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Monday Motivation: The Struggle is Real

Monday Motivation: The Struggle is Real

Monday Motivation, 2.11.19

Written by: Stacy Tolbert

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.

Often called an overnight success but nothing can be further from the truth, Kevin Hart spent over 18 years trying to make it in the comedy business. During a morning show interview, he was asked what extra steps he took, what was the secret to his success, his answer was simple “I put in the work”. He stresses how important it is to invest in yourself because the return on that investment is far greater than investing in elsewhere.  As part of investing in himself he makes sure he is surrounded by positive people. He has built an army to surround him and support his vision. He does not feed into the negative because all is does is drain away energy that can be put towards building your success.

It seems so simple, but it is not because hard work is just that, hard. Each no needs to be a motivator to keep trying and pressing forward not a reason to give up. One of the greatest lessons that he teaches is that it is ok struggle, you need to struggle, because, if you are struggling, then you are trying, working, doing and not taking the easy way out. Start thinking of a struggle as a positive because it means that you are working towards your goal, your dream, keeping the end game in mind. Each no, each time you are turned away, allows you to learn something, better yourself and become stronger. For every action there is a reaction and it is up to you whether that reaction has a positive or negative effect.  “Quitting is normal for some people. It’s always easier to quit than to continue on and push through the challenge” (A. Andrews).

Therefore, something that seems so simple “putting in the work” is so challenging for so many people. It is easier to throw your hands up in the air, shrug your shoulders and walk away.  Next time a you find yourself struggling ask yourself what you can learn from it, how can this make me better, how does this help me reach my goal.

PS. If you need a motivational book that has a sense of humor then take the time to read Kevin Hart’s book, “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons”. You will learn how his mother was a strict disciplinarian and how her constant enforcement of time management instilled the many values that has made who Kevin Hart is today.

Be positive, discipline and listen to your mother.


Stacy Tolbert, The Transaction Coordinator for The Rogers-Long Team: Powered by Hometown Realty, was a client of Ben & Kevin’s in 2015. After hiring The RLT for her family’s move, Ben returned the favor and hired her to come work with the team! Stacy’s primary role is coordinating transactions from contract to close. In addition, Stacy assists in the marketing of listings and a wide array of other things in and out of the office. In her spare time, you can find Stacy working in the garden, tasting Craft Beer, or managing her three fantasy football teams!

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