How Being a Sports Fan Can Help This ActiveRain Newbie Reinvent Herself

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

I like watching sports. No, I love watching sports. Yes, I am a girl and I love watching sports. I can’t explain it. Maybe it’s from being raised in a household with two brothers. Or, maybe it’s from being exposed to numerous sporting events during childhood. I don’t know for sure. What I do know for sure is that being an avid sports enthusiast has undeniably prepared me for my new adventure into the Texas real estate business.

As a Chicago native, I’ve been an Illinois Real Estate Broker/Illinois Real Estate Instructor for many years. I recently acquired my Texas Broker’s License and have started on my latest professional journey. I learned about ActiveRain from some colleagues and reached out to a few Rainmakers for advice. Then, while simultaneously watching the World Series and contemplating my uncertain career path, I discovered a distinct parallel between the two and subsequently reflected upon lessons learned that surely should serve me well. And, I am writing about this epiphany in my very first blog ever!

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my family had season tickets to the Chicago Blackhawks games and I fell in love with hockey instantly. If we could not attend a home game, my mother drove me downtown to the Chicago Stadium, and I would stand outside waving my tiny arms with tickets in my hands yelling "I Got Two … Anybody Need Two!" Clever strategy thought up by mom and me, no? After all, wouldn’t you rather buy tickets from an adorable, brave, spirited, little "ticket broker" than the box office? This taught me an early lesson about promoting yourself and the importance of finding inventive ways to stand out from all the rest.

In addition, like many others from Chicago, I have been a lifelong, loyal, diehard, Chicago Cubs fan. An emotional rollercoaster to say the least! It has been 103 years since the Cubs have won a World Series and I have often prayed to a higher power asking if the Cubs could please win a World Series in my lifetime. So, you can imagine the excitement I have felt being in a place where I could cheer for the home team beyond the month of September. Well, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for the Texas Rangers, and their fans have now adopted the all-too-familiar "Wait Until Next Year" Cubs mantra.

Nevertheless, I’m still holding out hope that my prayers regarding the Cubs will someday be answered. And, the Rangers will undoubtedly come back fighting again next season. But, all this World Series stuff swirling around in my brain has reminded me that setting goals, heading in new directions, exploring unfamiliar territory, and implementing change are all a lot like being a sports fan. They require patience, the ability to deal with disappointment, and the courage and strength to get back up and start over again. They require ingenuity, dedication, time, and perseverance. So, I’m familiarizing myself with a new environment, meeting new people, and learning new things every day. Although I don’t expect it to be quick or easy, I am confident that I will eventually find my niche. I just hope it happens before the Cubs win the World Series!

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Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

We Mets fans in the NY metro area know all about wait until next year.  You have our sympathy.

Oct 31, 2011 10:10 AM #1
Andrew Herren
Craig Massee Real Estate - Milledgeville, GA

My wife is as big a football fan as any man I know. High school, college or doesn't matter. Good luck in your new state, it has some really good teams to cheer for. The Cowboys have been one of my favorite teams since I was a little boy and I hated to see what the Eagles did to them last night!

Oct 31, 2011 10:18 AM #2
Kathleen Vail
Fresh Design Home Staging - Lebanon, TN
Home Stager Lebanon TN, Home Staging & Redesigner & Organizer

It won't be long until you have it all together and know every street and highway.  Enjoy your new stage in life. The only challenge you might consider is how you would market a house if you came across a giant media room dedicated to the Dallas Cowboys with gray and dark blue paint on the walls and large blue and white stripes. Or maybe even dedicated to the Texas Rangers!

Oct 31, 2011 11:44 AM #3
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

I love watching sports too - especially football and I was so excited when I was called by LeSean McCoy's fiance  about a home. . . needless to say I am not their realtor.  It's very exciting to this sports fan!!

Oct 31, 2011 01:10 PM #4
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jeff:  You feel my pain ... thanks!

Kathleen:  Thank you for the kind words!  And, thank goodness for GPS, yes?

Andrew & Joy:  Girl sports fans rock!

Nov 01, 2011 07:59 AM #5
Didi Doolittle
Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Eagle Office - Vail, CO
Vail, CO Realtor 970.232.8225

Carie, so happy to read your first blog post!  Well written and fun and a great tie to your roots in IL and the move now to TX.  Glad you decided to go with Rainmaker status and look forward to future posts!  I think you've got a great gift for writing!

Nov 02, 2011 08:25 AM #6
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Thanks, Didi ... so glad to have connected with you!

Nov 02, 2011 09:42 AM #7
Amy Morrison
Knipe Realty NW - Portland, OR

Welcome to Activerain, 

As someone else who is newer to the rain, here have been the two places I have spent most of my time learning from those before me. The first isActiverain University and the second is the Activerain Newbies group on Activerain. I think I learn more in those two spots on blogging and business building than I could anywhere else. The people here are sol willing to share their knowledge. 


Nov 09, 2011 04:32 AM #8
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Amy:  Thank you for the Newbie advice ... there is so much to learn!

Nov 09, 2011 05:45 AM #9
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Carie. I just came over to check out your very first blog in the Rain. Not Bad at All. I can see you change to a better font, and have improved on your spacing since that very first post. Like most of us, we learn from watching others, and I am sure you have gain a ton of information since you started on your blogging journey.

Have a Great Weekend!

Mar 02, 2012 03:55 AM #10
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jerry:  Thanks for coming over to see my first attempt at blogging :)  Yes, I have learned so much from watching others here, and I have no doubt that I will keep on learning for a very long time.

Best Wishes for a Great Weekend to You Too :)

Mar 02, 2012 05:46 AM #11
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