September 2023 newsletter Choose to be BOLD !

                                                    Choose to be BOLD!



When you think about it, most of what happens in life involves choices or decisions. When you wake up in the morning, you have an opportunity to decide whether to be the best possible version of yourself or to be average and just make it through the day. You can also choose to inspire someone through your actions or not to do this. Either way, the choice is up to you.


If you have heard my motivational speeches or listened to my podcasts in the past, you know that my choice is always to be the best version of myself every day of my life, even when I don’t feel like it. I also make up my mind to be a bright light in someone’s life and to inspire them through my actions. Why do I make these choices? Because when I do this, life is much better for me and for everyone around me!


When you choose to be bold and daring, you also become unforgettable.


When I started DEEB Realty (currently Nebraska Realty), I used my creativity to develop ideas and processes that were considered unconventional at the time. My innovations were unprecedented in the real estate industry, and they brought great results. Within 16 years the company grew from just myself to a team of about 350 people. At that point my ideas were considered BOLD! Funny how perception changes when something works! The blueprint I created in 1993 revolutionized the real estate industry.


“The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.”

—Tony Gaskins



A long time ago I decided that I was going to be BOLD in everything I did. I knew that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing this. For me, being bold looks like this:

  1. Being intentional about your productivity at work. Start every day with a plan of attack and a clear idea of what you want to accomplish that day.
  2. Being transparent and unafraid to speak your mind. Make sure to get your point across to everyone you speak with so they will know where you stand.
  3. Being assertive and respectful in asking people to do business with you. Identify and seize every opportunity to connect with people.
  4. Being direct in asking for referrals. If you follow me on social media, you know that I am very bold in asking people to refer me if they know someone who needs a motivational speaker.
  5. Being able to LOVE boldly! Love your friends, your family, your children, your significant other, and your pets with everything you have in you. And that means more than just saying “I LOVE YOU.” Show them how you feel through your loving actions and gestures.
  6. Being bold with everyone you meet so you can bring as much benefit to them as humanly possible.



“Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all these things that add up to the person you become.”

— Angelina Jolie


Life is not a dress rehearsal. When you die you will no longer be able to use your God-given gifts, skill sets, and abilities to benefit anyone on earth. Use them now so you can benefit everyone who knows you.


“Take risks, be bold and let your genius convert your fear into power and brilliance.”

– Robert Kiyosaki


People who are BOLD share the following characteristics: having clear priorities and firm values, appearing arrogant at times, showing a strong sense of self-confidence, believing in themselves and their ideas, taking pride in their accomplishments, being opinionated, and being aware of their own weaknesses as well as their strengths.


Years ago I developed a mindset of boldness, and I have never regretted doing this. Being BOLD has improved my life and the lives of everyone around me.


Life is short. Every time I go to a funeral or find out that someone I know has passed away, it affects me deeply. Even though I am confident they are in a much better place, it lights a spark inside me to be all I can be… not tomorrow, next week, or next year, but right now. And the cool thing about this mindset is WE ALL HAVE THIS GOD-GIVEN ABILITY to be BOLD. People who are bold have made a decision to live this way.


Let’s start being BOLD now and enjoy the benefits it brings!



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