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August 2023 Newsletter Follow your intuition

July 27, 2023 11:41 am Published by Comments Off on August 2023 Newsletter Follow your intuition

Follow Your Intuition     How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I had followed my intuition” or “I should have trusted my gut”? This has happened to me so many times that I’ve lost count, and 99 percent of those times I would have made the right decision if I had trusted my intuition.   When you are thinking about doing something and you have a gut feeling about whether you should back off or move ahead, pay attention. Some people may call it intuition, and if something happens the way you wanted it to, they may say it’s just a coincidence.   “I believe in intuitions and inspirations… I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.” – Albert Einstein   I have made many mistakes because I did not listen to my gut, but I am grateful to the good Lord that none of those mistakes turned out to be fatal.   Life is a journey. We will never have answers to all of our questions. When you are making monumental decisions, there will be many times when you have to trust your gut.     This may sound crazy, but I’ve always thought that I have a special gift of being intuitive. Many times I have thought about a client that I should be calling or a prospect that I have not had a conversation with in a long time, and that same day they have called me....

July 2023 Newsletter Root for the underdog

July 1, 2023 12:49 am Published by Comments Off on July 2023 Newsletter Root for the underdog

Root for the underdog   I am the guy who roots for the underdog. No matter whether I’m watching an NCAA basketball tournament, a college football game between a high-ranking team and a lower-division team, or a professional football game, I love it when the underdog pulls out a win. When a highly favored team wins, that’s just a normal day at the office. However, when an underdog wins, I know that it could be a life-changing event for everyone involved… not just for the institution, the organization, or the school, but most of all for the individual players.     Never underestimate the POWER of an underdog     Why do I love underdogs so much? Because I AM ONE, dating back to my childhood. I grew up in a very loving family, even though my parents divorced when I was three years old. I was fortunate to acquire a wonderful, loving stepdad at the age of six. He worked extremely hard, helping to raise a family of five kids. I am the youngest in the group. Actually, I am the youngest by many years. (I think some people might call that a mistake.) I do not recall having had a lot of direction while I was growing up. I can count on one hand the number of times I played catch or talked about the future with my parents. I’m pretty confident it was mostly my fault because I was non-conforming, rebellious, and definitely a rule breaker with...

June 2023 Newsletter Mastering the fundamentals will bring success

May 30, 2023 11:32 am Published by Comments Off on June 2023 Newsletter Mastering the fundamentals will bring success

Mastering the fundamentals will bring success   If you asked me to name just one reason I have been successful during my 40-year career, I would tell you it was because I mastered the fundamentals. (By the way, that is a never-ending journey.) I didn’t do anything fancy or rely on special software or technology. I just focused on the old-fashioned basics and fundamentals.     “Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn     When I started Deeb Realty (now Nebraska Realty) out of my 250-sq-ft basement, I focused on the core necessities of building a business and a career. (The fact that my drive, desire, and determination were off the charts didn’t hurt, either!)   I highly recommend writing down a list of the fundamental things you will need to do each day to accomplish your specific goals. If your job involves sales or service, your list may look something like this: Schedule time to make calls to current customers. Schedule time to make cold calls to prospective customers. Write five handwritten notes. Take ten minutes to learn something new in your industry. Mastering the fundamentals is crucial for everybody, no matter what line of work they are in. The most successful people in the business world and in every other area of life never stop putting time and effort into mastering the fundamentals.   Just about every successful person I have ever met who...

May 2023 Newsletter You can make a difference

April 26, 2023 12:18 am Published by Comments Off on May 2023 Newsletter You can make a difference

May 2023 Newsletter You can make a difference   When somebody looks you in the eye and says, “You made a difference today,” how does it make you feel?   No matter how many times this has happened to me, I still get a lift from hearing that my words or actions had a positive impact on someone else. I believe that when we get up in the morning, one of our objectives should be to make a difference in someone’s life.   When you decide to make a difference, you are showing what is important to you. Most of the time it will mean making an extra effort to be kind to everyone you see or talk with during the course of your day. If you practice kindness on a daily basis, it will become part of who you are. You won’t even need to think about being kind, because that’s just the way you treat everyone.     “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall   I specialize in supporting the personal and professional development of people who are in sales and service roles or leadership positions. One of the most rewarding aspects of motivational speaking is that it gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my listeners. I get to be an outside voice that inspires them to become the best possible version of themselves.   When...

April 2023 Newsletter A Leaders Mindset

March 22, 2023 1:39 pm Published by Comments Off on April 2023 Newsletter A Leaders Mindset

  I believe leaders are made, not born. Becoming a leader is a choice that each of us can make.  

