Agents head to Gold Coast
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.