Back when I was young and I faced challenges in my life my Dad would say son, you're buckin' a headwind, meaning the forces of nature are against you. I was reminded of this when I flew into Jupiter Florida for our December holiday. There was trouble brewing back home with the head of our property management company who was being strange and uncooperative as well as making some outrageous demands. My wife was already in Florida and so on the next morning we did our usual practice of a 4 mile walk on the beach by the ocean. This allowed my mind the freedom to think because the ocean works for me like a mantra that calms and centers the mind. There was a big problem though, we were not only walking in very soft sand from a high tide, we were also facing 50 mph gust in our face with sand blowing up. Many folks would say let's go home but we were determined.
As we got to our turnaround point we noticed at least 14 kite borders out at any one time. With waves going over 5 feet we watched in wonder at the strength of these men and women. We also were in awe of their leaps that reached 15 feet or more and then sticking the landing. It was also like watching them crisscross like a well choreographed ballet. It was then that the epiphany hit me. When you are buckin' a headwind then go kite boarding and use the wild nature to reach the heights. I was also consumed by anger that was blocking the decision we could make to rescue or change the situation. At that point Charlene and I shared that like the kite boarders, the wind would not defeat us but rather allow us to reach new heights.
Then, the sky fell on December 16th. We were given an ultimatum that was so off the wall it was hard to believe and that point we knew that we were being played. We both immediately sprang into action and we contacted three headhunters but that was discouraging in that finding a property manager who dealt with individual residential investors. Part time work providers had no answer either, and no smaller local person wanted to take on our size since we were already at 600 properties in two years of existence. On the 21st we knew the answer. We called a regional vice-president for a national company who I had known for 13 years and had brought to Oklahoma City from Dallas to manage our properties. By the next day we had an agreement, and not only did it allow us to sell the company at a good price, it also gave our investors even better service and terms. I don't think in my lifetime had I reached a decision to solve a crisis so quickly but as my Dad would also say, when buckin' a headwind, just hunker down move forward and don't let it beat you.
When I see the Q&A from the Utah students asking a question I reflect on how tough it is in 2019 entering this business. With no sales, no experience, and fighting against well seasoned experienced agents the wind against them is even more powerful. I also know that people here on Active Rain have faced adversity many times as I have in health, family, or business and refused to be defeated. To all those newbies as well as the veterans here I say when buckin' a headwind become even more determined, don't let anger or disappointment consume you, you feel it of course but that's natural. That extra effort in being new or even for those of us who have been around when we face adversity or change just keep going.
And here is the best part, once we reached our two mile place we turned around and now we have a 50 mph tailwind propelling us home. The first half of the journey was hard but the pathway home was pardon the pun, a breeze.