“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” -Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand
As a small business owner, I suppose I will always strive for optimum work-life balance and I am certain I am not the only one who feels this way. It comes without saying that being a real estate professional offers its fair share of late night phone calls, weekend appointments and an endless supply of email messages. On the other hand, it also comes with some real positives like working from anywhere in the world, the freedom to design your own schedule and the ability to provide a very good living for yourself and your family.
So, how does one do it all and still maintain some semblance of sanity?? I’m not sure it’s completely possible (at least the sanity piece), but I can say with certainty that I could not most of what I do without systems in place and a team of people helping out every day. The adage “sometimes it takes an army”…well, that is the absolute truth if you want to really enjoy your work. I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who really want to make each other look good.
2014 has been a year of road trips, learning, working and playing for LeConte Realty. Our quest to build an A-Team by killing people people with competence also allows for some great opportunities away from the office. We kicked the year off with a trip west to Cool Springs for the Tennessee Association of REALTORSⓇ Spring Conference. While there, we were all able to fulfill continuing education requirements and receive some relevant governmental affair updates from our state legislators. Oh, and we enjoyed lunch at Bodeli Sushi, a magical place where sushi rides around on a conveyor belt just waiting for you to grab it and chow down!
Shortly after this, we returned to the middle of our great state for a one-day technology session, REBarCamp Nashville (www.rebarcampnashville). This is the largest real estate technology camp in the state and is anything but your typical stodgy conference. There’s no set schedule, no pre-arranged agenda and if you aren’t on Twitter, you better take a deep breath and sign up before you get there so you can keep track of the day ahead. If you’re a friend in the business, mark your calendar now for 4/24/15. Space is limited and I will dare you to try to snag my spot; never gonna happen!
And just last week, the LCR group traveled to Chattanooga for the Fall Convention of the Tennessee Association of REALTORSⓇ. We learned from the best, we networked with others and we were able to honor our incoming state leadership team. Most importantly, I relinquished my crown as the Region 3 Divisional Vice-President and celebrated my dear friend, Brian Copeland, as we was sworn in as our 2015 Secretary/Treasurer. WooHoo!
Surrounding myself with other like-minded professionals who want to learn lots, work hard and play more makes my life much more complete. Stay tuned to see what we are up to next.