing week ahead and have lots of wonderful fall fun lined up. Take care and I’m here if you need anything.

Something to Think About: 
Everything is in perfect harmony. Nature knows what to do to survive, and at the same time, provide us with so much pleasure this time of the year. I don’t know about you, but I always find myself asking the same question: “How does it know?”

Weekly Activity: 
Take some time this week and enjoy the outdoors with someone special and enjoy a little of the season. It’s also the perfect time to combine the great outdoors and a walk through your geographic farm. Meet the neighbors, answer their questions, and help them put your face with the name they’ve been seeing in your marketing.

Words of Wisdom:
Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest; sooner or later those who win are those who think they can. – Richard Bach
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar
Some men see things as they are and ask why…I dream of things that never were and ask why not? – Robert Kennedy
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Og Mandino
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. – Ann Landers

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Here’s to the Heroes
Today is a good day to celebrate a hero. Narayanan Krishnan, age 29, does what he was professionally trained to do – he’s a chef. He feeds people. But Krishnan does not do this in the swanky confines of a five-star hotel. Every day, he wakes up at 4 am, cooks a simple hot meal and then, along with his team, loads it in a van and travels about 200 km to feed the homeless in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.  Krishnan feeds almost 400 destitute people every day. And for those who need it, he provides a free haircut too. He was selected as one of the Top 10 in “CNN Heroes 2010” list.
Eight years ago, this award-winning chef, with a five-star hotel chain, was all set to go to Switzerland for a high-profile posting. On a visit to a Madurai temple, he came across a homeless, old man desperate for food. That changed Krishnan’s life. Much to the dismay of his parents, Krishnan abandoned his career plans and decided to spend his life and his professional training to look after those who could not care for themselves. He has provided more than 1.2 million hot meals through his nonprofit organization, Akshaya Trust. He now hopes to extend this to shelter the homeless as well. What an incredible inspirational hero to set our perspective and sights for the week ahead.

Something to Think About
One incident, profound enough to change the direction of a person’s life, has changed lives of over 1 million people! That’s inspired!

Weekly Activity
Is there a local charity in need? What can you do to help others less fortunate? Can you and your organization “adopt” a cause this season?

Words of Wisdom
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength. - Theodore Roosevelt
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. - James A. Michener
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. - Walter Elliot
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. - Charles R. Swindoll
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Century 21 Arquette Properties

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FAYETTTEVILLE-BASED JOHN ARQUETTE PROPERTIES AFFILIATES WITH CENTURY 21 REAL ESATE FRANCHISE SYSTEM
 
FAYETTEVILLE, New York (October 17, 2017) – John Arquette Properties announced today that it has joined the CENTURY 21® Franchise System and will now do business as CENTURY 21 Arquette Properties. The company will continue to provide full-service real estate services to buyers and sellers throughout Central New York and the Syracuse Metropolitan Area, and it will now benefit from the world-class marketing, agent learning and educational resources, and technology and productivity tools provided through its affiliation with the iconic CENTURY 21 brand.
 
“CENTURY 21 Arquette Properties exemplifies the success that is possible when you lead with an agent-first mentality,” said Nick Bailey, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “From the clerical support they provide their agents to their focus on agent branding, John and Elenore Arquette place an unprecedented value on their individual agents. We are thrilled to welcome them to the CENTURY 21 System, and look forward to our mutual success.”
 
Husband and wife duo, John and Elenore Arquette, bring more than 50 years of combined experience to their roles as co-broker/owners. Together, John and Elenore lead a team of 52 agents across four offices, servicing the Onondaga, Oswego and Madison Counties.
 
“We couldn’t be more excited about joining Century 21 Real Estate – not only is it an international brand, but as an organization, they, too, place a heightened focus on their agents,” said Arquette. “We are thrilled to have the support of the brand behind us and continue to best serve the needs of home buyers, sellers and agents in Central New York and beyond.”
 
John and Elenore are also highly involved in their local community. Elenore is on the Board of Directors for Toomey Residential and Treatment Services, a Central New York not-for-profit organization that assists abused and neglected children up to the age of 21 and unaccompanied refugee minors from around the world, and also provides residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Additionally, the entire office is involved with the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.
 
About CENTURY 21 Arquette Properties
CENTURY 21 Arquette Properties is a full service real estate company, serving the buyers and sellers of Central New York and the Syracuse Metropolitan Area. The main office is located at 104 Salt Springs Road, Fayetteville, NY 13066, with branch offices in the Towns of Clay, Camillus and the Village of Tully.
 
CENTURY 21 Arquette Properties is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC (century21.com), franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21 brand, comprised of approximately 7,450 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 79 countries and territories worldwide with more than 115,000 independent sales professionals.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Fall Down 77 times, Stand Up 78
Adore or detest his politics, it doesn’t really matter for the point of this story. Ross Perot’s biography includes an incredibly inspiring sales story. According to Sam Wyle, Perot quickly became a top employee at IBM. In fact, one year he fulfilled his annual sales quota in a mere two weeks. Yet, when he tried to pitch his ideas to supervisors, he was largely ignored. This led him to leave IBM in 1962 to found Electronic Data Systems (EDS). To get the business going, he attempted to sell the products to large corporations for his data processing services. “Perot was refused seventy-seven times before he was given his first contract.”
Sometimes it’s tough for agents to stay “in the game”. Prospecting gets tough when you are hearing a lot of “no’s”. Here’s a change of perspective for you:  Stop worrying about the yes’s and no’s. Focus on building the relationships. Connect with the people. When you do? The yes answers will take care of themselves.  Make it a great week!

Something to Think About
Never give up! You may have been turned down by ten prospects in one day, but that eleventh phone call could be the one that helps you score your biggest deal of the quarter. In sales, the ability to develop a thick skin and pick yourself up after losses or disappointments is critical. Hit the phones.

Weekly Activity
Show your stamina this week! Contact at least twenty past clients to make a connection and see if there is any way you can help them!

Words of Wisdom
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. - Henry Ford
A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. - B.F. Skinner

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Perseverance
One of the most heart touching inspirational stories is the story of Bethany Hamilton. At the age of thirteen, surfing prodigy and native of Hawaii Bethany Hamilton lost her entire left arm after being attacked by a tiger shark just off the coast of Kauai. But while most would give up on their dreams, Bethany didn’t give up on her dream of becoming a professional surfer, she was back in the water and back on her board less than a month later after the incident. Now that’s called perseverance. Today, Hamilton is 23 years old and a professional surfer.
Adversity didn’t sink Bethany – and it doesn’t have to sink anyone. For some, adversity is not an anchor – but a rocket-booster that strengthens resolve and allows people to push beyond limitations. We hope this week’s message strengthens your resolve and reminds you that every adversity has seeds of opportunity. Keep moving forward and plant those seeds. Make it a great week.

Something to Think About
Ask yourself how you handle obstacles? Do you let them shut you down or do you see them for the opportunities that they are?  Allow your perspective to fuel your perseverance!

Words of Wisdom
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. - Denis Waitley
Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. - Benjamin Disraeli
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.  - George Edward Woodberry
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. - Mignon McLaughlin

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

Monday Morning Wake Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration, & Direction for the Week Ahead

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Make Every Day Count
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection, you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart. Everything happens for a reason. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
This week, use this perspective to make the most of every day. Live in the present. Give what you can to those around you and enjoy the moments. Start every day with the thought – today is a GREAT day to have a GREAT day! We’re here if you need us! Make it a great one.

Something to Think About
Make every day count! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Remind yourself that you are unique and powerful. Then take on every day with no regrets – just positive forward action.

Weekly Activity
This week? Make something unexpected happen and have some fun. Touch base with at least six past or current customers and wish them a happy October. Keep it casual and engaging and let them know you are there when they need you!

Words of Wisdom
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. - William Feather
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. - Dale Carnegie
Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success. - Leigh Mitchell Hodges
We will either find a way or make one. - Hannibal
It always seems impossible until it's done. - Nelson Mandela