The phenomenon that occurs when your income increases.

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I have been spending way too much money in the last month. I’m earning the most money I have ever been in my life, but I have also spent the most.

It’s awful right now. I’m looking at what I spent my money on, and I’m wondering, did I really need to spend the money?

I’ve spent $5,923.10 CAD this month, and I’m not done yet. It was only three years ago when it took me an entire year to make how much I spent in this one month.

My income last year was only $20,000. Here I was spending…


But really, is the tech that practical?

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One of the things I love about the company I currently work for is how innovative the company is and its willingness to continuously test and adopt new technology to gain a market advantage.

Concierge Auctions is the company I’m talking about, and it’s the number one company in the world when it comes to selling luxury real estate at auction.

From their custom-built online bidding platform to their use of Salesforce and other technology, Concierge Auctions has definitely impressed me.

And here’s some insider information: our company is always continuously discussing how we can better use tech to our…


Trying to write the next big thing slows you down.

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It’s always up and down for me. Everything could be going right one day, and I feel like I’m becoming unstoppable, and the next day, I hit a brick wall.

I talked about how I’ve reconfigured my mindset to stop caring about my Medium earnings and focus exclusively on publishing something every day a lot.

The goal was to make writing on Medium more fun and build discipline that would help me in all aspects of life.

But even though I have been telling myself that I’m writing on Medium for fun, I can’t help but look at my stats…


It fills a niche I didn’t realize existed.

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Okay, I’m a little late to the hype. Airbnb has been around for a while now, but I’m only just realizing how unique the Airbnb business model is.

While I have heard of Airbnb in the past, it was mainly in a negative light.

News stories of how people were killed in Airbnbs and all the issues with cleanliness really made me fear booking an Airbnb.

Whenever I was in any conversation about an Airbnb, I would talk about how I would rather stay in a Marriott or Best Western hotel. …


There are opportunities and bright spots in failures.

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I’m spending way too much money for someone coming off of a canceled auction. I bought a $260 pair of sunglasses on a whim today and have been eating $50 meals.

I could be investing that money into stocks or building a side hustle, and I’ll be much more financially healthy.

But anyway, we canceled our Toronto auction due to unforeseen circumstances with our listing agent, seller, and our process.

Even though all my team members have been telling me that it’s not my fault and I was doing great, I definitely feel like there was a lot I could…


Is that the norm now?

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My life is starting to look and feel a little like the movies.

You know how Sherlock Holmes has a network of homeless people that he taps into for information? Yeah, I might be getting one of those too.

I was standing on a busy sidewalk looking for the real estate brokerage I was supposed to drop into when a guy suddenly approaches me asking if I was in real estate.

I was wearing a dress shirt and dress pants and had a Century 21 facemask on. If that wasn’t enough, my bag also had the words “Real Estate Investment…


Life is like a game.

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I like to gamify various aspects of my life. It helps me make things more measurable and understandable, which helps me improve myself.

If you’ve read any of my recent blog posts, you’ll know that I have struggled in my new job.

My job is to travel and make friends, but I suck at making friends. I’m having a hard time actually getting real estate agents to talk to me and get people to bid on this condo I have going to auction.

And every day, I feel drained. My production levels were so low compared to everyone else doing…


The firsts and having incredible experiences.

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For a little bit, getting called and calling all these random people wasn’t fun. It was pretty depressing to get rejected continuously. And so, I didn’t really like my job for a little bit.

But I wasn’t doing it right. My job as a Project Manager is to get a strong field of qualified bidders registered to bid on the property and get it sold.

Cold-calling people was just one strategy, and it’s often not the best strategy.

After calling about 100 people and only having about five of them actually show interest in the auction, it’s clear that what…


But how long is it going to last?

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I had the craziest day today.

You know, I told myself that I would call all some Europeans in the morning and see if any of them were interested in our auction, but I woke up too late.

I was planning to get up right at 8:00 AM at the latest, but I ended up waking up 30 minutes later. I first ordered some breakfast and some groceries anticipating that I’ll pick them up after I shower.

After my shower, I found that I had missed ten calls. As I picked up my phone, it started ringing again.

I picked…


Too many people create problems out of nothing.

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I have a million excuses for why things aren’t going as well as they should be.

I’m only 18, people aren’t taking me seriously, and I can’t do things like rent a car or enter bars here in Ontario.

COVID-19 is stopping people from getting out and seeing the property I’m selling.

The property doesn’t have any staging done, so it looks too empty. It’s also a little too old and doesn’t make people want it.

The listing agent I’m working with isn’t a big name either, so it’s been difficult getting anyone actually to talk to me.

Additionally, we…

Kevin Shan

Project Manager for Concierge Auctions and real estate agent in Calgary, Alberta writing about my life, work, and everything else that comes up.

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