There's much written in Real Estate on business development and little on personal growth, at least not outside of nutrition, physical exercise and time management; self grooming on an exterior plain, and little about real inner improvement. Times are changing, or at least rolling back to simpler ideals, with humility and modesty replacing self importance and bigshotism.
How did I get on track? What keeps me grounded in the midst of the competitive, hard driving, money oriented, award crazed real estate culture I entered over 25 years ago?
The answer was to give back quietly.
I started by learning to invest an hour a day. It was that simple but not easy at first. I compare it to attending church as a child. That hour was brutal, it was an eternity for a 9 year old, but with time it had become routine. Looking back now, it was this hour that helped me become the person that is writing this passage. I've been derailed many times but something, or event, got me back to this practice.
Regardless of any business, this ensured that no matter what my business yields, I'd fill my soul with joy. The quest for happiness will remain alive and fulfilled regardless of the production portion of my life. After all, we know how quickly we can become super busy, leaving internal happiness for another day. Postponing family, friends, time for reflection, and community concerns, is all too easy. It's all symptomatic of the business culture our industry demands.
By now your thinking I sound like Brian Buffini. Funny thing is that I never took his program until late 2008, and noticed I was doing Buffini before I knew of him or his training. He's one of many that are on the right beam, and one of the few that apply and teach the principles of worthy living. He has validated me and my beliefs on daily living. Last year, Brian did it to me; he made an impact by doing the very thing that I strive to do. He found out that I was diagnosed with cancer and the recovery was taking a huge toll, Brian sent me a book and made me promise to read it. Thanks Brian...
Here's the deal.
So if you spend an hour a day on giving; a long range project for a charity, a quick reach out to someone, building a single non business affiliation, send a personal note or book. Personally, I love food, I love to cook, and so I deliver surprise a surprise pizza or invite clients and friends for dinner.
The ‘how to' in the Part 2....