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The Egg Bandit…

Splat. Splat. Splat. Mike was washing our cars in the street the other day, and he kept hearing a splat sound. He looked around and saw like 20 eggs all over the street. Then, while he was watching, one hit our neighbor’s car. The eggs were coming from across the street, another neighbor’s back yard....
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Punishment or Inspiration…

I remember, when I was a rebellious teenager, I thought I was pretty badass. I was busy doing all sorts of things I was not supposed to be doing. Cutting school and hanging out at the park across the street from Berkeley High, acting out, trying to be cool… My mom Stephanie decided to discipline me for...
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Many people have asked me why I cofounded ImpactClub Union City…

And in response, I have shared my own story. Of How I Became a Giver. https://www.facebook.com/notes/remy-fortier/why-im-launching-impact-club-the-day-i-became-a-giver/10154422734655064/You can click that link to read my story. I used to be poor. Luckily I didn’t spend my entire childhood being poor. I had help. Yesterday, I spent my morning reading the essays of James Logan students who are applying...
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Breaking Point…

We got up early on Saturday and went I for a beautiful walk with Mike. Then we came home and prepped for the open house for our new listing. At the last minute, I realize half my Open house signs are at our other listing on Westwood. So we try to go pick them up…...
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Building a Bulletproof Business…

Once upon a time, I was a lone wolf. I did every aspect of my work by myself. I kept almost every detail in my head. I took a strange pride in that. If I met with a new buyer, we would go through certain steps together. Getting a house ready for sale = certain...
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My Secret Sauce…

I am officially down a size in clothing. Mike keeps telling me I need a new headshot for my business card. If someone notices I’ve lost weight they invariably ask me… “So, what are you doing?” I’m doing a few things, walking, working out, I’ve cut sugar and carbs out of my diet as much...
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Getting Lost on Purpose…

This morning I went for a walk. When I got back, Mike asked me, “So where did you go?” I had to think about it for a second before I could answer. Because when I go for walks I almost never have a plan of where I’m going. Today I was just rambling around Decoto. I...
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Can you gain victory over distractions?

The scene: 5:30 am this morning… I’m reading by lamplight in the living room. I’m on a roll, three days, of getting up before 6am to read and write. It’s not a hardship, it’s a special treasure. To have that quiet and focused time to work on myself, my mental game, my OPS. I hear...
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Speaking up for what you believe in…

I remember my mom and dad telling me once that my Grandmother spoke up about racist Black Sambo books in schools and worked to have them removed. I remember my own mom speaking with my teacher in the third grade at Oxford about removing books from our classrooms about Native Americans and Thanksgiving that she...
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Me VS Me

It may not seem like much but last night I cooked one of the best soups I’ve ever made. It was a totally new flavor profile for me using Thai green curry and coconut milk all kinds of spicy deliciousness. I wouldn’t go so far as call my self a “Soup Nazi” but I can...
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“No Tips!”

I say this to Michael all the time. “No tips!” It’s one of those signal phrases that you say to your significant other. Like shorthand. In this case: No tips = Stop telling me how to do, whatever it is you see me doing, in a ‘better’ way. It usually goes like this, I’m cleaning something, like...
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“So, what do you do?”

Yesterday one of my clients called me. We are closing today on the sale of her parents home. I thanked her for being such a great client, for placing her trust in me regarding all of the little details that were needed to bring us to a successful, profitable sale. She thanked me as well. We...
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Holds me to my shit. Calls me on my shit.

That is what I wrote down in a journal once, many years ago, as part of a list of qualities I hoped to find in a man. I wanted to be intentional. I was single and didn’t want to rush into a relationship just because I was lonely. Boy, do have to remind myself sometimes...
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Simplifying = Freedom

I could have been completely derailed by a sandal… I could’ve given up. I was tempted. Friday morning I woke up and completed my first benchmark workout for the 28 day challenge I’ve joined. I was PUMPED proud I got it done and excited for what is to come. Then… not even one hour after...
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60+ Real Estate Agents down to a handful…

The single most important lesson I’ve learned about business, I learned from Alicia Venegas. Back when I first got my real estate license I used to do side work for Alicia. Helping her with data entry and misc admin for her real estate business about 10 -11 years ago. Prior to being a Realtor, I was...
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I thought I was going to puke this morning…

I’ve joined a 28-day challenge with some of my friends. Our goal is 1% improvement daily across 4 quadrants. Mind, Body, Business, and Relationships. Write a story every day? Check. That is not crazy hard for me because I’ve been sharing stories for a while. Finish a “12 minutes of Hell workout” to set my...
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“Getting teary-eyed over a packet of brown gravy mix…”

