Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Message! I heard on the news the other day that Labor Day is the beginning of the holiday season, which put the calendar in perspective for me. I love this time of year in Arizona, and the last few months of the year are a great opportunity for each of us to push just a little harder for the finish line. And how appropriate that we can have a small break, a day to rest and recharge before we dive into the last stretch of 2016.

However you plan to spend the long weekend, I hope you take some time to reflect on the year so far. There is still time to adjust your goals, reset and refocus. Anything is possible, if you dare to dream big enough and go for it. From my family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe Labor Day celebration. Let’s make it a great week!


From Candles to Soap

In 1879, Procter and Gamble's best seller was candles. But the company was in trouble. Thomas Edison had invented the light bulb, and it looked as if candles would become obsolete. Their fears became reality when the market for candles plummeted since they were now sold only for-special occasions.

The outlook appeared to be bleak for Procter and Gamble. However, at this time, it seemed that destiny played a dramatic part in pulling the struggling company from the clutches of bankruptcy. A forgetful employee at a small factory in Cincinnati forgot to turn off his machine when he went to lunch. The result? A frothing mass of lather filled with air bubbles. He almost threw the stuff away but instead decided to make it into soap. The soap floated. Thus, Ivory soap was born and became the mainstay of the Procter and Gamble Company.

Why was soap that floats such a hot item at that time? In Cincinnati, during that period, some people bathed in the Ohio River. Floating soap would never sink and consequently never got lost. So, Ivory soap became a best seller in Ohio and eventually across the country also.

Like Procter and Gamble, never give up when things go wrong or when seemingly unsurmountable problems arise. Creativity put to work can change a problem and turn it into a gold mine.



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

“What we think, we become.”- Buddha

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

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

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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