Politicians may exist to show us what we look like when the wind of other people’s opinions fills our sails. Values are our rudders. Life is the wind.
Values—Martin Luther King and Malcolm X lived true to their values. They raised attention to issues they believed in to change a wrong. They attracted love and following because they inspired people to higher values. They had no seat to win, no job to secure…they were free to live to mean something to life. Politicians drift from vague commitment to even greater confusion depending on what they have to gain. Which recent past president do we honor for their commitment to a cause? Who is a profile in courage—and don’t say JFK.
To see how this thought relates to real estate, think of the questions that person in your head asks you as you ponder owning a home. ” Where should my kids go to school? Where do my co-workers think I should live? What neighborhood will my friends approve? What house style will look best on me? How will I explain to my parents?” With a committee of dozens constantly meeting in our heads, it’s not surprising we move from home to home like no other generation of Americans.
The most content people I meet in this business, clients and other realtors, are people who believe what they believe and move forward on a beam of values. Not everything they do is accepted, supported, admired, or tolerated by everyone. What matters is their commitments matter to them. They bring enthusiasm to their endeavors. They bring happiness to their decisions. They bring joy to their commitments. They don’t waiver and quit because someone says “That won’t work, or that’s not what I would do.” Values ground us in a way a desire to be admired can’t.
Wherever I hang my hat is my home.