www.LandandLatte.com: April 2013

The One Thing – That Nearly Killed Me

One Thing – That Nearly Killed Me - Melinda PetersonI can't tell you how many times I've juggled more than one thing at a time.  Perhaps the idea was born out of a secret desire to be a super hero.  The thought of sporting a Wonder Woman cape was always a childhood fantasy.  Whatever the case, I've learned that when I touch more than one thing at a time, it can spell disaster.

Take for example, the time I drove through Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, while vacationing with my teenage kids (that’s enough distraction alone).  I tried swooshing a bee out the window at 70 mph and I swerved in the process.  Yeah… totally not cool.  Thank goodness I didn't crash the car, but I came awfully close.

Or what about the time I had 15 deals in escrow and I happened to close one of them without giving my Buyer the Seller’s Disclosure Statements.  Ugh!   I had major egg on my face when I approached the Buyer for signatures after we closed, apologizing profusely for my oversight.  Thank goodness there wasn’t anything in them that warranted concern.

I don't know what possessed me to think that I could manage my real estate brokerage while being the MLS President, negotiating a complicated joint venture between two MLS's, sitting on the Board of Directors for my local Realtor Association, teaching RPR classes for NAR, being WCR’s Social Media Specialist, and managing a restaurant two days a week (oh yeah, and selling real estate).  What the fish was I thinking?  I got a rather abrupt wake-up call when my auto-immune disease reared its ugly head... and nearly killed me. 

Needless to say, I can identify with one of the chapters in Jay Papasan and Gary Keller’s book, The One Thing, which basically says that multi-tasking is a lie we feed ourselves.  The truth is, when we juggle more than one important task at a time, something else takes a back seat, or a flying leap out the window.  When that happens, not even Wonder Woman can save the day with her juicy couture cape ;-)   

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Comment balloon 33 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • April 29 2013 04:36PM
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