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Tucson's King Canyon Trail: Bloom Where You're Planted? It's A Little Tough Right Now, Isn't It?

You can bloom where you're planted!

View looking east in King Canyon, in the Tucson MountainsI was hiking very early Friday morning in King Canyon, in the Tucson Mountains.  The view on the right is looking up the cayon to the east toward the rising sun.

Parking in the lot just north of the entrance to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum (it's a zoo ~ one of the ten best in the world) I clicked "start" on the GPS on my Blackberry and walked up the King Canyon Trail for a mile, to the place where the King Canyon Trail crosses the arroyo you see on the right.  From that point, I hiked back to my car, walking in the arroyo.

And that's how I found the barrel cactus you see in the photo above.  It's bigger than a basketball.  That means it's heavy, and it's no small feat for it be growing on the rock face. 

Clinging to the side of the canyon's rock wall, you can see that it's thriving.  It's roots are finding water, and if you look closely at the top of the cactus, you'll see that it's set its yellow fruit.

I'm working on my business this weekend, determined to grow "longer, stronger roots" so that while loans are expected to decline in 2010 by 40%, I'm planning for my business to double from its 2009 level.

Longer, stronger roots...

Roots in any business consist of relationships. 

Relationships, I've found, are no different in business than they are in our personal lives. either they're growing, or they're deteriorating and withering.

Since relationships only survive and grow when they're mutually beneficial, I'm asking myself:

  1. What can I do to add value to the REALTOR relationships I have presently, and
  2. What can I do to cultivate new relationships with REALTORS whose lender relationships have withered, and who need new relationships they can count on?

You might ask yourself the same questions if you're going to bloom where you're planted.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage lender.

NMLS #223495
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Offices in Scottsdale, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ, and Albuquerque, NM.

Call me on my Blackberry (520) 349-9090

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Comment balloon 42 commentsMike Jones • January 16 2010 11:53PM


That is one hardy and determined cactus.  Where do you find all these things, Mike!

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 11 years ago


I keep my eyes open, and look around while I'm hiking.  You're so right about that cactus.  It's determined!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

What an overall inspiring post... beautiful pictures and words... It is amazing how life can grow in even the most difficult location... and to tie this all into relationship and building your business.. very nice... I am sorry I missed your call... will try to call you Monday... thanks

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) almost 11 years ago

Mike, Very inspirational post. Have a great weekend...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Mike, I've never seen a cactus growing from a rock.  It reminds me of determination, strength and persistence.  Great positive reminders.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) almost 11 years ago

Fabulous.  Downright inspirational.  Get business where you are and get the business that you know.  For me, it gets back to the same old, same old.

Focus, focus, focus.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


That cactus, growing strongly out of the rock is a good reminder to be persistent and to plant roots wherever you can. I believe they will take hold and 2010 will be a very good year.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) almost 11 years ago


I believe you're right!


Thanks for saying so.  Business and personal relationships dry up without the "water" of attention.


"Determination, strength & persistence."  Three traits that exemplify the way you do business.  I look forward to working with you in '10!


I'm always glad to see you; thanks for your comment.


Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we'll visit Cooper Landing this July.  If we do, we'll trek on down to Homer to visit!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Mike, thanks for an inspiring post this morning. There are some things you cant do anything about, and some you can. Focus on what you can change. Leave the rest to God.

Posted by Joseph Keech (Blue Atlantic Properties) almost 11 years ago

Mike, the oak tree ain't so tough!  Truly amazing and I like your input to the picture.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 11 years ago

Mike, I printed and put your "Bloom where you are planted" picture on my bulletin board in my office. Thanks so much for all your pictures and inspiration.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Amazing photo Mike.  I to plan to start planting some deeper roots this first month of the year.  Looking forward to a great 2010 for all of us.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 11 years ago

Awesome picture.  I've often marveled at trees growing out of what appear to be barren rock faces but this is a first!

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living) almost 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting; it's amazing where plants will grow!


Good on you, as my Aussie friend says!


Thanks for doing that; I'm glad to be useful.  Thanks also for your referral business ~ I plan on visiting you soon.


True!  Thanks for stopping by.


Happy New Year!  I'll see you on your blog!


Amen to that!  Have a great day!

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Mike - That top photo is the perfect illustration to illustrate the "Bloom where you're planted" idea!  As always - wonderful photos!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Some great photos as always Mike, hope all is well.

Posted by Richard Lecinski (Long Realty Company) almost 11 years ago

Mike - I also wanted to congratulate you on your ActiveRain "feature" for this blog.  You are also being featured in the ActiveRain Photo Blogger group.  Please accept this Photo Blogger Group Award of Merit.

