Brett Goldman on When to Get Career Advice From Your Peer Group

In Chapter 14 of 14 in his 2012 interview, real estate development executive Brett Goldman answers "At this moment in life, where are you seeking advice and coaching?"  Goldman notes why he hesitates to get advice from older professionals in the business and why he instead leans on his peer group. 

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: At this moment in life, where are you seeking advice and coaching?

Brett Goldman: I've never been great with getting advice from older folk in the business. And I think that's because I think that things change. And I think that to some extent, the environment that they were in is different than the environment that I'm in now. So it's very hard for them to give advice that's accurate for today's time. So I don't really get real estate advice from my friends, but I guess from peers, you can kind of glean, like peers in my business. There are times when I reach out to peers and bounce things off of them and I wouldn't say it's advice but it's kind of help with direction. I would say that I get some from my peers and my friends. 

Erik Michielsen: Is that the same now as it was, you know, a few years ago?

Brett Goldman: Well, I think that I know who to contact a lot better now than I did then, because I have a much broader network that I've created by being in the business for a longer period of time, and being out there and being known, and so now I have more people to call on.