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A Resume of a Different Kind - A Must Read!

A Resume of a Different Kind - A Must Read!A Resume of a Different Kind.  As far back as I can remember, I've always known I was a little different.  A bit of a rebel, I suppose.  My tenacious spirit came from watching my mother champion a debilitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis.  Perhaps growing up on the poor side of the tracks contributed a little too. 

At the age of six, I started my first non-profit business... a Pet Cemetery.  I lived in rural San Fernando Valley, where land was plentiful (in those days) and the clientele was abundant.  Walking home from school provided a variety of roadkill (mostly possums) that I would drag home by their tail.  I happily dug shallow graves and gave these poor unfortunate souls a nice resting place to call their own. 

Speaking of unfortunate... fast forward to age 11, my babysitting career ended the first night on the job when half the house went up in flames.  Three lovely (but mischievous) kids lit some candles and stuck them under a lamp, which ignited instantly and subsequently spread to the living room curtains and couch within seconds.  Fortunately, I maintained a sense of calm as I ushered each child out of the burning house.  To my horror, I had to view their charred home every day for several months each time I walked outside my front door, as they lived directly across the street.  Something etched in my memory forever. 

Shortly thereafter, I took up door to door sales.  Bottle collection was a new and budding vocation in the 70's.  I started recycling at an early age, before aluminum cans and plastic were fashionable (I'm dating myself here).  I used to take my rusty red wagon and knock on doors, asking anyone who would listen, if I could recycle their bottles.  Surprisingly, my door knocking days were a huge success and I managed to bank enough money to buy many hot school lunches.

I won't bore you with the rest of my story... but suffice to say that I developed a good work ethic at a very young age.  I never graduated from college, but I've held several positions with Fortune 500 companies that only graduates should hold.  How did I land those $100K+ jobs without a polished resume?  I entered through the back door while others entered through the front door.  I was creative.  I was tenacious.  I never took 'no' for an answer, and I never let anyone tell me I couldn't do something.  I kept knocking on doors until they opened.

The moral of the story is... if you find yourself in a position of feeling helpless, homeless, or simply discouraged... just remember that hope resides inside the next door you haven't knocked on yet.  Don't let fear paralyze you from knocking on that door.  Don't let rejection intimidate you from knocking on that door.  Stay focused and keep telling yourself.... that door is ready to open... I just know it.  Perhaps it's time for you to create resume of a different kind and look for new doors of opportunity.  It's not over until YOU say it is!  So, get out there and keep knocking... there are a variety of doors just waiting to be opened! 


Melinda Peterson - Real Estate Cafe LLC




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Comment balloon 113 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • March 25 2011 08:22PM


Exellent post.  Suggested.

Posted by Roger Davidson, Maumee, Ohio Real Estate (DiSalle Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Melinda - I LOVE this post!   I have missed you, but I think it's been me that's been missing from blogging as I set up my own brokerage.   I NEED to return..  Great post.

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Well written and so sweet.  I will suggest this as well.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 8 years ago

What an awesome Post!  The amount of information you packed in it with humor and insight is just GREAT!  I'm so glad I read!

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the post. The power of hope is enormous..heres hoping you the best

Posted by Pat O'Reilly (RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth) over 8 years ago

Wow Melinda, talk about Tenacity and Perseverance.   What a great post!


Posted by Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Work ethic ... that makes you a little red hen and successful.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 8 years ago

I got so upset when you said you wouldn't give us the rest of the story.  It's a great story and I really want more.  I stepped on the suggest button too.  It's so obvious your heart is in what you do.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Thanks for your vote of confidence Roger & Paula!

Hey Dagny, it's been a long time... I know what you're going through, started my brokerage in 2008 and didn't expect it to flourish so quickly... nearly kicked my butt in 2010, but that's a good problem to have!  Best wishes sweetie!

Glad you stopped by Laura & Pat!

Thanks a bunch Fred & Andrew :)

My Dear Miss Tammy... many a times have I wiped a tear reading your heartfelt posts.  It's good to hear from you again!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

Melinda- I had to press the "suggest" button as well.  "hope resides inside the next door you haven't knocked on yet."  I love this line.  What a story and yes we want more.  I think we sometimes forget that just because we're all working in similar professions, we did not all take the same path to get here.  I wonder if I would have had the courage and moxy to do what you did at such a young age. I'm glad you kept knocking on doors and hope you'll continue to do so.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

While we may be kindred spirits in many ways, I can't say as I have come close to anything that tops the fire story of your first (and last) babysitting job.  The topic of your post is fantastic and well spoken, but the pieces of it each had an impact on my soul. 

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (Falcon Property Solutions) over 8 years ago

Great story, Melinda.  And I like the premise of knocking on one more door until it opens.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 8 years ago

I'm right there with you, berry picker, started picking up cans on the way back from the fields to make extra money. Did what I had to do to survive and because of that I've had a lot of great success in my life and owe it all to that poor kid mentality that I grew up with.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Kathy ~ Thanks for your lovely comments!  I've enjoyed reading your blog my fellow Libran =)

Mimi ~ My new BB... You are as sweet as your picture portrays you :)

Thanks a bunch Jane... I've knocked on many a doors in your neck of the woods =)

Todd, my fellow Oregonian... I think you should add Berry Picker to your resume! 

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

Congratulations Melinda.  Now get busy working on the sequel.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Melinda - I liked this resume of a different kind; it shows a lot more fortitude than the usual one.  My mom was of the opinion that rather than a allowance, we should be given money making opportunities, and we were.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

Melinda, congratulations on overcoming the odds, keeping a healthy attitude and having spirit!

Posted by Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist (Catamount Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Don't knock on one door at a time -- knock on all of the doors at the same time -- better odds that one will open!

Posted by Kelly Fisher over 8 years ago


I enjoyed reading your "resume"!  Your optimism is refreshing and I will be subscribing to your blog.


Posted by Paul Franciskato (Asset Brokering Services) over 8 years ago

Oh my... a featured post... thanks for the kudos Tammy!

Love that idea Christine!

Thanks Mark & Kelly :)

Appreciate your comments Paul =)


Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

Delightful resume.

Love the pet cemetary story.  My precious little dog died and I picked up his ashes today.  Reading about your non profit is the first time I have smiled all day.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 8 years ago

I love this!  Will be reading you from hear on out!  Great way to present yourself and the story of knocking on doors.  great inspiration behind your doors.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) over 8 years ago


I washed dishes, delivered pizza, worked a deli counter, tended bar, landscaped, stocked shelves, waited tables, and a slew of other jobs myself. None as creative as yours, but work at a young age gives you insight. 

And I can tell you as a college graduate that I learned more from my best friends father working deli counter than any college course I ever took. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 8 years ago

A resume of a different kind! Excellent post and very encouraging.

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage) over 8 years ago

Melina,  Great post.  Love the title too.  It shows that persistence and hard work pays, something that you certainly have had.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Great story, nothing to get you ahead like persistece and perservcerance.

Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Virginia ~ I'm delighted that my post made you smile today!

Thank you Navona and Markita (beautiful names)!

J.Philip ~ Sounds like you served your time in the trenches too!

Elyse & Michael ~ I appreciate you both stopping by!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

Excellent story.  Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 8 years ago
Excellent post and a great story, your inspirational words are right on
Posted by Brian Doubleday, Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo (Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker) over 8 years ago

Melinda: You have the entrepreneurial spirit for sure. Keep knocking on those doors.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda~  Love your story. I think those of us that have had to work very hard for everything we have ever gotten have what it takes so that when life gives you lemons, you make lemon-aid! 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda...Doors were made for knocking.  We never know what might be on the other side.  Makes life an adventure.  Wishing you continued success.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago
Great post, Melinda. It is not window of opportunity but door of opportunity.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 8 years ago

Inspirational.  What is that saying, everything is exactly as it's supposed to be.  Just keep moving forward.