What is the furthest thing from a minimalist? My first thought would be a hoarder. What could be further from having hardly any belongings than hoarding? But I think the true spirit of minimalist thought isn’t having less, instead, it’s choosing to keep what matters most. Under that definition, I have collected things based not...
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White painted cat footprints…

Have you ever felt empathy for another person because you know they are having an off day? So much rides on how we handle bad days or off moments in our day. On Saturday I woke up tired. I’ve been working extra hard for the last couple of weeks on multiple projects. I like being...
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Just Show Up

I remember once a few years back an acquaintance of mine invited me to a boot camp at a gym, where the workout is free the first time. I immediately scrambled for any excuse I could find not to go. I mentioned my sore (insert some body part) as the reason I couldn’t go. When...
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Bargain Hunter

“Hi, Remy Can you help me understand how do I get a good deal when buying a house?” This weekend I was cleaning house.  We were finally putting the last of the Christmas decorations into the attic.  When I got a call from a new home buyer.  He had several questions.  I could tell he...
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Game Changer “This could be the break you’ve been waiting for.” One client of mine is a super hard working guy.  He’s a plumber with a good company, and he’s been there for years.  His wife is an office manager. They both have good jobs and pretty good credit.  They want to buy their first home....
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A Man with No Shoes

We saw a man walking with no shoes. Over by the Rite Aid on Decoto Road in Union City, a few weeks ago. It was pretty cold out and we could see a pair of shredded flip-flops tied to his backpack.   I thought we had a pair of shoes that I’d bought for Mike in the wrong size, waiting...
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Finding Home

I looked my client right in the eye and told her “We are not going to make a decision to about your first home purchase, almost a million dollar investment, out of desperation!”   A couple of days before that conversation I was sitting at my kitchen table when the phone rang.  It was a new client.  She...
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Fear

What if fear didn’t matter? What if fear is not something you should avoid? I’ve written about this topic before and I probably will again because I believe in it so much. It has been one of my guiding principles for the last 15 years. I’m not talking about the kind of fear we inherit...
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I Wanted To Cry With Frustration

There have been some mornings in the last several months where I’ve woken up and felt like crying with frustration.  I’ve really been in the struggle.  Not every day, but a few mornings have just totally sucked.  We all go through shit sometimes, all of us. I don’t like feeling sorry for myself. It produces nothing and...
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Courage

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaȉs Nin Reading this quote this morning had me thinking, I have often said that courage is not the absence of fear, courage is when you are scared and you do something anyway. I feel courageous when I step in front of a group of...
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Burger King & Content Creation

Lately, I’ve let myself down, by not being consistent with my writing.   I have plenty of great distractions…..  But today I’m up nice and early and getting at it!  This morning I got up and took a look at the news.  It’s a part of my morning routine.  When all goes as planned I wake...
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Remy’s Got a Big Ole Butt

“Remy’s Got A Big ‘Ole Gap” (Sung to the tune of LL Cool J, Big Ole Butt, 1989)   That is what one of my classmates would sing to me when I walked into my homeroom class in Junior High.  Ah… Bullies, the mean people who make fun of others to make themselves feel better.  I...
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Pet Peeves & Pride

The Importance of Taking Pride in Your Work I spent yesterday afternoon showing houses to a client looking to buy in Union City or Hayward.  We looked at 5 properties.  The first one was a townhouse in Union City that was staged beautifully.  The agent had left water bottles out. They had full-color flyers.  Each...
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Happiness

Thoughts on Happiness with the ‘Steve Jobs of Investing’ Ray Dalio I was listening to a podcast yesterday, in my bathroom.  I have a little Bluetooth speaker that I can play a podcast on even when I’m in the shower and getting ready for the day.  I am a bit of a podcast junkie.  As...
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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Reinvention. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  We hear this question all the time with many of our kids going back to school. It’s comical really, that we ask this question of our kids, knowing full well that most adults have several career changes, multiple times in our lives.  Sometimes our purpose is...
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SuperParents and Other Heroes

Your butt is planted in a camping chair.   The sun is beating down on your head. Clouds of gritty dirt are blowing steadily into your face. But you aren’t worried about any of that because you are cheering as loud as you can. Last weekend we were at a softball tournament in Santa Cruz....
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After Graduation

First and foremost Congratulations to the DUBS, NBA Champions.  Go Warriors!!!  If you are going to the parade we’ll see you there along with a few million other people. Like many of you I went to a graduation this weekend for my goddaughter Maya.  I could not be more proud of the young lady she has...
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Why I’m Launching Impact Club: The Day I Became A Giver

My mother dropped me off on our neighbor’s front porch and didn’t come back. She was an addict and we’d been evicted. At the time my father, also an addict, was in jail. The next time I saw my mother over a year later was at Santa Rita jail. I’d gone there to visit my...
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It’s Not Always About The Money

“It’s not always about the money. Do the right thing. It will come back to you later.” ~  Ben Pearson, Owner of GreenKeys Locksmith.     Ben said those words to me in the midst of telling me a story, during our recent interview on Union City Advice Givers.  A lady called him, it was nighttime, she...
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Do You Want To Be Crushed?

