Growing up when I would always do something stupid and be caught in the act by my Mom the advice came back to me was,
Use Your Head For Something Other Than a Hat Rack.
Not that many of us are wearing that many hats these days, but it is a cross generational piece of advice whether we are assisting client's with applying our best knowledge in real estate or working our way through life in general. I am talking about the lost art of critical thinking. Do not be sheep people. Use your head!!
I think it may be a lost art form. We go to college for example and are challenged about the way the world works from looking at many different subjects.
To be a good critical thinker we have to make our OWN mind up about what is real and what is if I can put it bluntly, a lie. Our perception is our reality, and we can change our reality in an instant by changing our thinking. Do you believe a yellow light on a traffic signal means stop safely if you can or it means accelerate hard through the intersection to beat the red light? How about the why of the situation? Isn't a yellow light giving you enough time to stop and not get hit by another car wanting to jump their green light on the other side?
The media in all its forms, web, print and TV news bombards us with messages constantly. Then there are other people's speech and opinion. You can nod politely at all of this, but be a SMART critical thinker and make up your own mind about what you believe. Just cause someone says something or you read it in print, DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE!!