To add your Award Ribbon to your post: Right click on the ribbon, save it to your desktop, add the ribbon to the top left corner of your post using 9 vertical, and 9 horizontal space under the appearance tab in the insert/edit button.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Your photos sure bring back some fond memories of when I used to live in Tucson back in the early 1980's (Amphi student)

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) almost 11 years ago


Amphi is still rocking, and they have a good football program.  Come on back and visit!  Call first so we can grab a bite to eat together.


Thanks for commenting, and thanks too for the PBG Award of Merit!  See you on your blog.


Thanks.  Much success today!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Mike - It's interesting that you were able to find inspiration in a barrel cactus. I agree with you that this year may be a challenge for some, but I also expect to double my business this year, and what i learn here helps me do that.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike! I am always amazed when I see a tree, or a cactus, as the case may be, growing somehow right out of the rock. Talk about tenacious!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 11 years ago

Technically you can call an orchid a parasite, but perspective is everything. I call it beautiful. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 11 years ago

Beautiful place.  The scenery is so peaceful and raw. Good luck in 2010!

Posted by Douglas Lovitt (Washington Management Company, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, This is such a great post in so many ways.  The barrel cactus can teach us a lesson. I'm always amazed to see thing growing out of what appears to be solid rock.  Congratulations on the feature, and I wish you an outstanding 2010!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 11 years ago


Thank you for the photo and the motivation today.  You have given me some things to work on.

Congrats on the GOLD STAR

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

Great post and photo Mike. All the best to you this year, and I'll let you know if I find myself [finally] planted in some Cowboy town!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 11 years ago

Your photo describes the real estate market of late to some degree--kind of barren land with a sprout arising every now and then to nourish and cultivate. However, things in our area are definitely picking up in areas other than short sales.  We are looking forward to a better way.

Posted by Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago


Lovely photos as usual and a very motivational message. I would love to visit the area one day.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 11 years ago


I hope you plan to visit soon.  You won't be disappointed.


Sales are picking up across the country.  It's not easy, but the business is there.


Thanks for stopping by.  We just finished up that wonderful apple cake you sent; Ginny says "Hi!"


I wish you the best this month, and then next, and next...  Thanks for being a subscriber!


Thanks!  We're all going to do well if we send out deeper roots.


Thanks for stopping by to comment!


I grew up with orchids in the rainforest.  This is no orchid.  It's a barrel cactus, and it's roots have gone deep into the rock fissures and found nourishing soil.  It's a metaphor for our businesses.  Much success to you this year!


Tenacious.  That sums it up, doesn't it?!


Let's keep each other accountable; you'll see me soon on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Great photos and a good lesson for all of us.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 11 years ago


Cacti and other desert plants evolved to survive and thrive in their environment. The roots don't grow one way eternally searching for water, but spread wide to take advantage of the sparse rains. An excellent analogy for business in tough times.

Posted by Dynamic Page Solutions (Dynamic Page Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Love the photos, Mike, as well as the important message.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Todd Kenthack, MBA, GRI (The Pines Realty) almost 11 years ago

Excellent analogy, beautiful pictures, and an easy to read post make this one very memorable. I found a tree growing out of a wall in Dubrovnik, Croatia earlier this year. Your post reminded me of it. Hope you don't mind, but your post inspired me and I added it here...

Bloom Where You're Planted

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

Great photo (as always) -- and good post -- all the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike- What a fabulous photo and accompanying message. Plus, you were right near one of my favorite places in the world - The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. I cannot wait to visit again- It has been too long.

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

We've hiked this area many times; we're happy members of the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum!


Posted by John & Sheila Casserly (Home Of The Old Pueblo, LLC) almost 11 years ago


Looks like we've attracted a lot of Desert Museum lovers with this post!  Thanks for commenting.


You and me both!  We're members, and it's one of our favorite places.


Thanks for stopping by with those encouraging words!


That's one cool photo!


You're welcome.  See you on your blog.



Terry & Bonnie,

We have examples of survival skills all around us in nature, don't we?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

As always uplifting and inspirational.  And a couple of great shots.  I have seen trees and other lighter weight cactus growing out of a wall like that, but not a barrel.  That thing has to weigh a lot, a whole lot.  As long as it can stay firmly attached it will be OK.  If something causes it to loosen it's grip, even a little, that's the end. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

What a great motto to have!  I loved it.  It really made my day.  I want to move, but before I do that, I will bloom where I am planted!!! It was truly inspirational.  Thanks. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 11 years ago

wow! that is really neat! Who would have thought that the little guy could plant himself there!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Congratulations Mike, Both for being featured By Active Rain for your Photo Blog and of course for also receiving our coveted Group Award of Merit. The story and the photos are wonderful but the greater message you convey is superb.  Well done!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 11 years ago


I appreciate your encouragement!  Thanks for commenting.


Amazing, isn't it?!


Thanks for saying so!


Neither had I.  I like this cactus for its tenacious attitude.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

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