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Lessons of Hate and Love applied for Manufactured Housing Growth

July 30th, 2011 No comments

Have you ever known a former smoker? Ever notice that the one who once ‘loved’ smoking, may now hate it passionately?

A similar dynamic can happen in relationships, business, religion and politics. The one who was once strongly in favor of this or that belief, if they ‘leave’ or separate from that fold, may now become its most bitter opponent. The one who loved someone strongly, may suddenly hate that person with a passion, if the relationship comes to an unhappy end.

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No Smoking it causes extiction - courtsey of brit Flickr CreativeCommons

At this point, we are merely observing. The above is not praise or blame, merely the recognition of a fact we have all seen, or experienced ourselves.

Now let’s apply this to manufactured housing growth.

There are those out there in the public who vilify what they do not know, or do not understand. Our job is to get them ‘to see the light.’ Because those who once ‘opposed’ manufactured housing, if we win them over, can become our greatest ally!

No one person will accomplish this, we all must take a part in one way or another.

To learn more about a practical process that we can use to change those who are indifferent to our industry or those who oppose us into our strongest allies, please see the latest Cutting Edge in Marketing and Sales Blog.

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Hate can Yield to Love. Photo courtesy of Carl Puentes, Flickr Creative Commons

We can make misunderstanding, old myths and even hate yield to love.

We have a great product, in manufactured and modular homes! Community living can be a very fine way of life for millions. One person at a time, we can win millions over. Let’s just take the daily steps to do it. # #

 

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by L. A.  Tony Kovach
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Pride and the Rose Less Traveled

July 25th, 2011 No comments

To oversimplify, one can speak of two types of pride.  Healthy pride and unhealthy pride.

An example of healthy pride is to feel good about one’s work and accomplishments.  An example of unhealthy pride may seem similar at first: to feel good about one’s work, accomplishments and self, but to do so to the point that one looks down upon others.

The antidote to the second sort of pride is humility.

Roses and fountain - Chicago Botanic Gardens

Roses and fountain - Chicago Botanic Gardens

Humility comes from the word humus, of the earth.  When one realizes that we are ‘of the earth,’ made of the same chemicals found in the natural world around us, this can bring us back to reality.

One may realize that none of us is an island.   None of us is a truly “self made” man or woman, we all have had – and still have – need of others.  From parents and family, to friends and colleagues, we need others to become our best.

Rich soil – dirt – humus – this is where nature properly cultivated can flower.
Humility is not to think of oneself as dirt. True humility is nothing more or less than a recognition of the objective truth.

So there is a healthy balance needed between self respect and respect for others.

In younger days (not that I’m old, mind you! ; -) it is easy to recall how one once thought that one ‘knew it all.’

Then slowly, over time, the reality of the importance of others comes into play.

 

In strolling through the glory of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s this evening with my wife and son, it was easy to get carried away in the beauty of the place.  To see the wonder of nature.  To realize that nature’s wonder has been cultivated by people in a fashion that makes the natural, super natural!

Team work is a little like cultivating nature.

Establishing team work is to take what is already good in others.  To be open to and receptive oneself, to be willing to share in a fashion that allows another to flower.  This type of process makes the good ever more beautiful.

Such a process makes what is good even better.

Team work can be misunderstood, just as pride and humility can be misunderstood.  Not everyone ‘gets it.’  But once a team comes together, works and stays together, the results can be amazing, truly humbling, and beautiful to behold.

The Rose Less Traveled

The Rose Less Traveled


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

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L. A. “Tony” Kovach

http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach

 

 

 

 

“So long, farewell…”

July 16th, 2011 2 comments

We have shared a portion of our life journeys and professional paths for over a year now.

When I joined the MHMSM.com team as associate editor in June 2010, it was more like a rocket launch into an Industry entirely unknown to me.  Through Tony Kovach’s visionary passion and skills as a teacher, I became immersed in the manufactured housing industry, meeting you men and women of extraordinary talent and commitment in the fields of design, production, finance, communities, law, management, marketing and sales, state and national associations, industry shows, inspiration, etc. – not in person as I would have liked, but through your writing of feature articles, Industry Voices Guest Blog posts and other mutual endeavors.  Thank you for entrusting your word, your thought, vision and passion to our online journal, soon to be rebranded as MHProNews.com.

And now personal circumstances compel me to leave this team.

Fare well in your work together to bring quality, affordable factory-built homes to more and more people.  I wish you what Holiday Homes in Milford, Ohio, states as their Business Philosophy:  “To show through our many varied projects, that manufactured housing is not a product, but a process for providing new homes.”

YOU are INspirations to me and to countless others who depend on you.  May you be joyfully and abundantly blessed.

Warm regards, Catherine

Catherine Frenzel

Catherine Frenzel

catherinefrenzel@yahoo.com

P.S.  Please continue to submit articles and news tips to tony@mhmsm.com, and he will be introducing a new associate editor as soon as possible.

What Is Selling?

July 13th, 2011 No comments

 

“Selling is a noble, high paying profession when it’s done with people, to help, serve and do what’s best for them.
It’s a job when a salesperson’s intention is to make a sale.”

Contributed by Mike Moore

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You won’t believe your eyes!

July 8th, 2011 No comments

This 3D Printer is phenomenal!

Check out the futuristic technology that is available now and be amazed!

Source: lifefornothing on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw“>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw

Wikipedia has this to say about 3D printers:

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material.[1] 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.

A 3D printer works by taking a 3D computer file and constructing from it a series of cross-sectional slices. Each slice is then printed one on top of the other to create the 3D object.

Since 2003 there has been large growth in the sale of 3D printers. Additionally, the cost of 3D printers has declined.[2] The technology also finds use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, among others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing

Thanks to George F. Allen for the link to the video.

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