“… I’m not a law-breaker; but I am known for testing the law; mainly… because…”

Image result for caricature of a man going down a steep slopeLiving on ‘The Edge.’ Do you live on the edge…a little controversial, maybe a bit of a non-conformist?  And risk taker?  I’m pretty sure that I have… for probably most of my life. As a young teen, I remember falling down a 100′slope,  with a very steep incline…overlooking a railroad trestle… and realizing that I was still alive…with no broken bones; I climbed back up… and was determined to slide down that same ‘steep-slope’… while standing, and digging my heels in… instead of tumbling down… head over heels.

Having mastered that slope it may 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 ‘olé… everyday acts of “pushing the envelope.” No heroic stuff for me…I save that hero stuff for my dreams. I’m much more grounded…. be assured.

I make no attempt to do ‘illegal things’… I’m not a law-breaker; but I am known for testing the law; mainly… because, we have too many laws, and codes, on the books which directly affect our every movement… and it’s going to get worse. Many of these laws/codes, I believe… 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.”  We tend to be conformists.

My Dear Mother, taught my brothers and me…to fight back… to never let someone take “undue” advantage of us. God Bless you Mother!  I don’t like conforming to the standard, either, because by accepting “the standard,” you’re also admitting that “being standard,” is ok.  When accepting the “standard” …it’s the same as NEVER lifting the bar; as being satisfied with normalcy….the status-quo? Anyone, who has read any of my ‘daily postings,’ should know… that normal, for me… is being abnormal. I am constantly wanting to challenge the norm; and taking a bit of risk.   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 merely… a CUSTOM. I challenge the custom, and when I sell any of my personal real estate… I place in the contract, a clause…that the Buyer pays the Deed Stamps; and the justification for that position… is: because it’s the buyer’s… deed once the transfer is complete. He can record it or not, as it no longer my property. But if he records it (and that is always the case) 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 sayingwhich my wife constantly reminds me of… if you don’t ask…you don’t get.

We are told in… Amos 5:14-15Sin, 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…1/17/2017  

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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