This past Weekend, Lisa and I flew out to AZ to spend a couple days with her brother and his family. We were only on the ground for about 48 hours.
It was a trip to hang out with family, tell stories and reminisce about both the good and bad times.
It was 1 year ago to the day, that they lost a child to SIDS. I can not even imagine losing a child that never even had a chance to fight, to be strong and become the individual they were born to be.
I just heard today that Stephen Hawking died, at age 76. For those of you that don’t know, Stephen was a brilliant physicist, who some compared his contribution to science with Albert Einstein’s. That comparison alone is amazing, but what is more amazing is that Stephen suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system. He received his diagnosis at age 21, and by 22 they told him that he probably would see 25.
How do you deal with bad news?
Stephen lived for 55 years after his diagnosis.
No one knows how Stephen bet the odds, but people speculate that the disease spared his brain. There is a good film about Stephen’s fight with the disease The Theory of Everything.
“Hawking’s intellectual achievements have become almost mythical in the face of the disease which progressively shut down his limbs, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, paralyzing his muscles and rendering him unable to speak.”
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to Change – Stephen Hawking
My Brother – in -law along with his wife and 6-year-old son have chosen to move on past their loss. To not forget the heartache, but to use that heartache to adapt and move forward in life to achieve great things.
Life is a constant state of change. Some forced, Some planned and calculated. But the contributing factor of change really doesn’t matter, it is how we react to that change.
Since 2005, when I first was licensed to sell real estate, there have been many changes. The economy has changed, I have changed, but mostly the industry has changed. The problem is that most people in the Industry are trying to hold on to the past instead of embracing the future.
With my ten plus years of experience,I started seeing things differently, I started looking at how we simplify the selling process for the client. Brainstorming with a Group of like-minded people in the industry. We decided to put our collaboration in writing so anyone could read it with the intention of eliminating fundamental mistakes while selling their home.
Like Stephen Hawking decided to move forward in 1964, My Brother-in-Lawhas decided to move forward and achieve great things for himself and his family. And I decided to not a let a commoditized industry of yesteryear hold back our innovation into the future.