3/17/13: Embracing Change and Overcoming Adversity – A Conversation with RE/MAX Co-Founder Dave Liniger

Do you know what makes good times so good?

Bad times.

There’s a lot of truth to that old adage, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

We know.  Like us, you’d rather soar above the peaks and valleys and enjoy a smooth ride non-stop to the top.  But the more we hang around hyper-achievers, the more we find adversity is a common denominator.

Since we’re always on the lookout for inspiring stories and powerful lessons, we couldn’t resist the chance to sit down with a guy that has overcome tremendous adversity and achieved amazing success.  And while you may know his company, you may not know the man.  But we’re about to change that.

On location in glamorous Las Vegas for this edition of The Real Estate Guys™ radio show:

  • Your go-with-the-flow good times host, Robert Helms
  • The push-the-rock-uphill co-host, Russell Gray
  • RE/MAX Co-Founder, Dave Liniger

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard of RE/MAX.

REMAX Co-Founder Dave Liniger

But let’s stop right there and let that sink in.  RE/MAX is one of the biggest, best known brands in the world.  Not just in real estate.  In anything.  THAT’s amazing all by itself.  How do you just start a little real estate brokerage and turn it into RE/MAX?

Okay, now turn it around.  Instead of wondering how a guy builds a brand as big as RE/MAX, think about how a brand as big as RE/MAX builds a guy.

Interesting concept, right?

Whenever we sit down with an amazing person, we never quite know what’s going to come out of their mouth.  But most of the time, it’s really good.  Sometimes, it’s the stuff between the words that’s the richest.

We’ve noticed that most people want to build a big company to become rich beyond their wildest dreams.  We’ve also noticed that most people with that motivation seldom succeed on a large scale.  And even if they make the money, they aren’t necessarily happy or “successful”.  We like money as much as anyone, but most people consider true success to include much more than money.

When you listen to the interview, try to put yourself in Dave’s shoes.  And ask yourself what his focus is and why he didn’t quit when he already had everything he wanted, nothing left to prove, and every reason to want to stop working. It will give you some insight into one of the common characteristics we’ve noticed in several of the most successful people we know.

So maybe it’s true.  Maybe attitude really is everything.

Be forewarned.  This is a great interview, but if you’ve been feeling even a little sorry for yourself, you might be a little embarrassed as you listen to Dave’s story.  We’re guessing you’ll be inspired to attack the challenges of your life with new hope and zeal.  And when you go, you’ll not only enrich yourself, but the lives of many others along the way!

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