It’s been said that one of the greatest discoveries of all time is that a person can alter their future by changing their attitude and putting in the necessary effort.
That said, change is tough. Change can be scary. Change is also inevitable – especially for commercial real estate professionals today where technology and a rapidly moving landscape continue to be a catalyst for massive transformation.
There is a new world of physical and digital technologies, including social media, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing, and the Internet of things (IoT). This has forever altered the way we interact, the delivery of services and in the process – expectations.
As a result, anyone who desires to stay relevant in all areas of business, must learn to embrace and master the art of change. Here are four (4) important reasons why:
#1. Change Isn’t a Bad Thing. Author Robin Sharma wrote, “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” We only need to look to the past to see how change has already revolutionized real estate for the better. Reflect on the outdated practices we don’t rely on any more like a contact rolodex, Thomas Guide maps, faxing or certified mail to get documents to clients. Today’s newest innovations have the ability to make us better tomorrow.
#2. Failure is Not Fatal, Failure to Change Might Be. Sticking with conventional methods is a dangerous place to be in business. Especially when your competitors are positioning themselves to flourish in this ever-changing landscape. Success after all is an ongoing process and requires us to maintain a mindset of continual improvement. That will never happen if you aren’t willing to challenge existing methods, related strategy and develop new skills.
#3. Anything Worth Having Never Comes Easy. The road to becoming great at anything requires long hours of planning, hard work and dedication. Once you are on top, you will have to work even harder, because your competitors will be using your success as the new benchmark. This is where tomorrow’s leading professionals know the importance of reinvention and staying ahead of trends. They will constantly challenge the status quo, seeing situations for what they are, but more importantly what they can become.
#4. Looking Forward & Embracing What is Next. Of course, we cannot predict every single change poised to disrupt the industry. Some fads rise only to die out. The lesson here — never lose sight of the true value of investing in your own personal growth and self-development. Always be looking forward and ready to embrace what’s next.
Finally, don’t forget about some of those time-tested constants that must always remain at the forefront of our business dealings. Top of the list — hard work, professionalism and integrity!