Being a realtor can be a frustrating, agonizing, costly and lonely business at the best of times. Everything from tredding through the day to day actions required to maintain and build a worthwhile business, to managing the emotions of our clients and our peers - sometimes I wonder why over 40,000 of us throughout the GTA have signed up for it.
As difficult and trying as it is, for me it has been and continues to be the most amazing industry in the world. Perfect for who I am. After 36 years of being a realtor, I can honestly say I am the most engaged than I have ever been in my profession. I love it and I am very proud to be a realtor.
Everyone I am sure has different reasons for being in this profession and unique expectations. When I ask realtors why they got into this business, I receive a variety of answers. Independence usually tops the list. They say they got in this business because they are able to set their own hours of work, don't have to answer to many. In other words, they can be left alone to do their own thing for the most part. Money of course is a driving force for becoming a realtor. Many outside of the business have the impression that the busienss of being a realtor is richly rewarding financially - and it is for some.
I imagine that many young boys playing hockey have dreams of being in the NHL along with all the glory and financial freedom it offers. Few make it, but the dream continues to be strong for our young. Being a successful realtor is no different. Not many actually create successful NHL level careers, most end up in the minors or hang up their skates. Such is life.
I got in this business primarily because I wanted to be judged and rewarded on the work I did. Full stop. If I failed, it was because I failed, if and when I succeeded it was because I was able to do the work needed surrounded by like minded peers. I never viewed the business as an opportunity to be independent - but rather had and have an interdependent mindset. We are all connected and rely on others.
If you are still reading this, my point simply - each day as a realtor go to work to make a difference for you and your family. Do the best you can today and always, always be engaged in your work, your family and your life.
Expect to make a difference.