In this Internet Age of the 21st Century, we certainly do live in interesting times! Industries have been turned upside down by innovation, opportunity, and unfettered entrepreneurship. But for those who adjust, adapt and improve, we can do even better than before.
Online companies dominate the travel industry, yet travel agents still exist and are more profitable than ever. More than 100,000 people in the banking business lost their jobs to technology last year, yet a new brand of banker exists and thrives. Companies like Legal Shield and Legal Zoom offer many of the services that lawyers used to provide, but when serious problems arise, we search for the best.
Uber is worth billions although it owns no vehicles. AirBnB is worth billions and it owns no rooms. And Facebook is worth hundreds of billions and it creates none of its own content.
As Dylan sang in The Times They Are A-Changin’, “You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone.” One constant in all of this change is that the strong survive. Those who pursue excellence in a dogged fashion do even better. And leaders emerge to inspire us, move us emotionally, and issue calls to action for us to participate in and create a better world.
We in Region 9 have those leaders who understand that it is not the case where great power requires great responsibility. Instead we understand it is the reverse: great responsibility builds great power.
The Region 9 Conference in Oklahoma City March 6-7 will attract those who exhibit a great responsibility that benefits the public we serve, and the associations and institutions that must remain strong in an ever-changing landscape.
You will be challenged to open your minds. Challenge the conventional wisdom, and test the tenets of real estate to make sure we preserve what is always true and right. And then change things that need to be changed.
During those two days, we will be asked, “What is your Uber?” How can you follow the lead of those who have given so much to our associations while still maintain thriving businesses? How can we take vital messages to the public and make them viral?
We are going to ask you to envision a future that may be shocking but also exciting. We will challenge you as entrepreneurs to accept no limits when the cause is right, to take away great information, and give it meaning.
You need to be there, because like NAR’s Region 9, you are special! You are making a difference and will continue to do so.
Let’s get started. Register NOW!