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda-great quote-thanks

if you find yourself in a position of feeling helpless, homeless, or simply discouraged... just remember that hope resides inside the next door you haven't knocked on yet.

Posted by Tim Peterson, Realtor Safety Training Classes (Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes) over 8 years ago

Melinda- Loved your story. So full of wisdom and inspiration. Never give up is something we all should keep at the forefront each and every day. Sooooo glad you ahred! :0)

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 8 years ago

Great post! Keep it up, your ambition is a great trait.

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) over 8 years ago


A creative and heartfelt story for sure. Hats off to the woman you became as a result!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

Great Resume and very inspiring! 

Posted by Hannah Chan, GRI, Broker with a Serving Heart! (Hannah Chan,CDPE,GRI CRS, CLHMS( Cary-Raleigh Realty, Inc)) over 8 years ago

It's so true that our real life experiences really build who we are, much more than all of the boring stuff we put on our resumes.  I love your resume and your writing! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Brad Baxter, Indianapolis Real Estate Broker (Brad Baxter, Weichert, Realtors - McDonald-McKinney) over 8 years ago

Great post and a wonderful reminder that all of us have the potential. Those that make the extra efforts will experience the greatest level of success.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Melinda, that's a resume created by hard work out of necessity and a tenacity to get it done. A wonderful story that is probably far from being over.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

We can picture you with your little red wagon!  Great motivational post Melinda!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago


This is a wonderfully inspiring post and I'm glad that you shared your story with us! Wow, a fire! That must have been some night!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

HI Melinda. What a clever analogy and what an imporant message. Thank you for sharing such a personal post.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 8 years ago

Melinda, what a great story. You got all the education you needed from an early age.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Sounds like you had a creative mind that you put to work early.  Good inspiring and encouraging message.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda -- Your perspective is the very backbone of what has made our country so great.  Tenacity is one of the best attributes to have! :)

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

Oh Melinda...your story is really a GREAT one!  Way to be tenacious!  Can't wait for a part deux!  :)


Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Great post, thank you for sharing your story.

Posted by Kevin Kueneke, San Diego Mortgage Banker (Caliber Home Loans) over 8 years ago

Thank you for posting a bit about you - inspiring. It shows where there is a will, there is a way. Perseverance, being calm and taking the high road are the ways to achieving great things in life. And here's to doing things differently - that makes you unique (such as the name of your real estate company).

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (West USA Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post...your the first agent I have seen on AR from GP...I grew up there...have a great year!

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 over 8 years ago

Melinda, A very beautiful and inspiring post. Reading it caused me to feel like I know you … your kind and loving heart to dig shallow graves for poor unfortunate souls and provide a nice resting place to call their own. When you talk about doors opening … I just had to laugh. I have been on a rant lately about agents leaving the doors to my listings open; unlocked; and entering before calling. I’m sitting here laughing because of the irony … me wanting doors to be closed and locked.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 8 years ago

Great Post, I like the idea of a resume of a different kind and opening new doors or even ones that have been there all along.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) over 8 years ago

Very inspiring post Melinda. Thank you for sharing your story. You have experienced a life of "people" education and that is what makes you successful. I love the line: "Don't let fear paralyze you from knocking on that door.  Don't let rejection intimidate you from knocking on that door.  Stay focused and keep telling yourself.... that door is ready to open." There are many people living in fear right now and they are stuck like a "deer caught in headlights." They need to move off the road and get back to knocking on doors. Like you said, the right ones will open.

Posted by Jeff Markell, Branch Manager / Mortgage Consultant - NMLS 22416 (Land Home Financial Services) over 8 years ago

Very inspiring Melinda.  I'm going out now to knock on that next door!

