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The Real Beauty of Active Rain


About 4 years ago I was putting together a complex grill for my mom.  My nephew came over while I was assembling the grill.  I was struggling a bit even after reading the instructions when my nephew which was 8 years old at the time said "Can I help uncle George"?  I said "just a minute son, I am trying to concentrate".  He would ask me 2 more times if he could help and in frustrated voice I would reply to him "Just a minute, I am trying to think".

Finally he asked yet another time and I finally said "O.K. son, what do you want to tell me"?  He replied "I think this piece goes here and this other piece goes over there".  After 15-20 minutes of frustration on my part even after reading the instructions my nephew showed me how to put the grill together without even reading the instructions!

My point is that anyone can help someone else at any given time. It doesn't matter the age or the experience. This is the beauty of Active Rain.  I have never seen so many ideas offered by so many incredible members all for free! 

I have also been impressed with the willingness of members to help when we email them or call them for assistance. I recently phoned member Brenda Brown from Oregon regarding a question I had.  She was kind enough to call me back on a weekend and had the patience of a Saint with me.  Thank you Brenda.

I have heard other members tell me they read someone's blog and they liked it but some of the content was over their head.  I encouraged them to contact the author to explain the content.  They were reluctant to do this they didn't want to sound stupid but I kept encouraging them to contact the author and I hope they did.

To be able to help someone with a marketing, technology or some other issue and watch their world change for the better is incredible to see and we all have the opportunity to help one another.

If you write a blog that someone does not quite understand please take the time to answer emails and or calls and answer questions. Keep in mind what you write may be easy for you and others at your level to understand but may leave the majority in the dust.

If you need help please email or call the author and ask for help.  Be open minded unlike what I was with my nephew! If the author will not respond ask another member to help you.

Active Rain should be much more than sharing of information.  It is also about helping others when they ask for and need help.

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Comment balloon 26 commentsGeorge Tallabas • June 16 2007 03:37PM


ooooh...I agree, I've contacted a couple people for various reasons and the response has always been positive. I really enjoy Active Rain and everyone seems to be willing to help. I know I don't have the most experience out there and people know more about a specific subject than I do. So it is great to get to pick each other's brain!
Posted by Rick Grand (nowhere) almost 12 years ago
Great points. We should ask for help when we need it and give it when asked. Thanks
Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Out of the mouth of babes...  :)

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 12 years ago
I never read instructions but I know I received a few calls from Margaret Rome for example but it was to tell me she loved what I was doing...but I was expecting a call to critique which is fine...I was so complimented and I really appreciated it.
Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
George, I couldn't agree more. I am constantly getting emails from members needing advice about their business or just wanting to ask me some questions. I always take the time to respond. Helping each other is what it's all about. I'm flattered that they would want advice from me.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 12 years ago
George - I have found everyone here to be helpful and kind. Maybe I just look for those qualities in people.
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 12 years ago

Rick - Good for you

Gary - Yes, we should all ask and also give

Chris - Yes, this is true

Neal - You are a good man my friend

Bryant - I'm sure you are a wealth of information.  Keep up the great work!

Paula - That's wonderful and you are awesome

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
George- While I have found just about everyone here helpful, I never thought to ask outside of their blog in a personal email. Duh! Good suggestion! Thank you.
Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale ( almost 12 years ago
Could not agree more!  This forum has been an amazing resource for me!
Posted by Ana Connell, Burbank Real Estate Agent (G & C Properties) almost 12 years ago

Debi - It's good to hear from you my friend and I hope all is well. Have a great weekend.

Ana - Yes, this site has been amazing for sure.  Have a great evening.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago


Isn't this fun? I see so many positive, helpful people on the rain. Thanks everyone.


Posted by Jack Haydon, Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago
Thanks for the comment Jack and have a wonderful Fathers Day my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
It is amazing what an open mind can do for you.  Thanks for the post, great information!
Posted by Dawn Workman, Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100 (Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago
It is amazing what an open mind can do for you.  Thanks for the post, great information!
Posted by Dawn Workman, Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100 (Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC) almost 12 years ago
George, I couldn't agree more.  It didn't take me long to figure out I was in a safe place in which I could ask questions.  I can certainly give credit to ActiveRain and it's members in allowing me to gain the confidence and knowledge I need to be successful in my business.
Posted by Joddie Roberts, Your Spokane Realtor - Spokane, WA (Mountain Real Estate and Property Management) almost 12 years ago

Hi, George!

I can't stress enough how I'm being benefited here on AR--it feels as though my network of friends grew suddenly!

You're right, we all have something to offer here on AR and even outside of AR.  Come to think of it, we are here for a reason, as we exist in this planet for good reasons...

It's okay to ask, and yes, for help!

Posted by Emilie Cueva, REALTOR- SRES, AHWD, QSC (Prudential California Realty) almost 12 years ago
I am amazed at how helpful members are here! Whether answering a question you have posed in a blog or responding to comments or personal e-mails, I feel so fortunate to have acces to so many professionals!
Posted by Yvonne Brown (Century 21 Northwest) almost 12 years ago

The best part of your nephews assistance was he didn't read the instructions.  Real men do not read instructions.  At least that is what I tell my wife.  LOL

All kidding aside, I have been contacted by members for help and I have contacted members for help.  That is one best things on Active Rain.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
George- Great story regarding your nephew.  There isn't enough good things I can say about this community and the majority of members involved in it.
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 12 years ago
Excellent Point(s)!!  Yours and your nephew's!!  I know I appreciate the help from several members who have been so generous!!  It's amazing what a quick call or personal note can do to say THANK YOU to someome who has gone out of their way! 
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) almost 12 years ago
George once again you hit the nail on the head. Great Post.
Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Dawn - Thank you and you are very welcome

Joddie - So very true...thank you

Emilie - Great comment and thank you for stopping by

Yvonne - So very, very true...thanks

Randy - Thank you my friend...good to hear from you again

Jason - Yes, it is a great community

Susie - So very true and I am happy you have had so much success my friend

Frank - Thank you very much

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Here Here George, You are absolutely right. In Fact I would even go so far as to say that it should be in bold print when you sign up for AR. This is truly the most giving and patient community that I have ever had the pleasure of belonging to. And I thank you as well my friend for being patient with me when I have asked for your help and you gave it so willingly.
Posted by Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland (RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors) almost 12 years ago

Hi George, this is a wonderful group of people and we should always be willing to lend a helping hand.

Have a beautiful day!

Posted by Tina Smith (Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
George, and thank you for all you have taught me.
Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) almost 12 years ago

Herb - Thank you very much and it is good to hear from you

Treci - Thank you and you have a wonderful day as well

Sue - You are very welcome and I will always help you in any way I can

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago