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Motivational Monday - Tenacity, Stubborn Determination

Motivational Monday - Tenacity, Stubborn Determination

 

One could compare tenacity with beating a dead horse - or simply annoyance! Today’s motivation is 100% about the former - tenacity. 

 

The Oxford Dictionary defines tenacity as the quality or fact of being very determined; determination. If one is tenacious, they’re probably one who never gives up and never stops trying – someone who does whatever is required to accomplish a goal.  

 

tenacity

 

Tenacity is the mark of the strategic thinker, never content with their methodology. Whereas someone who is ‘persistent,’ has an unrelenting approach but, works harder, not smarter. Tenacious people possess the same indomitable will as those who are persistent but, choose to utilize the information and data from their attempts to further improve their methodology.

 

The methodology of those who are tenacious becomes increasingly more effective thus, working smarter, not harder. Those with tenacity analyze results, have no qualms seeking expert advice and ultimately, implement positive changes. The process is repeated until the job is done or the goal is achieved. 

 

 

Remember:  Tenacity and attitude will get you through anything in life--so, sticktoit and leave no stone unturned!

 


 

 

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Comment balloon 46 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • November 16 2020 10:08PM

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I guess I am a persistent person because I know how to work harder but not really smarter.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) 10 days ago

I think nursing really made me be super tenacious - we had to figure it out, or else... 

Sharon Lee 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

I have been Persevering for decades must be that tenaciousness I learned in the Military:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 10 days ago

Morning Debe.

I've been called a lot of things in my 71 years.  However, I never give up, once I set my mind to accomplishing something.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 10 days ago

We definitely shouldn't give up too easily with things in life, but when it comes to people saying no to me, I take a no for a no, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 10 days ago

Hello Debe - I see the differences in tenacity and stubborness as being situational.  When it comes to the reason(s) why sticktoitness works or fails as a choice - it really depends.  In my life, as I am sure many others can, find examples where I understand now(and maybe then) why it was so important to stay the course yet there are others why I knew it was wise to leave.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 10 days ago

I think the military does teach tenacity - never give up, never ever give up! 

Endre Barath, Jr. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

I think setting your mind to something - or having real goals - helps set the tone for one to be tenacious, James Dray.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - I see tenacity as relentless pursuit and never giving up.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 10 days ago

I can't say I'll accept the first 'No!' - I've been known to press, Brian England!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

I agree that the situation dictates either the level of tenacity or the decision to walk-away, Michael Jacobs! I think rehab is one example of having to dig deep with a level of tenacity that most people have never experienced. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

That is a very good definition, Grant Schneider - as they say, never give up - never EVER give up! If you're not relentless, no one is going to do that for you in business.

I do see caregivers as being steadfast, relentless advocates for their loved ones. To me, that's a whole different level of tenacity (and compassion) than 99% of the population can even fathom.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS yes, tenacity is a huge component in being a successful real estate agent.

Posted by Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service! (Realty One Group) 10 days ago

Oh yes, that is such a powerful word, and skill set. Tenacity moves mountains. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 days ago

You know, I agree wholeheartedly with that, Rocky! During the recession, I had a couple that was trying to purchase a short sale. The agent on the other side had never done a short sale and there were lots of kinks in this particular property. The agent allowed me to help facilitate his end since I had been doing them for awhile and knew the ins and outs better. We FINALLY got his end done and lo & behold, my clients' lender flaked on us. It was apparent to everyone that my client wasn't going to get this house and let me tell you, I hadn't just worked 6 months to get this one done to lose it! So, I forewarned my client that he was going to have to get documents together in one email - this may take a few attempts but, we would get this done. 

As I remember it, we went through 6 lenders with a different challenge each time. When I saw the pink flags turning to red, I moved to the next one! Thankfully the listing agent, his seller and their banks (that held the THREE mortgages on the property!!) were patient with us and allowed us to work it out. 

I see my clients about once a year and they are still in that house - and they still love it there. Every time I see them, they thank me for never giving up on them. You have no idea how rewarding that is to hear, even after all of these years! Rocky Dickerson 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

Indeed, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD! Moving mountains is a great way to describe tenacity.

Hope you're well and I also hope you're planning to join us for our call today!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS I fell off a ladder the day before yesterday, taking down Christmas decor. I'm so lucky nothing is broken.  I am a bit stiff and sore, but will be home taking it easy. Therefore, hoping to join you today. And, I don't need points for it. Seriously! 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 days ago

Oh my gosh, I am so glad you didn't break anything, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD! I am glad you're taking it easy and giving your body time to recover...and that we'll get to see you today too!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 days ago

I so get this tenacity thing Miss Debe Maxwell, CRS !!!  LOL. From the time I was a little girl my Mom would always say....I've never seen anyone who just doesn't quit and figures out a way.  Guess who I learned it from.....my Mom! Forever blessed and guided by her to this day.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 10 days ago

Debe I agree with Michael Jacobs that there is a difference between tenacity and stubbornness.  Maybe it is because I have a little of both.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 9 days ago

Hi Debe great post! I am reading a book - Atomic Habits by James Clear and he talks about how to make tiny changes everyday to get big results. In other words he says change your methods to get great results vs changing your efforts. Your article summarized this beautifully by discussing the difference between tenacity (methodology)  and persistence (efforts).

Posted by Vani Murthy, CPA, IRS Problem Resolution (Tax Relief Central) 9 days ago

Debe, all so true in life both professionally and personally.  Thinking of tenacity and persistence brings to mind Thomas Edison and Abraham, both with histories of major and multiple failures, each failure was a step closer to their great achievements as inventor and US president respectively.  An investor in startups said he wouldn't trust anyone who had not failed.  It's not about the failure but the persistence to get up, refocus and move forward.

