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Remember when entrepreneurial maven Kylie Jenner pronounced 2016 “The Year of Realizing Stuff”?

So much has happened since then and it seems that every year is a new opportunity to learn new things, reinvent ourselves, improve our businesses and, well, realize stuff. Whether you’re changing the way you market, exploring a new niche or exploring investment strategies, real estate offers a host of ways to keep things fresh and interesting, year after year.

So we asked you as 2023 began: What’s the biggest lesson you learned in 2022? Did you take a new class, develop a new skill or earn a new credential? Did you explore the potential of content marketing or get out there and focus on face-to-face interactions? Did you rediscover some business truth you’d left behind or have your mind blown by something completely innovative? We loved your answers.

  • Einstein’s theory about the key to success being whether you’re in a friendly vs. hostile environment. This begs the question: What exactly is a friendly environment, and how do you create it? 
  • Gravity always wins. Whatever goes up (profits) will eventually come down. We’ve seen this before, yet we turn a blind eye. Thirty-eight years in this business, and I still haven’t learned. 
  • I can do this. Starting a real estate career at 57 was inspired by other life events, but absolutely nothing I thought about doing ever. Now nine months and 18 closed transactions later, I have learned that I can do this. 

Now it’s your turn. What stuff did you realize in 2022?

Editor’s note: These responses were given anonymously and, therefore, are not attributed to anyone specifically. Responses were also edited for grammar and clarity. Inman doesn’t endorse any specific method and regulations may vary from state to state.

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