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Philosopher turned real estate executive

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"Psychologist, visionary, philosopher, salesman, handholder. I don't know any industry that requires you to be so many things." So says David Michonski, CEO of Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy, and apparently he's very skilled at that kind of multitasking. After all, he's somehow managed to cram in a number of lifetimes already. Philosophy student and would-be classics professor? Check. Dormitory cook and Boston bartender? Check. State Department advisor, venture capitalist and eventual head of one of the fastest-growing brokerages in the nation? Check. But in the rough-and-tumble world of Manhattan real estate, Michonski reaches all the way back to Greek philosopher Aristotle for his guiding principles. "He was a great observer of the way people actually are, as opposed to the way you'd like them to be," he laughs. "That methodology has always served me well in real estate." Hear Michonski speak next week at Inman News' Real Estate Connect 2005 in New York City. Indeed, New York City has...