Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee
Who Knew Continuing Ed Could Be So Fun? No matter where you live in this great country, if you are an active Realtor then at some point you have to take continuing education courses. Our local Board of Realtors offered two courses today and I figured, why not? The last thing I need to do is look up in November, way short on my hours, and be in a huge rush to get them completed. And no matter who you are you also probably do not get as excited about going to continuing education classes as you do, say, the lake for the weeeknd...
Get in, get it done, get out. That was my philosophy. I had no idea who would be the instructor nor did I really care. I knew I was taking a class on Code of Ethics. Does it speak poorly of our local board that about 30% of all our Realtors showed up for this particular class!? : )
Anyway, in walks a man, all of 5'10", bald as can be (and I can say this because he picked on himself all day), and I'm like "ok, let's get this over with already." Minutes later I find myself and just about every other person in the room in absolute stiches because this guy was freakin' hilarious. Turns out his name is Tom Gillett and he packed a big punch. He was insiteful, accomplished, and incredibly entertaining. If you live in Georgia and have a chance to take a continuing ed class that he is teaching, take it! By far the best I've ever heard. He went from being a helicopter crewman in the US Navy to a real estate career that now spans over 4 decades. He's been an Agent, a Broker, an Appraiser, an Author, and now an Instructor. In 2003 he was named Instructor of the Year by the Georgia Association of Realtors.
He was so entertaining that upon learning that there was an afternoon course on Buyer Representation I figured, "who better to have to sit and learn from than this guy!?" It was as fun as a day of continuing ed can be and it was all because of him.
While there were a lot of laughs he said something early on the day that my ears perked up to and I wrote it down. It resignated with me.
*Adversity does not build character. Adversity exposes character.
Thank you, Tom, it was suprisingly a really good day.