Rick Tip: Plane, Space and Time By Rick Guthrie Plane, Space and Time, that’s an interesting title isn’t it? You know I have had 3 adult occupations in my life. The United States Army, a Professional Musician and a Real estate professional. Out of those 3 being a Real estate professional in whatever capacity is […]
Rick Tip: Plane, Space and Time
By Rick Guthrie
Plane, Space and Time, that’s an interesting title isn’t it? You know I have had 3 adult occupations in my life. The United States Army, a Professional Musician and a Real estate professional. Out of those 3 being a Real estate professional in whatever capacity is the only one I would consider a career. All three of those occupations had successes, failures, conflicts, rewards and so on. Like most, I’ve had to deal with whatever circumstance came along whether they were good or bad and move forward.
I don’t know if this is a direct quote from Andy Andrews or if he was quoting someone else when he said, in a seminar I was attending, “Most people in life are either going into a crisis, in the middle of a crisis or coming out of one”. That’s seems to be my case. A lot of that was self-induced. Charles Swindoll said “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” A Gary Keller quote from his book “The One Thing” is, “A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.” The common theme all of these statements is life.
When I was in the Army I had several opportunities where I served on Honor Guard Burial duty. This is where a military team would have the Honor to show, to the family of a deceased veteran, the nation’s appreciation with a full military burial. As you can imagine, at the services, I heard about lives full of family and accomplishments. Sometimes I would hear very little. What I took away every time was that when the ceremony was over everyone went home and got on with their own lives. This was a very uncomfortable sense of finality. My point to all of this is that living to me is about the journey. Yes there are struggles and yes there are triumphs. So in some way I’ve always wanted to do something that contributed to someone. That’s what led me to real-estate.
First there was sales and then management, training and ownership. I really believe being able to contribute to a family’s home environment through educating them on their home sale or purchase is huge. Moreover, training agents at a high level to help their clients is extremely rewarding for me. So I’ve found my niche’ and God willing I’ll be able to help for a long time.
After all of this contemplation I had in my late 30’s I came up with this concept on living my life on Plane Space and Time. After that everything started falling into place. However, not everything has always been a bed of roses. I still get the thorns, more often than not, but I handle things better. So let’s get into it.
Plane definition: 2. a level of existence, thought, or development
Plane mathematically has no boundaries, no thickness, no mass, no start and no finish. It just is. Plane for me allows me to be as creative as I want to be. Develop at my own speed. Broaden or narrow my life to fit my immediate and future needs. I don’t have to be boxed in unless I want to be. It’s a feeling of freedom.
Space definition: 2. the dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move.
Space for me means I get to create my own environment. After I have created it I can move freely within it dependent on what I’ve cluttered my space with. If I’ve kept my space free of obstacles I have more opportunity for movement and growth. If I crammed a bunch of stuff in my space my growth is more limited. It’s just a matter of physics isn’t it? Believe me I’ve intentionally and unintentionally altered my space. I haven’t decided yet whether or not your space is completely autonomous of outside influence. Are there certain circumstance that alter your space whether you like it or not or do you allow that circumstance in? I had brain surgery 3 years ago that kind of cluttered my space. I didn’t intentionally let that in or did I. The jury is still out on that one.
Time definition: 1. the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
Time just keeps moving forward and that seems to be the only boundary we have that we can’t control. I’m not talking about time management. One of the things I have really learned from Gary Keller is there is no way of managing time. Time goes on with or without you. What you do with your time is the issue. I know what happened in the past and I know what’s happening now but I have no idea on what’s going to happen in the future. But learning from past or present certainly helps me define my future. Back to the regrets. I think I know what Gary Keller meant, in spirit, by having no regrets. It’s certainly something that I want my children to look toward as they make their decisions. For me, my regrets have helped define where I’m going. Certain mistakes are mistakes that I do not want to repeat in the time span I have left.
Putting this all together;
So in your life or career your plane is your thought process. It can be as creative and as broad or narrow as you want it to be because it’s truly yours. You can plan, dream, create, contemplate and be proactive or reactive. It’s the wide end of the funnel.
In contract, your space is the environment you create. If you’re able to move freely in your environment it means you’ve limited obstacles and clutter. This is like the middle of the funnel. If it’s clogged not a lot of anything comes out.
Finally there’s time. That’s where you experience the yield from plane and space. It’s the smallest part of the funnel. However, if you don’t point it in the direction you want you have a mess.
Sorry for getting deep on you today but maybe you can use some of this thought process in your business.
Plane, Space and Time.
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