There is a dirty truth to selling.  I can’t call it a dirty secret, because everyone knows about it.  It’s the reason you hesitate to walk into a car dealership even when you are excited to buy a new car.  It is the reason we give the entire cosmetic section at a department a wide...
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Don’t Stop!

When I was talking with Myrla Raymundo in our interview, I asked her what advice she would give our listeners. She said, “Don’t Stop.  When you get into a thing … go for it. Don’t stop.  Go until you reach the top. Then you’ll be able to get to the highest level.” She would know, she...
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“What am I even doing here then?”

That is what an agent said to my client and I the other day. My business is service based and I work mostly one on one with my customers.  This past Friday I went to meet a new client at a property.  The client had already set the appointment with the listing agent first before...
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Creating a free MBA

Once upon a time I went from a retail sales clerk, to a store manager in a beauty supply store selling shampoo and makeup.  From there to my next job, as general manager for a jewelry design and manufacturing company with clients like Nordstroms and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  From the the jewelry company...
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The First Time I Needed Help

We would get up in the middle of the night to sneak into the laundry room of an apartment down the street to do our laundry.  Some lady had given my mom an extra key.  I thought it was a grand adventure.  Alone time, just me and my mom.  We would read books by the...
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Tough Decisions| Consequences of Leadership

Leadership is a never ending class on making tough decisions.  I remember the first time I was in a workplace leadership role. I managed a Beauty Supply Store/Salon in Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood.   We were all young women, we were friends.  When the store was slow we would do each other’s make up.  We were all...
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Course Changing Moment

A Single Moment that Changes the Course of Your Life Something in your surroundings or circumstances exposes an inconsistency between what you really desire and what IS.  Maybe the work your doing doesn’t match your personal values.  Or in a particular moment, you realize you have no momentum towards the future you want.  It can...
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Fear of Regrets| Rocking Chair

I was driving across the San Mateo Bridge a while back to preview a new listing in San Francisco.  The San Mateo Bridge is one of our most beautiful bridges to drive across. Not because of the aesthetics of the bridge, we have the Golden Gate and new span of the Bay Bridge for that....
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Stranded by Hurricane Matthew

What do you choose to do when circumstances change? Do you become overwhelmed by what’s wrong and succumb to circumstances you can’t control? I make a different choice.   Last week I thought I was going to be hit by Hurricane Matthew.  I was in Orlando at a Mastermind group with 30 plus entrepreneurs and...
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Advice on Safety from a Police Sergeant

One day, Mike went into his commando mode when we saw a guy sitting in his car, across the street from our house, staring at the elementary school down the street.  We thought we’d caught a pedophile.  I tell the rest of the story below.  Speaking with Freddy reminded me of that day and the importance of calling...
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For the Love of the Game

Do your kids play a sport? Ever wonder what it takes to help them love the game they play and to excel? We all want our kids to have fun. But as parents once you get out on that field how many of us also want our kids to win? I can personally attest, after...
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Shoveling Crap

How do you shake off discouragement? I’ve written before about resistance. There is a very important concept that I don’t want anyone to miss. The more committed you are to a goal the more obstacles will show up in your path to test you. Put differently, the amount of resistance you feel, forces working against...
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Declarations from the Future

I learned once about the power of declaring your life from the future. It’s a bit woo woo, a bit law of attraction, if you visualize it – it will come kind of thinking. I think there is more science to it than not.  Nothing can happen until someone has imagined it first.  You set...
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Worst Case Scenario

Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling really stressed out about something you know you have to deal with that day that is unavoidable?  Sometimes it’s one big thing.  Sometimes it’s a bunch of little things that pile up and you’re feeling overwhelmed.  How do you overcome those feelings?  Do you let it...
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Me Jocking Tim Ferriss and Jamie Foxx

Tim Ferriss is the host of the number one podcast in the world, The Tim Ferriss Show. He is the Author of three books, the most famous is The Four-Hour Work Week. He’s known for “Lifestyle Design” My favorite podcast episode, one of many, is his interview with Jamie Foxx.  That interview will make you...
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