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Life is a Game of Inches

Step by Step

Remember the line from Al Pacino’s famous speech from the movie Any Given Sunday? “Your find out that life is just a game of inches.”

Now that famous speech was to pump up his football team but it applies to our lives as well.

Step by Step
Little by Little
Inch by Inch
Mile by Mile

The Market is Tough

It is hard out there in Real Estate land.  Getting a buyer to the closing table is hard work, people are afraid, lenders won’t lend, banks take forever to call back, sellers are upside down.

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Each day, we get up and we put one foot in front of the other, we go about our day, we meet people, show houses, write contracts, handle banks, and do all things necessary to get out clients to the closing table.

In the middle of the difficult transactional issues we deal with everyday, we are challenged by the tasks of keeping up with all of our blogs and social media sites we try to be faithful and interact on.

Spring Renews

Spring is in the air and just as the ground magically knows to pop the buds on the trees at just the right time, a phone call from someone who says, “I’ve been reading your blog, can you meet with us about selling our house” comes along and refreshes our spirits.

I’ve been reflecting on what Gary Keller said at the “Family Reunion” in February, that the next 120 days would be the most difficult days financially speaking that we will ever have to deal with in our life-times.

Don’t beat yourself up

There is only so much you can do in this market, we can’t control the market, we can only embrace and work in it. I don’t know when this market will end, I’m not going to give you a pep talk and tell you it will be better in the morning.  I’m not going to tell you to make “lemonade out of lemons”, or to “follow your plan”.

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Darn… sometimes life just isn’t a bowl of cherries.

Keep Moving

Life is a journey, it is as simple as that. We take one step at a time. We put one foot in front of the other and keep on moving inch by inch, step by step.Embracing the journey, “inch by inch, learning’s a cinch, yard by yard, learning’s hard.”

Am I preaching to myself?

I report, you decide.

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Written by Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Ann Arbor. Missy is the author of Ann Arbor Real Estate Talk and Blog Ann Arbor, and is also the Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Member of MLS and Grievance Committee's.



  1. Ken Brand

    April 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Amen and exactly. No you’re not preaching to yourself, you’re sharing wise words.

    I hear you though, sometimes it does feel like shouting down an inky well. I’ll be piling on top of your 120 day prognostication with my Monday post. You and I are in the same choir…so are a bunch of our friends, sing is a good thing.

    Cheers Missy.

  2. Missy Caulk

    April 17, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks Ken, I thought I might be singing a solo and no one in the audience.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Jim Rake

    April 18, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I’ll have to power up my morning dose of blog read BEFORE the java next time.

    Thanks for reminding us of “perspective”. Besides, didn’t Mom always tell us that it tastes so much better if we enjoy every bite, finely chewed, instead of gulped down all at once!

    Missy, it not only tastes better, but goes down a whole lot easier!

  4. Missy Caulk

    April 18, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Jim, yep my mom told me the same thing and as usual moms are right.

  5. Esko Kiuru

    April 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm


    Just have to keep plucking away, no matter what the odds are. As long as you make progress, even small steps, that’ll give you added inner strength to face the daily challenges. The mortgage and real estate market conditions are still going to take a while to truly change, so buckle up.

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