It comes up on occasion and kinda smacked me this past week. ;O) I’ve been all over the Puget Sound area all week from Seattle to Bellingham and busy enough that every time I took a minute to think about my next blog post, my brain was a total blank.
Well duh... Like I haven’t heard it before... “Life’s talking at you every waking minute of every day. Why not post what people actually ask you about.” I know, I know, obvious right? It’s too obvious someday’s yet still I blow right by those emerging thoughts. I’m obsessed it has to be something else, something better, brighter, cooler, and keep looking...
“Geez, if I only knew what to write about. There’s gotta be a topic worth crafting a few words.”
So once in awhile, like this past week, I get asked,
“So who do you work for again? What’s your job?”
I’m an instructor for the First American Title School of Real Estate - Washington. I travel the state and teach social media, emerging technologies, web presence, brand development, farming and lead generation to real estate brokers. I love my job! On occasion the school lends me out so I’ve been blessed to also teach and attend special events in Alaska, Florida, Oregon, and California. “You call that a job?”
I know, who’d a thought.
My background is music and I have also loved technology since the days of building Heathkit shortwave radios in the 60s... Fast forward through a 20 year music career, several stints as a musical director, teacher, performer, conductor, then the world changed and I woke up one summer morning in 1984 with the sudden realization, “I need a job!” So I answered the call for one at a title company and there you have it, the rest is history.
I started out as a doc puller printing copies of docs from the chain of title via microfiche for the title examiners. Soon I was in customer service (property information) and I loved it. In fact I got really good at it and it took me 15 years to get out of it. As chance would have technology came to the industry and I had applicable skills. I became the go to guy for everyone’s tech challenges (and there were a lot of them back in the day) then I wrote a bunch of applications (beginning with QA4, Paradox, and Microsoft Access) to analyze local real estate markets, then built some of the industry's early websites and portals.
Just after Y2K when the Web 2.0 and social media buzz was getting started my hodge podge assemblage of esoteric interests saw a great big bright flash of light over my mind’s horizon. I had to follow.
Over the past 10 years I’ve been most fortunate. I get to combine my love of teaching, art, technology, media, and real estate. It’s rewarding work and I truly enjoy that this is how I make a contribution to the real estate industry I care so very much about. The journey continues to evolve and now writing is increasingly an important part of the mix.
As life would have it, well, at least as my life has it, there was no map, set of directions, or star chart I intentionally followed to get here from there. Only my horoscope. I'm a Pisces. I flunked Anthony Robbins. When I stop and realize that just a few short years ago my work, this job, didn’t even exist my mind goes to the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.