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What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams LIfestyles Realty

What gets you out of bed in the morning, and drives you throughout the day? Why are you in the real estate business? Why do we put up with the rejection, and at times abuse from clients that blame us for everything under the sun? Have you ever asked yourself 'why'?

I did, a long time ago, and my reasons for being in real estate are quite simple. One reason is that I like to help people. I'm not the most extroverted person out there, but I can carry a conversation better than most American Idol contestants can carry a tune. My background is coaching, and I love to teach as much as I enjoy learning, and real estate is one avenue for me to showcase my talents. But, the main reason I'm in real estate?

I am able to get up each and every morning to make breakfast for my family, and prepare school lunches. I am able to be home most nights for family dinner, and I do most of the cooking. I do what I do in order to take care of my family. Where else would we be able to schedule our business lives around our family lives? If you know of a better career, I'd like to hear it. I work on my business as hard as I work in my business so I am able to be away from my business to spend time with family and friends. 

Tow of my driving forces 

My two kids are one of the sources that drive me to do what I do every day. The harder I work, the more time we get to spend together as a family. And, having a son in his second year of college 5 hours away while my daughter is planning to go to college next year 3 hours away keeps my nose to the grindstone as well. I want a better life for them. 

The sunset from our deck

The sunset from our deck at our little place on the lake in Eastern Ontario is what gets me through the other 3 seasons up here in Canada. This picture is burned into my memory. 

BBQ     campfire   My little friend   Mike  Zakk and Kim

For me, this is what it's all about. Being with family and friends, enjoying life and nature, appreciating everything that life has to offer. I work hard at it in order to be able to get away from it once in a while. We're here for a short time, not a long time, so we may as well enjoy it. Life's too short to be anything but happy ;^)"

Rob Magnotta
Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Irvine REALTOR - Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach & Newport Beach Coastal Specialist

Hi Alex, is it wrong to say a really good cup of coffee? :-)  Great post!

Jun 23, 2011 03:38 AM
Amanda Perry
Cypress Realty Group - Florence, AL

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the demands of our work, and to forget about all the little things that are the reason we keep on going. Thanks for the reminder!

Jun 23, 2011 03:38 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

My 2 dogs waiting for TREATS * marrow bonz * to keep them occupied while I sign on to AR and watch the young and the Toothless on Soapnet!

Jun 23, 2011 03:39 AM

I like new challenges each day. Plus, a fresh cup of coffee does help

Jun 23, 2011 03:40 AM
Bina Yajnik
Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast, FL - Palm Coast, FL

Alex, great post & thanks for reminding everyone what is really important in our lives.........

Jun 23, 2011 03:42 AM
Don McBride
Nautical Realty - Saint James City, FL
Nautical Realty

Nice post. The two cats meowing that they are hungry is what first gets me out of bed. Once I am awake at 5:30am the excitment of the business day keeps me going.

Jun 23, 2011 03:56 AM
Alex Gurchin
Keller Williams LIfestyles Realty - London, ON

Rob - No, it is not wrong to say an extra large black coffee ;^) Thanks.

Amanda - You're welcome. It's hard to remember what counts while we're being pulled in so many directions

Wallace - LOL! We have two dogs, a rabbit and a bearded dragon! I know morning rituals very well ;^)"

#4 - I agree

Bina - You're very welcome, and thank you.

Don - Thank you. And, I agree, our days can be very exciting.

Jun 24, 2011 12:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Alex, this is the best career choice if we love to help people, have a huge heart, lots of patience, and need that time with our families!   Well said!

Jun 24, 2011 04:24 PM
Alex Gurchin
Keller Williams LIfestyles Realty - London, ON

Joan - Thank you. Time to cook a Saturday morning breakfast for the family ;^)"

Jun 25, 2011 01:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Alex!  I love this post and love hearing that you are cut from a similar fabric--family does come before work and this business gives us the opportunity to structure our lives accordingly.  Great post!

Jun 29, 2011 03:23 AM
Alex Gurchin
Keller Williams LIfestyles Realty - London, ON

Debe - Thank you for coming over to view my blog, and thank you for the kind words ;^)"

Jun 29, 2011 03:45 AM