Yesterday I joined my wife and a co-worker of hers at lunch. Any time the fact I’m in real estate comes up, I inevitably find myself fielding specific questions and trying to provide very, very generalized information so as not to contradict the other agent that folks always seem already to have hired.
I’ve often said the issue with the general public isn’t so much what people don’t know but what they don’t realize they don’t know. There was a quote on ESPN Radio today that conveyed much the same message, something the late Will McDonough told a caller to a radio show once to explain why their assumptions weren’t correct:
“The difference,” he said, “is you’re guessing but I know.”
Today was one of those days where I was left wondering what I didn’t know, if only due to a succession of “never seen that before” situations. Six years deep into the business you’d think these would be few and far between, and they generally are. But today took me a bit deeper into the worlds of powers of attorneys and the “good funds law” than I ever have had to go in the past.
Which, as they say, is what it is. I learned early on it’s all but impossible to know every answer in every situation. What tends to be more important is knowing where to go for the answers and, if needed, to look for alternate solutions to a given problem. Black and white thought processes tend not to be practical.
Not that adjusting on the fly always is easy, as anyone watching the Winter Olympics can see. Sometimes the elements make a situation virtually impossible, as proven during the biathlon sprint over the weekend (wait, was I the only one watching?) But then again, it’s amazing what can be overcome through perseverance, as proven during the longer biathlon race yesterday.
It’s not always easy, that’s for sure. But it’s absolutely worth it in the end.[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]