One of the many things that I love about The Peters Company and Keller Williams Realty, is that as much as they care about real estate, they also care about growing leaders. I’ve been fortunate enough over the last 4 years to attend a leadership conference put on by the Keller Williams coaching program, MAPS Coaching, called Recharge. Each year, Recharge is in a different city. Inspirational speakers from across the country and world are brought in to share their stories and help everyone in attendance learn and grow to be the best person and leader they can be. This year, we took to the streets of Philadelphia. Sharing is caring, so read on to hear what some of my biggest takeaways were.


Jim Davidson was one of our first speakers. Jim is a seasoned climber that has summited some of the world’s largest peaks. Jim and his best friend were climbing Mount Rainier in 1992 when tragedy struck and they fell into a crevasse. With very limited resources, Jim was able to make his way out of a seemingly impossible situation. I won’t go into major detail about one of Jim’s most harrowing stories (read his book The Ledge – absolutely incredible story), but his whole talk was on resilience.


Things I learned from Jim:

-How can I start solving my current problem with the resources I currently have?

-Perseverance can get an awful lot done.

-Resilience: I don’t care what it takes, I’m going to get this done.

-Fear is contagious, but so is confidence.

-Accept change and adapt fast.

-Change? Accept it. Challenge? Embrace it. Uncertainty? Persevere. Setback? Refine.


Next up was Debra Searle. Another wonderful speaker and “adventurer”. Debra rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic with her husband. However, 2 weeks into the trip, Debra’s husband had to be rescued, leaving here with the choice to quit or keep rowing. 111 days later, Debra completed her mission (and yes, they are now divorced). She spoke a lot about getting out of your comfort zone and controlling your attitude. Two things I think everybody can benefit from.


Things I learned from Debra:

-Be positively contagious, especially when surrounded by negative people.

-Life is full of changes we didn’t choose.

-When you are out of your comfort zone, just wait for it to shift. Innovate and control the things that can be controlled. And ask yourself, what’s the next, most obvious step?

-If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

-Choosing your attitude is the one thing you always have a choice about.

-When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself what your attitude for the day will be and what is the benefit of it.

-Words are free. There is a never-ending supply. What are you telling yourself?


You’re probably reading these things and thinking, “DUH, Shiloh,” but how many of us are taking action? There are things we can control and things we can’t. How are you making the best out of every situation you’re faced with, good or bad? We have one life to live. Live it well!


Written by Shiloh Sadoti

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