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Monday Motivation: Self-Made Man

Monday Motivation: Self-Made Man

Monday Motivation, 7.6.2020

Written by: Kaitlyn Gwaltney

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 times those who have become successful at what they do have mentioned that they are ‘self-made’ from the hard work, discipline, and training they’ve put into getting where they are. While I do not discredit any of the attributes above, is anyone ever really “self-made”? During a commencement speech, Arnold Schwarzenegger stated why he was not a self-made man. He came to America with $20 in his pocket and moved into a small apartment.  Het met a few new friends at a local gym and when his lifting buddies found out that he did not have any furniture, silverware, pillows, etc. they all pitched in and brought it over to him.

He stated that saying you’re a self-made man/woman gives the wrong impression. It implies that you can do it alone. No one can do it alone. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, everyone is where they are today because of the help from someone else. When you were younger, someone helped you learn to read and write. Someone helped you learn to drive a car that now gets you back and forth to your job today. When you started said job, hopefully you had a mentor or co-worker who helped train you to know the ins and outs of what you do.

Thinking about all of the help you’ve received from others, what can you do to pay it forward to someone new? Now is the time to do it! When was the last time you truly helped someone better themselves? I challenge you to reach out to a friend, family member, or co-worker this week to see how you can help.

Kaitlyn Gwaltney, a Realtor with The Rogers-Long Team since 2016, previously worked in the medical field for 6 years before deciding to shift her compassion and dedication toward helping others in a different direction. The RLT excitedly brought Kaitlyn on to work with buyers and sellers due to her humility, inner drive to succeed, and her fun-loving attitude. Kaitlyn has found a lot of early success in her career on The Rogers-Long Team.

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