The Path Toward Enlightenment

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The Path Toward Enlightenment


This is not actually about enlightenment in the Buddhist sense. I don't know enough about Buddhism to profess enlightenment of that sort. The enlightenment I'm speaking of has to do with current economic and life circumstances from both a consumer and industry standpoint.


A personal anecdote to get this started. My thoughts got going on the laws of compound interest. I recalled tough times nearly eight years ago living in Northern San Diego County and merely surviving so I could do what I wanted to do which is surf. I recall barely having enough money to pay my rent and even cashing in all the change I had saved to get simple stuff, like food. The compound interest in this case has nothing to do with the change and has everything to do with doing what it took to do what I loved. I woke up every morning with my coffee and could walk out on a patio and watch the ocean. That is compound interest of a different sort.


What does this have to do with you? It has everything to do with you and with all of us. It is about enlightening ourselves to do what it takes to live our passion. If you are a consumer and you want to buy a house, times are tough but it's still possible. You have to do what it takes to make it happen. If that means fixing your credit, working harder, putting away a few Starbucks bucks into the bank instead of your stomach, then that's what it takes. If you're struggling with your house payment and want to keep your house, then if that's what is important to you, you will find a way.


Likewise, for those in the industry, if you have a passion for what you do, you will also do what it takes. Sometimes, doing what it takes isn't what we'd prefer to do, but having the end goal in mind is what gets us through. I didn't exactly do what I wanted employment wise in San Diego. I told myself I couldn't afford going to college and work. I found a way. Eventually, I came home to Northern Cal, started on my marketing degree and worked full-time. Guess what? I still surf.


If you aren't willing to do what it takes, then, as one of my favorite authors, Larry Winget puts it, "You are either stupid, lazy or you don't give a damn." So you should ask yourself if you're willing to do what it takes, recession be damned. Ask yourself and be enlightened.


Crediting the source of the quote, Larry Winget is author of a book I highly recommend, entitled, "Shut Up! Stop Whining! And Get A Life!"



Comments (4)

Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

So are you saying to your readers, "Ahh grasshopper, get up and go the way of the ant."?

Dec 02, 2008 04:43 AM
Jennifer Monroe
Compass - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker/Designer

As lovely as this idea may be, I am discovering that platitudes do not always ring true for everyone 'doing all the right things'. I see clients who have spent years cleaning up credit and working hard to afford a home only to be turned down because one partner is stated income and loans no longer exist to assist them. I see a mortgage broker working his/her ass off to get these people qualified day in and day out but hard work be damned - they can't close enough loans to pay their own mortgage. I see so many average, hard working people who envision a shiny future lined up at the food bank for the first time in their lives.

I appreciate your positive spin. But the old rules of work hard, envision your dream and live your passion are falling apart for too many people now. What, I wonder, can we do about this?

Dec 02, 2008 04:54 AM
Franklin Frederick
GMA Marketing - Rohnert Park, CA

I appreciate your comment Jennifer. It is tough out there and people are working hard. Unfortunately, there isn't one blanket, magic answer, as everyone's circumstances are different. But if we let our dreams and passions fall by the wayside, what are we left with?

I find that there are numerious case studes of those who have been saddled with hard times, worked very hard and life happens to them. However, they kept their vision, kept working hard at it because they love it. It took time, but in the end, they ended up pretty well.

Keep your chin up. I think the old rules do apply. If we look back on history, we'll see that hard times have happened before and we have had the fortitude and ingenuity to do well as a whole. You might say, well this time it's different. I think that's a good thing. It's time to shake up the establishment and think differently and approach things differently.



Dec 02, 2008 05:11 AM
Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Very inspiring post, Franklin!  It is so true and we hear it all the time but you're right.  If you love what you do (and wish to keep it that way) you will find the right path to take.

Dec 02, 2008 05:15 AM