The last few days I’ve been working with a first time homebuyer, this buyer has a young family and is looking for a home in the burbs in the $500,000 price range.
Anyway, he wanted to view a property in Stoneham Ma, which I was happy to show him.
The next week he called me and wanted to see a property for sale in Waltham and then it was Arlington etc…
I needed to give him guidance especially in terms of narrowing his scope of neighborhoods.
Sometimes, when you see too many opportunities, you want to take everything at all at the same time. Greed and multitasking make you lose focus. Too much information makes you forget to set the goal. I wanted to get my point across to his homebuyer without insulting him. So I told him about this inspirational short business fable story from Steve Jobs. Read the story below!
Open Your Eyes and Then Focus!
A tiny house lizard was creeping stealthily at the wall and gazing a group of flying mosquitoes around him and a marching group of black ants in front of him. He moved quickly toward the ants and then stopped as he thought that a mosquito was bigger food than an ant. Then, he turned around and crept toward the flying mosquitoes but he thought that to catch flying or moving objects would be difficult. He hesitated to decide his target.
The tiny lizard snapped out his tongue to get one of the mosquitoes but it reached only empty space. Hesitation came into his mind. He was confused about how to get all his prey. Then, with his tongue, he tried to catch them randomly again and again but he got none.
“It’s your first hunting day, kid?” asked a big lizard behind him.
“Yeah, I don’t know how to get them. They are too fast,” answered the tiny lizard.
“Listen to me! Open your heart, mind, and eyes!”
The tiny lizard did what his senior said. He saw many possibilities of getting good. There were ants, mosquitoes, spiders, and anything a lizard could desire.
“I did but I’m confused about how to get them all,” said the tiny lizard.
Big lizard smiled and said, “There is the time to open your heart and eyes to see opportunities. There is time to focus. Now, decide your target and focus on it! Get it!”
The tongue shot out like a rubber band gun. Tiny lizard shot a small mosquito with his tongue. His tongue stuck to a mosquito and snapped his tongue back. He got a small mosquito but it was not bad for a beginner. Tiny lizards became more confident to get more and more.
Set Your Goal!
Remember quote and saying about focus by Steve Job. He said, “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity.”