According to Warren Beatty, I'm Successful in My Field

Real Estate Sales Representative with Immeubles Deakin Realty E8107

Yes, that's what I said: According to Warren Beatty, I'm successful in my field.

Did he tell me that over drinks?  No.

While discussing my business plan?  Um, no.

While lounging with me in a bubble bath, overlooking the Pacific ocean? Yes! Okay, maybe not.

Did he ever tell me that?  Well, no.

His exact words were: "You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."

Those are the first words in Chapter Four of Jennifer Allan's "If You're Not Having Fun Selling Real Estate, You're Not Doing It Right."  Great book.  Great philosophy.  A common-sensical approach to doing anything (not just real estate): Be yourself, be very good at what you do, and have fun. I'm loving the book. But this post isn't about that.

Back to Warren Beatty...and his quote...

Picture of Girl Being Silly in the RainI could spend hours on Matrix, the Quebec real estate agents' version of MLS, analyzing comparables this way, that way and upside down.  Looking at average sell times for Beaconsfield real estate and Kirkland real estate - my markets. Seeing what's moving and what's not, and trying to figure out why.

I could spend hours home staging Montreal clients' homes.  Hell, staging friends' homes!  I love, love, love staging.  I love taking something and making something fabulous out of it.  I love finding the diamond in the rough, or helping something's true potential shine (or someone's true potential shine, hence my previous career in criminology).

Sourcing new lighting, art, bedding and kitchen cabinet knobs for my home sellers? Is that really work? 'Cause it sure feels like play to me.

Speaking to my buyers over and over again about how I don't want them to compromise on location, or on that wood-burning fireplace that is such a big part of their evening chill-session.  Is that really work?  Really?  'Cause it sure doesn't feel like it.

And let's not even talk about how much time I spend on ActiveRain, acting like a living sponge for all the wisdom, experience and sheer knowledge that's being shared here. Are you SURE this is work?  Can't be...

I am doing what I was meant to do.  And I'm having so much fun. 

You're a wise (and sexy) man, Warren Beatty.


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Comments (13)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

I just love that phrase. I know it's one that I shall remember for years and years to come.

"You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."

Jan 19, 2010 01:01 PM
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Tanya-

There is an enormous amount of joy to be found in this business!  The time that we spend is very personal.  We have to make it fun!

--Sara in San Antonio

Jan 19, 2010 01:02 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Well you are truly blessed, Tanya.  You really have a well-rounded life, loving your work and finding balance with your family.  Sorry, I never found Warren Beatty sexy - now George Clooney.....

Jan 19, 2010 01:04 PM
Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

I love it.  Love the shoes, love the purse,  I love it.  Thank you for this.

Jan 19, 2010 01:07 PM
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA

  What a fun post Tanya, though I am a little worried about your Freudian slip

  about taking a bubble bath with Warren Buffet!



Oh wait, you said Warren Beatty, didn't you!



I've got to sign off ActiveRain before my second glass of wine!

Jan 19, 2010 01:08 PM
GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster
THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279) - Westminster, CO
REOptions LLC post...its always great to hear a women view on a man's opinion !!!!

Gary d for Denver

Jan 19, 2010 01:09 PM
Tanya Nouwens
Immeubles Deakin Realty - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Vickie, Jennifer Allan deserves all the praise for pulling out that quote and using it in her book.

Sara, you hit the nail on the head. This is a VERY personal business.  And it takes a lot of personal time. So if it's not fun, well then...

Thank you, Jane. I try very hard to keep the balance but it is hard sometimes to hear my little one (who is 8) say, "Can we snuggle, Mommy?" just as I'm getting my head into a bunch of stats on the market. But I am blessed. I know it. And I would never "dis" George Clooney...but the man is a serial bachelor. Now come on, Jane!

Oh Terri, have you sent me a video with shoes and a purse? I am [sniff, sniff] video- challenged with my top-security computer! (Thank you, my dear sweet husband, for protecting your family so well... LOL). Thanks anyway though!

Vic, um, yes. I did say Warren Beatty...for many obvious reasons : )

Gary, I am available to offer my view on a man's opinion any time you'd like!


Jan 19, 2010 01:28 PM
Tony Cordi
Tony Cordi, Broker (Beachtime Realty) - Hermosa Beach, CA

Well done Tanya.  Your message is a great one...

Jan 19, 2010 03:07 PM
Tanya Nouwens
Immeubles Deakin Realty - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thanks Toni.

Jan 19, 2010 10:17 PM
Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

Tanya - I love this!!!!! And it's exactly what I meant when I used that quote. You described the concept perfectly. THANK YOU!!!!

Jan 20, 2010 01:23 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I have ALWAYS gone for the unavailable ones - just like the listings :)

Jan 20, 2010 10:48 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Tanya, I know what you mean. I've never had a job I enjoyed more than Staging!

I'd dream about Warren Beatty maybe ;)

Jan 21, 2010 01:38 AM
Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Holmdel, NJ

I draw inspiration from the following:

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.
- Stephen Wright

But your way of thinking works too.  I guess. 

Jan 25, 2010 08:26 AM