Brett Goldman on What Gets Easier and What Gets Harder

In Chapter 1 of 14 in his 2012 interview, real estate development executive Brett Goldman answers "What is Getting Easier and What is Getting Harder in Your Life?" Goldman finds few if any things getting easier. Hard things tie back to a continual need to find motivation and embrace challenges. Goldman finds self-motivation helps him overcome mental challenges by defining and pursuing goals, measuring performance against himself and not others.

Brett Goldman is a Real Estate Acquisitions Director at Triangle Equities in New York City. He holds a BA in General Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Erik Michielsen:  What's getting easier and what's getting harder in your life?

Brett Goldman: Honestly, I don't think anything's getting easier. Are things getting harder? I think that it's always been pretty hard. I don't know that the necessarily harder you keep having to try harder, and you keep trying to push yourself and challenge yourself, and that's always been a challenge for me. And so it doesn't get harder but it remains hard. Nothing's getting easier, I mean, life is not that easy, you just have to kind of go out there and try your best, and hopefully, you get results from that.  

Erik Michielsen: When you say hard, how would you kind of break that apart?

Brett Goldman: I think that I mean mentally hard. I wouldn't say necessarily laziness, but it's self-motivation and -- as opposed to competing with other people. I'm much more interested in self-motivation but it's easy to be drawn into competing with other people. So I, you know I've been working on trying to be more self-motivated. And getting my -- getting the feeling of success from being more motivated that way.