Posted by Vicki Lloyd, (619)452-9798, Real Estate San Diego California (The Lloyd Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Melinda, I remember dragging a lawn mower thru the neighborhood asking people if they wanted me to cut their lawn. One guy told me "No, but if you want to return the bottles in my garage, go ahead." I was 10 or 11 and we made $75.00! It was the start of my entrepreneurial career. lol Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 8 years ago

What a great post. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Margaret Sonnek (Real Estate of Winter Park) over 8 years ago


Nice story.  You are right about the mystery of what is behind the next door.  It may be a challenge or a let down.  Either way it is exhilarating to face the next door.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda,

Awesome post & I couldn't agree more! I so admire your attitude and persistance! The world needs more people like you- you rock!

Hope your weekend was wonderful & I wish you a perfect week ahead!

Gina Lemos

Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) over 8 years ago

Melinda - Love your story, your entrepreneurial spirit, AND your logo! Very nice.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 8 years ago

I remember fighting with my brother over who got to get out of the car to pick up the cans along side of the road.  My dad always pulled over for that 5 cents per can, probably wasted more than that in gas, but what did we care?  We bought plenty of extras with that pocket change that no one else cared about.  Reading your story reminded me of mine as well...thank you for that!

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) over 8 years ago

Nice post Melinda, very encouraging!  We have bottle collecting in common!  Only we lived in the country, not too many neighbors.  Little store about a mile down the road from my house, we collected bottles on the side of the road as we walked to the store.  We hoped to collect enough bottles that would give us enough money back to get a drink for the walk home.  Good thing drinks were only a quarter!  We never came away from that little store empty handed!  Good lesson in creative financing!

Posted by Julie Milana, "Your Goals Are My Goals!" over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda,  Wow, very inspiring story.  Each " NO " brings us one door closer to the next " YES " !  Well done.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda - I was struck by this post and was amazed at the parallels.  I too grew up in a home with a very strong and persistent single mother battling MS.  What I also learned from that experience is that with the blessing of a healthy body - there is nothing to keep me down.  My odd early jobs included being the Easter bunny at the local mall, Gorilla during kids day and working at Ponderosa before I was old enough to legally be employed.  The tough parts of life often help us succeed more than we know.  Great post!

Posted by Wendy Burns (Keller Williams Realty - Cary) over 8 years ago

Melinda -- I find that those who started 'working' young as you (and I) did have a very strong work ethic.  There's no complaining....only focusing on how to get the job done.  You said "I never let anyone tell me I couldn't do something".  I STILL say that!  GREAT post.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group - RealtyQuest Team, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda...... you must be a very balanced person to be able to handle all the "guilt" that you must have felt as a young girl (even though we know it was not your fault...) for the damage the fire caused.  I am sure you are thankful that no one was injured (or killed)!).  Thanks for sharing your background and letting us get to know you!


Glad to see there are other door-knockers still out there. Good attitude. The house-in-flames story is a hard one to get over... wow. Thx for the post!

Posted by Jay O'Brien, Kansas City : Social Media Guy (RE/MAX Revolution) over 8 years ago

To my fellow colleagues who took the time to comment here... my heartfelt thanks!  There is nothing more gratifying than making someone smile by sharing an encouraging word.  You made my day!  

Martha & Irene ~ I must give credit to a lovely woman named Beth... my mother.  Sadly, she lost her life to MS at the young age of 55.  I will write a special post about her on April 20 (her B'day), so stay tuned.

Thanks Richard & Melissa & Richard ~ That means a lot!

A heartfelt thanks Cheron & Kathleen

Jeffrey & Gina & Judy~ thank you so much... Very sweet of you to stop by!

Wow Wendy... What are the chances?  You know exactly what I'm talking about.  Bless you!

So true Barbara... another Kindred Spirit =)

Teri ~ Balanced indeed... and that's just a small part of the story!


Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

Really great post here that includes a good point. Shear determination can be as powerful as a college degree.Thanks!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Posts that encourage and uplift sooth and smooth. Bring them on and thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

What a great post!  Inspirational and encouraging.

Posted by Gwen Kelly, Long Beach, CA Real Estate (Broadmoor Realty, Inc) over 8 years ago

I love your post!  Great job!!

