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Jet Xavier: What you can learn from Nedd Brockman

When Nedd Brockman hobbled over the finish line after a 4000km run across Australia last October he didn't just raise money for charity, he set an example to all on what commitment and focus can help achieve. Here, mindset coach Jet Xavier explains the four lessons real estate professionals can learn from Nedd and why 'showing up' is the best way to level up.

As Nedd Brockman ran into Bondi, the eyes of millions of Australians watched on in awe of his achievement.

What the 23-year-old electrician thought was a great idea, but not much to fuss over had turned into the stuff legends are made off.

Nedd had just run from Perth to Sydney in 47 days to raise more than $2.5 million for homelessness charity Mobilise.

The run, from Cottesloe Beach in Perth to Bondi, was 4000km.

He summed it up perfectly when he said, “It wasn’t about breaking any records; it was about showing up and showing that people can do a whole lot more with their lives”.

If being a successful real estate agent is about anything, it’s about showing up.

Not just on some days but, like Nedd Brockman did, showing up every day.

Not just when you feel like it but even when you don’t.

As an agent, you have one main job. That is to show up as the best version of yourself every day.

The rest takes care of itself.

We can learn four things from Nedd Brockman about how to show up at our best in 2023.

Go all in. Stop being interested and start being committed

Showing up at your best is a decision. It’s a commitment decision and not just being interested in something.

When you are only interested in something, you leave yourself a way out if you don’t want to do it.

However, when you make a total commitment, you do it.

Nedd didn’t just think it was just an interesting idea to do the run. He committed to doing it.

In what area do you need to stop being interested and commit to going all in?

Do whatever it takes

When you commit to change seriously, you commit to doing whatever it takes.

During his 4000km run across Australia, Nedd encountered numerous challenges and setbacks. He had blisters so severe they nearly ended the run, Tenosynovitis in his ankle and even maggots in his big toe. 

Yet none of these dissuaded him from doing what he set out to do. He did whatever it took to finish the run.

What do you need to do more of to make your goals happen? 

Burn the boats – be accountable!

It’s probably more a legend than fact, but the often-used ‘Burn the boats’ story is perfect for showing up at a higher level.

It’s all about accountability. Accountability to yourself.

It’s about “there is no coming back”.

The story goes that a commander was at war with another army that outnumbered his own.

As the commander and his smaller army were sitting out at sea waiting to attack, the commander decided he would burn all the boats so his men could not retreat once his army landed on shore.

Thus, leaving his army to take full responsibility and not surrender regardless of the outcome. 

Where do you need to be more accountable? What boats do you need to burn?

Take extreme ownership

Finally, nobody is going to do it for you.

You need to take extreme ownership and do what you said you would do.

Nedd had thousands of well-wishers and supporters but only he could do the run. Only he could finish it.

He had a great team but only he could get himself through each gruelling day.

Gary Keller, the author of the best-selling The One Thing, says, “Take complete ownership of your outcomes by holding no one else responsible but yourself”.

Total ownership means total authenticity with yourself and not compromising on it.

Where do you need to take more ownership and responsibility?

Follow Nedd’s incredible example of what it takes to show up at your best and do it.

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Jet Xavier

Jet Xavier is one of Australia’s leading Mindset Coaches for real estate sales professionals. For more information visit