By Gino Blefari
This week, my travels found me in Florida visiting Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Florida Properties Group and tomorrow, the team at Florida Realty. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to meet so many inspiring agents, managers and executives, all leaders in their own right who make me feel at home with their generosity and kindness.
At Florida Network Realty, I was able to participate in their Wizard of Oz-themed awards celebration. It was a whimsical, fun experience and made me think about that classic tale of Dorothy and her journey down the yellow brick road, a story interwoven with practical lessons about leadership and life.
Take, for instance, the Cowardly Lion, one of Dorothy’s travel companions. From this once-scared king of the jungle we can learn the lesson of courage and the importance of taking risks no matter how concerned we are about the outcome. Because often, the best results only appear when we’re a little bit fearful, walking that careful line—or in the Cowardly Lion’s case, yellow brick road—between comfort and the unknown.
Then, think about the Scarecrow, the man made from straw who wants nothing more than a brain. By the conclusion of the story, he’s hailed as the wisest man of all. The lesson? Don’t be weighed down by self-doubt. Be confident in your abilities and the fact that you have enough knowledge and know-how to see anything through.
Next, the Tin Man, a silvery figure who longs for a heart. By the time the narrative is over, it is revealed that heart or not, the Tinman was one of the most tender characters in Oz. Here we see the importance of passion in our endeavors. The business of real estate is emotional, it’s stressful and you must approach every transaction, meeting and negotiation with compassion and a whole lot of heart in order to make your clients proud.
Lastly, we have Dorothy—and of course, her loyal dog, Toto—a woman searching for a way home. In the end, Dorothy famously clicks her heels and returns to Kansas. More importantly, as she finds herself finally back in her own room, she realizes that even while she was lost in Oz, she was still home.
Why? Because, as we know better than anyone in any profession, home isn’t about four walls and a roof. Home travels with you wherever you are and there’s really no other place like it.