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

Good thing you didn't have video games back then, or you wouldn't have had any of these experiences!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 8 years ago

I love your uplifting message - and your doors photo, too!

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 8 years ago

Very motivating.  Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Janice Weathington (Century 21 Pro-Team) over 8 years ago

Great post for a Monday morning. Thanks for the lift.

Posted by Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent, Bringing you Home! (BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684) over 8 years ago

Melinda, you rock!

My sales career began with greeting cards and Clover salve.  Quite a combo.  I soon graduated to shoe shining (my career took a sharp turn for the worse when I miscolored a new set of loafers and couldn't quite bring them back) and selling newspapers on the street corner. 

I know where you are coming from and it gave me a huge smile when I read your blog.  Thanks.

Posted by Dennis Erickson, My Best..., Always! (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montana Properties) over 8 years ago

Melinda - this is one of the best posts I have ever read. Thank you for a great story ... more please!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 8 years ago
Inspiring! I agree with and I am proof that, just like yourself, with hard work and determination a person can make a success of themselves without waiting for a career to be handed to them. Keep up the good work on being a productive member of society! Thanks for sharing your story! Randy Brummett RA. Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.635.7680
Posted by Randy Brummett over 8 years ago

Melinda ~ very inspiring and worth a feature.  How is your mother doing nowadays?  MS is a crazy unpredictable disease.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 8 years ago


Great post! It just goes to show that with hard work and a little tenacity you can accomplish great things. This is a very inspiring story, Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Bill OnullLeary, Real Estate Agent,Realtor,Homes for sale (Open Homes, Coldwell Banker, REO) over 8 years ago

Melissa:  So often the key to success is having enough energy/bravery/stupidity to take just one more chance at risking being told NO.  And, ya know, every once in awhile... somebody tells you "Yes !"

What a great post.  Here is my very own gold star... just for you.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Great inspirational post. I like all the doors in your photo. Doors that are ready to open? Or, doors you've sold?

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 8 years ago

Your post is as welcoming as all the doors... thanks for sharing a bit of yourself. I admire your drive and optimism.

Posted by Heidi Lynch (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post! 

Posted by Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator, Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro (West USA Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post, and very inspirational! Thank you!!

Posted by Monica Hayward, helping you live your Hawaii Life ... (Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Melinda 

Determination, Common sense and willig to work has done alright for me to ...............Brad

Posted by Brad Hornshaw, Realtor, Listing Agent, Buyers Agent, Investments (Brad Hornshaw Realtor Lynnwood, Bothell, Everett) over 8 years ago

Definitely an good preliminary outline for a Movie: "Doors". Your interlude in Babysitting is epic. Road-kill mortician is priceless.

Do us a favor, give us the rest of the story. Do yourself a favor, write the book.

I see Kyra Sedgwick playing the adult Melinda




Posted by R Grodin over 8 years ago

Okay Randall, you just made my day!  This post is becoming the gift that just keeps on giving!  I just saw Kyra Sedgwick in 'The Closer' for the first time the other night.  Loved it... and her!  Sort of found a few parallels too with her no-nonsense character and her love for chocolate... OMG!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

Well, Melinda, what a wonderful story to read & it must have been even more interesting to live.  I started part time work at age 11 myself, worked my way through college & at 18 years old I managed a store, so I get it about developing an early work ethic.  I see most of the youngsters these days wanting it so easy.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) over 8 years ago


What a great story. I want more!  Perhaps you could do a mini-series on Active Rain......should I stay tuned?

Posted by Gilda Kemp, CRMS - Mortgage Lending in Arizona (AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. AZ BK-0013635) over 8 years ago

Great post! I love the visual of the one more door and that it relys on us to open it! Thank you!!

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 8 years ago

Love it!  What we do has ALOT of rejection.  You sure offer some sound advice.  What drives it home to me is your willingness to talk about life's lessons.  I printed this and hung it on my bulletin board by my desk.  Thank you.

