Standing for Something

“If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” Last year , I was consulting an owner of an apartment building in a phenomenal neighborhood. The owner of the building is in his eighties. He has two tenants whom owed him several months worth of rent and one tenant whom has over 7 dogs in a 700 SF apartment. This owner is obviously sick and tired of dealing with the headaches of being a landlord and needs my companies help. After a long meeting with the apartment owner he stated, “Nick, I can tell that you don’t mind having those difficult conversations with tenants, making them pay and laying down the law.”

I gave him a very sincere answer and discussed my patience and mentality regarding my view on the importance of following the rules. As a teacher, I had clear consequence for breaking the rules and expected the kids to know and understand these boundaries. This holds true to my days playing college football, as well as, the military, police academy, and hundreds of other aspects of life.

I began to wonder how it became “acceptable” for people to pay their bills late. My whole life I believed in being early for everything. I was slightly naive to the fact that this was not the case everywhere. It baffles me that it isn’t a big deal for people to make a commitment and not fulfill their end in any situation. After becoming a teacher I learned about a “loan forgiveness program.” Programs like these are what helped me begin to realize that our society enables and encourages people to not pay their rent or follow their leases. By providing these programs, our government is allowing people to not be accountable for their words and actions, making it okay to do as they please.

In return, this makes these “difficult conversations” more common and require people to lay down the law. Not everyone is able to have these conversations but they are crucial to rebuild accountability. Eviction processes are very long, time consuming, and expensive and are a direct result of policies that our government has in place. I enjoy the difficult conversations, making sure tenants pay, and laying down the law. I understand that circumstances come up, however; many people abuse kindness and unfortunately they are not the ones to blame.

Nick Britton has served multiple positions in his career, however; being a preschool teacher was one of the greatest. He served as an advocate at the state level for children and special education. He is a graduate of the oldest private military academy in the nation, Norwich University, earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) and received his Master of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Vermont. He has several professional publications, hosts weekly networking events, and has given public speaking engagements in multiple regions of the country. He owns several investment properties and contributes on several different publications.

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