On the way back from Jackson Hole on Monday, I reflected on the experience I had just had and the clients I was about to see. It occurred to me that skiing can be a bit like buying or selling a home – it's exciting, thrilling, and if you don't know what you are doing... a little bit scary.
Through the years, countless clients have invited me into their lives and trusted me to guide them through personal situations and financial decisions. So, I wanted to take a moment to share what I've learned about agility, focus, and the value of traditions.
The 'Outlaws': A Skiing Trip With A 25 Year Tradition
Last week I was lucky enough to take a ski trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The beauty of the Grand Tetons was incomparable; the quality of light, dramatic mountain edges and panoramic valley views were nothing short of spectacular. Yet, the best part of my adventure was the people I was with.
The tradition started after my grade school buddy married a lady from Chicago with five sisters. They coined the trip 'The Outlaws' because it included all of the brothers-in-law. Over the years, the annual adventure expanded to include friends and adult children. For some of us, it is the one time a year we get to see each other and check in on life, kids, work, and relationships.
After frequenting Vail, Park City, Aspen, and Whistler – this was our first trip to Jackson Hole. It suffices to say that the people, skiing, and views were fantastic! I am more thankful than ever to be a part of my friend's family tradition.
Every time I ski, I am reminded of the simple things I do that also help me succeed professionally. Here are a few that may resonate with you:
- Lean in (to real estate, challenges, change... you name it)
- Focus (on what's in front of you, the details, your goals...)
- Be agile (move quickly and be open to looking at things differently)
- Timing is everything, but too much hesitation can hurt
As an agent and home-buyer myself, I know that the place in which we live is full of memories and traditions. Sometimes the thought of adjusting those traditions can be different; however, evolving them can be wonderful. If you are thinking about making a move and feel unsure, remember that the important things will follow you wherever you go.
Life is short; love where you live.