Don’t LOOK for Opportunity in 2017!

As we wrap up January, you may still be looking for opportunities and new avenues to success in 2017. I’m here to tell you that you may be doing it all wrong.

Over the last few years, while speaking at REALTOR® associations as well as within our office with my own NextHome Discovery members, I have been sharing three specific thoughts that always weigh on my mind as we wrap up each year. I think that together, they can open up your life to success more than any attempt to hunt down “opportunity.”

“Opportunities? They are all around us…There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.”
–Orison Swett Marden, inspirational author and founder of Success Magazine

1. Everything happens for a reason.
Don't Look for Opportunity...it already SURROUNDS you!

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20.” With that in mind, take a moment and look back at past events in your life that you may have initially perceived as negative and reevaluate them with the notion that everything happens for a reason. Perhaps it’s a negative comment someone said to you when you were young that stuck with you instead of a positive quality a teacher or parent saw in you. Maybe it was an event where you failed at something and instead of focusing on the lessons learned, you held onto the failure itself.  Looking back at these memories in this light will open you up to a totally new perspective. My father shared this notion with me over ten years ago that everything, EVERYTHING happens for a reason and nothing happens by chance. It took me a while to fully understand what he meant, but once I did interesting things began to happen for me.

2. Be present in the moment.

Being present in the moment means being aware of what is going on around us. It means starting up a conversation with the person behind you in line at the grocery store. It means saying hello to the person sitting next to you in an educational class at your local association. It means putting your cell phone away when having dinner with your family (I get in trouble for this one a lot).  It means picking up the phone and calling someone instead of texting them.  Being present in the moment means bringing real conversations back into your life. It means asking those around you “how can I help?”

To a certain degree, this will happen automatically when you truly believe everything happens for a reason. By understanding there’s a reason behind the people you encounter, events that happen, and conversations you engage in, you will inevitably begin to make the conscious effort to be present.

3. Opportunity surrounds us.

Understanding that everything happens for a reason and grasping the importance of being present in the moment now leaves you open to the opportunity that surrounds you. Remember that conversation in the grocery store? It turns out they are looking to buy a new home. The real estate professional you chatted with at the association event? She happens to have the perfect buyer for the unique listing you’ve had a tough time selling. When you put your cell phone away at the restaurant? You just had the most interesting conversation with your daughter who had been craving your attention all evening. That time you picked up the phone instead of texting? The conversation led you to finding the business partner for the new real estate team you’ve been wanting to form.

Sound crazy? I promise you, try it and you will be astounded by the number of opportunities that will come to you. If you spend your days looking for opportunity, in essence you are telling yourself opportunity is elusive and you have to seek it out. That is far from the truth.

By believing that everything happens for a reason, and by being present in the moment, we will begin to see that opportunity surrounds us everywhere. So as you prepare for the rest of 2017, don’t waste your time looking for opportunity, as it has been waiting for you all along.

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Anand Patel is president and broker of Tampa Bay’s freshest new real estate brand in town, NextHome Discovery. He can be reached at anand@DiscoverYourPlace.com or by calling 813.867.4417

First Quarter NHD Empower Tour Announced: Macdonald Training Center

Every quarter at NextHome Discovery we like to take our associates on a tour of a local non-profit to build awareness of the needs within our community. These tours are called our NHD Empower Tours. We all have causes that we’re passionate about and this gives our associates an opportunity to find causes they may want to support and get involved with. Empowering those within our community starts with awareness.

This quarter we are excited to be touring the MacDonald Training Center which has two locations: Tampa and Plant City. The motto of MacDonald Training Center is “Empowering People with Disabilities to Lead the Lives They Choose.”

We open up our tours to all Realtors® in the Tampa Bay area (the more the merrier!) so if you’re interested in joining us for our tour this Thursday, March 17th at 10:30am at the Tampa location, please RSVP to connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com by Wednesday March 16th.

We’ll be sure to post plenty of pictures along with a blog post after our tour on March 17th!

TAMPA REALTORS: Are You Attending the Florida Realtors Convention?

It’s that time of year again! Time for the Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo. This event usually attracts the best in the industry, provides for a great way to grow your referral network, and offers educational sessions to take your business to the next level.

Still not convinced? Contact our broker Anand Patel (anand@DiscoverYourPlace.com) and he can share more reasons why you should attend!

The convention kicks off with REbarcamp August 19th and ends on Saturday Aug 22nd. Will we see you there? Be sure to reach out to us if so, as we’d love to connect!

Oh, and here are 35 MORE reasons why you should attend!

 

 

 

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We’re Looking for Ambitious Realtors® to Join the NextHome Discovery Family!

ATTENTION: Tampa Bay Realtors® and those newly licensed agents looking for a company to call home!

We are looking to grow our team of skilled, ambitious professionals throughout Tampa Bay! We invite you to learn more about what we offer, our company culture, and our vision for how real estate sales should be done.

 

  • Full time broker support
  • Deeply integrated technology package
  • Premium placement on sites such as Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com
  • Clean, consumer-centric branding
  • Listing tools to help you secure more business
  • Collaborative, open environment
  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • Much more….

We truly believe if you have the right motivation and ambition, we can help you grow a successful and rewarding career as a NextHome Discovery Realtor®. We’d love to chat with you to see if we are a great fit for each other.

Email or call us and we can set up a time for you to grab coffee / lunch with our broker or just a confidential conversation over the phone.

Email: Connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com

Call: 813-867-4417

 

All you need, at your finger tips!
All you need, at your finger tips!

 

Come Discover Your Place with the

NextHome Discovery family!