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Palm Springs Golf Course Tour

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Who's Grading Your Exam?

by Rob Zwemmer

WHO'S GRADING YOUR EXAM?  Ah, the concepts of failure and success. Our perspective on each has an effect on nearly every aspect of our lives - work, play, and relationships. How do we define our failures and our successes, or our potential for each? If you're taking a multiple-choice exam, then the answer is pretty easy - it's how many correct answers you mark versus how many incorrect answers. The more you mark correctly, the more successful you are on the exam.
 
Although life can be seen as a series of "multiple choice" problems, there is not necessarily an instructor giving us the answers from which to choose, or who can "grade" our performance once we've chosen. It is really up to us to evaluate our choices and our actions. Yet so many of us look to others to measure our success.
 
Who's the top producer in your office? Who has the most base hits on your league's softball team? We often define success by a single aspect of someone's performance. Every person is an individual, who needs to decide for himself or herself how to define his or her success. If you're simply measuring yourself against everyone else, or what you believe everyone else expects of you, you may be cheating yourself out of true happiness.
 
Don't try to please everyone, because it simply cannot be done. But pleasing yourself is easy when you do the best you can - at work, at the gym, at home - and know in your heart that you've succeeded according to the goals you've established for yourself. Don't let anyone tell you that you're a failure because you haven't "measured up" against someone else or their definition of success.
 
You're a winner every day that you believe you're a winner. Start telling yourself today that you are a success, that you will be a success, and follow your ambition as far as it will lead you - that's all there is to it!

Palm Springs Golf Course Guide

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Separate Trash From Treasure!

by Rob Zwemmer

SEPARATE TRASH FROM TREASURE!
 
Written by Dr. Fred Craddock:
 
One of my schoolmates spent many years ministering in China. He was under house arrest and the soldiers came one day and told him that he could return to America. The family was celebrating. The soldiers said, 'You can take 200 pounds with you.'
 
They had been there for years! Two hundred pounds. They got the scales and they started the family arguments - two children, wife, and husband. Must have this vase . . . Well, this is a new typewriter . . . What about my books? . . . What about our toys? They weighed everything and took it off, until at last they had it right on the dot: two hundred pounds.
 
The soldiers asked if they were ready to go and they said, "Yes!" "Did you weigh everything?" They said, "Yes!" "Did you weigh the kids?" "No, we did not." "You will have to weigh the kids." In the blink of an eye, the typewriter, vase, books, all became trash. Trash. It happens.
 
Talk about a paradigm shift. How often have we all weighed our goods without considering our "kids"? Think of the times we placed value on our "stuff," only to be swiftly reminded of the value of a loved one.
 
This concept is confirmed with the story of a man who showed up at the pearly gates with a wheelbarrow full of gold bars. St. Peter explained that he could not "take it with him." Nevertheless, St. Peter consulted with God about the man being allowed to bring the gold bars. God answered with a simple question: "Why does he want to bring in paving materials?"

Palm Springs Modernism Preview Weekend

by Rob Zwemmer


Modernism Week Fall Preview takes place over the Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 9-12, in the Greater Palm Springs area. Tickets for the event go on sale August 1.  

The four days of all things Modern begins with a sparkling opening night Preview Reception at the Modernism Show & Sale – Fall Edition at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Modernism Week and community partners will also host tours of Sunnylands, tours of the Frank Sinatra house; Palm Springs neighborhood home tour; Palm Springs Art Museum's "Meet the A+D Center - The Rat Pack Experience" party; architectural walking tours; Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, and tours of Frey House II, and more!

The Modernism Show & Sale at the Palm Springs Air Museum will feature 40 premier national and international dealers presenting furnishings, decorative and fine arts depicting various 20th Century design movements. The show will open with an Early Buying Preview Reception to benefit Modernism Week at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Inspiration For Today: The Search Is Over!

by Rob Zwemmer

THE SEARCH IS OVER! Have you ever read Shel Silverstein's wonderful book, "The Missing Piece and the Big O"? It's a whimsical fable that has touched readers of all ages. It chronicles the search most of us have undertaken at one time or another in our lives to find the one person who can make us whole.
 
As the "Missing Piece" searches, it encounters other "parts." Some of them fit, but cannot roll. Others have too many pieces missing - while still others have too many pieces. The missing piece continues the futile search until one day it meets the "Big O" - a whole (not a part) with no pieces missing.
 
Thinking it had, at last, found its whole, the Missing Piece exclaims, "I think you are the one I have been waiting for - maybe I am your missing piece . . . I was hoping that I could roll with you." The Big O replied, "But I am not missing a piece . . . perhaps you could roll by yourself."
 
How often have we all felt that we needed someone else to be whole (or to roll) - not realizing that we are all in fact already the "Big O." We are already self-contained, have the ability to roll in any direction we like, and need nothing else to achieve every dream we've ever had. Then, unexpectedly, we find that there are others who are also "Big O's," with whom we can share our own "wholeness."
 
If I've lost you with this mysterious tale, go by the library or pick up a copy of this unusual story. Trust me - you'll understand. It's the type of book you can give to a loved one who may be feeling like a "Missing Piece."

Basic Grilling Techniques for Summer!

by Rob Zwemmer

Summer Golf Rates!

by Rob Zwemmer

Desert Falls Country Club
With a $36 round ($29 after noon), you should explore the test.

Desert Willow Golf Resort
At a cost of $49 for Palm Desert residents and $79 for non-residents, Desert Willow's "Summer VIP Card" presents a host of benefits valid through Sept. 20. On-course VIP deals include: $35 play from Open to 8:55 a.m. and a $25 rate for Sunset, starting at 2 p.m.
 
Heritage Palms
For summer, check out their Progressive Discount, which dilutes rates by $5 per round and gives the sixth round for free.
 
JW Marriott Desert Springs
A day-of rate reduction of 91 percent! A round (with cart) at the Valley Course for just $14.
 
Marriott's Shadow Ridge
For a one-time fee of $149, the "Summer Access Pass" at Shadow Ridge is accompanied by a cache of perks, highlighted by a green fee of just $25 per round through October. The deal may be well-coupled with their year-round "Kids Golf 4-Free" deal, which allows linkers 15-years-old and younger to play gratis anytime after 3 p.m. when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

PGA West and La Quinta Resort & Club

At the "Home of Western Golf in America," summertime offers a prime opportunity to play multiple courses across the sister properties. Looking for 36 holes? After a round, a player can enjoy a replay at any of the five publics at these seriously reduced rates: $49 at the Stadium, $39 at the Mountain, Nicklaus and Norman; $29 at the Dunes.
 
Shadow Mountain Golf Club
Shadow Mountain sports a number of summer deals, highlighted by a Sunday 2-for-1 special for $45.
 
Westin Mission Hills
A late-morning green fee of just $15 at either the Gary Player or Pete Dye Course; that's a reduced rate of 87 percent.
 
Woodhaven Country Club
Among the valley's wide host of 1970s and '80s community-style courses. Just $12 for a midday round (located online; the rack rate is more).

- As compiled by The Desert Sun

Vintage Video: Palm Springs & the Aerial Tram!

by Rob Zwemmer

Power of Positivity

by Zwemmer Realty Group

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.”

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