Real Estate Lessons Learned Working at a Funeral Home

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Real Estate Agent with Jones & Co. Realty SL3287291
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I was told that they knew it was not much money,"but I should consider the lessons I would learn".

While I worked there, I dusted, vacuumed the carpets, washed the hearse, shoveled snow, lost sleep and did things that I did not find particularly pleasant. But never did I consider not doing the job well because the pay was low.

I have held that view throughout my life. If I agree to do something and I know what the pay is upfront, you can be assured I will do the job to the best of my ability.

As a Real Estate agent, the lessons I learned at the Funeral Home have helped me serve the consumer as a professional, no matter what walk of life they are from and have given each of them the quality of service they should receive.

I learned a work ethic at a young age. I learned that no matter what the circumstances bring I can perform as a Professional. I learned not to be intimidated nor to intimidate another person no matter their status in life.

Today, and this is many years later, the consumers I work with can expect these lessons I learned at the funeral home will be a part of the service I provide them.

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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John, sounds like you did learn some wonderful lessons early on you are able to utilize as a REALTOR.   Great job! 

Apr 26, 2017 06:02 AM #3
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Harry F. D'Elia Thanks for the comments. I feel very strongly about being a professional at all times, and try to convey the importance to other agents.

Apr 26, 2017 08:33 AM #4
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Grant Schneider I agree completely with you. Always doing our best.

Thanks for you comments.

Apr 26, 2017 08:34 AM #5
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Joan Cox No matter what I do in life I try to find lessons that I can carry with me.

Thanks for your kind words.

Apr 26, 2017 08:35 AM #6
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Every experience can be valuable to make the next one better...you have shown that is very true in your own career.

Apr 26, 2017 09:44 PM #7
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I agree with you that we could and probably should learn something from each experience. And our goal would be to make the next one better.

Thanks for sharing your comments and encouragement.

Apr 27, 2017 02:58 AM #8
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

You learned a valuable lesson and in a way that not many people do. 

Apr 28, 2017 04:49 AM #9
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Debbie Walsh I have had a very interesting life. Many of my experiences would not fall into the "normal" category.

I have found these unique experiences have been a big plus for me.

Thanks for your comments

Apr 28, 2017 06:51 AM #10
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Interesting the basis of what created the foundations on which many of us build our careers. I think working in a funeral home is definitely something different and in dealing with those who are grieving create an attitude of empathy. Looking at your photo i know you are empathetic and will go that extra mile to provide a client with outstanding service.

May 02, 2017 12:55 PM #11
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I am sure from your experiences you are able to draw in a wealth of knowledge.

While working at a funeral home is unusual, especially for a 16 year old, I was able to make the lessons a part of who I am. I do like to think that I am a compassionate person.

Thanks so much

May 02, 2017 02:32 PM #12
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I grew up with a girl whose family owned a funeral home. She worked there as a teenager and her job was to sort the sizes of  generic underwear they put on the bodies. I thought that would be such a terrible job but you can do any job you have with dignity.

May 02, 2017 09:49 PM #13
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Debbie Reynolds people have all kinds of needs at different stages in their live. Those needs will be attended to by someone. My lesson learned was do what it takes to meet the needs of others. It may not be every ones choice of work, but if we choose it we should do it to the best of our ability.

Thanks for your comments.

May 03, 2017 04:28 AM #14
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Doing the best job you can regardless of the pay scale is a sign of true professionalism. Great message here John!

May 03, 2017 07:17 AM #15
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Sharon for your comments. I try to be an example as I encourage others to raise the level of professionalism in our business.

I am confident you are known as a true professional.

May 04, 2017 02:57 AM #16
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

It was a tough job but somebody had to do it and you did it all with a humble heart, determination to succeed, and you earned your way to succeed in many different ways you never even thought of when you took that job. This is a great story to share.

May 09, 2017 05:03 AM #17
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia Feager as a teenager, when they told me the pay I kind of snickered, but I did stick with it. I am so glad I did because the owner was right, I did learn a lot.

Thanks for your great comments.

May 09, 2017 09:05 AM #18
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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John

Our customer service is reflected back to us  in our referral and repeat business.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 13, 2017 07:20 PM #19
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Lou, you are correct. Our quality of service will be seen in the quantity of those served.

May 14, 2017 03:31 AM #20
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
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I started reading your article because of the interesting title.  What you wrote was great!  It reminded me of when my daughter was in college and she took a job as a waitress so she could have flexible hours.  She didn't like the job at all (can't say I would either) but we talked about this very thing...If you're a waitress, be the best waitress they've ever hired.  When you're a nurse, you'll be the very best nurse they've ever seen.  It's worked out to be very true.  Character is always appreciated.

May 19, 2017 09:59 AM #21
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Pamela Cendejas I really appreciate your adding a personal story to this topic.

It is obvious your daughter has a very wise mother.

Thanks

May 19, 2017 10:42 AM #22
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