We Must Plant our trees before we want the shade

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

“Try hard not to create too much hope and fear,”

for they only engender more mental gossip.” (The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)

“What stories are you creating in your mind as you tumble through your life experiences?

When we construct this mental gossip, how attached to outcomes do we become?

To what degree are we choosing to don blinders which deny us amazing possibilities?

This work must begin within and work itself outward.

Practice Practice Practice, and expect only to be surprised.

Will you choose to spend 2021 just as you spent 2020?

If so . . . Are you expecting different results?

Seth Godin has some words of wisdom for us:


“If you want to see wisdom and maturity in action, look for someone (or a community) investing in infrastructure before it’s too late.

Part of what makes my part of the country so lovely is that the trains work, the water is clean and the health department inspects restaurants.

But for the last fifty years, around the world, few communities have invested enough to maintain the systems they were smart enough to build. Now, my block loses power for days at a time after a storm… And it’s far more dire elsewhere.

In our personal lives, we can coast on a particular credential or bit of knowledge for years. And then one day, we realize we’re obsolete. The idea is the same:

We need to plant our trees before we want the shade, and fix our systems before they break.“

Infrastructure is SO essential, and so many take the approach that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” . . . which invariably results in unnecessarily HUGE expense and inconvenience.

I know you may already have mapped out your plan for 2021 (I’m writing this on January 3, 2021). Your “Business Plan” is fresh off the presses and your New Year Resolutions may be printed and posted in all of your conspicuous places.

Take a look at it NOW!

Is it more of the same?

If so, are you prepared have the same results in 2021 as 2020?

psssst – You CAN change all of that – It’s NOT “too late” even if you’ve chiseled it all in granite – Just roll it into the archives under the “ReDo” heading.

Begin anew with an in-depth, exhaustive examination of your infrastructure. Will this infrastructure support the needs of TODAY’s environment, or have you been annually jerry-rigging the infrastructure you created 10 years ago.

That system is unstable at best . . . and you know it!

If you’re committed to STELLAR results throughout 2021, do this!

You might be thinking of the cost and energy and time you’ll have to invest . . . How can you possibly AFFORD this all the while serving your current customers?

Methinks: “How can you afford NOT to do this?”

Final thought – You might think about checking out that foundation before you start fooling around with the infrastructure.

So much to do – So little time, Eh?

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)

Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Seth Godin is one of my favorites. It was too bad he was ill and could not speak at FR 2020

Jan 03, 2021 07:38 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

"You CAN change all of that – It’s NOT “too late” even if you’ve chiseled it all in granite – Just roll it into the archives under the “ReDo” heading." 

I like that sentence!

Jan 03, 2021 07:32 PM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

That is why it is so important to surround ourselves with positive people!  Great introspective read!

Jan 30, 2021 09:13 AM
Bo Zivak
Zivak Realty Group - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate Broker

Hi Barry, I really appreciate your observations and your advice. The story of the seed is a good one. Never give up on yourself or your dream.

Oct 21, 2022 12:28 AM