“Rules” to Follow in Any Career

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Graduation season has come and gone, and whether the graduates are headed to college or to their first job, it’s important to remind them to keep their eye on the prize, but to never lose perspective and always stay true to their values. Many of us here at Kurz Group have been in the commercial real estate industry for over three decades. As is common in any industry, we’ve experienced the highs and lows. Even during the low times, it’s critical to remind yourself of how those times can serve as lessons. Here are some of the “rules” we live by at our Company – as property tax consultants and in our daily lives:

  1. Don’t look at “no” as the end. Everyone experiences rejection – often a lot of it. But, as Babe Ruth once said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” With rejection, you have two paths to take – one of defeat, or one of persistence. Allow each rejection to empower you to succeed the next time. Be confident, be hungry, be determined. With this attitude and with time, you will succeed.
  2. Look at the big picture. Always be asking yourself questions: How will this advance my career? Where do I want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 30 years? What are my goals this year and next year? How can I achieve those goals? Never stop asking yourself these questions – and writing down the answers to keep yourself accountable.
  3. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Risks and rewards go hand in hand. Of course, you must be cognizant of the right time to take risks, but realize that when an opportunity presents itself, don’t be afraid to go for it.
  4. Stay humble. Work hard and stay hungry for more, but never forget to remain humble – in the workplace, at home and with friends. That attitude will earn respect that you’ll carry with you through the years.
  5. Treat others how you want to be treated. No matter where you are in your school or career, this is an important one. Remember to always live by the Golden Rule – your peers, teachers, colleagues and clients deserve the same respect you’d like to be returned.

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