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Scott’s Thoughts: Seeking Constraints

“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Have you ever noticed that you get more done on busy weekdays than you do on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Are you one of those people whose focus improves as your time runs short? [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Friendship Equity

“To often a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.” Warren Buffett, American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. Networking is one of those words that makes some people bristle. This is especially true of the introverts out there who [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Overthinking It

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” -Wallace Stevens, American modernist poet. Have you ever stopped to consider how much of the stress in our lives is self-generated? Our minds are marvelous for making meaning and order, but they can also get in the way of living in the present. That voice [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: On Belief

“In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated.” -Margaret Halsey, novelist. In business, as in life, we often hear, “the only constant is change.” It’s one of those soporifics offered by others when we find ourselves facing unexpected shifts, as when technology disrupts the way we think or behave. [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Handling Haters

“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.” -Gautama Buddha, ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. Given the value of reputation in real estate, many agents can be quite sensitive to feedback they receive from prospects and clients. Though intellectually [...]

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Need a little help? Don’t need to commit to a full-time assistant? Then Fiverr.com might just be for you. Build your business with this “global online marketplace offering tasks and services” The range of jobs is truly staggering. Categories include: Graphics & Design, Online Marketing, Writing & Translation, Video & Animation, Music & Audio, Programming [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Nature of Money

“But that’s the nature of money. Whether you have it or not, whether you want it or not, whether you like it or not, it will try to define your days. Our task as human beings is not to let it.” -Phil Knight, American business magnate and philanthropist, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc. [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Sweet Indifference

“If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?” -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer It’s natural to assess risk as we consider new adventures. Whether in business or in relationships, we plan, we size up our odds, and we imagine outcomes. Very little in this life is a sure [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Staging for Peace

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” -Golda Meir, Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel The atmosphere in a home has a huge impact not only on how people perceive a home, but how they feel having spent time in the home. As a real estate pro, you [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The 36 Questions

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” -AndrĂ© Gide. French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Have you read the recent New York Times piece, “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love“? The questions are derived from research by psychologist [...]

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