Yesterday, as I was riding my bike on the Lexington Minuteman Bikeway, I noticed a mom and her daughter trying to repair the daughter’s bike, at first I just rode by, but I felt a little guilty and circled back to see if I can help.
As I was repairing the bike, a conversation pursued about what else, my favorite topic, Boston real estate. She told me she and her newlywed husband we’re looking to buy but with the coronavirus, it created an obstacle on their plans.
As a Boston real estate broker, my sales instincts kicked in. I told her that the COVID-19 actually is creating a perfect opportunity to buy. I told her you may never in your lifetime see interest rates this low again, I also told her the suburbs are gaining popularity and you should move quickly before the real estate market picks up steam.
Finally, we repaired the bike, before taken off she asked me for my business card.
This morning she called me and we discussed her options.
There once was a very wealthy and curious king. This king had a huge boulder placed in the middle of a road. Then he hid nearby to see if anyone would try to remove the gigantic rock from the road.
The first people to pass by were some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers. Rather than moving it, they simply walked around it. A few loudly blamed the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them tried to move the boulder.
Finally, a peasant came along. His arms were full of vegetables. When he got near the boulder, rather than simply walking around it as the others had, the peasant put down his load and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. It took a lot of effort but he finally succeeded.
The peasant gathered up his load and was ready to go on his way when he sees a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The peasant opened the purse. The purse was stuffed full of gold coins and a note from the king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a reward for moving the boulder from the road.
In the tale above the king showed the peasant what many of us never understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.