August 2018 – Letter From the Publisher
July 30, 2018
President, Arizona Journal of Real Estate & Business
This month, we reflect on the intrinsic value of change. For many, “change” is a word that brings feelings of anxiety or fear. These folks believe change will bring something negative to their lives, so they avoid it at all costs. But if you take time to reflect on the past, you will see that change was needed to evolve our lives or careers for the better.
Remember fax machines? In the late 1980s, this technology was going to change how we did business. No more waiting for a letter to come in the mail. Anyone with a phone number could send correspondence across the country in a matter of minutes. It was going to be the end of the United States Post Office! Little did we know that a new technology called “e-mail” was right around the corner. E-mail and the internet revolutionized how we communicated, connecting the world overnight. Many people resisted this change for years, but the change brought progress. You either jumped on board or you were left behind. When you reflect on this change in communication, it’s obvious that it made our lives easier. Who still has a fax machine?
I sometimes see resistance in the real estate industry when it comes to new technology. There have been more than a few seasoned real estate professionals over the years who have refused to accept new technologies, viewing them as a replacement for their expertise. But those who embraced the change — taking the time to learn the new technologies — discovered that they weren’t being replaced. In fact, new technology made their jobs easier and opened the door to a larger audience.
For this reason, I am committed to keeping the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business at the forefront of technology. Our goal is to provide our industry with the education it needs to stay current in this ever-changing world. This month’s seminar, The New Market Landscape, will cover how generational and technological changes transform our industry. Don’t let these changes cause anxiety or fear — embrace them! Maintaining a willingness to learn new things will better your career, and we are here to help you do just that.