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS over 8 years ago

Randall and Melinda:  Yes, I can see Kyra Sedgwick playing the part of Melinda... but Ms Sedgwick is nowhere near as pretty as Melinda is.  So, now what ?

I have been watching The Closer for years, and love Kyra Sedgwick.  Also... Kyra gives a great performance in the movie Phenomenon as John Travoltas girlfriend.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

I love your perspective!

Posted by Dennis & Terri Neal, Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se (RE/MAX, Big Bear) over 8 years ago

We all have our stories, imagine how many doors had to open and close to get you where you are today.  Any one choice at a given moment would have taken you down a completely different path!

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) over 8 years ago

Melinda, very inspiring post. I love it.

Posted by Christine DeLay (Bransom Real Estate, Azle, Tarrant County, TX) over 8 years ago

Nice post.  I am one of those people that have always done my best when working on my own.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I see from your post creativity, work and determination. Traits I respect and strive to have.  Post was funny and helpful.  Made my day.

Posted by Dawnita Griffith, It does matter who you hire. (Meadow Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 8 years ago

Melinda - I really enjoyed reading your post!  Thanks so much for the encouragement and the chuckles!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 8 years ago

Melinda, thank you so much for directing me toward your page and this post in particular.  I took your quote "I never let anyone tell me I couldn't do something.  I kept knocking on doors until they opened." for my daily Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn post for this Friday and am including your name (of course) and a link to your post for my readers.  I love quotes like that from people in the here and now...please let me know if you don't want me to quote you for any reason.  I just loved this post!  Cheers

Posted by Mark Boyd (MarQeteer) over 8 years ago

Mark ~ I would be honored... quote away!  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 8 years ago

I think you should be writing for a profession. Or is it just that you have such a great story to tell? You be the one to decide. I love what you said, though. Awesome post.

Onward and upward!

Posted by Jeff Hollister, Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA (Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers) over 8 years ago

Sounds like you are a go-getter! Very insprational. Thanks for the reminder to not let anything or anyone get us down.

Posted by Tricia DeSouza, Selling Scottsdale Luxury (HomeSmart) over 8 years ago

My babysitting career was over at the age of 13 when the kid threw some bacon in a pan with oil already in it.  It started spattering and he dropped the pan on the floor.  It caught fire, but I was able to put it out with just the kitchen floor being a bit burned. 

I think I was too busy flirting with the kid's older brother when it happened.  I was fired, and I shamefully had to see the mother all the time too.

Posted by Dawn Brenengen, Sales and Management (Dawn Brenengen - Trailwood Realty) over 8 years ago

Very inspiring story and motivational.  Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Ed Vogt, Grandville, MI Midwest Properties (Midwest Properties of Michigan) over 8 years ago

Mel, I was a newbie when you wrote this and missed it the first time. Girl, I LOVE people like you. Write a book someday, inspire other women AND MEN that fear has no place in our souls and it's just wasted energy.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 8 years ago

Your butter on a pancake blog led me to your back story. Very entertaining! Was there ever a doubt that you'd be a success!?

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) about 8 years ago

Life is what we make of it and so is success. If we're not successful there's no one to blame but ourselves.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Good stuff. I have a meeting with a builder and he wanted to see a copy of my resume. I have been in real Estate for over 9 years and never had anyone ask to see my resume. Thanks for the help.

Posted by Nick Smith, Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise (Silvercreek Realty Group) about 8 years ago

Well Miss birthday girl this is an incredible post. I am glad I clinked on the link on your post today otherwise I would have missed this and what a loss that would have been. You my dear are an inspiration and an amazing woman. I was a little older( 10 yrs old) when I started working in my parents family business making sandwiches, salads, donuts, etc. That work ethic is still with me today.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 7 years ago

My Grandmother who I grew up with used to say "Mary, when one door closes another door always opens".  I used to say, "Ma, I don't even see a window never mind a door!" but you know She was always right...that door did open! and all for the better than before!

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) almost 4 years ago