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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. They have decided to take on a career that promises them no paycheck on a daily basis until they deliver the goods, yet this profession has no ceiling on it's earning potential-the allure. It delivers an abundance of challenges and problems to solve along the way, in order to earn that paycheck.


It's a job that is built entirely on competence & character mixed with the ability to create rapport, while maintaining ethics and truth even when it costs you. It's advanced gotta want it bad because it's gonna put up a fight. It 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 that wakes up every morning with fire in their belly, creativity in their brain and a passion in their heart for the possibilities the day holds; for what they can accomplish and build. 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, they are your Lender; they are The Salesmen (& women) and they are in the most honorable profession on this planet; because nothing happens on this planet, until a sale happens: no economy, no employment, 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 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 least one full day per week and go love that family, pet, personal time or dream. It's a job, it's a career, it's not who you are. At the end of the day, what/who hugs 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!



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Rachel Tipton
Litchfield Real Estate - Litchfield, SC


What a wonderful post to read to start my day. Thanks to you and Jason for the inspiration!

Mar 29, 2012 06:43 AM #71
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Oh my gosh Thomas - you wrote a beautiful piece about what we do and the type of people we are.    But in the end, it's a profession but not our entire selves: we need to carve out recreation time.   As you quoted Zig Ziglar, it's the quality of our relationships that in the end will define the meaning and happiness of our lives.   Reblogged, thanks!

Mar 29, 2012 07:33 AM #72
Martin Dragnev
Colorado Group Realty, Steamboat, CO~Call 970.291.9412 - Steamboat Springs, CO

I think YOU are in the wrong should be a motivational speaker...JK

Thank you for the great post!

Mar 29, 2012 08:09 AM #73
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

This is a beautiful post and I'm completely moved by it. You make it sound so glamorous!!

Mar 29, 2012 08:44 AM #74
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor
Big Block Realty - La Jolla, CA
Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!

Thank you Active Rain & Rainmaker readers, the comments and your support are your gift to me.

Ever once in a while we get inspired, share it and affect others in ways we can't imagine. I always hope to inspire or reflect; to share the good stuff from the top shelf.

Your responses have been a huge lift for me-great reciprocity of energy team!

Mar 29, 2012 09:09 AM #75
Heather Milbourn
South Beaches Real Estate Professional - Seminole, FL

As a very new Realtor i have just made that step into the unknown but can say i have never enjoyed working so hard for as yet no pay check but everyday brings a new dawn and a step closer to pay day and i now wake up and say what a great day ahead.  With so much to learn everyday is a new challenge and there is nothhing more satisfying than rising to the challenge 

Thank you enjoyed your post, inspiring

Mar 29, 2012 11:16 AM #76
Brett Richman
Summers/East Coast Realty Group - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Louisiana Real Estate
We are so under appreciated. And our time is undervalued. But I wouldn't trade it for any other job, other than the NFL.
Mar 29, 2012 11:51 AM #77
Mark Hoggard
Churchill-Brown & Associates - Nichols Hills - Oklahoma City, OK

Couldn't have said it better!!

Mar 29, 2012 12:26 PM #78
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

This is terrific and should be handed out to anyone considering a career in real estate.  Thanks!

Mar 29, 2012 01:47 PM #79
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 04:50 PM #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 08:01 PM #81
Janelle Laidlaw

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

Mar 30, 2012 06:56 AM #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 07:15 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 07:20 AM #84
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor
Big Block Realty - La Jolla, CA
Connecting Good People w/ the San Diego Lifestyle!

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 08:10 AM #85
Sandy Peckinpah

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

Mar 30, 2012 01:12 PM #86
Ranji Singh, SRES
Royal LePAGE York North Realty, Brokerage - 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 02, 2012 05:43 AM #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 12:38 PM #88
The truth is here!!! You Coukdnt have said it better!
Apr 04, 2012 07:42 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 08:18 AM #90
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