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RE/MAX Convention Highlight >> Work on our strengths-not our weaknesses

At the recent RE/MAX National convention in Las Vegas we were all fortunate to hear many good speakers.  Among one of my favorites was an International speaker by the name of Marcus Buckingham. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Mr. Buckingham I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed and will come away with a whole new point of view.

What caught my attention is that Mr. Buckingham says that one of the major problems with our society is that we focus too much on fixing ours and other's weaknesses rather than focusing on and building up our strengths.

Mr. Buckingham used these excellent examples to make his point:


When a child brings home a report card with a couple of "A's", some "B's", and a "C" or "F", most parents freak out over the "F" and focus on that grade.  An option he stated was to congratulate them on the "A" and find out why they excelled in that class.  Find out what their passion is and what motivates them to do so well in their favorite classes.  When the child realizes the interest you have in them they will likely work hard to bring up the "F" to a much better grade.

Personal Relationships:

How many of us want to change the person we are with and make sure and try and fix their weaknesses?  Mr. Buckingham says this is the common denominator to many failed relationships.  Instead of focusing on each others weaknesses, lets embrace each others strengths and accept that everyone has both weaknesses and strengths.


If we were not organized at the age of 19 there is a good chance we will not be organized at the age of 50.  Instead of dwelling on becomming an organized person, don't be afraid to ask for help with that weakness.  Instead of beating yourself up over any weakness, embrace your strengths and learn that those strengths are unique to you and make you special.  Focus on building up the strengths you know you have.


This was a fascinating class and many Re/Max agents were talking about it days after the class. It had a big impact on me and really got me to thinking.  I hope it helps you and gives you something to think about.


Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.


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Comment balloon 28 commentsGeorge Tallabas • March 11 2008 03:52PM


Well, it makes perfect sense, George!  Isn't this one of the concepts behind teams - play to your strengths and let someone else handle the things you aren't so good at.
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 11 years ago
Lisa - Very true and thank you so much for stopping by.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago


That's what is so wonderful when you have others to work with.  It makes so much more sense to be your natural best and if you aren't strong in an area where someone else is a expert, let them help you or handle that side.  Thanks for sharing from the meeting.

Posted by Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional (RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA) about 11 years ago
I saw a good photo of you !
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

Karen - You are welcome and thank you for your wonderful comment.

Missy - Awe...thank you sooooo much!  I met your daughter and she is just gorgeous inside and out!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

George - there were so many great speakers at the convention it was unbelievable.  So many topics and tips...lots of information to process.  I was very impressed with the presentations and the number of folks that attended.  Extraordinary!

And it was really great to meet you and get to chat a bit!  I call that a convention perk! 

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago
Carol - So very true and it was a pleasure to meet you as well.  God bles you and I hope you have an awesome year.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, I like the thought of building on our strengths. The first step in that area is to identify our strengths. So many don't know them believe it or not.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago
Gary - So very true to develope our strengths.  We all at times just loose our focus.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, great advice.  I just heard this from a teacher last week.  Glad you learned great information at the convention.
Posted by Kay Van Kampen, RealtorĀ®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 11 years ago
Kay - Thank you and I hope all is well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Jennifer Harris, e-PRO (RE/MAX Affiliates) about 11 years ago
This is the whole concept behind "How to Win Friends and Influence People."  Good stuff.
Posted by Eliese Pivarnik, CRS, GRI, ABR, RSPS, Colorado Group Realt (Colorado Group Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago

Thank you for your thoughts and comments.  It is very easy to get sidetracked with all the things we have to do... not to mention all the great things to learn on the internet and AR.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 11 years ago
Thanks for sharing. I like the concept of building on the strength rather than thinking of the weaknesses .
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 11 years ago

It should be obvious, but we always seem to forget it. We all need to remember to focus on our strengths...and the strengths and good qualities of those around us!

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) about 11 years ago

Jennifer - Good luck to you

Eliese - Very true...thanks

Susie - You are welcome and I hope you well

Gita - I am glad you liked it

Kelly - Yes, we always seem to forget my friend

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
George, All great points. It is interesting how we tend to do the opposite. Remember. I'm never to busy for your Atlanta referrals.
Posted by Rod Rich, Atlanta- Associate Broker (Atlanta Communities Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Rod - Thank you and I am never too busy to do Idaho referrals!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
Thank you for the inspiration! It's nice to hear tidbits from the convention for those of us who didn't go. Thanks!
Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate about 11 years ago
April - You are very welcome and I hope all is well
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago


Thanks for giving us this review of the convention speaker. It is good for all of us to be reminded to use positive reinforcement instead of negative.

Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) about 11 years ago
Great incite George, it is good to know you can still get valuable info from the convention when you can't make it one year.
Posted by Keith Zimmer (RE/MAX Results) about 11 years ago

Tina - You are welcome...I hope you are doing well

Keith - Thank you...the convention was aweseome beyond words!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago
It is so easy sometimes to focus more on one's weaknesses than strengths.  I am guilty of that!  Thanks a lot for sharing some of what you learned from the convention with all of us here on AR!!
Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) about 11 years ago
Nice post George!  You have a lot of strengths to focus on! I don't know how you do it!
Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) about 11 years ago

Patricia - Very true and "Thank you" for the SEO tips you shared from your heart!

Don - Thank you my friend. I was truly blessed at the convention and learned a ton of information and made a lot of new friends.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Hello George,

Thank you for the info you provided. It's very positive and encouraging, even for someone like me who is new at this profession as I just started my career with RE/MAX, in Barrie (City North of Toronto/Canada). I am trying to find out more about this conference. Unfortunately, there is little to no information available on the Web. Would you, by any chance, know of  another Web address that would provide me with additional documentation and/or video resources? I am looking for materials similar to the presentation made by Mr. Allan Dalton during the RISMedia's Real Estate Leadership Conference 2010 (Title: "How's the Real Estate Business is NOT an Objection"). Thank you for your time. Much appreciated.


Posted by Georges Olivier almost 9 years ago