Olympians at REBarCamp Are you Prepared to Win?

I've been reading about the Obama's bid to host the Olympics in Chicago and although they didn't win, it made me think about hosting a World Class Event like that in your city.  How exciting would that be?ReBarCamp is coming to Raleigh!

And what about the Athletes?  What compels someone to love their sport so much that they are willing to compete at that level as an Amateur? 

An amateur is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit,study, or science, without formal training or pay.

John Naber, an Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming was interviewed and asked about the responsibility Gold Medalist have...

";Olympians need to realize that we are members of a very exclusive club to which membership cannot be granted, purchased or bestowed. We earned it!

This can make us heroes to our entire country [Community] (not unlike astronauts and war heroes).

With this opportunity comes a great responsibility, not to be taken lightly. As I say in the foreword of the book ";Awaken the Olympian Within";,

Olympic champions are not extraordinary people, we are ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things in a limited area of our lives. If we can do it, so can others, and it is the teaching of that fact that allows us to become real role models.";

As I think about the GREAT Thought Leaders we have coming to Real Estate BarCamps (there's one scheduled in Raleigh on 11/6) it reminds me of these Olympians.  No, there's not a Gold Medal in Real Estate Twittering, or Blogging (well maybe) but there's a commitment among a few people in each part of our Community to be the best, to learn the most, to perfect their tools... and the love of the ";sport"; (in our case industry) that drives that distinct group to selflessly SHARE their knowledge with others!!

It's worth the risk!If there's a Real Estate BarCamp in YOUR community - you should go.  You should participate - and you should THANK the people who come there to share! The tools Real Estate Agents are using today are DIFFERENT, and for some it seems POINTLESS... because there are people out there writing blog posts everyday and not getting ANY comments - but there are ALSO people who are getting calls from First Time Homebuyers, who read something compelling. 

Real Estate BarCamp CAN be a GAME CHANGER. But if you are coming, you have to be prepared to take a risk. 

";RISK taking goes beyond just a necessary step, beyond just a requirement to reach the perfect “10”. Risks-sensible, calculated, prudent, rational risks-are the obstacles that make reaching the destination worthwhile.

Without them there would be no struggle and no satisfaction. I’m not saying all risks are good, and I don’t recommend that we take every outlandish gamble that comes our way, but progress in business or sports occurs only when we risk going someplace we’ve never been before. A new product or a new territory or even new packaging can be risky, but it’s also more rewarding when the risk pays off.

To awaken the Olympian within, we should look for those hidden risky opportunities, places to go, and ways to stretch our abilities. These daily challenges and events outside our comfort zone can be a valuable part of our journey through life, and we should resolve in advance to prepare for them in order to meet them and to beat them.";

If you've been the top producer in your office for 20 years , and your now reading that you need to have blogs, and be on Facebook, and learn to Twitter, that can be pretty intimidating!  As a professional who knows more about real estate that most people have forgotten, this can seem pretty silly, and not something you have an interest in taking seriously!

Working to be the BEST in your business, just like being the BEST athlete, means growing your KNOWLEDGE Base.  If a Swimmer wants to cut their time by 4 seconds... they have to learn and focus on the details and techniques that will enable them to do that.

The Real Estate Industry has CHANGED, and I'm reminded of that even more as I'm creating my business BE A WINNER!plan for 2010. I'm looking for ways to stretch what I'm currently doing so that I can be better.  I'm reading Mashable, I ordered Wordpress for 2nd Edition Dummies, I'm listening to podcasts and I'm growing my knowledge base. 

If you are going to a Real Estate BarCamp, start expanding your knowledge base BEFORE you go.  PLAN and THINK about what you want to learn and get from that event. (Start TRAINING!) Participate in the survey's regarding what you want to learn -  maybe you could look at it this way... to get the MOST out of the Olympics, you would want to be an ATHLETE.

Real Estate BarCamp is NOT a SPECTATOR EVENT!

Comment balloon 18 commentsEleanor Thorne • October 03 2009 08:34AM


I'm planning on attending Indianapolis in November. Looking forward to seeing new faces and getting a different group to interact with.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 10 years ago

Eleanor what an excellent article!  Thanks for taking the time to write it especially for all those planning to head to the RE BarCamps in Lynchburg this week and Raleigh in a month!  Great advice!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 10 years ago

Supposed to be coming to Austin in late November or December.  I wish they would pick a date and let the games begin!!!

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) almost 10 years ago

We are planning one for Las Vegas to kick off to 2010 - - - details coming soon!

Posted by Billie Hillier, Savvy Home Realty Solutions ( almost 10 years ago

My husband and I are looking forward to our camp on 10/27 here in Northern Virginia  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 10 years ago

I will see you in Raleigh in a few weeks!!  I am very excited!!

Posted by April Stephens, Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County (RE/MAX One Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congrats on the Feature E!!  This is a great analogy for getting ready to learn new ways to do the same old business.  We will be attending a REBAR Camp in Indy about the same time as yours.  We hope to sharpen our skills and venture into new territory.....pumping my blogging muscles  ;-)

Posted by Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (Westbrook Realty) almost 10 years ago

We've attended 2 ReBar camps in person, and several through the live Dakno feeds and they are very worthwhile. It's great to watch them online and even more fun to go in person because you are able to meet so many amazing people. I highly recommend REBar Camp and can't wait to attend more of them.

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) almost 10 years ago

I really learned alot from the Ohio Rebar in Columbus.  I look forward  to the next one.  Good post.

Posted by Deborah Wilson, Stark County OH Real Estate (Hackenberg Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

Eleanor, this is a FANTASTIC analogy -- I went to my first mini barcamp last month, DC is the end of this month -- and I can't WAIT! I learned so much at the last one -- I know a full day will leave me breathless! GREAT post!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Hi Eleanor -- You are so right.  One can achieve most anything in life with a vision, goals and solid execution.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 10 years ago

I'm looking forward to Raleigh.  I wanted to do Lynchburg, too.  rebarcamps are GREAT.  And you have to step away from the chairs at the side of the room and dance...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey there, great post, I'll be there, can't wait. Got your call yesterday, I didn't get to send anyone over to you. Hope you had a good turnout.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) almost 10 years ago

Hey guys!  We are so excited about this!  Lane - you are right!  "you have to step away from the chairs at the side of the room and dance..."  WHAT an elegant way to say that!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) almost 10 years ago

Eleanor - I would love to see REBar Camp come to St. Louis.  I have always been curious and never been to the REBar Camp - Chicago.


Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - almost 10 years ago

Eleanor - wonderful summary of what REBarCamp is all about.  I've reblogged!

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 10 years ago

I've been to one RE/BAR camp and headed to another one at the end of the month.  It was a great experience.  I also last year went to a Bloodhound Unchained workshop before the NAR conference that was packed with information.  I think the more we keep ourselves informed on what is happening in our industry and how to use the technologies that make sense for us the better we can serve our clients.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago


Congrats on the feature; it fell off the radar too soon!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago