FROM THE EDI TOR- IN-CHI EF
PUBLISHER R. Michael Wrenn
What Did You Leave Behind?
PRESIDENT, AFFINITY WORLDWIDE Eddie Wilson | EWilson@AffinityWorldwide.com
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Carole VanSickle Ellis CEllis@ThinkRealty.com
hen I was a kid, one of my favor- ite books was titled, What Did You Leave Behind? It detailed the many things that we leave behind us both in our everyday lives and on vacation, illustrated with warm pictures hazy with W
thinking you probably hung the moon. All I can say when those desires pass through my mind and heart is, “Good thing we’re in real estate with dreams like these,” because real estate is, as Think Re- alty coach Sonia Booker is so fond of saying, one of the “greatest wealth equalizers” available to those of us who wish to leave a legacy. Want to found a nearly timeless, largely recession-re- sistant family business to teach your children? Thousands of investors create lasting entrepre- neurial legacies for their families every year. Dream of endowing your favorite charity, church, or school with enough money to fund meaningful developments decades after you depart this plane? Countless investors quietly change the financial fu- tures and fortunes of their passion projects every day. Wish you could change the face of your local community permanently and for the better? Every successful real estate investor makes an ac- tive, meaningful contribution to the communities in which they invest with every dollar leveraged toward a productive, profitable deal. In this issue, we’re dealing directly with what you, as a real estate investor, will leave behind and how to leave it in the best way possible for your specific, personal purposes. Whether you are founding a dynasty or quietly (even anonymously) molding the world around you into a better place, real estate will help you leave a legacy like no other. Seize the day. Define your legacy. Fulfill your purpose. We’re here, as always, to proudly help you on the real estate leg of that journey. •
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nostalgia and a watercolor patina of memory. While that book was a children’s book and in- tended, I believe, mainly to be a fast, enjoyable read summed up with that time-honored scouting maxim, “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but foot- prints,” I found the other day as I read it to my own little boys that the story held much more. Those colorful images and simple prose certainly made me want to leave something meaningful be- hind, and I wanted it to be something good. I wanted it to be something my little guys could be proud of long after I wasn’t around anymore to hold them. • Maybe, it could be something they could use to support and drive their own dreams. • Maybe, it would be something they would shake their heads proudly and say, “Oh, that Mom. She was unstoppable.” • Maybe, it would change their world in a way they’d never recognize, but that would mean great things not just for my children but for entire communities. I know I’m not the only parent with these types of daydreams, and they hit especially hard when the little guys are still sitting in your lap, looking up at you and
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Daren Blomquist, Mark Bloom, Sonia Booker, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Bryan Ellis, Kathy Fettke, Pamela J. Goodwin, Bill Green, Bill Griesmer, Gary Harper, Marc Heenan, Pam Hughes, Bruce McNeilage, Julie Ziglar Norman, Mark Reginelli, David Rice, Douglas Skipworth,
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