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June 3rd, 2010 4:39 PM by David W. Welch
I was out running this morning, and a couple of things happened that reminded me of the fable of the tortoise and the hare. First, another guy passed me about a mile into my run. He did not blow by me, but did pass me pretty easily. I looked at him as he went by, and he looked about 20 years younger than me and at least 50 pounds lighter. About 2.5 miles later, I came across a huge snapping turtle that had wandered close to the road. I got him headed back down to Lake Baldwin, and kept on running. Less than a quarter of a mile ahead was the guy who passed me - walking. As I ran past him, I said good morning and noticed he was probably only 10 years younger than me. I finished my run feeling pretty good that I finished stong and helped a stray turtle along the way.
As we continue to work through a tough real estate market, try to keep this story in mind. It is not going to be a sprint, but a pretty long run. It is hard, but it feels so good when you are done. You will be stronger if you persevere. The other thing to keep in mind is that things look very differently depending on whether you are being passed or are passing someone else. It's also ok to stop and help someone else who may be in a worse place than you are.
David Welch Real Estate Optimist, Orlando Real Estate