Mind Games: Let’s Play!

Any prior explanation of this exercise could ruin its effectiveness, so grab the nearest calculator and enjoy the ride!mindgames

  1. Think of a number between 1 and 10.
  2. Multiply that number by 2 (don’t hesitate to begin using your calculator now…no judging!)
  3. Add 8 to your new number.
  4. Divide that number by 2 . (don’t you wish you started using your calculator in step 2! Feel free to start over and give your brain a rest)
  5. Subtract your original number.

OK, if you didn’t fall to pieces from humiliating flashbacks of elementary school math class, you should have a number between 1 and 26.

Take that number and match it to its corresponding letter below . . .

alphabet for blog

Got it?  Now take that letter and think of a country in the world which begins with your letter.  Commit it to memory (don’t worry, no more math from here on out!).

Take the letter that comes next in the alphabet (for example if your letter is “X” you should now use the letter “Y”) and think of an animal that begins with that letter.

Now think about the color of your animal . . .



So how does this relate to real estate you ask?  Good question. To answer it I have to use a poker analogy (naturally).  A great hand, steely pokerface and cards held close to the chest are no good if the deck is stacked against you.  The game may seem completely fair from your vantage point, but the dealer is anticipating your every move.  However, if you can discern the deck is stacked or realize the game is rigged, you may be able to make a different – less predictable – move (like those of you who chose Dominican Republic or Deutschland rather than Denmark – touchè if that was purposeful!). I believe this demonstrates yet another reason to surround yourself with a team (broker, real estate attorney and mortgage professional)  who can make sure the cards are dealt fairly.  Thanks for playing and happy hunting!


My name is Eirik Davey-Gislason and I work in real estate in New York City. Unreal Estate is an opportunity for me to educate my audience and have a little fun in the process.  By sharing, preparing and advising readers on what to expect, what is normal, what is right, and what is wrong, I hope to do my part to give valuable guidance, expose the wrong-doers when necessary and shape the future of this dysfunctional thing we call NYC Real Estate.

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