Around this time,every year,I find myself explaining,why I’m going away for the weekend and …heading to Binghamton.
It is part of an annual ritual of a sort. An unusual destination,a bit of a break from the usual break neck pace of the New York City real estate world (particularly this year,whilst preparing to head out,waiting on news of a highest and best bidding situation…again )- but WELL worth the time,and distance.
A few years ago,on the advice of a friends who were involved with the program, they casually mentioned,I might be interested in learning more and perhaps getting involved. What is this that captivates me every spring ? A creative problem solving organization called Destination Imagination. Kids at various educational levels work together in teams of up to 7 to solve a problem,and they present their solutions at regional,state and ultimately global tournaments. I was fascinated to learn more about this extra curricular activity,as I am generally inclined towards most things involving our youth particularly if it maybe artistic,creative or technical,they thought it would appeal to me. With nary a thought (I honestly can not remember if I even Googled…talk about the level of trust we have with those in our inner circles,right ? )- I said,sure, sign me up. So I took the train from Manhattan up to Westchester,for “training” for that year’s challenge…and I have yet to look back.
After the first tournament, I was HOOKED. I found myself wondering about different ways to solve the challenge I was assigned to, marveled to interact with the kids afterwards as we had the opportunity to chat with them about their thought processes. Even more so,having had the opportunity to appraise the last few years at the state tournament as well- it means also experiencing their iterative process. And as I have bemoaned every tournament since- I wish there were more people in my beloved New York City taking part (and it’s been awesome over the years to see the growth of the Eastern Region of New York Destination Imagination)
Teamwork and creativity are parts integral parts of the process of any successful real estate transaction. From an initial consultation and discussion, understanding what someone is seeking. LISTENING to their requirements, assembling a TEAM of individuals (attorneys, mortgage bankers, designers,architects ) , planning and executing a negotiation strategy, working with the other team to get everyone to their common goal- the consummation of a transaction.
It is fascinating to ponder in our increasingly rare moments of quiet reflection how many processes in life and in business intersect and follow parallel trajectories albeit with different outcomes- it might be the sale or purchase of a first property,or a successful fundraiser for a non profit – or the shrieks of joy when a team finds out they are going to Tennessee for Global Finals, or when a buyer finds out they were selected as the winning bidder in a highest and best bidding situation…or have been board approved or when a seller is thrilled that a transaction is moving on to its next phase so they can similarly move on in their lives….
In the relative quiet of a hotel room in Binghamton, had some time to ponder ,remembering when I was informed I would go to Global Finals for the first time- an experience that was simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating-for a variety of personal and professional reasons. Remembering my first transactions and listings almost ten years ago,to thinking about the present and future as I prepare to head out this week again with a customer who relocated to New York last fall. It has been a delight to see how they have loved becoming New Yorkers in every sense of the word,as always reminds me what an honor it is to be a part of someone’s journey.
Gratitude for the ability to enjoy my own journeys and destinations along the way.