Reclaiming my "rookie" enthusiasm...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

 

I have been working from home most days lately, which is a real blessing in my opinion.  I could go to the office, but many days my work involves catching up on emails and perhaps a few phone calls (and blogging, too, of course).  As a result, I often get my writing inspriration by watching or playing with my children or from some conversation with my wife. 

 

 

 Tonight, I noticed that my six-year old daughter was in the upstairs bathroom playing in the sink area, since I can see that room from the place where I typically blog.  She was kind of quiet, so I went to see what she was doing.  As I approached, she was energetically smearing lathered up soap all over the counter.  She looked like a master artist, perhaps Pollock? 

I asked her if she was planning to clean it up, and she said that she would.  I then asked her about how her very first piano lesson went, since it was today.  I have not seen a child that excited in awhile.  She began energetically jumping up and down, and she yelled, "It was great, great, great!  I loved it!"

My daughter's enthusiasm for the simple joy of soap suds and the absolute joy that she shared with me over the piano lesson inspired me to write this post. 

 

I have been in real estate almost eleven years now, which seems hard to believe sometimes.  At any rate, I realized that when I started, I used to get listings just from being hungry and excited about selling homes.  I don't know when that stopped being the case, but I don't feel that fire in my belly nearly as often.  Maybe this comes simply from being a veteran of this industry, but something tells me that I could do better. 

I am not leaving it at that.  This is just a starting point for me

 

If you follow my blog, you know that I have a lot on my plate right now.  Even with that in mind, I am planning to take a fresh look and a fresh approach to my business and my career starting today:

  • I am going to treat EVERY lead with care, even the ones that are not thrilling. 
  • I am going to stop procrastinating when it comes to follow up with past clients. 
  • I am going to seek that energy that I had in 1997, when I was geared up everyday and anxious to sell something to somebody. 
  • Clients will sense this in me and they will look forward to working with me, and ONLY me. 
  • I am planning to treat every day as important - I don't ever get one back.  Once it is gone, it's gone. 

Every day that we are here is important, and every day should be treated as such.  I have a friend who is very sick right now, and if he can bear it out and make his life count, then I have nothing to complain about, and I should be squeezing the most from every single minute of this life.

 I have my health, a beautiful wife, awesome kids, enough money to keep my head above water, my own business, freedom to choose how I spend my day, and the list goes on and on.  I need to be jumping up and down!  I am going to make it....playful. 

This business is unique in so many ways, and I truly feel that this is where God wants me right now.  I can look back and see jobs and experiences that I had as a younger man that ultimately all served to prepare me for this moment in time.  I feel like my skills and my personality are perfect for real estate, and I am uniquely talented as a salesperson and as a broker, teacher, and manager.  I am not bragging here - just evaluating.  My real point is: I can do better with the gifts I have been given. 

This may sound odd to you, but since I started blogging (about three months ago), I have been better able to express myself to my friends and clients.  I was already okay in that department with my family, but writing is a kind of catharsis that allows me to organize my thoughts sometimes.  Consequently, I have seen a benefit when dealing with issues of everyday life.  I feel more centered, and I feel accepted.  This may be a bit melodramatic, but I assure you that it's genuine.  I plan to use this newfound gift of communication.

Where am I going with this?  Check back with me sometime in the upcoming months.  You might just find that I have become a new man.

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Melissa Wagner
Leo Parker Real Estate & Auction - Woodbury, TN
What a fabulous post! Great reminder to us all to keep focused on what is important in life and to do it with zeal! Thank you for sharing with us!
Nov 19, 2007 12:18 PM #204
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STEVEN - This is a terrific point.  Direct contact with clients and prospects is the only way that we make any actual money.  Thanks for your spot-on remarks.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

MELISSA - I am glad you liked it so much.  I am happy to share stuff like this if it is helpful.  This one seemed to resound quite a bit with readers.  Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

Nov 19, 2007 12:28 PM #205
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Frank Verna
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Imagine the feeling on Christmas morning
as I spied all those presents under the tree 
What surpises awaited, what joy it would bring
Cause I knew each of them was for me.

If I could bottle that glee
If I could hold on to that joy
If I could regain the feeling
I got from each and every toy

Then what success could I find
What goals could I achieve
No could stop me
I would always be happy

Then something happened
An event I did not forsee
It would change me forever
Like a light that would always shine on me
He was 8lbs 6 ozs, my bundle of joy
I would do anything for my little boy

So there you have it,
When I need to find my joy
I rush hone to my family and
I play ball with my little boy

It's no Frost or Whitman or even Suess for that matter but I sat doen this morning and your post insired me and it kind of just jumped out.

