A Mind Expanded

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    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

    My favorite author (Mark Twain) and I share many things, and an affinity to see and experience the world is at the top of the list.  I think a lot of folks perceive Realtors as busy-bees glued to their phones, constantly driving around, and incapable of experiencing a full life.  I agree that we’re addicted to our phones, and we do drive more than the average employee. However, I wholeheartedly disagree that we’re stuck in one little corner of the earth.

    Since getting my license, the real estate industry has funded training, overnight trips, vacations, and retreats to all of these locations to expand my world beyond Indiana:

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Austin, TX (5 or 6 times)
    • Bozeman, MT
    • Perdido Key, FL
    • Gatlinburg, TN (2x) 
    • Kiawah Island, SC
    • Cumberland Lake, KY (striper fishing)
    • Orlando, FL
    • St. Thomas and BVI
    • Gulf Shores, AL
    • San Diego, CA
    • Red River Gorge, KY
    • Chicago, IL
    • Nashville, TN
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Manassas, VA
    • Newport News, VA
    • Las Vegas, NV 
    • Flights/planned booked for Atlanta, and Virginia & Austin again 
    Granted, some of these places are regional and less exotic than say, Spain or Australia, and yet it’s not a bad start considering I’ve only been in the business for 2.5 years! 

    If anything, I’m hopeful… and I genuinely hope our team changes the perception of Realtor busy-bees to a reality of Realtor world-traveling life-experiencers (yes, I make up words sometimes) who fund their adventures with a passionate career.  
    I mean, who doesn’t want to say “yeah, I’m meeting my friend Elon this weekend for a quick trip to the moon…”
    I think Mark Twain would relate well to our BOLD law that “a mind expanded cannot be contracted.”  Cheers!

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