Stre-e-tch Your Thinking!

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One of the questions I seemed to get asked a lot is … _How do we keep coming up with creative ways to package the deals, for the properties we help you (as a client) to acquire?_

As you’ll appreciate, it obviously involves an intimate knowledge of property itself; and having nearly 40 years’ experience probably doesn’t go astray either. But there is more to it than that.

You see, the real secret is in being able to see anomalies and discrepancies within the normal pattern of events. And also, being prepared to “challenge” the accepted (and expected) way of doing things.

*Are you able to Train yourself for that?*

Possibly you can — and I found Edward de Bono’s courses to be really good value. You’ll also find cryptic crosswords help to keep your mind sharp as well. However, I just love to tackle a real “Mind Bender”.

_So, here’s the Challenge!_

What I plan to do is share with you some of the best Mind Benders I’ve come across over the years. You’ll find many of them will have a very simple, even elegant, solution — just requiring you to apply some lateral thinking.

But then, you’ll come across one that might take you a day or two to actually nut out.

bq. If you think you’re up to the challenge … I’m going to share a Mind Bender with you each month. That way, you can also start to stretch your own thinking the same way we do — and thereby help stimulate new insights for the way you invest in Commercial Property.

Anyway, let’s make a start.

*Mind Bender #1: Horse Play*

An aging (and apparently eccentric) King wanted to pass his throne to one of his two sons.

So, he decided to hold a horse race between them over just 500 metres, to decide who was the worthiest son. The race had to be concluded within two days; and winner would be the son whose horse came last.

At noon on the second day, the two sons still sat there mounted on their horses. However, the race had not even begun — because neither son wanted his horse to be first across the finish line.

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To get things underway, and ensure that the race would be completed in time … a wise man approached the sons, and gave them simply *two words* of advice. What did he say to them?

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Just enter your answer in the Comments section below. And I will hide the responses, until we have at least 10 correct answers.

The first two people with the correct answer will receive a FREE place (valued at $147) in the “Property Workshop”:http://commercialpropertymadeeasy.com/2006/11/29/join-a-vital-property-workshop-in-the-new-year I’m planning for 24 February next year.

Best of luck.

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