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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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Scott’s Thoughts: Diversity is Genius

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist. I love the insight in this Einstein quote. It so elegantly describes a common problem: People often evaluate others by the wrong [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Commencement Wisdom

“Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.” Garretson Beekman “Garry” Trudeau American cartoonist, best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doonesbury comic strip May is a month filled with graduation ceremonies. While many a commencement speech is filled [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: For the Record

“It is so easy to be confrontational without being informative; indignant without being intelligent; impulsive without being insightful.” Neal A. Maxwell -Apostle of the LDS Church As our online and offline lives continue to merge in unexpected ways we face an interesting paradox: The more technology enables us to communicate, the more we feel pressure [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Productivity Profits

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” David Allen, Productivity consultant and author of Getting Things Done Productivity is one of our favorite topics in Tuesday Tactics. We like to find ways to help you rethink your process and retool your [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Good Ideas Made Great

Once and a while, a good idea comes along. You’re sitting in traffic, shaving, staring out the window in a coffee shop, and BAM! an idea strikes you. It might be for your marketing plan, your book club, or a brand new business… suddenly it appears, shining in your mind. Sometimes you think your idea [...]

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Write Your Way to a Better Real Estate Career

Ask most agents why they have a newsletter or a blog, they’ll tell you it’s to “keep their name top-of-mind with clients.” And it’s true: If you keep in touch with your clients, you’ll maintain mindshare. But what many agents overlook is the benefit of sharing personally and authentically with their contacts. Whether on Facebook, [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: A Secret Shortcut

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.” -Alfred “Freddy” Sheinwold, American bridge player (January 26, 1912 – March 8, 1997) One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was: “Before you make any major life decision, ask the opinion of five people [...]

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