“…I constantly want to challenge the norm; and taking a bit of risk, and it ALMOST ALWAYS YIELDS a PROFIT…”


Do you live on the edge…a bit controversial, a non-conformist….risk taker?  I’m pretty sure that I have, for probably most of my life.  As a young teen, I remember falling down a cliff for about 100 feet, and realizing that I was still alive, I climbed back up and was determined to slide down that same cliff while standing, instead of tumbling.  Having mastered that cliff, could have been the formation of my life-style….of living on the edge.  I’m not talking about doing “dare-devil” acts; rather, just plain’ole everyday acts of “pushing the envelope.”  No heroic stuff for me…I save that hero stuff for my dreams.  I’m much more grounded than that.  I make no attempt to do illegal things, but I like testing the law; mainly, because, we have too many laws, and codes, on the books directing our every movement, and it’s going to get worse, yet.  Many of these laws/codes are a violation of our rights; yet, we sit back and let those rights erode; mainly because we have no-backbone; no sense of “fighting-back.”  My Dear Mother taught my brothers and me…to fight back; to never let someone take “un-due” advantage of us.  God Bless you Mother!  I don’t like conforming to the standard, either, because by accepting “the standard,” you’re also saying that “being standard,” is ok.  By accepting the  “standard,” is the same as NEVER lifting the bar; as being satisfied with normalcy….the status-quo.  I constantly want to challenge the norm; and taking a bit of risk, and it ALMOST ALWAYS YIELDS a PROFIT.  Here’s a case in point.  In our state…it’s the norm…for the Seller to pay real estate transfer fees (deed stamps) in a closed transaction.  But wait…it’s not the law.  It’s a CUSTOM.  I challenge the custom, and when I sell something, I put in the contract that the Buyer pays the Deed Stamps; and I justify that because it’s his deed once the transfer is complete.  He can record it or not, as I don’t care.  But if he records it (and it’s always recorded), then, let him pay the stamps….or not buy it.  It works!  Try it next time, and see how badly the buyer wants to buy what you’re selling.  If he wants it bad enough, then he’ll pay the deed stamps…gladly.  Like the old saying…if you don’t ask…you don’t get.  In Amos 5:14-15, it says…Sin, Avoidance OfKnowledge Of Good And EvilGod, Goodness OfSeek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, Just as you have said! Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the LORD God of hosts May be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. ….Blessings…cjlb…5/7/14

PS: God Bless the Soul, and the family of James Vincent Sanchelli – 8/1953 – 5/6/2014

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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