Posted by Kris Collis, Associate Broker, Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525 (Smart Way America Realty) 9 days ago

Thanks for sharing Debe!

The Oxford Dictionary defines tenacity as the quality or fact of being very determined; determination. If one is tenacious, they’re probably one who never gives up and never stops trying – someone who does whatever is required to accomplish a goal.  

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 9 days ago

I love this!  Great post Debe Maxwell, CRS .   Very early in my real estate career, I was told that I was tenacious and had to go home and look it up.  I'll take that describer word any day.  :)

Posted by Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how! (Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.) 9 days ago

Very true...dig and never stop

Posted by Erik Hiss, You can trust me for all your real estate needs! (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) 9 days ago

I love your quote selection.

Congratulations on your feature recognition

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 days ago

Hi Debe,

Congrats on your post being featured. Good post! When I read your title, I thought you must be talking about my wife, it describes her to a T. I have learned over the years never tell her she can't do something she will prove you wrong every time! She wanted to cut off a few tree branches last week once she realized she couldn't climb the tree that is on a steep slope to do it she tied a log to a rope threw it over the branch pulled it down and tied it to the tree so she could cut the branch and repeated with each branch she wanted to cut. We do have a landscaper but he is booked for the rest of the year. 

Posted by Steve Higgins (RE/MAX Kelowna) 8 days ago

Aww, that is so sweet, Anna! I got mine from my military Dad - and count the tenacity and ability to problem solve a true blessing from him too. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

I think we all have a little stubborness, George Souto - sometimes we HAVE to be stubborn, don't we?!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Well, I'm happy I was on-target and in line with James Clear, Vani Murthy, CPA! There is a big difference and people often use the terms interchangably in error.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Oh, I'm in complete agreement with you, Kris Collis, Associate Broker I played basketball and remember telling my boys when they played as little boys, not to fret over the losses but, to use them as learning tools. Those are tools that you don't have 'the privilege' of getting when you win!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

You're welcome, Sham! Glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

I share that trait with you, Brenda Mayette! I have even said it's a blessing and a curse at times!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Dig deep and never, ever give up! Thanks for stopping by!

Erik Hiss 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Thank you so much, Roy Kelley! I appreciate you stopping by! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Oh boy, now that is tenacity, Steve Higgins! She's tenacious and innovative - tell her to be careful though! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS - What a great Motivational Post! Those who get fired up with tenacity can inspire a great TEAM and followers to succeed and achieve! From my perspective, It fits you to a T!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 days ago

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

So glad to see your post featured..so inspiring! Tenacity is so different from stubbornness in my eyes. Tenacity is looking for an answer even if you have to circle it several times and think outside the box to find the answer! You'll find it by being pro-active and not digging in your heels and not willing to budge.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) 8 days ago

Best post in the history of AR. I'm sending this to my 12 and 15 year old kids. Hope all is well in CLT. I hope to get back to the lake sometime this winter. Are you on Lake Wyile or Norman? 

Posted by Steven Beam, Parker Colorado Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate.) 8 days ago

Wonderful post Debe. Tenacity is a good thing to have & have someone think you are.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) 8 days ago

Ahh, thank you, Patricia! I am nothing, if not tenacious - it is definitely in my blood! I always joked (decades ago) that it was probably a negative! Now that I am in this business, I am happy to be tenacious - in our business, it's ever-so helpful, I believe.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 days ago

Hi Debe,

I have told her a million times. I caught her one time up in the tree she climbed wearing her flip flops. Another time she was picking raspberries and slipped and started to slide down the hill on her back. I looked outside and could see our dog but not Tracy so I went out to see where she was, I could hear giggling like crazy. I look over our retaining wall and raspberry bushes to see her lying on her back hanging on to a stump with her baby finger laughing her head off, she couldn't move or she would have slide the rest of the way down the hill, not that she would have been badly hurt if she had slid all the way down other than few more scrapes. She keeps me on my toes!!

Posted by Steve Higgins (RE/MAX Kelowna) 8 days ago

OMG, that is hilarious, Steve Higgins! I guess she does keep you on your toes! I got a good chuckle of her lying there, laughing and hanging on by one finger - she sounds like my kind of girl!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 days ago

Besides tenacity, how many attributes and good qualities does Debe Maxwell, CRS possess? Let me count the ways... If there's one thing I am 100% certain of is that there is nothing negative about you! 

To meet you in person, read your blog, or meet you in person is like receiving a large bouquet of flowers. You brighten up our lives. Your persona is as fresh as a daisy and the love and caring nature you have for others is greater than 2 dozen roses. In other words, you are an extraordinary gift that money can't buy. We are fortunate to have you here on ActiveRain and in our lives. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 7 days ago

Where on earth is that 'LOVE' button, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP?! What a kind and generous comment that I could turn right around and give to YOU!

Your challenge is one that most can't even begin to fathom, yet you remain so sweet and kind...and even able to laugh. To me, that takes tenacity to a whole other level - and takes more courage than one can imagine.

YOU are extraordinary and we are all so blessed to have such kindness bestowed upon us in our lives. Thank you for being you, Patricia!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 days ago

Hi Debe,

Yes she certainly does. Oh it was a pretty funny sight seeing her laying there laughing her head off and not being able to move! We still laugh about it. Oh the stories I could tell about her and the hill! She's 61 but she flies around like she is 20!! Lol

Posted by Steve Higgins (RE/MAX Kelowna) 7 days ago

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