One of the great, overlooked pleasures of the holidays is the time they afford us to reflect. As we wrap up the year ‘s work, they also grant us some perspective on where we’ve been and all that we have to be grateful for.
First and foremost are the people. Family and friends bring purpose to our work, while colleagues and business partners also offer relationships that better our lives. I’d like to take this chance to express my gratitude to all of those I’ve had the pleasure to meet and communicate with in the last year. Our work together provides me with immense satisfaction and has kept me passionate about the industry and the people building their careers within it for three decades now.
The stark challenges faced by the real estate market have also given us reason to reflect. Many professionals are working harder for fewer rewards, but the tough economy has also helped us to focus our skills, prove our loyalties and appreciate the nonmaterial things that give shape to our lives. Perseverance also tends to create confidence, compassion and perspective – all things that make us better in business and in life. Now that the market shows genuine signs of turning around, we are prepared to enter a new era with knowledge and values that can only multiply our success.
This is the time to be generous, granting our experience to those we mentor and our gifts to the communities that support us. Each of us has something unique and worthwhile to offer – the sort of strengths that also give us faith in our abilities and in the things we do. They will carry us into a new year with confidence and excitement for the opportunities that lie before us.
Until then, I wish you and your family all the best this holiday season as we take some well-earned time to reflect on the things that matter most.