I’ve got a very tough life.
It’s October 15th and I’m in St. George’s, Grenada. The universe knows how much I love a gentle breeze and on cue, as I sit to write, the palm trees begin to stir.
Where is St. George’s? Well, it’s about as close to South America as you can get without leaving the Caribbean Islands. It’s tropical. I think today it’s 87 degrees. Our hotel is on Grand Anse beach which is one of the top ranked beaches in the world. (Grand Anse, French origin, means Large Cove )
You see, this trip happens yearly for Theresa and I as it is a requirement for her job. Yes, I know, A REQUIREMENT. Sounds so difficult doesn’t it?
I told you–a tough life.
Anyhow, I asked her to try to get out of it this year and her boss was having none of it. As the time came near for us to catch our flight, I was stressing as my calendar is full with work related items and of course we are preparing for my son’s upcoming wedding.
Sometimes, I think I’m a broken toy. Who tries to get out of a trip to a tropical island? What’s wrong with me?
I am an artist. That’s what’s wrong with me. I’m a creator, an entrepreneur, and I love to build things. You know, start things. Write things. Improve things. You know, like a woodworker or a blacksmith only my raw materials are ideas instead of wood and metal.
The curse of the creative person is that they have difficulty living in the moment. Instead we live in the future. We live in the “yet to be created”. My mind is always solving problems and mapping solutions. Business builders like to build because it fulfills their creative impulses. It’s why I tried to get out of this amazing trip, as I’m working on building something special.
Ryan France owns a real estate brokerage in Texas. He and I are working on a project. Our project seeks to solve the biggest problem in the real estate business–how to duplicate ourselves. You know, like a clone.
You see, real estate agents can only do so much because our time is limited. Once our business grows to a certain level, our time becomes more and more scarce. The problem we are trying to solve? –how can we continue to give great service to our clients with a limited number of hours?
It will require a brand new business model. It will require time, which I don’t really have to give. Certainly I can’t fly to Grenada, can I?
In life problems aren’t always this OR that? You know, choosing this thing or that thing. In fact, what I’ve learned is that most things in life are this AND that. Why can’t I fly to Grenada, and practice my artistry?
My Grenada trip turned out to be a blessing both as an entrepreneur and as a human. Lol. (I crack myself up)
You see, it takes hours and hours of down time to get to the destination. I spent the hours in the airport, and on the plane mapping out the new business model. My trip allowed me the time to get away from the office to figure out the tasks of a real estate transaction and to create a new model that allows me to give better service to my clients no matter how big my practice grows.
On that plane, and in that airport, my creative juices flowed. I was in my element as the ideas and problem solving skills were firing like a well honed engine.
This OR that, or, this AND that? Choose well my friend.
I’ve gotta go, it’s time to walk the beach.
Yeah, I’ve got a tough life.