Excel or BUST!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

When I was a kid (50 years ago) . . .

our family vacationed on Cape Cod EVERY summer. We always stayed in East Brewster in Ellis Landing in the same Bay-front cottage (Channel View), and our cousins stayed in the (larger and fancier) Seabreeze next door.

We loved every minute we had on those vacations . . . but the down-side was that we DROVE the 1200 miles there and back . . . PACKED into a station wagon – all 6 of us – Cartop carrier – Mom & Dad in the front, 3 of us kids in the back seat . . . and Amy or Liz in the “WAY Back.”

We played games – 20 questions – counted state license plates – I spy and invariably hated each other until we saw the Cape Cod Bay in front of us as we topped the hill in Ellis Landing . . . and the 1200 mile trip home was veritable inhumane torture in our minds.

On the way TO vacation, we would always make posters saying “CAPE COD OR BUST” . . . NEVER on the return trip.

Same trip – Different directions – Polar Opposite mental outlook.

We were “ALL IN” as we departed Nashville. Spirits HIGH – EAGER to count off the miles travelled . . . The return drives were fraught with squabels and even BRAWLS and always seemed to take an ETERNITY.

50 years later and I wonder . . . What if we were to make posters saying “NASHVILLE OR BUST” signs for the drive back?

Listen to your mindset and adjust accordingly, and I’m certain you’ll smile more and have WAY more WINS.

Published by Barry Owen 

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love 

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Barry Owen

Principal Broker
Pareto Realty
Nashville, TN

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Comments (4)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Barry, I think many people have made those signs over the years as they move to nashville to kickstart their music careers. It is a fun city and I think perspective is important. We take for granted what we see every day.

Dec 16, 2020 07:44 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You make a great point and there is always excitement when we are headed somewhere new.  We should have that same sort of excitement for what we are returning to!

Dec 17, 2020 01:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Barry- while I was reading your post my thoughts turned to our trips to Disneyworld At the end of the day...watching parents and their wee ones as they left the part...all tired out and usually mom and/or dad carrying the children. Quite the contrast from watching them as they raced into the park. 

Dec 18, 2020 12:55 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Barry isn't it wonderful to remember all the family vacations?

Dec 24, 2020 07:46 AM