I Dont Want to Be Your Real Estate Agent

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“Im sitting here telling my real estate agent things I’ve never told anyone else before.” A couple Thursdays ago, we were in a booth, having breakfast at the Egg & I, when my client stopped himself mid-sentence to make that subtle confession. I use the word ‘client’ but in all honesty, that label was shed long ago. We were introduced a little over a year ago by a mutual friend. At the time, he — my companion — was...
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The Magic of Simply ‘Showing Up’

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Believe it or not, I actually found myself on a golf course last Friday afternoon. Scrambling it up with my buddies, a group of ex-teammates, from my time at the University of Texas. I must confess, my golf game has been teetering on the edge of extinction for the past 5-6 years. Or more aptly put, A.C. [After Children]. But this event usually gives me an excuse to pull out the paddles—resuscitate—and run around the...
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A Crossroads: Put Up or Shut Up

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The date was October 27, 2015. Almost exactly one year ago. I was driving down Highway 1431, coming from an appointment in Round Rock and on my way to pick up Collin and Maddy from pre-school. The phone rang. It was my new business partner. For close to two months, he and I had been talking often. Meeting regularly. Trying to formulate a plan whereby our two respective ‘visions’ could converge into a well-defined business...
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Building Three Pillars Realty

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There are two days each week that I am up and out of the house before 5am — bar none. Tuesday and Saturday. Both mornings, my objective is to get a couple of hours of work done before returning home and slipping into my ‘Dad-Duties.’ I’ve found there is no substitute for that 2.5–3 hours of quiet focus. One Tuesday morning, earlier this year, I was at Starbucks, head down, headphones on, most likely writing something … and...
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Small Donations Equal BIG Impact

I’m writing this email from 20,000 feet. Headed back to Austin. My trip to Orlando cut short. Hurricane Matthew did not want to cooperate. As cool as it may have sounded to add “hurricane survivor” to my resume, the responsible side of me ultimately won out. Fortunately though, I was still able to squeeze in a couple of days of meeting & scheming with a small group of super-successful real estate brokers. A group hailing from...
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Back at Home Plate (October 2016)

Back at Home Plate

The month of September was all about getting back into a routine. Last month I wrote about Madeline’s first day of Kindergarten and then Collin started pre-school not long thereafter. Both kids do much better with the structure of a regular school day. Summer was great but it was time. Mom and Dad, Mimi and Poppy and Nana all needed a break. Though, you’d think with a little bit of extra time during the week,...
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Behind the Scenes – September 2016

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What I am focusing on right now . . . I was listening to an interview the other day, with Blake Mycoskie – founder of TOMS shoes. He made a statement that I’ve heard plenty of times, in plenty of different ways but, for me, always rings true. He said, “If you really want to know what someone is about, look at their schedule. Your schedule is a reflection of your priorities.” More simply stated, it’s what you “do,” not...
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