Get Ethical

If you come across a rotten egg and you break it, it stinks. This adaptation, from a Russian proverb, reflects a life reality. My interest in it is in exploring possible takeaways in the realm of real estate education and practice. A visit to the RECO website and a casual reading of a disciplinary case … Continued

Yes We Can

I remember during a visit to the Vatican, our tour guide proclaimed that Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble. Also, I remember reading a statement by Oliver Wendell Holmes asserting, “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Indeed, I remember my very old martial arts instructor … Continued

Uncommon Common Sense

“Yesterday I died.” It’s a common feeling among students subjected to communication and teaching styles based on ‘common sense’. “First tell them what you’re going to say. Then, tell them. In the end, tell them what you said, again.” This is sheer nonsense. I doubt this recommended, repetitive rubbish was ever true. It continues to … Continued

Play, forget work

Work is necessary, but it is such a tedious task. Indeed, work can be numbing. Playing, on the other hand, is pleasurable but arguably unnecessary. From a learning perspective, I do not accept either sentiments. Look at young children reveling in pure play. They are curious, connected, and hard at work in unadulterated fun. They … Continued

You Ought to be Blogging

The real estate profession shows no signs of waning in spite of the explosion of the Internet. However, constantly changing technology does impose new demands on those practitioners who value professionalism, survival, and making money. Technology, like real estate, is all about people. To blog is to connect genuinely with people in our digital era. … Continued

Words are worth a thousand pictures

Believing that “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be what’s wrong with your ability to learn. In today’s fast-paced society, digital pictures, videos, e-maps, and graphics flood the information channels. The art of writing, on the other hand, appears to be on a steep nosedive aimed at Shakespeare’s grave. Snapshots have displaced words, … Continued

To every yin, there’s a yang

We live in a binary world. Dualities, mostly opposites, reign supreme. For example, there is good and there is evil. There are mothers and daughters. Lies and truths. The French and the English. The general and the specific. The Leafs and the Habs. The teacher and student. The left brain and the right brain. The … Continued

Gretzky Had More Than Intuition

You are not born with this skill but you can acquire it. If Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink, is on target, it will take you 10,000 hours to learn it. Then again, you should not jump to believe everything you read or hear and label it natural truth. Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, … Continued

Get Yourself a Mentor

Plop! You’ve graduated and landed, hitting the ground running. Poof! You’re registered and now you’re a real estate professional. Not so fast my dear rabbit. In this instance, you are better off trotting with the turtles. You cannot disregard that schooling is to knowledge what mentoring is to mastery of skills. Succeeding in academia is … Continued

It’s Not About The Money

You’ve seen the commercials. He’s the “Cashman” or “Loan Arranger.” He gives you cash. Mullah. Bread. Money is the singular goal common to all people. Money is immortalized in writings and songs. “Money makes the world go ‘round,” “money can’t buy me love,” “another day older and deeper in debt,” and “I am a material … Continued