Ever found a task that was easy as falling off a log backward become difficult? I had the pleasure of this lesson over the past weekend. I was an appraiser for over fourteen years. I could whip out my tape measure and measure up a property lickety split, square it up, enter it in on a sketch program, press calculate and bingo the living area square footage unfolds before my eyes. I have not done this task for well over a decade. I had the great idea of helping my husband, an appraiser, over the weekend with some of his files. No problem I thought, I'd just pick up where I left off, like riding a bike. WRONG, I now am humbled by time. I soon learned about the art of using the laser beam, those darn angles and rounded bay areas came to haunt as well. To be perfectly frank, I soon realized this was not as easy as I had envisioned and felt very green as a newcomer to the industry.
Makes me realize the need to keep skills tuned, education updated and practice to not stumble. One huge lesson is an appreciation of the task that we think is easy and take for granted. Even what has a perception of being easy usually requires skill and expertise, that is what makes it look effortless. Ever been told that selling homes or working with buyers is a gravy train job and easy money? Maybe they should walk in a good Realtor's shoes like I did with my husband over the weekend. They would realize a professional does make it fun and look easy but the layers of complexities would be discovered. I will now look for some up and coming educational offerings to make sure I keep up on my expertise. If I don't keep "sharpened" I will find out quickly that resting on my resume and past background will just result with me flat on my back eating the dust rather than dusting off and keeping my professional skills up to speed.