December 2023 Newsletter Become someone’s miracle

Become someone’s miracle

In December, most of us are making goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. In addition to doing this, why not also make plans that will benefit others?


What would it feel like to become someone’s miracle in 2024? The definition of a miracle will vary for each of us. For me, being someone’s miracle means making a HUGE difference in their life by being intentional and laser-focused on making things happen.


I know from personal experience how fear and low self-worth can cripple one’s ability to succeed in life. But with a little support, caring, and inspiration, miracles can happen.

—Richard Hatch



If somebody asked me to make a list of ways I could be a miracle to others, my list might look like this:


  1. Find out about a dream or wish of someone I know, and then do my best to help make it a reality.


  1. Help someone with a task that they cannot accomplish alone.


  1. Offer words of encouragement. Sometimes people just need verbal support and resolutions to challenges.


  1. Connect with people who could use my resources and connections to help them advance.


  1. Become deeply involved in a non-profit organization and ask them how I can support their mission.


  1. Help a teacher who is working hard to educate the next generation. One way I could do this is by adopting a classroom or department at a local school.




“Miracles happen every day. Change your perception of what a miracle is, and you’ll see them all around you.”

—Jon Bon Jovi



Today more than ever, we need to be a bright light not just to inspire, encourage, and empower others but also to lift our own spirits. We need to be good to ourselves and understand that we matter. The more we love ourselves and move our own needle forward, the more effective we will be in helping others move theirs.


At my presentations and keynotes, I often mention a 1998 study in which 1 out of 8 people were suffering from depression and/or anxiety. When that same study was repeated in February 2022, 1 out of 2.5 people were suffering from depression, anxiety, and/or some other form of mental illness. This statistic tells me that now, more than ever, we need to be someone’s miracle. When we help others, we are also helping ourselves.


I truly believe that each of us has the God-given ability to be someone’s miracle, so what are we waiting for? Let’s make sure that at least some of our goals for the new year include becoming someone’s miracle.



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