No Guarantees

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty CA BRE# 01261476


There's a group of people on this Earth that have made a bold decision to wake up unemployed every morning. They have decided to take on a career that promises them no paycheck on a daily basis, until they deliver the goods. This profession has no ceiling on it's earning potential (the allure), nor any basement to stop you from plumitting into debt (what they don't tell you). It delivers an abundance of challenges and problems to solve along the way, in order to earn that commission check.


It's a career that is built entirely on competence & character, mixed with the ability to create rapport, while maintaining ethics and truth even when it costs you a deal. It is advanced gotta want it bad because it's gonna put up a fight. It's an industry that says "You want it? Come and take it if you can, 'cause we ain't giving it away here!" Well, it sure feels that way doesn't it?


This is a group of entrepreneurs that wake every morning with fire in their belly, creativity in their brain and a passion in their heart for the limitless possibilities this day holds and for what they can accomplish and build. Those that succeed, do so because they never, ever, ever quit.


The time they offer you is oh so precious, because it's time not spent with their families, with their hobbies nor with their personal dreams. They offer you that precious time with the generosity of a mother and will defend how it's spent with the watchful eye of a father. They are happy to be in service to you, to help you reach your goals and defend your right to pursue them. They are having fun, serving people, making money.


They are your Realtor - your sales agent, they are your Lender; they are the salesmen and women and they are in the most noble profession on this planet; because nothing in society moves on this planet until a sale happens: no economy, no employment, no education, no wealth happens without sales.


So, if you are going to do what you do-Love what you do- and work it like there's no tomorrow each and every day. If you don't, you're in the wrong business my friend. Bring the best of you (not what's left of you) to it and it will reward your efforts in ways you can't imagine. Give it out in slices and it comes back in loaves.


Oh by the way....

...please remember to hang the "Sorry, We're Closed" sign each night at a decent hour and at take at least one full day per week to go love on your family, friends, pets, personal recharge time and goals. It's a job, it's a career, it's not who you are, it's what you do. At the end of the day, the goals that light you up and the loved ones (and pets) who hug you before bed is who you are. As Zig Ziglar says: " Your happiness is determined more by the success of your relationships than any other single thing."


I have good days, I have bad days and get bumps and bruises along the way, but I love the possibilities that surround what I do. I'm a Realtor.


Inspired by a conversation I had with a great lender, fellow Rainmaker & friend. Thanks Jason E. Gordon !



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Debora Nichols
Residential Sales, Purchases, Investors, Vacation Homes - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor Anthem,Phoenix,Scottsdale,Glendale,Peoria

Very elegantly written, A beautiful story.  Thank You.  Re-Blogged

Mar 29, 2012 09:50 AM #80
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Great post.  I cannot work the 9-5 and love what I do.  Have a great day.

Mar 29, 2012 01:01 PM #81
Janelle Laidlaw

WOW!  Very well-written, Thomas.  Inspiring and thought-provoking.  Thanks for sharing! 

Mar 29, 2012 11:56 PM #82
Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

Wonderful post, Thomas, and thanks for sharing that inspiration here as well as on LinkedIn, which is where I first saw it.  I just joined Buffini last year and am finding it truly a gem of an organization.  I just went to my first Turning Point and thoroughly enjoyed it and the people.  I agree with most of the people above -- this was a great motivational blog.

Mar 30, 2012 12:15 AM #83
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

Thomas, great post. So true.. and very inspiring. It's important to have that drive and fire in your belly, but also important to balance it.

Mar 30, 2012 12:20 AM #84
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS
Big Block Realty - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

Janelle, Roberta & Shannon,

Thanks for the kind words.

Roberta, welcome to the Buffini Family-wise decision! I've been been in since 1999, love it! Let's network-we have the Buffini Referral Directory too!

Mar 30, 2012 01:10 AM #85
Sandy Peckinpah

Wonderful and inspiring. Thank you for defining our profession with the dignity and respect it deserves.

Mar 30, 2012 06:12 AM #86
Ranji Singh
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. - Newmarket, ON

Hi Thomas,


Wow! What a great post. One of the beauty of this profession is each day we get to decide on what we ant to accomplish. And we get paid what we put out (and more). Your Ziz Ziglar quote says it all.



Apr 01, 2012 10:43 PM #87
Mohammed Najeed

Mr. Nelson, well done.

You made my day. I can't stop myself reading over and over your post. This is the best post in inspiring my career.

Thanks, again and good luck.

Apr 04, 2012 05:38 AM #88
The truth is here!!! You Coukdnt have said it better!
Apr 04, 2012 12:42 PM #89
Elite Home Sales Team
Keller Williams Realty - San Clemente, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is true that this business is built on competence and character.

Jul 14, 2012 01:18 AM #90
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A great post Thomas, thanks for pointing it out today in the Q&A section.


Apr 19, 2016 01:31 PM #91
Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

"because nothing in society moves on this planet until a sale happens: no economy, no employment, no education, no wealth happens without sales."

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor - little late to the party, none-the-less, great post, and yes, we wake up everyday - starting from scratch.

Will be in San Diego May 10-14 for Buffini & Company 's Peak Experience event. 10th free - should we have an informal meet up? Let me know.

Apr 19, 2016 01:43 PM #92
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't always take that one day, but I always take time every single day to love on my family.

Apr 19, 2016 02:27 PM #93
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor 

Congratulations on this well deserved Feature!

Apr 20, 2016 03:37 AM #94
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

What a great inspiring post. I can see why it's a favorite.

Jun 03, 2016 02:48 PM #95
Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Once again, re-visit Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor !

Reminded me of Paul Harvey's 'And God Made Realtor(r)'....

Jun 03, 2016 03:30 PM #96
Jason E. Gordon
AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA
Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer, CMPS, CDPE, CMHS

That phone continually rings. The news on any given call can be euphoric or catastrophic. Our job is to embrace either possibility and get the job done at the highest & best level possible...each & every time

Jun 04, 2016 03:03 AM #97
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Interesting. So this blog get your phone to ring? I did not think it realates to real estate identifying you as local expert.

Jul 14, 2016 12:40 AM #98
Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor - one of the posts that always reminds me - we need to work hard!

See you in couple of weeks at Mastermind.

Jul 22, 2016 03:24 PM #99
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