I just witnessed a tough situation today that all of us must go through at different times in our lives. A close friend of my family, diagnosed with Leukemia just a few weeks ago, came home from the hospital, after the doctors said there's nothing more they can do. He had a tremendous amount of hope for successful treatment before he entered the hospital, and now he feels like it was a waste of time. The look I saw in the face of my friend, was one of terror. Fear of dying has got to be an overwhelming feeling, when you know it's right around the corner. Beyond the crying, and the suffering his wife and child are going through, the terror in his eyes has been burned into my brain, forever.
I can't help but think about how much time I spend working on these loans. How often I've stayed late at the office, to close a California home loan, or to help my clients reach that dream of homeownership, and had to give up time with my family to do it. Or how many weekends I've given up, spending them at an open house, with a local realtor, to generate leads for my business. I'm reminded that time is precious. Our time on this earth does not last forever.
Make the most of your time, and make the most of your career, this is a lesson I'm learning here. Stop wasting time on prospects that aren't sure whether they want to buy a home or not. Admit when you can or cannot help someone. Make sure those that you work with, and surround yourself with, understand that time is precious, and we're on this earth to experience life, not waste our time showing properties to folks that are really not going to buy. Or working with borrowers that want you to chase them down for everything.
Life seems to become crystal clear when reaching the end of the road. Seize the moment, today! It doesn't last forever.