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Monday, November 25, 2013

When Opportunity Knocks

By Stan Yoshihara (Los Angeles)

Well, the day did finally arrive…As much as I tried to hang on and delay the process, in the end the opportunity was too good to pass up.  I’m not sure when I learned this great habit, but when the opportunity is real, you just have to take it.  How many times in the past did you kick yourself for not taking the opportunity, for passing up something that you really should have taken or done?  Too many times to count, right? Fear, rationalization, timing’s just not right, I have to finish this first, are all the reasons that we find not to take the chance.  I am living proof that it does work if you know who you are and what you want out of life.  I liken it to a great personal marriage, similar to what I have today, going strong at 28 years this past September…Why does it work? Here are some of the fundamentals:

  • Mutual respect and acceptance of each other, including flaws (nobody or nothing is perfect); 
  • Unconditional love (expect nothing);
  • Unconditional trust (no questions); 
  • Patience and tolerance (there will be times…);
  • Passion (be in love, like each other);
  • Forgiveness (you will make mistakes);
  • Have fun together (a must!)

So there you have it.  Simple right?  Relationship 101?  Not so simple.  You must have great discipline and complete bare nakedness honesty with yourself to make it happen.  The same can be said for your career too.  Apply the same fundamentals and I guarantee you will choose the right company to be with.  Know what you are good at; maybe more importantly, know what you are not good at.

By the way, it works.  In August 2013, I sold my company R7 Real Estate to Avison Young, the largest private and principally owned commercial real estate company in Canada.  I’m going into this one using some of the same fundamentals that I would have otherwise used in marriage or for that matter, in my daily life.

Wish me luck!

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