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The Power of Positivity
There was a gardener who was running his family business, that had been passed down from his grandfather to his father and now to him. The staff were happy, and they had more than enough customers, and the team and business were both very successful. For as long as anyone could even remember, the current owner and his ancestors before him were always happy, positive and optimistic. Generally, people assumed that was because they were all running a very successful business. Testament to this, there was a tradition of all the owners to wear a big lapel badge saying “Business is Great!” Generally, it was great, but there were tough times just like all businesses. The key was that no matter the success of the gardening business, the owner's attitude was always the same.
The first time anyone saw the owner and the badge, they would invariably ask “What’s so great about your business?”, or make their own comments that their own companies were suffering, and they were miserable in their personal lives because of how stressed they were. What the badge was great for was starting a conversation, where the owner could then talk about all of the positive parts of the business.
• how much he loved meeting and talking with new people each day
• how rewarding it was as he helps staff rise to meet new challenges and experiences
• being able to laugh and relax in a work environment where all the team get along
• how much he loves helping people with the actual gardening
• the feeling of satisfaction from finishing a job to the best of his ability
• the new challenges that force you to learn something new everyday
The list goes on and on. No matter how bad a mood the customer was in before walking in the store, they would leave feeling alot happier just from a couple of minutes talking to the owner and being a part of the infectious positivity and enthusiasm.
Asked about the key to his businesses success, and whether the badge or the attitude came first in a quiet moment the owner confides “The badge was first. The great business came after.”
THE ART OF APOLOGY!
“To forgive is divine.” That’s wonderful for the one who forgives, but what about the one who is apologizing? How do you say you’re sorry without making things worse? What’s the best way to make reparation and regain your integrity?
None of us are saints. For any number of reasons, we’ve committed any variety of offenses. Maybe we did or said something unkind, or made a mistake that cost someone time or money. The question isn’t about making mistakes, because we all do that. The question is how to apologize after the fact. It has become a lost art.
First and foremost in regard to saying “I’m sorry” is to do it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more it sounds like “I’m sorry . . . I got caught.” Next comes the explanation of what you did wrong and why it happened. Just be careful not to put more emphasis on the “why” than the “what,” because apologizing is not the same as justifying.
You don’t necessarily have to go whole hog, either. “I regret what happened” sounds a little weak, but “Everything was my fault” can be downright dangerous! Hopefully there is a middle ground where you can simply express how badly you feel about what you did or said.
Now that you’ve shown your repentance, your “victim” can relax, you can relax, and now you can take the opportunity to do something especially nice for the wronged party. Just be sure to say you’re sorry and THEN do something nice – otherwise, you might just arouse suspicion! Oh, and don’t forget – don’t make the same mistake twice!
Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert
The two cities have joined forces for a combined July 4th party starting at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert, 73510 Fred Waring Drive. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. There will be live music from Swing Cats Big Band. Bring your picnic dinners and chairs. You can also view the fireworks from the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive, from 7-10 p.m.
Start with America's favorite pastime and take in a POWER baseball game at 6:05 p.m., followed by free admission to the fireworks show at 8 p.m. The rockets red glare begins at 9:15 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road.
View fireworks from the historic O'Donnell house, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, as part of a benefit for AIDS Assistance Program. Cocktails and nibbles and a great view of the city's fireworks.
Gain an aerial perspective of the Coachella Valley's fireworks by boarding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The last tram up the mountain boards at 9 p.m. and the last return trip is at 10:30 p.m.
The town has a host of activities during the day starting with a parade through the downtown streets at 10 a.m., plus a chili cook-off, music, vendors, and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Starts at 5 p.m. with food and entertainment with fireworks set for 9 p.m. at Stewart Park, 9th and Orange. Free admission.
- Palm Springs Life magazine
AGE DOESN'T MATTER!
Whether you're 23, 43 or 73, ask yourself this wonderfully refreshing question: "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Regardless of our age, it's so easy to lose sight of the specific "somebody" we always wanted to be. What's more, the "somebody" we had in mind in our 20's may be someone different in our 50's.
Worse yet, maybe we grew up to be the "somebody" someone else had in mind - like our mother or father. The influence of those around us often prevents us from even asking the question "What do I want to be . . . ?" We try so hard to be their somebody that we don't allow ourselves to grow up at all.
So . . . going back to the matter of age, it doesn't matter WHEN we decide who we want to be so much as that we DO decide. It is at that moment that a catharsis takes place, and we rid ourselves of everyone else's determination of our identity. We are free . . . free to become the person of our dreams.
Is it easy to develop and maintain our new identity? No. Our day-to-day activities will still attempt to distract us from our new persona. Nevertheless, as artist D. Morgan points out in one of her paintings, "The impossible dream - isn't!" Take a quiet moment today, just for yourself, and ask, "Am I the somebody I wanted to be?"
Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA, was inspired to create Father's Day after witnessing a sermon about Mother's Day back in 1909. "Don’t you think fathers deserve a place in the sun, too?" she had asked the minister. Dodd's mother had died, and her father was left to raise their family as a single dad.
Dodd had selected June for the celebration (the month of her dad's birthday) and in 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane. The day didn't become an official holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon officially declared the third Sunday of every June to be the Father's Day observance.
Happy Father's Day!
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