Nov 19, 2007 09:50 PM #206
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FRANK - WOW!  I am ecstatic that I was able to inspire this awesome poetic sentiment.  I think it's awesome.  Thanks so much for sharing it here!  Have a terrific Thanksgiving!
Nov 20, 2007 10:11 AM #207
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Kevin Whitty
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Great post .  Family is very important and we must take time out to appreciate life and get refocused.
Dec 08, 2007 01:50 PM #208
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KEVIN - I am glad you liked it.  Sorry it took me so long to respond.  I was buried with comments over the past few days.  Have a great week!
Dec 11, 2007 05:02 PM #209
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Sonya Rosser
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Hello Jason, I love you and all of your blogs.  Thanks for giving them to "ME".  I am very blessed.  Thanks for sparking me up again.  God Bless

Feb 11, 2008 11:20 AM #210
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Stacy Jones
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I am just now reading this and wow, it does hit the spot right now doesn't it?? Thanks for putting into words the thoughts that many of us have had and probably still need to act on. Oh, how things were in the beginning.... (96 for me)  Even though we can't go back, we can refocus our insights for sure. Thanks again for a great post!

May 28, 2008 10:55 AM #211
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SONYA - Sorry I missed your comment back in February.  Thanks for your kind remarks - that's awesome.

STACY - Glad you enjoyed this one.  I should probably read it once a week.

May 28, 2008 11:17 AM #212
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ERICA - That is terrific to hear.  I have hired a few new (and newer) agents this year, and I look forward to mentoring them as well.  Thanks for stopping by!

May 28, 2008 11:28 AM #214
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Nicole Clinger
Lyon Real Estate - Elk Grove, CA

This blog says it all! We all seem to get lazy about doing certain things and gearing up and getting our butts moving would make all the difference in the world. Thanks for your insight!

Sep 25, 2008 07:31 AM #215
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Joan Whitebook
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We learn so much from children.  They help us find the inner child within ourselves.  It looks like you are finding your core and your voice and I will stay tuned... it looks like great things are going to come your way!

Sep 25, 2008 08:35 AM #216
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So, it's 10 months later.  How's the enthusiasm?  I hope you were able to keep it up.  I find using my kids for inspiration for enthusiasm works so well.  They get excited about so many things.

Sep 30, 2008 06:25 AM #217
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So, it's 10 months later.  How's the enthusiasm?  I hope you were able to keep it up.  I find using my kids for inspiration for enthusiasm works so well.  They get excited about so many things.

Sep 30, 2008 06:26 AM #218
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CHRISTINE - Actually, it's still pretty good.  I am a realistic optimist, if that makes any sense at all.  We have had a far better year than most of my colleagues, so I feel blessed.

Sep 30, 2008 07:23 AM #219
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

I do think that blogging can inspire one to be better...at everything, not just your real estate career...writers are creative and creative people seem to have outlets in their life opening all the time...there is no end to what you can do and that is where the inspiration comes from...

Oct 01, 2008 04:01 AM #220
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Kim Pennington
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Franklin, TN

Thank you for uplifting my heart.  God is good and I know my gifts are well above most.  I do not want to take another day for granted. 

Oct 29, 2008 06:15 AM #221
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You go dude, I think sometimes I lose it too. There's a lot of inspiration in this blog thanks for sharing. 

Oct 29, 2008 03:02 PM #222
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At any rate, I realized that when I started, I used to get listings just from being hungry and excited about selling homes.  I don't know when that stopped being the case, but I don't feel that fire in my belly nearly as often.  Maybe this comes simply from being a veteran of this industry, but something tells me that I could do better. 

Good evening Jason,

That's natural.  Repetition is the enemy of enthusiasm.  One thing that might help rekindle your enthusiasm is the fact that, in our changing economic climate, consumers need professional advice regarding their real estate choices and also their mortgages.  Honest, informed people like you are needed now more than ever.  In fact, I ran into a unusual question about mortgages today and the first person I thought about asking was you.

Sincerely,

Bruce

Oct 29, 2008 06:49 PM #223
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Tim Ludemann
Ochopee, FL

Alright I just started 3 days agao and to think your one post got 2080 comments...I had to say holy ---!...I love how you put links to your past bogs to get more hits...were do you find time to sell with all this blogging?  I subscribed to your blogs and will use you as my guru...Thanks in advance.

Nov 14, 2008 06:20 AM #224
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