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You have to be comfortable with being UN-comfortable to thrive in Today's Business Environment

I attended the Portland Raincamp and one of the attendees made a comment that stuck in my mind . . . she said; "I DON'T feel comfortable about committing to Active Rain, or any other IT platform for that matter, to generate my business for me. What if you get bought out by Google or Microsoft and they up the price or change the Terms & Conditions?"

I thought it was an excellent statement/question that echoes the sentiments of many people from my age demographic (I'm in my 40's).

Folks I completed my Master's Thesis on the Information Age back in 1993 and what I discovered is that the one certainty we have about the future is that EVERYTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE!

I know it's uncomfortable but in order to succeed moving forward, we simply cannot rest on our past successes. We have to CONSTANTLY  - LEARN - UNLEARN - and RELEARN. To do anything else is professional suicide.

I would answer the lady's question by saying;

1.   Use the tools and resources that are available to you NOW.

2.   Always be on the lookout for a better way

3.   Don't be afraid to change course mid-stream

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Jon Washburn
Seattle, WA


Great post, and thanks for writing it! I responded to this post with a post of my own. Please let me know what you think:

Jul 14, 2010 07:30 AM #1
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

There's so much correctness in living in the NOW. This is a very good example.

Jul 14, 2010 07:47 AM #2
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

I was there and also heard the comment. We need to seize the best tools available and make good use of them. And we need to do that now.

Jul 14, 2010 10:51 AM #3
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

We evolve by adapting. Changing may not be comfortable, but we need to operate outside our comfort zone if we wish to succeed and grow.

Jul 14, 2010 11:44 AM #4
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Harj - you gave the lady three great recommendations. To me "Future is about Change", we must adapt. 

Jul 14, 2010 11:47 AM #5
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


isnp;t it interesting to watch how the founder of Active Rain is breaking AR guidlines by putting an outgoing link to his own blog in the comment to a member.


Jul 14, 2010 04:32 PM #6
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

If I thought Google was going to be gone tomorrow would I submit stuff to it? Of course I would, it is still here today and it is still bringing me business. Work with what you have, virtual tours maybe gone tomorrow, does that mean you don't do them? No of course not! Great post with many, many great points!

Jul 14, 2010 07:52 PM #8
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Everything changes all the time, we work in the market we are in, we use the technology we have at our finger tips. Jons post sent me here.

Jul 15, 2010 01:21 AM #9
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Ditto what the others said.  Even if you're on the right track, you'll still get run over if you're standing still.

Jul 15, 2010 10:10 AM #10
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

You have the right outlook. Go with the flow and you know what, we make things a success when we learn along the way and apply the new things. C'mon its the modern world now, don't be ancient. We already are, and we wouldn't want to be left behind if we want to make it big.  

Jul 30, 2010 04:04 AM #11
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Look at how much has changed around here since you wrote this.  I look at this as a community site - first and foremost.  I think too many are all engulfed in the point system and that will be each individual's downfall when change happens!

Aug 04, 2010 11:15 AM #12
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

The most successful people are those who put themselves in uncomfortable situations and then seek solutions to make everyone more comfortable.

Aug 17, 2010 12:14 AM #13
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