" Why put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow? "asked Mark Twain. There is one area in which this formula is particularly powerful: changing jobs.

I've long been a member of the Job Change Procrastinators' Association. You know, those people who, every morning, tell themselves that tomorrow will really be the right time to change jobs. As a result, before joining Colonies two years ago, I stayed in my previous chair for twelve years, in a large real estate group.

The LOTO has been reminding us of this for 30 years.

Since then, many former comrades of the Amicale have been asking me what would allow them to take the plunge. I share with them 3 elements of appreciation.

Opportunities don't always look like what you think they are.

You may know this story:

"A priest walking through the wilderness is caught in quicksand. As he sinks down to his ankles, a fire truck passes by.

  • Do you need help?
  • It is not necessary, the Lord will help me!

As the priest sinks to his waist, the truck passes by again and the firemen ask him again.

  • Do you need help?
  • It is not necessary, the Lord will help me!

When the priest's head was no longer above the sand, the firemen came a third time.

  • Still don't need help?
  • It is not necessary, the Lord will help me.

Then the priest sinks completely and when he arrives in heaven, he says to the Lord:

  • I'm really disappointed, I really thought you would help me!

And the Lord answered him:

  • I've sent the fire brigade to you three times, I don't know what more I can do! »

Through naivety or excessive certainty, we often lack discernment. The image we have of the "Opportunity" we expect often prevents us from understanding that it can be protean.

The opportunity to join Colonies was more like a phone call to an unknown number on a crowded train:

"Julien? This is François Roth. I got your number from (...). Listen, two friends and I created a company called Colonies, we do coliving. Do you know what that is? No ? We're looking for someone to take care of the development and do a bit of everything. Let's be clear, we don't need a fourth founder, and we won't be able to afford your salary. We're in Station F, which is the opposite of where you live. How about it? I'll leave you to it, I have to put the terrace of our first residence".

Not exactly a siren song. But maybe that's where it all came together: so far from what I had imagined, it was exciting.

I was quickly determined not to let this opportunity pass again.

Opportunities don't always look like what you think they are.

The reality is that the train of opportunity always passes very quickly, and often on the platform opposite.

No matter how many salespeople tell us the opposite, the problem with opportunities is that they are not unique. The problem with opportunities is that they're not unique, and so the idea that tomorrow there might be an even better one arises. But we're not unique either - if we don't seize the opportunity, someone else will.

Worse, there is always a catch to an opportunity. The trap is to focus on the weaknesses. In some ways, this is already deciding that you won't take it.

On the contrary, it is necessary to succeed in reading in filigree what these fragilities say about the territory to be conquered. We must therefore try to identify the underlying elements of the opportunity. When I decided to join Colonies, I asked myself three questions:

1 - Is this project aligned with my vision and values?

2 - What is the momentum of this business and what role can I play in it?

3 - How do I get to Station F from Puteaux?

The train arrived on the wrong platform, but it leads to where I want to go. This time I didn't wait for it to change platforms.

When you ask the RATP how to get from Puteaux to Station F.

Going from opportunity to success is work.

In the end, an opportunity is just the promise of a story. Turning that opportunity into a success is a process, often long and difficult. It is important to be aware of this because the opportunity seized can quickly look like a mistake!

On a daily basis, we work hard at Colonies to clear the way through a forest of regulatory (many), economic (often), technical (sometimes), and other obstacles. When we sat down to think about the qualities we were looking for in our future recruits, it didn't take us long to agree: courage and perseverance.

So why am I telling you all this? Because I believe that through the mission of Colonies - to improve the housing experience in major cities - we're all about one thing: helping you seize the opportunities life has to offer. And tomorrow, you'll come and tell us your own stories. We're looking forward to it.

"I don't know if you're aware of it, but the world isn't waiting for you, it's moving and moving fast! "Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath

Julien Patissier, Director of Development