Today was volunteer lunch duty day at my daughter's school. This is her first year at this school so I still have not met most of the parents of other kids.
I like to try to meet as many of the parents as I can when these opportunities come up. It always helps to know more families there at school to make the many events more enjoyable.
Inevitably during the introductions, we get around to "What do you do for a living?" and while I am proud to say that I am self employed and working in real estate, the constantly recurring reaction of sympathy is almost comical. Almost.
Most people comment that it must be tough out there, or that I'm lucky to have a job in this economy. But today one of the parents took some time to note all the people they know who worked in this industry at one time or another in one capacity or another and failed. Honestly I don't know what would compel someone to speak so discouragingly to someone they barely know.
My tact was just to deflect it and note that I do have some actual experience in this industry to help me reach my goals. Hopefully they're able to understand my determination and know that I have a very positive mindset. While I know that this industry will always be a tough one to survive in, I do think I have what it takes to make a difference to my clients and for my family.
Even though the opportunities that still abound are apparent to me, I suppose those that have not worked in this industry have a hard time understanding how people can still make a living at it. All they hear about is home values sucking the cash out of investment and mortgage banking, causing national economies to fail around the globe. Now that I just typed that I guess I can understand why the feel like it would be impossible to still create a successful career in real estate!
I think this is another reason that all of us here participate in AR. The comfort of knowing our struggle is not our own, that others succeed and we can succeed by supporting and helping each other. As Mr Lennon said "I'm not the only one".