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Born for Greatness (And Embarrassment)

I’m a very humble person. Almost to a fault.

But if I had to praise myself, I would tell you the following:<--break->

  1. I am a natural athlete. During an incredibly intense female flag football tournament in college, I leapt skyward and tore a ligament in my neck—yet still caught the touchdown pass. I know everyone is talking about Peyton Manning’s incredible comeback this year, but let’s not forget my heroic performance in the spring of 2007.

  2.  I know a smattering of sign language, including the phrase “dying sea turtle.” I can’t really prove this to you in print, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.

  3.  I can name every member of N’Sync, The Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and O-Town. And that includes the band members no one cared about. Chris, Howie, chubby Justin and Dan—I’m talking about you.

  4.  I recover quickly from embarrassment. While on a first date at the movies, I came out of the bathroom with a clump of toilet paper stuck to my shoe. I then came up with the very clever, “Well…this is awkwardddddd.”


In case you’re curious, I got a second date.

So yeah, my legacy is one of greatness. But it doesn’t really matter what I think—it’s what others say about us that determines our reputation.

In this month’s End Points, Kelly Korobov, CAM, CAPS, a property manager in Indianapolis, shares 10 things she hopes her residents say about her.

Following are three:

  1.  She Cares. “I make sure to keep a pack of blank note cards in my desk at all times,” Korobov says. “When a resident calls or stops by the office and mentions they’re struggling with their health, death of a loved one, etc., I take a few minutes to write a short note of care and encouragement and drop it in the mail.”

  2. She’s Professional. “I’ve worked at all community types. The one constant for me is that my surroundings do not define my level of professionalism. I dress, speak and act professionally regardless of my environment. The price of the rent and/or the income of your residents should have no impact on the way you carry yourself and conduct business.”

  3.  She’s a “Jill” of All Trades. “Be proud of not only the amount of work we can achieve in a single day, but also the variety! Sure, I can work a budget, analyze reports, etc., but I’ve also cleaned an apartment, shoveled snow and driven the John Deere to run off those Canadian geese—all in a pair of heels!”


And Lena Dunham can’t even accept a Golden Globe in them.

For Korobov’s full column, check out End Points in the February issue of units Magazine, which mails Feb. 12.