JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Are You Really That Ignorant

Are You Really That Ignorant

 I have heard the phrase many times that there is a fine line between bravery and ignorance. Well when you take that into account, on the surface it sounds like a great saying. But let me throw out some things from my point of view on the subject. Let's say we just do away with the word brave and replace it altogether with the word ignorant. If this is the case then July 4th, 1776, a lot of really ignorant people put their lives on the line so I could one day sit here and write this post in a free country. They further proved their ignorance by doing battle with England for our independence and they won. So now I can write this and you can read it.

 This world is full of ignorance in every way that you can imagine. Both the bad kind and the kind of ignorance that skirts that fine line and creates greatness. You just have to be willing to step outside yourself long enough to know that you are a part of something larger and you must be willing to fight even when the cards are stacked against you. I would say our fore fathers entered that battle with a heavy heart and many across the world thought that they would be crushed in the blink of an eye. Yet we all know how history turned out and we can never truly know if they walked into that fight believing they would lose or not. But they were willing to fight for what they wanted regardless of their chances of achieving it.

 Ignorance can be such a great thing when you think of it in this sense. When I decided to start my real estate career, there were more than enough people that told my how I would never make it. There were more than enough people that told me that it was practically an impossible mission and yes, that I was ignorant for choosing to do so. Now with all the set backs that are taking place in the nation's economy, there are even more people who have given way to this ideology and believe that I truly am ignorant for the choices I have made.

 Well you're damn right I am and I couldn't be more proud of my ignorance on the subject. Times are hard and it is impossible to survive in today's market, but I am too damn ignorant to realize this. We can't turn this thing around and we will suffer the consciences of our actions in choosing to remain on the sinking ship of real estate. Yes sir, but I am too ignorant to understand this so I will stay until the surface of the water is so calm that there is no trace of the ship that I rode to the bottom. You are fighting for nothing, because no one can get approved and no one is buying or selling houses. Yes, but you guessed it, I am too ignorant to figure this out so I will just have to see for myself.

 I take pride in my ignorance, it has brought as far as I have made it in this life. And I can promise you beyond the shadow of a doubt that it will take me even further. I'm just too ignorant to understand that I am suppose to be cowering in fear from the current market and that I can't make it no matter how hard I try. Oh yes, I take great pride in my ignorance and if this is a fight, it's not one I plan to run from. No, I will here here until the last bloody blow is thrown. And if the world is coming to an end, then so be it. But my ignorant self will be right here fighting until it does. Whose with me?




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 21 commentsJL Boney, III • February 25 2009 03:53PM


ME ME ME... seriously though JL... everything cycles, good to bad.. and bad to good.  Our forefathers were fighting for a great cause than I can imagine, freedom, when I think about the hardships they endured it makes me seem insignificant even to myself.  A great good for all.  I hope to associate myself with such wise folks. 

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 11 years ago

JL, are you starting some kind of social revolution on the igorance of economics and moral ethics of the majority working class force. I'am in buddy, now what do I need to do. LOL

        ~ Life is Good

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 11 years ago

Gail- Everything has it's ups and downs, but what goes down can come up.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

I agree JL, keep it up....ignorance is bliss.  ;-) 

Posted by Brian Opperud (Hot Realty Leads) over 11 years ago

Roy- Someone had to start it, await further instructions my friend. Great to have you on board.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Brian- I have heard that saying too, and it's quite true in many cases.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago


Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago

Count me in, JL, I guess I am as dumb as a box of rocks.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Hi JL-I have to tell you, if that is ignorant then I plan on being ignorant as well. God knows I've been foolish and naive but it never looked like your ignorant. I have to tell you something, just from the short time I've been commenting on your blogs. You are a very gifted writer. I love your passion and fire for what you are doing in your life. You are a winner in my book. I'm not in the real estate end like you are but I'm still very much a part of real estate with what I do and I love it and am ignorant enough to believe that what I'm doing makes a difference to the people I help. Have a great night. ;-)

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

JL, count me in as well.

Posted by Eric McGowan over 11 years ago

JL-Proud to be ignorant as well.  I just keep pounding my head against the wall and ramming my way through life (and this market).  No one can tell me "No".  I can't hear it.  You are an inspiration. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 11 years ago

Im with you! As I hear from more and more that its all bad I close my ears and call a lead. Its a time of great opportunity not great despair.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Well JL we truly have to be brothers .....I got the same thing from family and friends when I got into the business in 2002.....then when I got into the rentals I got the same thing from most of them....but who is Laughing now I'm going on vacations and spending time with my kids and I don't have to work unless I really want to do something....(well unless something brakes at the apartments I do fix them) I like doing that....anyway I guess I'm ignorant also......peace zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) over 11 years ago

I'm in!  Can we have a slogan, caps and T-shirts?  When this whole thing shakes out all of our hard work and diligence will be evident in our success.

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 11 years ago

Jl:  Ignorance is bliss, isn't it?  Having the ignorance to not even know you should be scared to start a real estate career.  Having the ignorance of the vast undertaking of starting a new Country.  I love it! 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 11 years ago

Sardi- I knew it.

Virginia- You and me both.

Sharon- Thank you for the compliment and thanks for your continued support, it is very much appreciated. I'm glad to hear that you like my version of ignorance, we could all benefit from looking at things a little different once and a while.

Eric- Thank you sir.

Suzanne- Keep pounding away, and we will keep moving forward.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Laura- It is a time of great opportunity for those that are willing to sieze it.

Zane- Nothing like getting the last laugh in is it? And by the way, I always knew you were ignorant.

Laura- I'll see what I can do about that slogan and some t-shirts.

Chris Ann- Ignorance is bliss where these are concerned and this entire country should be thankful for the ignorance of the founding fathers.


Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

JL, is being a dumbass the same as being ignorant? I was called that today by an agent in our great profession, so if I didn't qualify before, I surely do now.  Sign me up, buddy!   :))

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 11 years ago

Randy- I'll count you in, congrats on the compliment from your fellow agent.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

"Stupid is as stupid does"- Forest Gump

Posted by Jamie Boney (Mungo Homes) over 11 years ago

Jamie- You know all my favorite lines.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago