Do you work all the time? Jump every time your phone buzzes?
What ever happened to real estate being a path to *FREEDOM*?
That was me two years ago. I never stopped working. Real estate RULED my life, instead of me ruling my own life.
How does it make sense to be RULED by a job???
I had the “awards” and the recognition. The statistics made me look mighty fine… But I was TRAPPED by my career.
Now don’t get me wrong, I *love* real estate, because it CAN give me freedom… freedom from a 9-5 job, freedom to make my own hours, and freedom to choose which areas and clients I work with. Real estate has meant beautiful relationships, having an impact on my client’s lives, and being able to give back to charity. In fact, I can’t imagine having a different career.
BUT, two years ago, when I was just starting to figure out how to have a serious real estate practice… I was doing it all backwards. Job first, family second, myself far last.
Two years ago, I was invited by RE/MAX to a full day seminar taught by Darren Hardy, for their top producing agents. He got up in front of the crowd, and told us all that we were a bunch of distracted slackers….
… seriously, to a room of the top RE/MAX agents in the US and Canada, Darren Hardy told us that we were nothing more than rats addicted to the dopamine surge of the next Facebook post feedback loop, trapped in mediocrity, barely tapping into a fraction of our potential.
He told us we were WASTING our lives, making money but not making the time to enjoy the dreams we always had.
I decided right there that I would live those dreams I always had. (Here’s where the photo ties into the post!)
I wanted to be a cowgirl since I was a little girl growing up in the city, far from horses or the money to ride them. When I first saw it, I knew I wanted to show in this horse event called cowhorse. It gave me goosebumps when I saw a horse take a cow down the fence and circle it up. There was only one problem… I was a city girl with absolutely NO clue how to do it.
BUT… right after getting home from the Darren Hardy seminar, I went and bought my first performance horse.
You see, I got into real estate because I thought it would give me the freedom to ride horses…
But I messed it all up and just worked all the time. Stressed out, pressured up, worried about if the phone would ring, waiting for next month’s office ranking as if it was a measure of my self-worth. **FACE PALM***
Fast forward two years. I sell MORE real estate now than ever.
I found my freedom.
Two years ago, I could barely stay on my cutting horse. Last year, I fell off right in the middle of the show pen. Two days ago, this photo was taken. My new horse, Barbie, and I won our cowhorse class at a weekend show.
I couldn’t have done it by myself (obviously), so I’ll post more about my journey on how a city girl went to win a horse show. (It was a tiny show so don’t think I’m all high and mighty!!)
Going on to win a horse show when you’re a total newbie is not that different from starting from nowhere and creating a really awesome real estate business. Or figuring out how to break free from the fear of failure, or getting out of the trap of valuing yourself based only on your sales volume.
So how about LIVING those dreams starting NOW?
If it’s important to you, you’ll find the time.
You’ll make the systems.
You’ll find the right help.
You’ll learn to focus.
If it’s important to you, you’ll make it happen.