The Fear to Count


“In this phase of my career I want to, you know, do the things I want to do out of the love of wanting to do it and not care what people say: ‘Oh, he can’t do that’…” – Francis Ford Copolla (TETRO 2009)

My working titles were “The Fear of Currency”, “To Fear and Lust Ahead”, “Passion Introverted” and “Costco and the Single Leather Man”.

The first boring idea was about the definition of currency throughout history and bartering for goods and services. The democracy of food and the fear to go without. The second idea was about figuring out how we use what makes us nervous and excited to move forward, and how we might turn those nerves into lust to propel ourselves even further ahead. The ‘Passion Introverted’ idea was going to be about harnessing and focusing on what we dream of doing but not so much, that we forget to take the first steps in actual practice. The fourth idea ‘Costco and the Single Leather Man’ is self-explanatory. At least it should be! I’m willing to bet if you’ve read this far, I’m not just writing for someone who’s attention span is held only by sexy, satirical, Spanish matador images… Although.. well, we’ll save that for another time.

What the gosh-darn hell am I talking about then? I’m talking about FEAR, people!

NEWSFLASH: There is no shortage of fear in this world. Unlike the scarcity of fresh water, oil, love and good design, there is an abundant and endless supply of fear. One size fits all. Prop yourself up to the table and have yourself a heapin’ helping of it! You want seconds with that? No problem…

My fear at this moment is turning this blog into some sappy, hotel-conference, motivational bullshit ‘shpeal! So I won’t.

I will not insult you by insisting that a few more supportive words will make things get better. It might feel that way for a moment or two, but if it’s not confronted it probably will not dissipate. It will only grow. And it will continue to charge towards us with the momentum it needs to morph itself into something that feels like it’s been there all along. If we let it.

Trapped Chilean Miners; France rioting over increased retirement age; U.S. slush-fund elections courtesy our Supreme Court; Private Banks vs. Private Homeowners; Suicidal gay-youth lynch-mob-bullying; Institutionalized and precariously legal military homophobia… We’ve had much to digest just this week alone. Enough to make us feel that nothing we do matters anymore. No one is really listening. People don’t count anymore.


Hey, tell you what.. I’ve got a cute Tweet for ya’ to cheer us up then: “If a Chilean miner sees his shadow, then there’ll be 6 more weeks of Facebook status updates.” No? Ok, how ‘bout this one: “No Mr. Polanski! We said ‘Miners in a Shaft’ not ‘Minors down a Shaft’!!”

Huh..?!? Wha..!?! Too soon? Well, get over it sunshine! Don’t be afraid. It’s all in your head.

Or… is it?! Yikes… I’m scared – I need a sexy Spanish matador hug now!

About The Author

I made a choice to enter the real estate field early while considering pursuing a career either as an architect, psychologist, musician or an active duty U.S. Marine. Starting as a full time Realtor and a top agent in my first office, I quickly realized I had to expand my knowledge and education into the commercial market to better serve both my clients and customers. Experience through a varied background in many aspects of the business is what I have earned since 1987, including studying abroad for partner market investments, active memberships with National Real Estate Associations, local Equal Housing committees, and neighborhood Chambers of Commerce. Continuing education has proven to me that the industry is ever changing, and we all must meet the needs and demands of our previous and future clients and customers on local, national, and international scopes. Being proud and very grateful to have worked with the most successful and professional companies in Chicago such as Prudential, Coldwell Banker, and Rubloff only re-affirmed that the most important professional relationship in my industry is, and will continue to be directly between each Realtor and each individual client and customer. The real estate industry has changed and evolved dramatically, at the fastest pace ever in only these past few tumultuous years. Today, again I have made a choice to position myself to best use the myriad of resources available to me, to first and foremost, benefit my clients' needs above any franchise or companies' business strategy. I have been presented many Real Estate awards throughout my career. But one that I hold in high regard is a professional QSC designation with an almost 100% rating for referral, satisfied, and repeat clients. My work and reputation within the Real Estate community, business referral partners and fellow Realtor colleagues is also an indelible part of my business practice. As a Chicago Bucktown / Wicker Park resident and property owner, I greatly appreciate being able to invest personally in this market and donate a small portion from each of my closing commissions to the Chicago Mercy Home for Boys and Girls organization assisting abused and homeless children. I have always sustained and invested in my real estate career, and will continue as long as I am able to be productive, make a positive difference and truly enjoy it. It is important to me that my clients, customers and collegues enjoy it as well!

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