Relocate to Wisconsin : The First Olive Out of the Jar....

The First Olive Out of the Jar....

 Working with people on a new program I was reminded of what we like to call our "Momisms"  ....she had so many great expressions that always seemed to fit the situation and we hear ourselves echoing them and the stream of memories returning that she has left us for a lifetime.

    When you think about a different way to do lead are a newbie to the in real estate or lending...or any allied field...there are soooo many "first times" that you list a house...that you write a Olivescontract....that you approach a potential client.  Any first time experience can be a little daunting. 

     Mom said: "The first olive out of the jar is always the hardest." It IS !   Until you get past the first is difficult...there is some lack of confidence....a little fear mixed in with a lot of "what if's"......and one you get that first olive and the have that taste of success.....the rest will follow. Mom you were right Jar of Olives(again)'s true !  Stick with it, ask for advice, back your career with education....coaching if you wish....however you choose to learn...Knowledge is power...Power is confidence....and makes those olives start to tumble....and your goal of a "first" becomes many, many successes to follow.
   This is a professional positive post brought to you courtesy of Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams Realty honored to be serving southeastern Wisconsin and "Mom" Vera L. Repa who wish you all great success in every new endeavor.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 38 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • August 25 2017 11:45AM


Good morning Sally and David. That first olive is always the hardest. Repitition is the solution. Keep reaching in the jar. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 10 months ago

Great advice and  such good thoughts on this job Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 10 months ago

I agree that the "first olive" is the hardest but always the tastiest!

Posted by Betsy N. Robinson - Serving the Sandhills, NC, CNS (Everything Pines Partners, LLC.) 10 months ago

Hi Sally, and it is the truth and sometimes one needs the second coming pretty quickly too!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) 10 months ago

Sally: Sage advice that has applicability for both our personal lives and professional endeavors! Never be too afraid to try.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 10 months ago

Good morning Sally and David.  Many of these "momisms" are very true and can teach us life's lessons.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Love the analogy to our business, Sally K. & David L. Hanson , but the risk we all took on that first deal, contract, etc. was to take a bite out of a rotten olive. Many have when ill-prepared.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) 10 months ago

I'm not partial to olives, but I love pickles.  And the first pickle out of the jar is the hardest. 

And I am often in a pickle.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 months ago

Good morning Sally and David. I never heard that expression before but it is wonderful and apt.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Hi Sally... I sure never heard that particular expression... then again we were a family that didn't ever eat olives. I didn't know what they were until I was an adult and then found out I was allergic to them, in any event. But all that being said, the expression is a good one... I'll just substitute pickels for the olives. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 10 months ago

Where is that feature button,  This is one for the books that should be feature.  It is okay if I reblog it sometime?


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 10 months ago

So very true, your Mom was a very wise woman!  The first time we do anything it usually is the most difficult.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

Yes indeed Sally K. & David L. Hanson getting starting is always hardest to do and you should not stop once you get started to keep momentum going.

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

that first olive out of the jar is a tough one but always the most satisfying.... nice post, Sally...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 10 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I love it!  I can relate on so many profects we've taken on over the years. Sometimes it's looking at the jar and then finally taking the first olive out of the jar. Love love love it!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 10 months ago

Sally and David I love olives, but have never thought of this comparison before :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 10 months ago

Sally- Moms have a way of handing down these little sayings that stick with us and I love the first olive out of the jar one. And your mother was right. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 months ago

Thank you for your post. Thought it was the start of Friday Martini night. Momism''s are priceless. A toast to all moms.

Posted by Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP (United Realty Group) 10 months ago

Oh, your Mom was ever-so wise, Sally!  YES, that first one is the toughest but, once you gather momentum, it becomes easier with each one!

And, now you have my mouth watering for olives!  LOL

Happy Friday!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 months ago

My mom never said that but that is becasue she never bought olives very much. I always had a hard time getting the ketchup to get started flowing.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 10 months ago

I'm not an olive person at all, but I certainly get the point Sally K. & David L. Hanson . The first time I do anything or go anywhere always is the most difficult and causes much anxiety. After the first success, it does get easier!

Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) 10 months ago

Sally and David

David your is a wise lady.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) 10 months ago

Sally & David loved the analogy but I would have preferred the illustration in a Martini Glass with a side car:))Endre

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

Hi Sally and David -- well, that's a new expression for me but there's nothing like a good Momism to make any day just a bit better.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 months ago

Sally and David

That's certainly an appropriate analogy for all the firsts in our business, as well as in life.!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 10 months ago

Good morning Sally.

Congratulations on the feature.  The first one also gives one the idea about the taste of the others that follow. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 10 months ago

I never heard this saying about olives, but it's certainly true. Great analogy. The first time doing anything is always the hardest.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, 10 months ago

Its the effort & expectation that brings the satisfying conclusion if one finishes what they start...the olive in this case. May we all have what we reach for

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 10 months ago

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is excellent advice to share.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Wow! I love reading your feature. Thanks for sharing excellent advice. 

Posted by Mega Team Real Estate, San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge (Realty ONE Group Alliance) 10 months ago

I love this comparison.  Clever

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) 10 months ago

Great analogy! This is so true.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) 10 months ago

Taking the first step can be the hard one for sure. But go ahead and take it the joy awaits as each step is taken. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma ) 10 months ago

Now I'm craving olives. I would write a more profound comment but I'm out the door to buy olives.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) 10 months ago

I love the analogy. Your mother was a wise woman. Thanks for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 10 months ago

What a great expression. Yes, the first time for everything is always the hardest and we take what we learn from that experience into the next one and so on. It just keeps getting easier.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) 10 months ago

That is a great expression! And so true! Your mother was very wise. Thank you for sharing her wisdom with us. 

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) 9 months ago

momisms are the best... ans it is true the first olive is the hardest to get out of the jar! Great Personal Positive Post !  thank you! 

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 9 months ago