Choose Your Hard

Life will never be easy. It will always be hard. But we can choose our hard. Choose wisely.

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Internet is Changing the Game

What will YOUR industry look like in 2030? The Internet is changing the game – we’re enjoying being a part of what real estate will look like in the future. Embrace change, or join the dinosaurs!

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The Art of War #3

The Art of War #3 – Sun Szu

The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer: let such a one be retained in command! The general that hearkens not to my counsel nor acts upon it, will suffer defeat: – let such a one be dismissed!

While heeding the profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules.

Accordingly as circumstances are favourable, one should modify one’s plan.

All warfare is based on deception.

Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.

If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them.

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

These military devices, leading to victory, must not be divulged beforehand.

Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations lead to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I foresee who is likely to win or lose.

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Patience & Perseverance

The main difference between patience and perseverance is that patience is the ability to endure difficult situations without being annoyed or anxious, but perseverance is the quality of continuing with something even though it is difficult.

Basically, patience and perseverance are two virtues everyone should aspire to cultivate in life. A patient person is calm in the face of provocation, annoyance, delay misfortune, or pain, and does not lose temper or become irritated or frustrated. Perseverance is simply not giving up, however difficult a task is.

The martial arts path cultivates both.

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Make Me Smarter #23

Make Me Smarter #23: Crows can recognize individual human faces and hold grudges.

It’s probably best not to get on a crow’s bad side. According to one 2008 study by wildlife researchers at the University of Washington – plus tons of anecdotal evidence from wildlife biologists – the highly intelligent birds are capable of remembering individual human faces, even if those who have wronged them wear a disguise. So how do crows show their distaste? They scream. “The birds were really raucous, screaming persistently,” one volunteer in the crow study told The New York Times. “And it was clear they weren’t upset about something in general. They were upset with me.” Sounds intense!

https://www.washington.edu/news/2012/09/10/crows-react-to-threats-in-human-like-way/

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You Thought 2020 Was Strange?

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Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law is the old adage that work expands to fill the time allotted. Put simply, the amount of work required adjusts to the time available for its completion. The term was first coined by Cyril Northcote Parkinson in a humorous essay he wrote for the Economist in 1955.

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Just Because It Fits Doesn’t Make it Right

Not every place you “fit it” is where you “belong”.

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Avoid the Symbolic Club

The palm closed finger pointing gesture can act like a symbolic club, ‘beating’ listeners into submission.

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Unmet Expectations – the Silent Killer

Unmet Expectations – the Silent Killer.

The major reason marriages end in divorce is because of one thing… unmet expectations. With this in mind, what do you think this can do to your business, your reputation – your customers?

EXPECTATION – OBSERVATION = FRUSTRATION

Put simply; if someone has an expectation of you (whether it’s realistic or not) and they observe this NOT being met, creates frustration, disappointment, and often resentment.

The biggest challenge is know what other people expect. How to get around this? Communicate. In a relationship, as soon as frustration rears it’s head, get curious – not angry. With customers, tell them exactly how things will work and manage their expectations immediately.

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