By Jared James
Although many men won’t admit it, most of us have seen movies like “Sleepless in Seattle,” so I have no hesitation in saying that it is the inspiration for my blog post title.
I have the great fortune of getting to speak at conventions all over North America, which, needless to say, lends itself to a lot of travel. It is not uncommon for friends of mine who I have known forever to tell me just how lucky I am to get to see so many places. The truth is that I really don’t get to see many of the places I go to, nor experience too much with the “locals,” because I am usually so in-and-out and off to the next place, or better yet, HOME!
That brings me to the NAR Midyear meetings that I just attended last week. I got to hang out with so many of the YPNers who I don’t usually get to see face-to-face. I realized a couple of things:
1.) Facebook and Twitter are awesome! I knew so many of you and so many of you knew me even though we had never even met. There was no awkwardness trying to get through the initial boring polite conversation. It was more like, “Hey, you are Joey Tucker or Rogers Healy,” or “Aren’t you Jared James?”
2.) YPN is awesome! You guys are by far my favorite group to be around, second to none. You are fun, energetic, driven, and still eager to learn. These are good combinations.
I can honestly say that this was the first time in a long time that I left a place and honestly thought to myself how bummed I was to be leaving and even tried to convince myself to stay longer.
With that being said, I can’t wait to see so many of you again, and for the first time in some cases, in Anaheim during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Washington was by far the most fun that I have had in a long time and can’t wait to do it again. For that reason it is appropriate to say that while sitting in the airport waiting to head home, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I experienced a little “Sadness in D.C.”
Jared James is the CEO and founder of Jared James Enterprises (JJE) and travels around North America speaking to and coaching REALTORS®. Connect with Jared at www.jaredjamestoday.com, on facebook.com/jaredjamestoday, or follow him on Twitter @jaredjamestoday.