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Scott’s Thoughts: The Inevitable

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” -W. Edwards Deming, American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant. No industry is immune to technological and political forces. Though innovation is typically regarded as a boon, it inevitably comes with casualties. Obsolete roles may fall by the wayside while new positions become [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Mindful Leisure

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” -William Faulkner, American writer Do you choose how you spend your time? I don’t mean in those moments when you’re responding to clients, or putting out fires, or handling life’s unexpected detours. When the smoke clears and you see a gap [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Never at War

“Nature is good at connectivity. The impact of diverse human activities is observed and absorbed throughout nature. Everything is linked. Nature has no problem with coherence. Ecosystems react with their own logic.” -Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian politician One should never be “at war” in real estate. Business is full of metaphors which are counterproductive to [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Cultivating Solitude

“Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” -Paul Tillich, German-American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian Being social is natural for many real estate pros. And it’s easy to justify a busy social schedule, because every [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Lives of Others

“How can we imagine what our lives should be without the illumination of the lives of others?” -James Salter, American novelist and short-story writer. Quote from his novel “Light Years.” It may be true that we can never know what it’s like to live another’s life, but striving to understand the lives of others can [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Summit of Summer

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Compassionate Grit

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” -Laozi, (also Lao-Tzu or Lao-Tze), ancient Chinese philosopher and writer An increasing amount of research suggests that success is not determined by natural genius or innate talent so much as it is grit, “positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Trimming Nonessentials

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” -Lin Yutang, Writer and translator The middle of the year is a good time to check-in with your goals and your habits to see where a course correction [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Key to Better

“The thing is, it’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.” -Jony Ive. Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple Inc. Differentiation is a hot topic for agents who feel the pressure to stand out from competitors in their market. Gimmicks are commonplace, and sometimes the desire for differentiation is so strong [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Dealing with Denial

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.” -Denis Diderot, French philosopher, art critic, and writer. According to the Mayo Clinic, denial is “a coping mechanism that gives you time to adjust to distressing situations.” Short-term denial can cushion the blow, but [...]

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