R E N T A L READER
USING ACTION TO GET ‘UNSTUCK’
Renting out a Refurbished Lease on Life
Th Secret to Success According to Past Presidents and My Dad
“In anymoment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is thewrong thing, and theworst thing you can do is nothing.” –Theodore Roosevelt “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long- range risks of comfortable inaction.” –John F. Kennedy Action! Doing something“even if it’s wrong.”Action! That is the way to fight against that “stuck” feeling and get truly“unstuck.”And it is what we, as a company, have been doing since we relaunched Robert
To be honest, I have been feeling a bit “stuck” lately with quarantining, working from home, and routines that seem more like the “Twilight Zone” than our new normal. All of those things add up to a restless lack of action for me lately.
And I don’t like the feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m busy. Actually, I’m incredibly busy. Work seems like it is taking more time than it has ever taken because of an increased workload and increased inefficiency from the way we work at home, etc. Add home-schooling responsibilities and other new tasks brought on by COVID-19, and some days, I am amazed I keep my head on straight.
But this stuck feeling is a major drag, and I am determined to do something about it.
During summers in high school and the early years of college, I would work construction with my dad. He was a high school woodshop teacher, and each summer, he typically lined up a couple jobs like additions, decks, roofs, and more. I look back on those summers very fondly, and I have found that my dad’s ways of imparting wisdom were quite effective for me. He had a number of funny sayings, and I have shared some in a previous newsletter. One that keeps repeating in my head while I struggle with this stuck feeling is “Let’s do something, even if it’s wrong.”
C. White & Company back in 2012, refocused on professional property management of single-family homes, condos, townhouses, and select small multifamily properties.
This is also what I’ve committed to do! It’s time to take action! (More to come on the actions in store for Robert C. White & Company and other aspects of my life.)
I’m smiling as I write it.
Yours in “action beats inaction 9 times out of 10,”
At first glance, that seems a little crazy, right? Why in the world should you do something if it’s wrong? The point my dad was making whenever he spoke those words (and he spoke them a lot) is that action beats inaction 9 times out of 10.
Action gets you “unstuck.” Action, even when pointed at the wrong thing, will get you to the right thing faster than not doing anything.
P.S. The picture above is after the kids tied me up as a prank during the stay-at- home orders. Note the COVID-19 beard — probably the only time in my life I am going to do that. I felt like the picture was an appropriate way to share how being “stuck” feels to me.
To be honest, I think he’s on to something, and the famous leaders of old agree with him, too (or the other way around).
P.P.S. Here’s another quote I really like fromTeddy Roosevelt: “Most of us tiptoe through life in order tomake it safely to death.”That doesn’t sound too appealing tome.
“Imperfect action beats perfect inaction every time.” –Harry S. Truman
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