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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!


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Mohammed Najeed

Mr. Nelson, well done.

You made my day. I can't stop myself reading over and over your post. This is the best post in inspiring my career.

Thanks, again and good luck.

Apr 04, 2012 05:38 AM #88
The truth is here!!! You Coukdnt have said it better!
Apr 04, 2012 12:42 PM #89
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is true that this business is built on competence and character.

Jul 14, 2012 01:18 AM #90
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A great post Thomas, thanks for pointing it out today in the Q&A section.


Apr 19, 2016 01:31 PM #91
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

"because nothing in society moves on this planet until a sale happens: no economy, no employment, no education, no wealth happens without sales."

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor - little late to the party, none-the-less, great post, and yes, we wake up everyday - starting from scratch.

Will be in San Diego May 10-14 for Buffini & Company 's Peak Experience event. 10th free - should we have an informal meet up? Let me know.

Apr 19, 2016 01:43 PM #92
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't always take that one day, but I always take time every single day to love on my family.

Apr 19, 2016 02:27 PM #93
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor 

Congratulations on this well deserved Feature!

Apr 20, 2016 03:37 AM #94
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

What a great inspiring post. I can see why it's a favorite.

Jun 03, 2016 02:48 PM #95
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Once again, re-visit Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor !

Reminded me of Paul Harvey's 'And God Made Realtor(r)'....

Jun 03, 2016 03:30 PM #96
Jason E. Gordon
AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA
Sr. Loan Officer, CMPS, CDLP, RCS-D, CDPE, CMHS

That phone continually rings. The news on any given call can be euphoric or catastrophic. Our job is to embrace either possibility and get the job done at the highest & best level possible...each & every time

Jun 04, 2016 03:03 AM #97
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Interesting. So this blog get your phone to ring? I did not think it realates to real estate identifying you as local expert.

Jul 14, 2016 12:40 AM #98
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor - one of the posts that always reminds me - we need to work hard!

See you in couple of weeks at Mastermind.

Jul 22, 2016 03:24 PM #99
Lisa Hernandez
Opes Real Estate Group - Kendall, FL
Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest

Thank you for bringing me here and this is a wonderful post. No wonder it created such a buzz and thanks for the reminder to take time off. 

Feb 02, 2017 03:46 PM #100
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - 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 #101
Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Punta Gorda, 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 #102
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 #103
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 #104
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 #105
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In 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 #106
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 #107
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