Why do you do what you do?

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Real Estate Agent with Abetter Realty

 Do you do what you do everyday for the money? Some of us probably do, and there isn't anything wrong with that. After all we do have to put food on the table and pay the bills. But many of us in the real estate field or any other field for that matter, do what we do for other reasons.

Most of my life I've been accused of mothering people, being the constant girl scout, being a goody two shoes. I'm OK with all of that. Doing what's right in my mind isn't a decision making process. In my mind doing what is right is just what you do with out thinking about it.

Last weekend my little sister (yes we really are sisters) graduated college at the top of her class, with national honors and PFK. Paula is an American Sign Language interpreter. Paula does what she does because her heart is in the right place. Not so long ago the doctors didn't expect Paula to live, and if she did she would be severally impaired. Long story short, after 2 years of being unable to speak she is healthy today. Paula can speak in a manner most of us understand. But now she can speak for those you can't speak for themselves in an audible tone.

Last weekend was also Paulas birthday, mothers day and her husband left for Iraq. As you might imagine all of this is emotionally draining. But Paula is doing what she thinks is right. So, again, I ask all of you. Why do you do what you do?

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Ed Rybczynski
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Dena

I applaud both you and Paula.  Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and thank you Paula for having the courage to make a difference in the lives of others.  It's truly a rare and magnificent human quality to overcome personal challenges to reach out in ways that create a legacy of love and understanding.

May 20, 2007 05:48 PM #1
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Dena Stevens
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Ed, thank you for the lovely compliment!
May 20, 2007 05:50 PM #2
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Eric Bouler
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Very good story that hits home. I just like what I do. Real Estate is just a natural now that I have learned the trade and its something you keep learning. The money is nice, meeting new people weekly is nice , being your own boss is great, being President and trash man at the same time makes you think. My daughter works for Special Olympics and its not for the money.
May 20, 2007 05:53 PM #3
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James Eubank
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Well, I do what I do for maybe 3 or 4 reasons.  I like inspecting homes, there's always something new, it's fun to see how people make a house into a home.  Second, it's helpful, there are many people who don't know much about how a house is put together, and how you have to keep it together, so I get to educate them, and I get to join in the excitement of someone buying their very first home.  Third, it's good to be challenged, and running and marketing a business is a big challenge for me since I'm not trained as a businessman.  Fourth, I get to meet new people all the time, and I even get along with with most of them!  Fifth, I get to be creative, in how I present the inspection report so that it's balanced, in how I run my business to stay ahead of the competition, to always have something new cooking on the back burner.

Oh, that's 5 reasons . . . Anyway Dena is right when she keeps talking about doing the right thing.  I strongly believe I'm doing the right thing, and there's some great satisfaction when my clients tell me so!

May 20, 2007 06:06 PM #4
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Dena, my congratulations to Paula for graduating college at the top of her class, but more importantly for her victory in lifel

Well I could come up with reasons for why I do what I do, but I think you said it best by saying "doing what is right is just what you do with out thinking about it"

May 20, 2007 08:20 PM #5
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Dena Stevens
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Thank you all for being an important part of my daily life. I learn something here on A.R. everyday from what you all are teaching me, the right thing.
May 20, 2007 08:33 PM #6
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Dena - please give your sister a big CONGRATULATIONS HUG from me, although she doesn't know me.  She does sound like an incredible human being and I guess the "kind and giving gene" runs in your family,no?
May 20, 2007 09:14 PM #7
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Paula obviously makes a huge difference in other people's lives, just like you. I do what I do because I too want to make a difference. I want to leave this world a better place than I found it. I hope I'm working in that direction one person at a time.
May 20, 2007 09:22 PM #8
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Thaks  for sharing the story and photo..This did my hert  good...THX for all you DO.

May 20, 2007 10:41 PM #9
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Dena ~ you and Paula must come from very good stock!  I love the way Paula has turned her situation into a tall pitcher of lemonade... using her ears to help those who can't hear.

Congratulations to you both and to your parents!

kk 

May 20, 2007 11:06 PM #10
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Congratulations to Paula, she is helping alot of people with her knowledge and inspiration.  I do what I do because I truly love it and have seen it help people....I think we all want to help in our own unique ways!  Thanks for a lovely post!
May 21, 2007 09:28 AM #11
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What a powerful story!  Congratulations to Paula on her success & her perseverance.  Thanks Dena for a reminder to check our hearts & priorities.
May 21, 2007 06:38 PM #12
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Dena Stevens
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Thank you all for your lovely comments. I'm going to copy this to my mom and Paula.
May 21, 2007 10:42 PM #14
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