Nate's Monday Morning Message 

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - Francis of Assisi

Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. Often times we don’t get started on a big dream or goal because we don’t know where to start, or perhaps it is something so big that we feel like it is impossible to achieve. But the road to mastery is paved with persistence. Start where you are today and take action, even if it’s only a small step. If you start by doing what you can right now, then eventually you will make a way to overcome the obstacles you think are holding you back. This week, I encourage each of you to start by doing what you, with what you have – make it a great week!


From one great figure in the story of 20th century music to another, Ray Charles stands today as one of the most famous figures in the history of jazz music.

In terms of overcoming adversity, Ray Charles, like Jim Abbott, had a huge physical obstacle standing in his way—he was blind.

On the one hand, blind artists are nothing new. After all, John Milton went blind, but still overcame that adversity and stands today as one of the most important poets in English and world literature. Even so, however, Milton went blind later on in his life, whereas Ray Charles was already completely blind by the age of seven.

That didn’t stop Ray, of course. Whether Georgia’s On Your Mind or you have to Hit the Road Jack, you know what we’re saying—Charles became not just one of the greatest jazz musicians of all-time, and a classic case of overcoming adversity, but did so while overcoming different kinds of adversity at that. Besides being blind, Charles had to deal with racism as well.

He’s a great example of what can make someone truly inspirational. With not one but two huge obstacles to his success, millions were influenced by Ray Charles—including fellow blind African-American piano man Stevie Wonder and, of course, Jamie Foxx, who played Charles in an acclaimed biopic—and he remains hugely inspirational today, a testament to just how far genius and determination can take you.



“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Keller

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” - William Shakespeare

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”” - Aristotle Onassis

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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