The following Q&A was completed as part of our conversational Commercial Real Estate FAQ Interview Series, we hope you find it helpful.
There is nothing more valuable than what you learn in commercial real estate development. New trends, new opportunities, and new skills can be found at every turn. Stay curious, take those meetings, and don’t be afraid to admit that you’re in the learning stages. If you’re ambitious enough to ask, there is someone out there willing to take you under their wing.
Richard Wilson: My last question is what’s the most valuable piece of advice we could leave listeners with here today? It could be a piece of advice for investors, or investment firms that are counterparties and work with you all of the time; what would be your most valuable piece of advice after all of the projects you guys have worked on?
Chad Moss: I would say stay curious, you know? I mean you have to take that extra meeting, don’t have a premonition if someone wants to meet with you about what the outcome of that meeting is. Engage in that entrepreneurial spirit, and have some good contagious energy behind you when you have these meetings. You never know what could happen from them. Be able to do an audible, if you have to, and adjust to market climates, to opportunities, all of the above. I mean there’s so many things out there that you can be involved in. That said, you need to also be focused, too, on what you’re trying to do and what your goals are, so a bit of a balancing act.
Richard: Right, right. Makes sense. Great, well I appreciate – go ahead.
David Greer: I would just add, you know, sometime we feel like we have to have all the answers before we go out there, and I think that you’ll find that there’s a lot of people willing to help, if you’re just willing to ask for the help. And put yourself out there, it’s okay to be vulnerable, it’s a good way to learn, it’s a good way to educate yourself, but there’s a lot of knowledge out there in the industry that you could pick up. And I think what Chad said, just be curious with it and I think that leads you down the right path.
Richard: Right, great.