For the past five years, I’ve been a full-time real estate agent. Working in real estate affords a lot of flexibility, and I’ve needed flexibility to lead a team of partners to develop a patent application for an invention of mine. As I was indulging my enthusiasm for exploiting opportunity, I delighted in concurrently offering my services as a marketing consultant, a sales productivity coach, and a CRM systems integrator. Sixteen months ago I added work-from-home father to the list. Twelve months ago I started a real estate firm with my wife, Jacy.
Confucius said: “The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” In support of his expression, I’ve had a ball chasing rabbits, but I haven’t caught many.
I’m good at most things I try and, in an odd way, this has been a big challenge for me. I secretly fear (until now) that I might be a virtuoso at something, but I’ll never know what it is because there’s not enough time in this life to explore every possibility. Though not comprehensive, I’ve assembled an impressive list of disciplines for which I am definitely not a virtuoso. Nevertheless, I’ve decided to keep practicing to play guitar.
I’ve put a lot of energy into mastering the dark arts of marketing and strategic planning, even earning an MBA. In fact, I’m a pretty good marketer, though my clearest differentiator from others is a visceral distain for BS. Unfortunately, it turns out, there are lots of pretty good marketers with no such hangups. And as a pretty good management consultant, I found strategic planning akin to weaving a cloth so fine that only an emperor can see it. Plus, I hate being only “pretty good” at anything.
No matter what my role or title, I’ve always been most appreciated for my understanding of technology and it’s implications to business and society. Yet, for a long time, I sidestepped this talent choosing instead to develop more conventional business and leadership skills. Well, as Grand Master Oogway teaches: “Often the steps we take to avoid destiny lead us to it.” I’m grateful to finally recognize my calling, so I am deliberately embarking on a path of thoughtful constraint and seeking to apply the leadership skills I’ve developed to my innate talents.
My first steps in this direction are these:
- I am no longer practicing real estate sales. I will, however, keep my broker’s license and refer people to agents who are better than me.
- I am focusing on a career of technology leadership. This is an area where I can deliver extraordinary contributions.
- I am thinning out the sidelines that compete with family time. In other words, I’m in the process of aligning my attention with my priorities.
Thank you, my friends and family, for supporting me as I adjust my course. Of course, I will appreciate any opportunity leads you can send my way. In any case, please “Like” this post and help me spread the word!