Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” - Kofi Annan

Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…I was speaking with a friend the other day who is considering a new path in life, but it requires two different forms of education both of which will take a big commitment of time and money. He questioned whether or not it was ridiculous to consider making such a change in his life at his age, and what the financial impact would be. It got me thinking…I wonder how many of you are in the same boat? Longing for a dream job but too afraid to go back to school? Or holding yourself back from a passion because you do not think you possess the skill necessary?

In reality, we are never too old to learn something new or to stake out on a new adventure, whether it is personal or professional. Any of you who know me, know that I am always the first one to sign up for a new class or a new designation. I have attended every RE/MAX convention in my career because I value the educational opportunities it provides me. This week, I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and sign up for that class you have been thinking about taking. Let’s make it a great week!


One cowardly person came to a master of martial arts and asked to teach him bravery. The master looked at him and said: “I will teach you only with one condition: one month you will have to live in a big city and tell every person that you meet on your way that you are a coward. You will have to say it loudly, openly and looking straight into the person’s eyes.”

The person got really sad, because this task seemed very scary to him. For a couple of days he was very sad and thoughtful, but to live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he travelled to the city to accomplish his mission.

At first, when meeting the passers, he quailed, lost his speech and couldn’t contact anyone. But he needed to finish the master’s task, so he began to overcome himself. When he came up to his first passer to tell about his cowardice, it seemed to him that he would die from fear. But his voice sounded louder and more confident with every passing day. Suddenly came a moment, when the man caught himself thinking that he’s not scared anymore, and the further he continued doing the master’s task, the more convinced he was that the fear was abandoning him. That way a month had passed. The person came back to the master, bowed to him and said: “Thank you, teacher. I finished your task. Now I’m not afraid anymore. But how did you know that this strange task will help me?”

“The thing is that cowardice is only a habit. And by doing the things that scare us, we can destroy the stereotypes and come to a conclusion that you came to. And now you know that bravery is also a habit. And if you want to make bravery a part of yourself,  you need to move forward into the fear. Then the fear will go away, and bravery will take its place.”



“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” - Albert Einstein

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” - Henry Ford

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” - Plato

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” - Ralph W. Sockman

“Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.” - Will Durant

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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