You can volunteer yourself out of business

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Real Estate Agent with Prado Real Estate South UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

You can volunteer yourself out of business

Do you feel as if you're always on the go? Short of time? Racing from one meeting to another without time to spare? But have nothing to show for your efforts?

That is how I have felt lately while contemplating my business plan. I value the time and service that I give to many organizations but I have not been able to keep up with the demands that I have placed upon myself.

So, today with a heavy heart, I had to step down from the Southern Utah Homebuilder's Association Membership Committee. Due to the time constraints that real estate presents, I realized that I couldn't give them the time and effort they deserved.

I realized that I must decline my efforts in a few other areas that are not enhancing my business. I have been a member of another women's networking organization for over 3 years, have volunteered my time on numerous occasions, attended monthly luncheons and have never received a referral - I will not be renewing my membership.

As a business owner, I need to point my compass in a direction that will yield results in order to grow and thrive. That is my advice to you as well. Join organizations that may push business in your direction and find a good balance when volunteering your priceless time.

Because as a friend once said, "You can volunteer yourself out of business."

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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
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Hi Wanda-

I do agree with you.  I used to have a very heavy volunteer schedule which I have lightened in the past few years.  I'm OK with those organizations which add nothing to my business life, but enhance my personal sense of fulfillment; but even those will have to stay in check until I retire - some years from now!

--Sara in San Antonio

Jan 28, 2010 08:23 AM #1
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Nevin Williams
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Wanda - Perfectly said!  I couldn't agree more.

Jan 28, 2010 08:32 AM #2
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Sarah, I also voluteer for people with disabilities which is pure joy for me with no other expectations but agree that my free time is limited as well.

Jan 28, 2010 08:34 AM #3
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Thanks Nevin, I appreciate that!

Jan 28, 2010 08:35 AM #4
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Joan Zappa
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Wanda, we can get so busy that we forget that we need to make a living. We need to pick our causes carefully or we'll never have a minute to breath.

Jan 28, 2010 08:37 AM #5
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Wanda

Been there,

I volunteered a lot of my time years ago to the point where it cut into my daily time. It is hard to let go of the stuff that means a lot to us but you can still volunteer and make a diference, and still make a living at the same time.

Jan 28, 2010 09:04 AM #6
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Nick, Real estate is a demanding arena so you must be smart about how you spend your down time.

It is all about finding a balance without giving everything up Tom. I am where you once were...so I must make some changes.

Jan 28, 2010 09:55 AM #7
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
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Your friend gave you some good advice Wanda. Sometimes we can just spread ourselves too thin.  Don't forget to take care of you with some you time too!

Jan 28, 2010 12:00 PM #8
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John Cannata
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Wanda - If you are unable to devote full attention to any volunteer position, then its not benefitting you or them. Focus in the areas where you can give 100%, which is a win/win for everyone. Good suggestions to everyone to really look at what you are doing.

Jan 28, 2010 12:45 PM #9
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Craig Rutman
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Sometimes we just have to make the tough decision to step down if we can't devote the time necessary to give 100% effort.

I know it was a tough decision for you. But you did the right thing for them and for yourself.

Jan 28, 2010 01:57 PM #10
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Gabe Sanders
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Hi Wanda, yes, very true.  It's important to network and make contacts, but every thing has to be in balance.

Jan 28, 2010 10:54 PM #11
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Al & Peggy, You can only give so much to others!

You're right John, There must be more to volunteering than just good intentions.

Thanks Craig, I've been involved with SUHBA for many years, I will miss that!

Cage, Balance is something I've been lacking so I'm working on that!

Jan 28, 2010 11:44 PM #12
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Hi Wanda - I'm with John and Craig.  I've chaired committees at my real estate board and there are members who join and then never attend the meetings.  Don't sign up if you can't commit.

Even if you only pick one cause, do it and do it well. After I finished my 5 year Board of Directors commitment I joined our Town's Parks and Rec. advisory committee last year.  It's only once a month and I learn so much about the town to share.

Jan 29, 2010 01:36 PM #13
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Trey Thurmond
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Wanda

I got so bad about volunteering I over committed also. I stepped back and chose to only do a few at a time.

Jan 29, 2010 04:08 PM #14
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Jenny, I agree and am learning to say NO and give more to my business.

Trey, I am going to focus on just a few as well even though I love to serve!

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