To celebrate Game of Thrones’ Season 5 premiere on April 12th, 2015, we’ve put together an entertaining and educational list of lessons to help you along in your adventures through the sometimes perilous world of Kauai Real Estate.
Grumpkins, snarks, sellswords, shadow demons, walls of ice—what could the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones possibly have to do with buying or selling real estate on Kauai?
If you’ve seen a show, you might already know the answer: quite a lot. When watched from the right perspective, the lessons of Westeros are a veritable business seminar of strategy, leadership, and even personal development. There are no decisions in Westeros that fail to produce intriguing consequences—and the fallout of every decision comes with a lesson that any buyer or investor worth their bread and salt should take to heart.
Now let’s tackle each lesson in turn...before “winter” comes.
1. Read, read, read.
Tyrion Lannister wasn’t born with many advantages. He is high-born, sure, but everything else about him screams “disadvantage” in a superficial society. He is a dwarf, while his older brother Jaime is the pride of the family. His sister is the wife of a king. And what advantages does he have? From an early age, he knew it was his mind. And “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone,” he notes.
The implications for real estate are obvious: sharpen your sword every day. Read the latest books, keep up with the latest trends, and do your homework. If knowledge is power (and it is, especially in Real Estate), then reading is indeed a whetstone—in any industry. Here are a few of our favorite sources for Kauai Real Estate reading:
The Oceanfront Realty Kauai Data Book (available soon by request when you come into our office in Princeville!)
The Garden Island Real Estate Section
2. Be like Barristan the Bold, and do your due diligence.
Starting in “A Clash of Kings,” Ser Barristan Selmy hides himself in plain sight as a squire as he studies his potential queen, Daenerys Targaryen.
At this point, Selmy is out of options. He’s an honorable man, and it’s been his life’s ambition to protect a king or a queen worthy of his staunch guardianship. He’s been disgraced back in Westeros, and has no one else to guard. So why didn’t he simply walk up to Daenerys and tell her “Hey, Queen of Dragons, I’d like to sign up for lifelong service!”?
...Because Daenerys’s father was a bad king, and Barristan Selmy wasn’t sold on the Queen of Dragons yet. Rather than simply declaring his loyalty outright, he bides his time before revealing his intentions, making damn sure that Daenerys is a queen worth guarding.
doing your due diligence. If you’re going to invest anything—time, money, even your own emotions—it’s critical that you know what you’re getting into first. When you speak with one of our award-winning Real Estate Sales agents, you can rest assured that they’ll be putting their considerable experience and resources to work for you. It still counts as due diligence when they do the legwork and heavy lifting for you!
3. You can’t always do it alone. Form strong alliances.
Land, gold, and marriages—what do these three have in common? They’re each used as strategical roads to power and prestige in the realm of Westeros. Land and Gold Dragons have obvious uses, but what about marriage? Marriage means tactical alliances, and alliances mean being able to call upon the significant resources of your allies. Allies always have your back.
In real estate, you probably don’t have the option of marrying your son or daughter off to secure allies. But in buying or selling on Kauai, you can still utilize the reputation, experience, and dashing good looks of our team by forming an alliance with one of our brilliant agents.
4. Follow your mind, not your heart.
Many characters in the Game of Thrones universe find themselves at odds with reality when they follow their passions rather than their smarts. For example, Sansa Stark finds herself continually disappointed when the reality of her life fails to live up to her expectations. Though she
her life to unfold like a noble song, she’s only disappointed when it turns out differently. Her heart gives her bad instincts--heck, she even liked the terrible
at first--until she’s forced to learn to pay attention to what’s going on around her.
In real estate, just because you
an opportunity doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the
opportunity. Don’t always listen to your gut—listen to your head. It doesn’t hurt to have sharp and trustworthy advisors, either.
5. Like Arya Stark, take your lumps with grace.
Under the tutelage of mysterious foreigner Syrio Forel, Arya Stark takes on her difficult sword lessons with enthusiasm. She keeps at it even when it means falling off a balance beam or getting scratched by cats. A bruise is a lesson, she notes, and every lesson makes us better.
This is as true in real estate as it is in sword-fighting. Many people take bruises as dire setbacks, rather than lessons and opportunities. But remember: the failures that sting come with lessons that stick.
Or, if you don’t have a very high pain tolerance, consider working with us. In the world of Kauai Real Estate, you have the Knights of the Kings’ Guard ready to do most of the fighting--or, in this case, searching, negotiating, filing paperwork, and so on--
you. It never hurts to have some sworn swords on your side, no matter what your goals are.
6. Do not incur a debt you cannot pay.
House Lannister did not become the wealthiest family in Westeros by accident. They stick to a maxim, “A Lannister always pays his debts.” This is repeated over and over, and it’s not just a saying. When Tyrion promises a savage hill tribe free weapons and armor, his father Tywin, though angry at Tyrion for the promise, pays the debt in full.
Keep to the same maxim, and you’ll develop a healthy fear of debt without avoiding it completely. Lannisters incur debts, yes, but they always
make sure that, in the end, the debts will be paid.
7. Always keep your chin up.
In the second episode, Tyrion Lannister breaks his fast with his brother Jaime, discussing the potential that Bran Stark has been paralyzed after a fall from a tower. Jaime mentions he would prefer a clean death to becoming what he calls a “cripple.”
Tyrion disagrees. Death is final, he argues, while “Life is full of possibilities!”
Though wealthy, Tyrion hasn’t exactly enjoyed a pleasant carefree life. As a dwarf in an intolerant society, he’s had to face ridicule, rejection, and all sorts of cruel japes at the hands of people who are otherwise supposed to be “noblemen.”
This flicker of optimism from everybody’s favorite Westeros cynic strikes on an important truth: no matter what’s happened today, tomorrow can always bring a completely new experience. Pragmatic optimism is not for the naive; if anything, it’s for the realist.
Bring this same mindset with you in your real estate investing, buying, or selling on Kauai, and with Oceanfront Realty’s team at your disposal, you’re sure to be a success. With new listings and buyers every day, new opportunities aren’t just possible, they’re commonplace. Keep your chin up. Life is full of possibilities, especially in the noble and beautiful island realm of Kauai.