Lou Ludwig Success Tips: When You’re in a Tight Place

When You’re in a Tight Place

Motivational Power Quote


When You’re in a Tight Place

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn.”

Harriet Beecler Stowe 1811 -1896, American Author, Abolitionist


As I see it . . . . . . .

When you’re in a tight place


When you’re in a tight place and you feel like your back is against the wall you have reached a point to plan and to start your forward momentum.


Having your back against the wall is the starting point of resuming your forward progress and your success journey. You have reached the point in time where there are very few options and no value to continue to move backwards and your best option is to move forward.


When your back is against the wall there are two options. One is to quit on yourself and to let the condition overwhelm you or to take control of the condition and take control your future.


By taking control of the condition you will start to look for solutions and to take a proactive role in your future. As you look for solutions you will find the best way that you can to overcome the condition and you will begin to work your way out of it.


When you’re in a tight place . . . . Do your best to work your way out of the condition and to create forward progress and forward momentum in your life and career.


©2012 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author

Comment balloon 25 commentsLou Ludwig • July 28 2012 02:48PM


Thank you....I am working with just this thought as I continue to struggle with my husband's passing.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 7 years ago

Lou: Wow, and there are so many layers of "back to the wall". It could be in just one aspect of your life, or as you see it, your life. It could be that you are going to be foreclosed on, or a traumatic life changer like Karen's #1. Thank you for these words of encouragement. One needs to start back up from somewhere.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 7 years ago

There can be no success without failure, and the bigger the failure, it seems to me, the sweeter the success :)

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 7 years ago

Hi Lou,

Excllent post..congratulations on the feature..well deserved!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 7 years ago

Some people do their best work under pressure. Until they are in a tight place or have their back to the wall they are in cruise mode. When the pressure is on, they switch gears and excel.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) over 7 years ago

Very powerful message. We can continue the good fight or give up. I choose option number one!

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) over 7 years ago

Hi Lou -- You are my inspiration.  I have a challenging souple of months.  This quote really spoke to me

When you’re in a tight place . . . . Do your best to work your way out of the condition and to create forward progress and forward momentum in your life and career.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago


We've all been in tight places before and will be again in the future. We all need to find a way out.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

 Hi Lou,

Sometimes having our back against the wall serves those who know to move forward well, like you suggested.

A good idea during such times is to assess one's situation, craft a plan and work on this pan daily.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Posted by Digital Digital, full service over 7 years ago

Lou, you always have such a great uplifting look at life!     In 2008, we were up against the wall, feeling we had no options.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 7 years ago

Thanks Lou.  I needed that bit of inspiration!


Posted by Iris Stuart (none) over 7 years ago

That about sounds right Lou and come out moving my friend. Good luck

Posted by Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Lou!  I needed this reminder right now!

Posted by Beth Paterson, CRMP, NMLS #342859 (Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592) over 7 years ago

This is a turning point in one's life. Lou. Many of them will turn around (making it as returning point) whereas few of them will move forward, making that moment as a turning point. Good one, as always, Lou.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 7 years ago

Your posts always have some good motivation and advice included.  When the going get's tough, the tough get going.  Thanks for some inspiration.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

Lou   This was a great post.  Thank you for the inspiration.

Posted by Ron Climer (Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners) over 7 years ago

Very true. I have wondered a couple of times if I quit something too soon. Success is often just around the next corner.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Lou:  Thank you.  Your words of inspiration came just at the right time and have helped me to reframe an issue I am dealing with right now.  Thank you again.

Posted by Linda Piper (Planatek Financial, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Lou, very sound advice! Staying the course can often have outstanding results.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

Actually the tight place as you posted is the source of many great wonders that were always present, but could not get to the surface to be used...Game shows demonstrate this dynamic very well...A simple question, fun, rewards and oh, you have ten seconds to do or say the right thing...The clock can make or break

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 7 years ago

absolutely very good advise, keep stepping forward one step at a time and soon the momentum will come.

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 7 years ago

When I'm in a tight spot I have to get away from the problem and just think.  Amazing how you can actually brainstorm with yourself.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 7 years ago

So true, so true.  When one's back is against the wall, there is only one place to go.  Or, I guess if that way is not chosedn, one will always have their back to the wall...

Posted by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, REALTOR and Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates) over 7 years ago

Great motivational post.  Many people do their best work when their backs are against the wall.

Posted by Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro (Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

This is a great post!  I've been in the "back against the wall" situation and I can tell you that it is true that if you don't give in, when the tides turn, you will move forward.

Posted by Kathleen "Kathy" Price, CRS, Broker Associate, Southern NJ (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach, Realtors) over 7 years ago