We frequently have internal contests at JVM for all kinds of things – favorite songs, cookie decorating, baking contests, flip cup, dart gun wars, trivia, Jenga, etc.
They always turn out to be more fun than expected, and we highly recommend the practice.
The winners are decided by an all-office vote, and they usually get $100.
Most recently we had a contest for the most “Inspirational Quote or Song Lyric” and the winners (we had a tie) were announced yesterday.
The quotes were very entertaining, inspiring and interesting b/c they revealed so much about the team member supplying the quote.
Below are all the quotes from our contest with the winners highlighted and announced at the bottom.
Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as we all did.
JVM’s Inspirational Quote/Song Lyric Contest:
Casey – Mortgage Analyst
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
Darcy – Front Desk Manager
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Claire – Mortgage Analyst (WINNER)
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Diandra – Senior Mortgage Analyst
“Be always blooming.”
Lindsey – Graphic Designer & Marketing Director
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”
Jay – Broker & Founder
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
-Thomas J. Watson, Former IBM CEO
Tiffany – Office Manager
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
-Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Erin – Senior Mortgage Analyst & Closing Specialist
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes, the whole world around you.
Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Evan – Mortgage Analyst
“A moment, one solar flare, we’re consumed, so why not spend this flammable paper on the film that’s my life?”
– Seigfried from Frank Ocean’s Blonde
Heejin – Co-Founder
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
Abigail – Mortgage Analyst
“The world that we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level as the level we created them at.”
Beau – Appraisal Manager
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
– Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring
Jenna – Senior Mortgage Analyst (WINNER)
He said, “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or who have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
-The Velveteen Rabbit
Kristen – Senior Administrative Assistant
“Much of the secret of life consists in knowing how to laugh,
And also how to breathe.”
Nikko – Senior Business Development Officer
“If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”
– The King, Michael Jackson, Man In The Mirror
Denis – Senior Mortgage Analyst
“Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.”
– The Beatles (John Lennon), Strawberry Fields Forever
Alyse – Senior Administrative Assistant
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr
Lauren – Marketing Assistant
“Growth ain’t for weenies, but it’s nowhere near as painful as living the life you’re living right now if you’re not really going for it!”
Denise – Director of Training
“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!”
– Joni Mitchell (and Counting Crows)
Madeline – Senior Closing Specialist
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”
Chingchi – Senior Closing Specialist
“Mom, let me be!”
Larisa – Mortgage Analyst
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”
Meg – Senior Closing Specialist
“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
-John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Congratulations to Claire and Jenna for your winning submissions!
Jay Voorhees at (925) 855-4491
Real Estate Broker, CA Bureau of Real Estate, BRE# 01524255, NMLS# 335646