March 2023 Newsletter You can be The G.O.A.T.

March 1, 2023 3:01 pm Published by Comments Off on March 2023 Newsletter You can be The G.O.A.T.

My message to you today is that you have the God-given ability to be the greatest at anything you choose to do

February 2023 Newsletter The time is NOW

January 31, 2023 8:13 pm Published by Comments Off on February 2023 Newsletter The time is NOW

If you are not going to contribute to the betterment of everything you’re involved in, at the very least stay out of the way of people who are trying to make a difference.

January 2023 Newsletter Thank You

December 28, 2022 1:57 am Published by Comments Off on January 2023 Newsletter Thank You

A verbal “thank you” will not cost you anything at all, and a written “thank you” requires only a piece of paper, an envelope, and a stamp. Saying and writing “Thank you” is a simple way to show your appreciation to your clients, family, and friends for doing nice things for you.

December 2022 Newsletter Focus on Fun in 2023

November 27, 2022 3:49 pm Published by Comments Off on December 2022 Newsletter Focus on Fun in 2023

If you make having fun a priority, you will feel great, have more energy, and inspire your friends and family. Make having fun a priority.

November 2022 Newsletter The truth will set you free

November 1, 2022 8:10 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2022 Newsletter The truth will set you free

The truth will set you free   How many times have you heard someone say, ”The truth will set you free”? Probably more times than you could count. It’s even in the Bible! John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This statement is also commonly heard in academic settings.   When you hear “The truth will set you free,” what does it mean to you? It will most likely mean something different to each of us.   If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change   Today I would like to relate this statement to business. When I think about it in this context, “The truth will set you free” means that I should be true to myself and not try to be something I am not. In my 40-year business career, I have not always been true to myself. I thought I was good at every aspect of being a business owner, leader, and salesperson. I was not good at everything, however, and at some point in my life I realized it. I could have been a much better CEO and a much better salesperson if I had admitted that I needed to work on certain skills. As I get older, I have become a lot more comfortable admitting to myself that I am not good at everything. The truth did set me free, and it has been liberating to feel okay...

What People in the Audience are Saying…

With Van's passion, humor and experience you can be assured of one thing- your audience is going to get fired-up, built-up, and fully charged –up. As an entrepreneur at the top of his game Van is in the unique position of being able to "talk the talk" because he has "walked the walk". Over the years he has been a great inspiration to me and my staff. Van is a speaker with charisma, humility and impact and he's a difference maker in the lives of the people he touches…"

—George Akers // President, First Mortgage Corp.

I wanted to thank you for coming and speaking with our company today. I thought your presentation was awesome! I was really motivated and inspired by your thoughts and ideas. I will use this motivation to grow my business and my personal life.”

—Justin Pauls // Realtor, Tampa, Florida

We are delighted you will be accepting the award for Omaha’s Top 25 fastest growing companies. Congratulations on your outstanding growth and we wish you continued success.”

—Tracey Fortina // Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for running such a class act company. It is an honor and a pleasure to be associated with someone such as yourself. I know you are probably one of the most respected businessmen in the region.”

—Dustin Talacko // Realtor, Omaha, Nebraska

Congratulations on writing “Selling from the heart” and thank you for sharing a copy with me. Your class has been one of the most enjoyable classes I’ve ever taken. Your enthusiasm and passion for your work are awesome. But the most refreshing part of the class was your delightful sense of humor. Thank you again for being a fantastic teacher.”

—Linda Reismeiler // Student at Randall School of Real Estate, Omaha, Nebraska

Kudos to you, Van, for reaching a major goal. But more than that...For successfully building one of Omaha’s best companies from scratch and making it thrive even in less than ideal market conditions. You have realized the American Dream...And brought it home to many, many others. My best to you!”

—Todd Andrews, Anchor and Producer, KETV Omaha

Having you here again was such a blessing to so many! As I looked at the pictures, I could see just how interested each and every person was in what you had to say!

This has been such a gift to our agents when they need it the most. The fact that you come, you are so genuine and caring, you are so honest, you are not trying to sell anything and your passion to help each and every person believe in themselves and become the best they can be is HUGE! The timing is perfect for us all helping and caring about each other, so, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for giving of yourself to help all of us!”

—Carolyn Summerton // First Mortgage Company of Idaho

I enjoyed your seminar and its focus. I was on the fence whether or not to attend and decided why not? I could have sat through an all day session if there was one, usually I end up at the seminars that start with a focus and quickly go astray. I found with yours time flew by too fast and it was already time to go but I wasn’t ready to go.”

—Scott Asbill, CDPE // Associate Broker, Realtor