August 2021 Newsletter How do you add value ?

How do you add value?


Are you a person who is always looking for ways to add value in the work you do? Or are you satisfied to just show up every day and fulfill the basic responsibilities of your role — nothing more and nothing less?

Bringing added value means not only doing what is expected of you but also going above and beyond. You want your supervisor, manager, team leader, or company owner to see you as someone who adds value to the company. To me, adding value is what separates the great people in every occupation from those…

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July 2021 Newsletter I AM the problem and I’m also the solution


I AM the problem—and I’m also the solution


When I was growing up, there were times when my mother told me that I was my own worst enemy. Like so many other things she told me, that comment was spot on. I can attribute just about every challenge or BAD thing that has happened in my life to something I did or didn’t do… and I can also attribute just about everything GOOD that has happened in my life to something I did or didn’t do.

I believe your success is determined by your ability to find solutions to the problems…

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June 2021 Newsletter Look and Attitude

Look and Attitude


When you were growing up, your parents probably offered this time-honored piece of advice: “Never judge a book by its cover.” Even so, we all form opinions about people based on their appearance and attitudes.


“A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” – Joyce Meyer


I recently gave a speech to a group of high school seniors. In it, I predicted that they would continue to be judged throughout their lives. Just as they have constantly been evaluated in school, they will also be judged in the business world….

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May 2021 Newsletter A GOAL you can achieve starting TODAY



A goal you can achieve starting today


The past year has been pretty tough for most of us. Depression, sadness, and mental illness are at all-time highs. When we’re feeling down, it is not unusual to think more than ever about our flaws and to focus on what is missing from our lives. If you have been feeling unworthy or useless lately, then keep reading.


I believe we all need to have goals to work toward. Goals help us stay on track, they keep life exciting, and at the very least they hold us accountable for our actions. Unfortunately, achieving most…

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April 2021 Newsletter Adding JOY makes a difference



Adding JOY makes a difference




As most of you know, I usually write newsletters, record podcasts, and speak to companies about topics involving sales, leadership, and motivation. Well, today I am writing about a different topic — JOY — the kind of joy that comes on four legs.


“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling the emptiness we didn’t even know we had.” – Thom Jones


On April 26, 2019, I was introduced to a 2-month-old puppy, and on that day my life changed forever. At 59 years old, I had never been a dog owner…

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March 2021 Newsletter Time to REINVENT yourself

Time to reinvent yourself


Before you read any further, I want to ask you a question: Are you happy with where you are right now in your life? Be honest. If you could change one thing, or maybe several things, about your personal life or your career, would you do it?


If your answer is yes, then I have GREAT news for you…YOU CAN.


“It is essential that we continue to grow and change in big or small ways…one day at a time.” – Caren Merrick


If you’re not happy with how your life is going right now, then NOW is the perfect…

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February 2021 Newsletter Quit to Gain

When people talk about their intention to quit doing something, they’re usually planning to stop overeating, give up smoking, or take a break from drinking alcohol. Doing any of those things is definitely worthwhile. I can promise you that your life will be much better if you love your body and pay attention to your health.


If you would like to listen to an extended version of Quit to Gain, please go to or any podcast platform, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, etc.


However, today I want to focus on different types of quitting that can improve your life….

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January 2021 Newsletter Start using your gift today

January 2021 newsletter    Start using your gift today


I believe that everyone has a gift. Some people are lucky enough to find their gift early in life, while others may not recognize their gift for a very long time. The great thing is that we all have a gift or the potential to develop one.

I am not talking about gifts that are beyond the reach of everyday people, such as being a world-class golfer like Tiger Woods or a master artist like Leonardo da Vinci. I am talking about having a natural talent that you may not recognize yet.

Have you…

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December 2020 Newsletter Don’t tell me…Show me

Don’t tell me… show me

I hope all of you are surviving this very challenging year. For some of you, I know that 2020 has been devastating. My heart is with you. For others the pain has been less intense. Nevertheless, we have all suffered or are suffering in one way or another. But the New Year is almost here, and with it comes renewed hope for a better future.


Some of us will proclaim resolutions affirming our intention to become better at certain things or to make great things happen in the New Year. Well, let me tell you mine….

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November 2020 Newsletter Better ME…..Better YOU

Better me… Better you

Most of us never expected that we would experience a pandemic or anything close to it during our lifetime. Most of us also are dealing with new restrictions and a new way of living right now that we never expected. So with all of that being said, we as individuals still have a choice: we can choose to let our circumstances get the best of us or we can make a decision to be the best we can be, in spite of our challenges.


“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your…

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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