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Monday Motiviation: Refuse to Stay Behind

Monday Motiviation: Refuse to Stay Behind

Monday Motivation, 9.10.18

Written by: Ben Rogers

Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.

Refuse to Stay Behind

There are few things that drive me crazier than indecision. Some would say that’s a sign of impatience. Patience is important, but I believe most look at it the wrong way.

I’ve seen patience used properly or even better said, confidently. In my line of work, it is not our job to make decisions for our clients. We do represent their interests and their decisions, but we do not create their interests or make decisions for them. The sign of an experienced professional, however, is to simplify the decision-making process. Once this process is simplified and clarified, we must be patient for the client to make their own decision. If all the information necessary to make a decision is properly conveyed, we can be confidently patient. That’s when patience is a strength – but only a select few are able to use patience this way.

Most people look at it the wrong way. They look at patience as an excuse. Most people sit back, most people pause, most people linger…just waiting for things to happen. You’ve heard the sayings before: “patience is a virtue” or “good things come to those who wait”. 99 times out of 100 the people that say these things are making an excuse to do less work than the others who are beating them.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be beat. In today’s world, winning is extremely underrated. Once again, though – winning is also looked at in the wrong light. Yes: everyone likes to have more points at the end of the game to officially be declared the victor, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the will to win, the drive to become your best you, and the type of attitude that refuses to stay behind.

When you are one of the few people in this world that refuses to stay behind, decisiveness is inevitable. When you refuse to stay behind, you’re prepared and well-equipped to make things happen. Your focus is not on how many points you have at the end of the game because you know you’re going to keep getting after it. There is no end, there’s just a path – a path to significance that only few will travel.




My thoughts in this week’s blog were taken from a book I’m reading by Erwin McManus titled “The Last Arrow”. In this book, he states:

“I’m not going to watch life happen. I refuse to be the audience. Life is not meant for observation. Life is cruel in this: if you are willing to be left behind, the future will leave you in the past and opportunity will depart…

“I cannot say it enough: if you are going to live a life that never settles, if you are going to live the life that God created you to live, if you are going to be able to look back on your life and know you have lived it without cause for regret, then refuse to stay behind. No one can make this shift for you. No one can create this change on your behalf. YOU HAVE TO STOP WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO CALL YOU OFF THE BENCH AND PUT YOU IN THE GAME. You need to get up and refuse to remain on the sideline any longer. You need to get to the front of battle. You need to stop letting life slip through your fingers and grab hold of it and refuse to let go.”




Ben Rogers, The Team Leader of The Rogers-Long Team, has been in the real estate business since 2012. In 2014, he began The Rogers-Long Team with Kevin Long, which produced over $25,000,000 in volume production in 2017. In addition to selling homes and leading the team, Ben hosts a podcast show called the “The Bottom Line”, which can be found by clicking here. The Bottom Line is a Podcast that links lessons learned from sports, business, and life and is targeted at those who are striving for excellence, while ‘Average Sits on the Bench’.

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