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Mark Podolsky AKA The Land Geek - Issue #348


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November 5 · Issue #348 · View online

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We are going to a new newsletter format T-L-G. Thoughts. Land. Gratitude.
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Thanks for your time and attention and feedback to help me improve!

T- Thoughts
“Joy is a meeting place, of deep intentionality and of self-forgetting, the bodily alchemy of what lies inside us in communion with what formerly seemed outside, but is now neither, but become a living frontier, a voice speaking between us and the world: dance, laughter, affection, skin touching skin, singing in the car, music in the kitchen, the quiet irreplaceable and companionable presence of a daughter: the sheer intoxicating beauty of the world inhabited as an edge between what we previously thought was us and what we thought was other than us.” David Whyte Excerpt From: David Whyte. “Consolations.” Apple Books.
David Whyte is my favorite poet. He has a deep baritone voice with a funny Welsh / Irish / American blended accent. When he reads his poetry aloud you feel the kind of feeling you might experience from a great concert or hymn in a religious setting.
I often think about joy being the ultimate state to work and live in. Some people refer to flow as losing yourself in challenging, but not overwhelming work. I prefer the term joy as it encompasses every moment of life not just being in "the zone” in sport or “flow” in work.
When I work in my land business I notice that I can wear so many hats that provide me so much joy daily. The deal maker hat, the manager hat, the problem solver hat, the marketing hat, the sales hat, the CEO hat, etc. Within each of these containers, I can practice my craft while at the same time losing myself in the joy of just learning or getting better at what I’m trying to accomplish.
When I witness my thoughts of frustration, impatience, annoyance, maybe even anger I try to anchor myself back in the moment and recapture the feeling of joy.
There is no reason you can’t struggle and find joy in the process of your work in your life. In the beginning, I was so anxious about building my land business I didn’t even enjoy my days. I would worry about where the next deal was coming from or if and when I was going to run out of cash. Looking back I regret not just enjoying the moments and just patiently and serenely solving each problem as it arose.
The land business can be so challenging with so many moving pieces, but just under the surface of it all try to find the reservoir of the pure joy of learning new skills, building a better future for yourself and your loved ones. What good is it arriving at the top of the mountain if you hated every step of the climb?
“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” Chuck Palahniuk
L- Land
This Week on The Art of Passive Income...
On this week’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott welcome Author, Leadership Speaker and Veteran, Shannon Huffman Polson to the show.
Episode Notes
Shannon Huffman Polson is an Author, Leadership Speaker, and U.S. Army Veteran. She is the founder of The Grit Institute, where she focuses on leadership and grit based on her years of service and her time in the corporate world. 
Shannon studied English Literature and Art History at Duke University. At her graduation, she was commissioned as a 2LT in Army Aviation and became one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, where she has led two flight platoons and line units on three continents. She later earned her MBA in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Her love for leadership has led her to combine her passion and firsthand experience along with her study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class training to companies and organizations. She energizes her audience across the country and around the world to overcome resistance, connect to their core purpose and commit to courageous ownership under the most challenging conditions. Currently, she is an American writer and leadership development consultant. 
Listen in as they discuss:
  • Grit and its definition.
  • How Shannon uses grit to survive in corporate culture.
  • The importance of staying focus to achieve your goals.
  • How Shannon helps others to cultivate grit in their children and their organization.
  • What is grounded optimism?
  • Ways to build your grit.
  • The worst advice Shannon has seen or heard given in her area of expertise of grit and resilience and grounded optimism in order to be better every day.
  • What kind of mindset you will need to develop to build resilience and grit.
And, more!
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In This Week's Round Table...
On this week’s roundtable episode, the Land Geeks discuss whether or not the document fee is refundable after a buyer stops communicating during the purchasing process.
Episode Notes
Joining Mark this week are:
  • Mike Zaino
  • Scott Bossman
  • Erik Peterson
  • Teria Harris
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
Listen in as they go around the table and share their individual approach to handling a scenario where a prospective buyer pays the document fee and makes a down payment but becomes unresponsive soon after. Will the buyer be refunded the document fee or is it non-refundable?
Teria: Today’s tip is a little different, I found this incredible app called Fitbod. It allows me to go in and put what equipment I have; how I want to workout and how long I want to workout. It allows me to specify if I want heavy lifting or what type of workout. It plans my whole workout. It tracks my whole muscle recovery. It designs my workout. I can change it if I don’t want to do this or that, but for those who workout or who are looking to workout, Fitbod is a great help.
Want To Listen More?
Did you enjoy this episode? If you did, check out one of our exciting roundtable episodes where we discuss some of the creative ways to land deals in our niche.
Are you ready to learn more about land investing? Just click HERE to schedule a call.
G -Gratitude
This week we are giving a major shout out to Chloe Bawmann for taking the necessary steps to create financial freedom for herself and her family.
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Geeky Links!
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The 5 Key Resilience Traits You Need Right Now – John Maxwell
Money Management Tips that will Help you to Live A Way More Productive Life - Productivityist
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