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Scott’s Thoughts: Winning in the Process

“For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.” -Emmitt Smith, American football player The moment of the win doesn’t last. Yes, there is the sense [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Rising from Down Days

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.” Tobias Wolff, American author. Ever have one of those days when dealing with the details bogs you down? When you’re working in the trenches on your business, it’s too easy to lose sight of the importance of consistent, incremental improvement. You may [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Your Little Extra

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” -Jimmy Johnson, American football broadcaster and former player, coach, and executive. We live in an age where increasing importance is placed on tracking the return on investment (ROI) in almost everything we do. It’s a side effect of living in a digital world. Google has [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Building Beyond Envy

“Every second you spend thinking about what somebody else has is taking away from time that you could create something for yourself.” -Gary “Gary Vee” Vaynerchuck, American serial entrepreneur. Envy is a commonplace emotion in the competitive world of real estate, but it is one of the most toxic to success. When we envy the [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Owning an Experience

“Memory is more than a dustbin of time, stuffed with yesterday’s trash. Rather, memory is a glorious grab bag of the past from which one can at leisure pluck bittersweet experiences of times gone by and relive them.” Harold Vincent “Hal” Boyle, Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist for the Associated Press. Though we spend our days bombarded by [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Valuable Defeat

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. How tempting it can be to throw in the towel. To “retire” our ambition, point the way to resignation. How much easier it is to make a list of the causes that were beyond your [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: All the Mistakes

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” -Steven Spielberg American director, producer, and screenwriter. We don’t have enough time to make all the mistakes we need to make in order to earn a lifetime’s worth of wisdom. The presence of [...]

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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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