In Andy Andrews’ novel, The Traveler’s Gift, a great paragraph struck me so profound that I wanted to write about it this month as it relates to NAMB and our members that we serve.
“Every man (woman) of honor and courage will be faced with unjust criticism, but never forget that unjust criticism has no impact whatsoever upon that truth. And the only sure way to avoid criticism is to do nothing and be nothing.”
This was a statement made in this fictional book by Abraham Lincoln in the story. It may have been a fictional statement, but WOW does it leave an impact.
So many times in my association career (CAMP and NAMB), I have written about the call to service. I have looked backed and assessed THE WHY. It can take so many forms for all of us of the “Why We Serve”; The Calling, The Ego, The Spiritual Reward. No matter the motivation, it moves our association forward.
This month’s message may sound like it’s from a book of the month club, but reading does inspire me and I hope it does the same for you. While listening to a great Podcast from Brian Buffini as he interviewed the author of Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders, I was struck by his phrase “Passion of Service”. We all have had this at one time or another. We just need the right inspiration to evoke this passion.
The reason why this is so poignant to me now, is that I am looking back at what WE have done to insure that NAMB and our State Associations are thriving. I have to tell you….it’s been rough for all of us. I know that we get distracted and sidelined from our commitment to service. But I want all of you reading to take a minute and think about your own personal joy of service…taking an hour to be on a committee call or talking to a new potential member. How did that make you feel? Harness that feeling. Embrace that action that gave you that feeling. Make it move you and your association forward.
This industry has done so much for all of us to allow us financial freedom to buy our first house or have our kids go to college without loans. Isn’t that a great reward for service? I think so and I think that all of us need to do that “One More Thing” this year. We all have some extra time; so squeeze out that time to have that passion for service.
I’d like to leave you with an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “The Man in the Arena”… The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena… who spends himself in a worthy cause…so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Thank you and Namaste’
Fred Kreger, CMC
Fred Kreger is the Vice President of Enterprise Retail Production at American Pacific Mortgage. He is currently the President for NAMB, the Association of Mortgage Professionals and Past President for the California Association of Mortgage Professionals (CAMP) and He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (661) 400-8905.