"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Will you survive in the new world of Real Estate? As the technological landscape changes, I truly believe that only those with a wide-open mind will prosper. Here is a very quick experiment by which you can evaluate your "trailblazing aptitude".
The Experiment: (Keep in mind I live in Phoenix, AZ.)
Facts: Earlier today I purchased a ticket to Alaska departing tomorrow. I sit down to lunch with my wife and tell her "Honey, I am heading up to Alaska tomorrow".
Question: Is that an accurate statement? Or better yet, could it be proven inaccurate in any way?
Now... how about this...
Facts: Earlier today I purchased a ticket to Alaska departing tomorrow. I sit down to lunch with my wife and tell her "Honey, I am heading down to Alaska tomorrow".
Question: Is that an accurate statement?
To most people the answer is obvious. "No, the second statement is not accurate. Alaska is North of Arizona, therefore you would be heading UP to Alaska."
Both statements are very accurate, or very inaccurate if you'd prefer.
Since your days in grade school, you have been conditioned to look at a map with North up and South down. But why does this make it a fact? A map is nothing more than a snapshot of the earth from space. Ask an astronaut if there is any directional compass in space. Space is void of direction... they'll say "no". You could very easily turn a map upside down and have it be perfectly accurate still! North would still be north and south would still be south (but now south would be pointing upwards, and north downwards)... and both would still be defined only by their magnetic pull (which is all that matters). As Einstein put it... "isn't it all relative"?
Now, of course, we must abide by certain standards and rules. It makes things easy and creates order. I can't show up fifteen minutes late to a listing appointment and excuse my tardiness with the excuse that I go by "Corey" minutes, which are actually a minute and half by world standards. It just won't fly.
This is simply an exercise in perception, adaptation and your ability to think outside the box. Authority does not create fact... it creates conditions, and conditions change.
Darwin wrote that in the long run, only those who can adapt and remain "fit" in a changing landscape survive. Trust me people, the landscape of real estate is changing... conditions are changing. Our friends at Google and Zillow are spending billions of dollars making sure of it. Might it be time to embrace the change?
It is people's inability to conceive of "what will be" that thwarts innovation and progress, and ultimately leads to failure! Don't be among those who are left behind.
I must thank my wonderful friend, Ms. Katie Reid for some inspiration in regards to this post. What a wonderful muse she continues to be!