JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: So You Think You're "Cutting Edge" Do Ya

So You Think You're "Cutting Edge" Do Ya

 It seems to me these days that there is something new and exciting that becomes all the rage every five minutes. Some go on to maintain their initial success, while others flop out of existence as rapidly as they pop into the picture. You just never really know which fad will continue on to fortune and which one will be left in the dust by an increased A.D.D. ridden population.

 I have friends that believe that they must remain on the cutting edge of everything and that they must remain one step ahead of the rest of the pack. By the time everyone else catches on, it's old news and that was so last second. I laugh at them a lot, and they always fail to understand why I just don't "get it". Well what I get is their pretentious nature and that some people have a life that doesn't afford them the right to waste millions of hours attempting to discover something that no one else knows just in an effort to be "cool."

 The fact is that no matter what you find, chances are that someone else has already found it and it will no longer be popular shortly, because something more "cool" will come out. Take phones for example, my phone is about three years old, it has a camera I have never used, and it does not have Internet. This means that for some crazy reason if you want to contact me through my phone, you have to actually call. What a horrendous concept!

 And everyone I know who rushed out to claim their all powerful Blackberry, was ticked off the next day when a better updated Blackberry hit the scene. The same can be said for any electronic device on the face of the planet. I for one so no need to keep up with the times as long as I can keep up with what works. I have received calls and made calls today, so obviously my silly little cheap phone is working and I see no need to fix what isn't broken just to be on "the cutting edge."

 So there in lies my lesson for today, go with what works and what works for you. Just because the rest of the world considers something be all the rage, doesn't really mean that you have the ability to care less about it. It also doesn't mean that it's the right thing for you, or that you are guaranteed any amount of success just because you are on the cutting edge and you know all the latest fads. At some point you may want to give up that fight and just do what you do best. For me that means being a Realtor, not being the resident tech specialist.




JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsJL Boney, III • April 16 2009 01:44PM


Plus, being on the "cutting edge" is a time suck.  It's best to pick our battles wisely lest we simply run out of time to do the things we supposed to be doing.  ;)

Posted by Colleen Lane, Realtor(r) 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com (Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale) almost 10 years ago

JL - I still do handwritten notes, but then I bombard them with emails;^)

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

J.L. -  there is always a "new" and "improved" out there somewhere and if some people need to chase their tail, let them.  It's fun to watch.     

Posted by Alyce Martin, Albuquerque - THE Place To Be! (The Realty Group, LLC) almost 10 years ago

It's time consuming to be cutting edge!  I like to wait until the new fangled technology has time to work itself out before I even consider it.  Then I have to schedule a week just to figure it out!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 10 years ago

JL, you need to get a new Smartphone. You don't know what you are missing. You don't have to be a tech specialist I agree. But come into the 21st century my man. The situation is this. Phones today are a QUANTUM leap ahead of phones three years ago. Yes, you still use the voice part. But the computer part is what makes them awesome. I am where you were about six to nine months ago. My jaw has dropped with what you can do with something like an iPhone. The phrase to think JL is "quantum leap." Kind of like going from black and white TV to color TV. No comparison. Be a participant at least when there are QUANTUM leaps in technology.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

JL, it takes as much effort to fight off progress as it does to just embrace it. Do what works for you, but at least look into the options!

Posted by Lara O'Keefe (North Texas Home Finders) almost 10 years ago

Jl, I agree up to a certain point, but if one does not have to buy every new gizmo that come out. There some new stuff that can help your job just a little easier to accomplish, it worse checking it out.

                                                                                         ~ Life is Good


Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) almost 10 years ago

Lanes- It's a huge time suck.

Mike- I like a good handwritten note myself.

Alyce- I can't constantly chase it myself either.

Laura- I think we're on the same plan for gadgets.

Gary- For you my friend, I will look into it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

Lara- I'll consider it.

Roy- The stuff that can help, I can understand, but going nuts over every new thing is what I have a problem with.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

HI JL-I can relate to this post as with a not of new fangled gadgets I have the foggiest and the phone I have works great and the only reason I have it is because my boss gave me her OLD one and she has me on her plan so it only costs me $20 a mo so that works well in 2 ways for me. Sometimes is take a long time to figure out how to use a new gadget and by the time you do sometimes it is already a relic. Such is life in the 21st century. Great post my friend. Have a great Friday. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Sharon- Modern technology becomes a "relic" way too fast these days.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

Sometimes the new gadgets are definately suck up your time.  I have learned that some new gadgets are great and enhance our lives and some just eat up valuable time with not a great return.  Some things like an all in one printer that can scan multiple pages have a great return on your time invested.  Other things, just seem to add more work though. 


Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Kim- The all in one printers are great for the home office, I have one of those myself. There are some great things out there that can help a lot, but like you say, there are also some that are little more than a waste of time.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago