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Scott’s Thoughts: Engaging with Now

“The future is always beginning now.” -Mark Strand, American poet. From the collection¬†Reasons for Moving. Uncertainty isn’t just a fact of life, it is proof of life. Everything alive changes… sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly. There are changes we feel in real time and those we only observe in contrast, as when an old photograph from [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Choose Your Fuel

“People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” -A. J. Liebling, American journalist. Imagine it’s the morning of a road race you’ve been training to run for six weeks. When you get out of bed that morning, you know you’re going to need a breakfast that will help power you through the miles [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Teaching Moments

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost Did you have a good weekend? It’s an innocuous question. The sort of small talk we exchange on a weekly basis. But lurking within it is a subtle, but provocative point: We are always asking one another to [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Reputation Enrichment

“The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” -Socrates, classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. How much thought do you give to your reputation? In real estate, your reputation is your most powerful engine for referrals. If tainted, it can [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: If Only

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me [...]

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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: 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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