“Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend”
-John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Today, it is more important than ever, to really listen when someone says to you, “Try to see it my way” because “there is a chance that we may fall apart before too long”. Finding ways to create bridges across the chasms between our personal perspectives is of paramount importance. For that reason we have made “We Can Work It Out” our 2017 theme for the year.
All successful real estate professionals know that reaching for “win-win” solutions when negotiating the sale of homes is the best long-term strategy to achieve longevity in the business. They know that their livelihood is on the line as well as their self-respect by taking this proven “high road” approach. And, their mindset when approaching negotiations is, like the title of the Beatles hit song suggests, “We Can Work It Out”.
Achieving this mindset in our personal relationships, not just in our business relationships, is no longer an option it is an imperative if we are to thrive as individuals and as nations. We cannot just look to our government to be the builders of these bridges of communication. We each need to take the responsibility for successful outcomes in personal interactions. Instead of entrenching ourselves deeper in our personal point of view (“the only right viewpoint”), looking for evidence to support it, and casting blame on others, we need to take the time to see it their way.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is setting an example of doing just that. His 2017 goal is reaching out to more people in each of the 50 USA states this year and meeting face-to-face. He is on a mission to listen to more people and create new bridges of communication. We applaud his outreach and recommend that real estate professionals do likewise within their community.
As we were thinking about approaching this post at breakfast this morning at the Worker Bee Café, we heard “We Can Work It Out” by the Beatles playing in the background. We always heed amazing coincidences of this nature that affirm the underlying connectedness that we share with all human beings and nature itself. It reminds us that this so called “great divide”, that the media is hyping, is only real because we create it ourselves and we alone can undo it.
Let us all reach for “Win-Win” solutions in our personal relationships as well as in business in 2017. WE CAN DO IT!