Agents head to Gold Coast

The Courier-Mail - Property - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of real es­tate agents will con­verge on the Gold Coast next week for one of the big­gest property con­fer­ences in Aus­tralia.

The Aus­tralian Real Es­tate Con­fer­ence (AREC) will be held at the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, June 1-2, and with more than 2750 tick­ets al­ready sold, it is shap­ing up to be the big­gest in 17 years.

This is the third year AREC has been held on the Gold Coast . This year’s key­note speak­ers in­clude the Wolf of Wall St Jordan Belfort; the sub­ject of the film 127 Hours Aron Ralston; and ad­ven­turer Ali­son Levine.

Mr Ralston had to am­pu­tate his own arm with a dull pocket knife af­ter be­ing trapped – alone – un­der a boul­der in the Utah wilder­ness for five and a half days.

The avid ad­ven­turer, played by ac­tor James Franco in the chill­ing film 127 hours, said the de­ci­sion to free him­self in a way most of us would find un­bear­able was a joy­ous mo­ment for him. It meant he chose life.

It is that star­tling ad­mis­sion, one that would bring goose­bumps to the most hard­ened au­di­ence mem­ber, that Ralston uses to get people to seize each day.

Ralston, 38, says that we all have our own metaphor­i­cal “boul­ders” to take on through­out life.

“I talk about some of the other boul­ders I’ve en­coun­tered, such as de­pres­sion and di­vorce. We’re all go­ing to go through loss and grief, we’re go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence pain and prob­a­bly suf­fer­ing, we’re go­ing to have dis­ease or know people who do. We’re go­ing to lose loved ones and face our own mor­tal­ity,” he says.

De­spite the heavy con­tent, Ralston finds the lighter side of the sub­ject.

“Some people come up af­ter­wards and they say ‘I to­tally hear what you’re say­ing about ev­ery­one hav­ing boul­ders – I’ve got two of them!’” “Then I ask them, ‘What are their names?’” Sur­pris­ingly, Ralston calls his 360kg boul­der his “bless­ing”.

“It’s up to us how we deal with these “boul­ders” and I show in my ex­pe­ri­ence how I’ve taken this and have made it some­thing not only pos­i­tive, but prob­a­bly the most defin­ingly pos­i­tive thing in my life,” he said.

Metaphors aside, Ralston says he mo­ti­vates him­self by help­ing oth­ers re­alise that what­ever ob­sta­cles we face, noth­ing is too heavy, or too dif­fi­cult to re­move from our lives.

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