We just love mornings. Not all mornings, mind you, but most. And out of all the meals in a lifetime of meals, breakfast is our absolute, hands-down, no holds barred, favorite meal of the day. Yesterday, we were fortunate to have a meal with our friend (and realtor) at a little local place close to our real estate flagship office. "Flagship" sounds so pompous. In reality, it is our main office. One of two that used to be three, but we closed the downtown office.
Allow us to explain if you are new to the blog, or Box Bend. We started with flipping one home that we purchased at auction. We then went on Facebook quite a bit later, with a site called Earth's Pull. Earth's Pull was all about us (a married couple) escaping the gravity of normal existence, and our journey down various roads -mainly renovations of older homes -in an attempt to make that happen. We assumed names from childhood memories in order to protect our identities on Facebook; Boris and Natasha. We then decided to go legit. The house flipping/renovation business became Box Bend, LLC. We wanted a brand for our endeavors. We wanted to separate ourselves from the dreamers and non-doers in the bunch, and also attempt to create some value for our business through the simple act of giving it a name.
We looked at quite a few names. We debated. We made lists. We polled a few select people, including our kids. In the end, Box Bend was the hands down favorite. We met a graphic artist who transformed our original Boston Red Sox influenced logo into something that could stand on it's own. It exists by itself.
At any rates, we work day-jobs, we are not so silent partners in a couple of other businesses (including the real estate franchise mentioned earlier, a property management group, etc.), and we have Box Bend and Box Bend Home. And yesterday, we met with our friend who just happens to be one of the realtors we work with regularly.
And we discussed planning. Planning is one of those things that makes us laugh a little. Life happens while we make plans. Or, if you want to get biblical about it, consider Proverbs 16:9 and come back to us. This is not to say that we do not plan. We do, and we do have goals. Yesterday, we spent some time talking about those goals.
Our plans and goals are fairly specific (leaving our price on Moncure in place for X amount of time before reassessment of price and/or use, X-amount of profit in the coming year, etc), and general.
The general is more important to us at this moment. What we want to do is make sure that the clarity is there for the what, why, who and how behind our actions. We want to make sure that we are exercising a level of specificity that allows us to duplicate and compound our good results while negating our bad results.
Part of this process is methodology -which in and of itself is something that we are becoming more clear about, and focusing more energy towards. We want to make sure that we are spending the majority of our time on the tasks that make Box Bend a value play to our customers, while maximizing our resources. After all, a comme ci, comme ca attitude is not a "good steward" approach to business that we want to embrace.
To wrap all of this verbal diarrhea up; we can break this down into three components, and we will be diving deeper into these components in the future. Kind of a Blog-as-Therapy meets Help-You-Out hybrid. The three components are:
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