Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – BC Forbes

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! As a business owner, this quote rings true for me, but I can also apply it to many areas of my life outside of running RE/MAX Professionals. It speaks to the importance of knowing what you want out of life…to be clear about your goals, ambitions, passions. And if you own a business, to have a written plan of action, which supports the goals of the company. If you don’t have a direction or a plan, you will end up floundering or worse, following someone else’s plan (or in other words, driven out of business). This week I encourage you to spend some time working on your plan for 2017. Opportunities await you, and now is the time to take action. Let’s make it a great week!


One day a small gap appeared in the cocoon, through which the butterfly had to appear. A boy, who accidentally passed by, stopped and watched how the butterfly was trying to get out of the cocoon. It took a lot of time, the butterfly was trying very hard, and the gap was as little as before. It seemed that the power would leave the butterfly soon.

The boy decided to help the butterfly. He took a penknife and cut the cocoon. The butterfly immediately got out, but its body was weak and feeble, and the wings were barely moving.
The boy continued to watch the butterfly, thinking that now its wings would spread and its would fly. However, that did not happen.

The rest of its life the butterfly had to drag its weak body and wings that weren’t spread. It was unable to fly, because the boy did not realize that an effort to enter through the narrow gap of the cocoon was necessary for the butterfly, so that the life-giving fluid would move from the body to the butterfly’s wings and that the butterfly could fly. Life forced the butterfly to leave its shell hardly, so that it would become stronger and would be able to grow and develop.
If we were allowed to live without meeting difficulties, we would not be viable. Life gives us challenges to make us stronger.



“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” - Thomas Jefferson

“Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.” - Satchel Paige

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” - John Wooden

“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” - Lewis Carroll

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals