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“Thanksgiving was a holiday established by productive people to celebrate the success of their work.”

That’s Ayn Rand, from Atlas Shrugged. I love that quotation and I love this holiday, second only to Independence Day. I’m working today, because that’s what I do, but I’m celebrating, too, because I have worked so hard and so well.

Here’s to the dogs — to the people who write, comment and read here. Living anywhere near my world can be a disquieting thing, I know, but I hope you never doubt my gratitude.

And here’s to another year of hard work — and to the Splendor that comes from working wisely and well.

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  2. Brian Brady November 25th, 2010 1:22 pm

    I don’t know about disquieting but it’s always interesting….and fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Cathy, Greg.

  3. Brad Coy November 25th, 2010 2:31 pm

    Cheers Greg! Much gratitude to you for your work here and to everyone in this place I’ve come to know as friends.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Jim Whatley November 25th, 2010 9:01 pm

    It’s Real Estate, It not work, it a way of life. work is what what others do, they get a job and go to work.

  5. Greg Swann November 25th, 2010 10:06 pm

    > It’s Real Estate, It not work, it a way of life.

    Good point. What course have you set for yourself for tomorrow?

  6. Jim Lee November 25th, 2010 9:59 pm

    You might enjoy the video about the Pilgrims. They didn’t get off to such a great start but got smart pretty quick.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66QdQErc8JQ&feature=player_embedded

  7. Brad Coy November 25th, 2010 11:01 pm

    I’ve rarely looked at the term ‘work’ as being something disparaging. To the contrary, of course. Though I had a conversation with someone tonight during Thanksgiving dinner who would challenge the idea entirely. A matter of perpective I suppose.

  8. Greg Swann November 26th, 2010 6:28 am

    > I’ve rarely looked at the term ‘work’ as being something disparaging.

    Nor I. It’s a funny word in the modern world, though. People say things like, “Too much like work.” I’ve never felt that way. I’ve been very seriously joyous about work since I was very young, and it’s always been my favorite thing to do with my time.

  9. Teri Lussier November 26th, 2010 5:10 am

    Disquieting- I agree with that, but for whatever reason, I grow faster and stronger from disquiet. When I’m shaken do I stir.

    One o’clock Thanksgiving Day a client emailed with the details of an offer they want to make today. Working holidays kind of rock.

    Here’s to a productive weekend and holiday season, Greg!

  10. Greg Swann November 26th, 2010 6:43 am

    > Working holidays kind of rock.

    I did analysis work for two investors yesterday and then looked at 13 houses for a third. I’m showing this morning, and, cross your fingers, writing a contract this afternoon. Showing again tomorrow. Working is good just by itself — since this is how I get paid! — but the more I work, the better I get at working, so today’s productivity turns into tomorrow’s productivity gains.

    I should write this as a post, but this is what there is for now: I find Splendor when I focus on the one, not the zero. When I measure what I’m getting right, not what I’m getting wrong. When I concentrate on what I can do and not on what I can’t. When I celebrate victory, learning from but never despairing over any defeat. Any job well done is a source of pride, and pride is the stuff from which to make more Splendor.

  11. Thomas Johnson November 26th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Spent Thanksgiving afternoon with family scouting neighborhoods where there are owners with equity. We had a great time as we were in the town where my wife and partner grew up. Family reminisces and future work.

  12. Karissa November 29th, 2010 2:24 pm

    Nice quote and definitely one of my favorites now. Hope the holidays went well!

  13. Meg Hurtado November 30th, 2010 11:36 am

    Oh, Ayn Rand. Gotta love her.