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Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476


There's a group of people on this Earth that have made a bold decision to wake up unemployed every morning. They have decided to take on a career that promises them no paycheck on a daily basis, until they deliver the goods. This profession has no ceiling on it's earning potential (the allure), nor any basement to stop you from plummeting into debt (what they don't tell you). It delivers an abundance of challenges and problems to solve along the way, in order to earn that commission check.


It's a career that is built entirely on competence & character, mixed with the ability to create rapport, while maintaining ethics and truth even when it costs you a deal. It is advanced gotta want it bad because it's gonna put up a fight. It's an industry that says "You want it? Come and take it if you can, 'cause we ain't giving it away here!" Well, it sure feels that way doesn't it?


This is a group of entrepreneurs that wake every morning with fire in their belly, creativity in their brain and a passion in their heart for the limitless possibilities this day holds and for what they can accomplish and build. Those that succeed, do so because they never, ever, ever quit.


The time they offer you is oh so precious, because it's time not spent with their families, with their hobbies nor with their personal dreams. They offer you that precious time with the generosity of a mother and will defend how it's spent with the watchful eye of a father. They are happy to be in service to you, to help you reach your goals and defend your right to pursue them. They are having fun, serving people, making money.


They are your Realtor - your sales agent, they are your Lender; they are the salesmen and women and they are in the most noble profession on this planet; because nothing in society moves on this planet until a sale happens: no economy, no employment, no education, no wealth happens without sales.


So, if you are going to do what you do-Love what you do- and work it like there's no tomorrow each and every day. If you don't, you're in the wrong business my friend. Bring the best of you (not what's left of you) and it will reward your efforts in ways you can't imagine. Give it out in slices and it comes back in loaves.


Oh by the way....

...please remember (your boundaries my friends); hang the "Sorry, We're Closed “sign each night at a decent hour and take at least one full day off per week to go love on your family, friends, pets, personal recharge time and goals. Take vacations, visit and explore this one precious life! It's a job, for Realtors it's a career; it's not who you are, it's what you do. At the end of the day, the goals that light you up and the loved ones (and pets) who hug you before bed is who you are.

As Zig Ziglar says: "Your happiness is determined more by the success of your relationships than any other single thing."


I have good days, I have bad days and get bumps and bruises along the way, but I love the possibilities that surround what I do. I'm a Realtor.


Inspired by a conversation I had with a great lender, fellow Rainmaker & friend. Thanks Jason E. Gordon!


Posted by

Thomas J. Nelson
REALTOR®, CRS, RCS-D, CDPE, e-Pro, Certified Military Home Specialist, Luxury Home Specialist, Author, Keynote Speaker and  Podcast Host 

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Comments (120)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Thomas

I can't believe I did not see this the first time around but a sincere thank you for sahring the link in your post today. This is so well done - thoughtful and insightful, passionate and heartfelt. Now if I could just do a better job of taking that 1 day off. Oh wait, I do...just not all in 1 day. LOL


Feb 02, 2017 04:07 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Glad you found it Jeff Dowler . Well, I started with two 1/2 days and eventually found my whole day. It's a process and it ain't easy to adhere to some weeks. But I can share this; I get maybe 1% client grief about it and thats rarely to the 99% agent grief about my Sundays off. So, I'm fine with that ratio-I may not win many agents over, but my clients respect my day off because they know I'm giving them my recharged A-game 6 days per week .

Feb 02, 2017 04:12 PM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

WOW Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - I popped over from a post you made today where this one was listed and am so glad I did.  I'm going to print this and frame it for my offices both at home and at the office.  I loved your words so much and they ring so very true.  I do try my best to take Sundays off  to be with my family and do my laundry (gotta wash them sometime).  Thanks for this.  I love it so much.

Feb 02, 2017 06:35 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Wow, print it!? Thank You. That's awesome. I feel like I'm 5 again and Mom just put my art up on the fridge! 

Feb 02, 2017 10:03 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Very nice! It's not all glitz an glammer but it is a rewarding job. Well done!

Feb 03, 2017 05:56 AM
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

What a fabulous view of being in real estate sales!   Thanks!

Feb 03, 2017 11:33 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Excellent post.  You have such good writing skills, you make it all sounds so beautiful, despite the ups and downs. -Kasey

Feb 03, 2017 01:35 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Genuinely flattered by your comment, thank you!

Feb 03, 2017 01:50 PM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Well, now this is what I call an inspirational post! This is what I think --it's like you went into my brain and found these thoughts just sitting there waiting to be channeled!! Thank you so much for sharing the heart of what it is all about--this rough and tumble profession!!


Feb 07, 2017 10:22 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Oh, TJ! I see why you're proud of this. I'm proud of it! And it's as 100% spot on today as it was 6 years ago.

May 26, 2018 06:56 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Thank you for exploring my achieves Candice A. Donofrio !

May 26, 2018 07:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 

Excellent post written ages 10 years ago and it still rings true!

Jan 26, 2022 01:38 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I see why you're proud of this post! Excellent.


Apr 23, 2022 05:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thomas- this is one of the best posts that I've had the pleasure of reading!!!! Thank you. 

Apr 23, 2022 02:24 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Thomas - Proof Positive.  Ten years ago (and still counting) prooving: the best keeps getting better because improvement happens.  Constantly.  Continuously.  

I can't believe I missed this post originally or during any of its reimaginings but I finally "found" it while seeing Kathy's "ah ha moment" post today.   

Apr 24, 2022 06:13 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I, too, am surprised I missed this originally. So happy that Kathy shared it today!

Excellent the real estate profession.

Apr 24, 2022 09:19 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Kat Palmiotti thank you so much for taking the time to "visit this throwback" post.

Apr 24, 2022 09:23 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Kathy Streib you touched my Author-heart this morning, thank you so much for shining a light here this morning! 💖

Apr 24, 2022 09:24 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Thank you so much Michael Jacobs I'm glad you found it in your own time. My coach used to tell me, when I used to express my frustration in "I wish I knew this earlier in life!" that the teacher appears when the student is ready. I appreciate you Michael.

Apr 24, 2022 09:26 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Sharon Tara thank you for your kind words and encouragement and thank you so much for finding it - when the time was right, it was here for you to discover and that time was today :)

Apr 24, 2022 09:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Thomas:

I read this quite some time ago but really enjoyed my return visit to your wisdom, advice, and the emotions about our profession. Great reading, for someone who may just be starting out as well as those in the business for a while who perhaps can benefit from reflecting on all you had to say.


Apr 24, 2022 12:13 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Jeff Dowler, CRS many thanks for your support, its bloggers like you that inspired me to get better at this, to take it seriously - yet to have fun with it too. 🙏

Apr 24, 2022 01:40 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow I didn't see this first time around Thomas and it's awesome!  I love it!

Apr 24, 2022 03:36 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets It's clear why this blog scored so high.  All realtors can relate and the values you present resonate with just about everyone in our business and anyone in service to others.  Inspiring.  Thanks!

Apr 25, 2022 12:39 AM