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Jean Robb

Volunteer your remarketable gifts and become more marketable!

Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Look around you ~ Discovering the Photography of Vivian Maier


Look Around You

The greatest thing each of us offers the world is ourselves, not a whirlwind of activity. People all around us are starving for love. People need our company, our presence and our comfort.
 This story came to me from my brother Teddy. It's not about a charity. It is about a special person "Vivian Maier" a street photographer that noticed the world around her but went unknown her whole life. It's an amazing story reminding us all to stop and take a look around.

A Nanny’s Diary

In 2007, a real estate agent, eBay peddler and amateur historian named John Maloof purchased 30,000 unattributed negatives on a hunch. This turned out to be the bulk of Vivian Maier’s undiscovered oeuvre, virtuosic street photographs taken by a reclusive Chicago nanny who died quietly in 2009 at age 83, just before her work went viral. She is now considered to be a lost master of the form, the Windy City’s own Helen Levitt. A giddy press has provided for her a whole slate of lofty comparisons: to Diane Arbus, Brassaï, Walker Evans and Weegee. Her eye for midcentury street fashion — fox stoles, bonnets and bird-cage veils — made her something of a proto-Sartorialist. But she could also slum it with street urchins, drooling bums and sideshow performers. Or mine the Loop late at night shooting perp walks. Suffice it to say, her work was not published in her lifetime, and “Vivian Maier: Street Photographer” (powerHouse, $40), edited by Maloof, is the first book on this important woman about whom so little is known. As Geoff Dyer puts it in his brief introduction, Maier “is someone who exists entirely in terms of what she saw.” Her photos, remarkable in their range, show an uncommon affinity with children, perhaps unsurprising given her work. “She was like Mary Poppins,” one of her charges from the 1960s recalled recently in Chicago Magazine. “She had an amazing ability to relate to children.” In a weird twist, Maier was hired briefly in the ’70s by the talk-show host Phil Donahue to care for his children. “I once saw her taking a picture inside a refuse can,” he said. “I never remotely thought that what she was doing would have some special artistic value.”

Photos: Vivian Maier's Street Photography

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