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February 2018 Newsletter Your DREAM is possible

January 29, 2018 10:16 pm Published by Comments Off on February 2018 Newsletter Your DREAM is possible

    Do you dream of achieving big things? I believe that a dream is a prelude to reality. I know this is true because it has happened to me over and over throughout my career. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said the same thing using different words: “If you can conceive it and believe it, then you can achieve it.” That quote has been in my head since high school. I didn’t grow up with a mentor, and nobody ever gave me a blueprint to succeed in business. In high school I was a class clown, always trying to make people laugh and never really taking things too seriously. Even though I had an incredibly loving family, nobody laid out a path for me to follow. However, I remember where my true motivation came from. When I was 16 or 17 the blockbuster movie Rocky came out, and seeing that movie changed my perspective on life. I realized that if a self-proclaimed bum could develop a strong enough work ethic to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, then I could create a work ethic just like he did and become a successful businessman. That movie was so empowering for me that I still get chills thinking about it. Fifteen years later when I was building DEEB Realty I hired Jimmy Jamison to sing our company’s jingle. Jimmy was part of the group Survivor that performed the soundtrack for the Rocky movies. When people heard...

January 2018 Newsletter You can choose to be confident

January 10, 2018 10:48 pm Published by Comments Off on January 2018 Newsletter You can choose to be confident

Are you confident that you can reach your goals? If not, then you’re getting in your own way. Being confident is a choice that only you can make. When you choose to become more confident, you are opening the door to a more successful career and a more fulfilling life. Being confident goes much deeper than just saying you are confident. You must believe in yourself and be passionate about it. You have to OWN it and LIVE it. Self-confidence is one of the most attractive qualities you can have, and it inspires people to believe in you. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, then how can anyone else?   “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale   You don’t have to be in your career for 5, 10, or 15-plus years to be confident. When I started my career in straight commission real estate sales at age 23, I was as green as anyone could be. I had no formal training and was brand new to Dallas, Texas. I had a lot going against me. In an industry where a huge part of your success is based on who you know, I knew very few people in Dallas. At 23, I was entering an industry where the average age of a real estate professional was 55. To make things even more challenging, interest rates were 17%. Despite all these...

December 2017 newsletter: You WILL accomplish your goals in 2018!

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“What are your plans?” This question comes up in many different situations. At this time of year you probably find yourself asking people what their plans are for the holidays, and you might even ask them what their goals are for next year. Making plans and setting goals are top priorities for success-minded people. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”   We are all guilty at times of just going through the motions of everyday life instead of thinking about the path we’re on. However, just imagine how much better your life could be if you had a plan to make a change and then made it happen. Without a plan, your thoughts are just thoughts. I believe that having a plan and a clear vision of what you expect from yourself is a prelude to reality. By taking small steps every day, you can reach your goals.   “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln   If I were your success coach, I would ask you to make a list of changes you want to see in your life in 2018. Your list doesn’t have to be filled with monumental, hard-to-achieve goals. We all need small victories once in a while to keep us on track and moving forward, so it’s important to include some easy goals along with the harder ones.   Here are some...

November 2017 newsletter Disrupters have more fun

November 15, 2017 2:14 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2017 newsletter Disrupters have more fun

Are you a disrupter? Would you like to be one? Maybe the word disrupter sounds like an insult. Well, in the business world it’s quite the opposite, and in my world it’s a compliment. Disruptive innovation is a term used in the field of business administration. It refers to an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products, and alliances. My personal definition of a disrupter is someone who changes things for the better— someone who blazes a new trail instead of doing things the same way they’ve always been done. One of my favorite descriptions of a disrupter comes from a speech by Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple: Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do. At this point you might be asking, “Van, what makes you a disrupter?” I entered the real estate industry in 1983, and once I learned the fundamentals of the industry I...

October 2017 newsletter “The Man in the Mirror”: Make that change

October 10, 2017 9:39 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2017 newsletter “The Man in the Mirror”: Make that change

When you want to do better, when you want to be better, these lyrics remind you that when you look in the mirror, the person who is in charge of making change happen in your life is staring right back at you.

September 2017 How to ask your way to success

September 14, 2017 2:41 pm Published by Comments Off on September 2017 How to ask your way to success

How to ask your way to success   You are inspired to succeed, you are motivated to accomplish your goals, you are driven and determined to live a lifestyle that you dream about. Well, believe it or not, you are already halfway there! Having a positive attitude will get you the results you want at some point in your life. However, you can GET THERE QUICKER and accomplish your goals sooner by learning how to ASK for what you want. This statement is based on my own experience. Not only have I learned how to ask, but during my storied career I mastered the art of Asking!

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