BALANCE is the Key to My Success

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

How we define success will determine the level of success you achieve.  What Really Matters......In This Life?    I continuously ask myself this question and after watching the movie  "The Bucket List"  I wrote a few definitions of success meant to me. I continue to update that list to reflect the person I have become and want to be.

I have to have balance within all aspects of my life. Work, play, family, sleep and so forth. The following simple pie chart reflects the time I spend and in that "work" section is also my blogging, website maintenance and so forth.  This is the biggest part of balance and if I have to do a pie chart to manage my be it.


No matter what career path we have chosen, success will start from within. Most think that if they have a title or many designations following their name that it means they are ‘better than'. WRONGO.  It's how they use the information they obtained to get those designations is what really matters and with an attitude of being "better than" does not constitute it so.

My family is the main source support and I respect that. I go home in the evening to a wonderful husband and have many family moments to establish a solid foundation at home. Without the love and support of family, what would all my hard work be worth?  I MAKE time for my family and in return they understand when there are those few times I have to work first.

No matter if it's work or play I have to love what I'm doing. If I did what I did for status, money or to please others that is not the level of success I am looking for. Having a healthy sense of  "SELF" allows me to go above and beyond when need be.  Real Estate is the most passionate career I have encountered and having a selfless attitude allows me to be all I can be in this industry.

Every so often I take a step back to evaluate my life and it keeps me in check with self.

We live and we die....but it's what we do in between those two is what really matters.

Balance will always be my key to success.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

Sally, I appreciate the fact that you indicate that maintaining balance requires continual tweaking and readjustment.  It's not a destination, rather it's a process.  Thanks for the reminder. :)

Jun 07, 2010 01:43 PM #26
Rob Lang
At Home Kansas - Shawnee, KS
Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home

I've heard that often its best to find what is most important to you and this list the importance of everything else... and then write your most important thing on top of it all.

If your family is most important, you see how that guides your work/self/leisure times, if religion is most important then you see how it impacts work, etc.

Jun 07, 2010 02:36 PM #27
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Hey Girl, I always enjoy seeing my favorite bloggers on the front page here at AR and IF I could get as much sleep as you I would be a happy man ;-D

Jun 07, 2010 03:05 PM #28
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

That is neat you did a flow chart. It makes you SEE the balance or imbalance easily.

Jun 07, 2010 03:28 PM #29
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


I found your chart very interesting.

Some time back while at the CRS Sell-a-bration event in New Orleans, Dr. Wayne Dryer was our featured speaker. He had each of us draw a pie chart and we had to break down our time spent and it was such a eye opener for me I've kept it in my top desk drawer all these years as a reminder.

It's an interesting excercise for anyone.

Jun 07, 2010 03:33 PM #30
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Balance is important Sally, and saddly sometimes I lack it.  Lately though it's been better.  Success on the other hand for me... is just being the best I can be, not determined by "things" or "designations" or "titles".

Jun 07, 2010 05:22 PM #31
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Sally, 

The comment box is not showing for me tonight. But lots of white space and a blinking cursor so I am writing in this space. I tried this earlier and it worked so I expect my comment will show up for you just like normal . Weird , not having any boundries to write. But for me , perhaps that is good :-).

I think I have been able to juggle life, career, family and still sleep a bit. You are right, life is about balance but for me there still needs to be an opportunity for the spontaneous and I hope I can always keep to that. But I think it is taking it's toll, :-)

I also agree with you about titles. Most of my clients could care less and I have a bunch. And judging by the number of people claiming speciality in one thing or another, titles are only as good as how the knowledge learned is applied anyway.Frankly some of them even embarrass me.  But we do the best we can and we must realize that we have but one life to live, to love and succeed and even not to. I can't put that in a pie chart quite as nicely as you have, but it's OK for me. Well said my friend!



Jun 07, 2010 07:42 PM #32
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

WooHoo, I switched back over to FireFox which was not working at all tonight, and I got the comment box back. Must be something going on here with my computer. But Safari was  not liking the Rain tonight. AR that is, LOL. Saw a couple tyoes and fixed those since it was possible while typing the comment.

Jun 07, 2010 07:48 PM #33
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally, putting it down on paper in a pie chart makes sense. That way you can see how everything balances out. Thanks.

Jun 08, 2010 01:30 AM #34
Andrea Hernandez
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX

Sally thanks for the post. I've had many health problems over the years, and now that I am finally doing better, I try to remember what's important in everything I do. Where my time is spent HAS to be prioritized. I try to remember that whether it's housework, school, or real estate. When those things start to stress me out, because I don't have enough time, I just remind myself, "If I lay dying tomorrow, am I really going to wish I had cleaned the kitchen, or spent the time making a mess with my 3 year old?" And that's how I determine what I'm going to do. Thanks for the reminder.

Jun 08, 2010 02:31 AM #35
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

I am still working on finding this.  I am doing a better job but got a long way to go.  I still feel I am out of balance.

Jun 08, 2010 03:23 AM #36
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for sharing a great model with us.  Wishing you continued success in all your endeavors.

Jun 08, 2010 03:35 AM #37
Jennifer Archambeault
Cardani Group, REALTORS® - Austin Texas - Austin, TX
An Austin Texas Realtor

modern way to display your bucket list... now I may just track mind with a chart too.

Jun 08, 2010 06:02 AM #38
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Sally - it is sooo important to remember that 'me' time and I saw that you have it included!

Jun 09, 2010 09:05 AM #39
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I have a hard time with balance.   I tend to do what needs to get done by doing what's in front of me, often leaving a trail of paperwork and files all over my desk.  Because I work from home most of the time, my home and work lines are very blurry.  I do try to take the time I need to exercise, walk the dog, read and just be quiet.  I try to spend time with each son.  I try to be a good friend and a good realtor.  But balance... each day is a new adventure!

Jun 09, 2010 11:41 AM #40
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Susan: My situation is a little kids are grown and here but in their own home....  I work from home as well...but I'm anal at keeping things in order. I'm sure you find your balance....for whatever works for you.

Andrea: Priorities are what drive me as well...  Health has a funny way of making us think...

Jun 09, 2010 02:28 PM #41
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Sally - How interesting to see how someone else divides up their time.  I'm with you on getting 8 hours sleep.  In fact, I got 12 hours sleep yesterday.  I figure if my body needs it and I don't have a morning appointment, then fine.  The other morning I got up at 4 AM, go figure!  Being the caregiver for three people as well as running my real estate business and doing some non-profit consulting on the side, I have to be very rigorous about my priorities.  Every minute spent doing one thing, is a minute I can't spend on something else that may even be more important.  Deciding the priorities is the tough part when there are competing ones.

Jun 09, 2010 04:58 PM #42
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Very - Very creative post Sally, there is nothing more I can say except "impressive!"

VB ;-)

Jun 09, 2010 06:14 PM #44
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Thanks Sally, for sharing this with all of us. This is just what I need in my life, balance - in more areas than one. Thanks again.

Jun 10, 2010 07:38 AM #45
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Nicely done Sally.  This is a great reminder for all of us.

Jun 10, 2010 02:53 PM #46
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