As a former student of the Russian Language and culture, I learned about the Purges. Now, years later, I have just re-read "Inside Stalin's Kremlin" and was reminded.
A Purge was what Stalin would use to get rid of those he didn't trust. He would imprison or "remove" all of those around him who he felt posed a threat. ( For those who don't know, Stalin made Hitler look like an Amateur)
The term Purge is not limited to Stalin but is used in that respect often. Well, I am convinced that the Real Estate Industry as a whole is about to go through a thank-fully bloodless purge. One of the discount firms in my city closed their doors over the weekend. There was no fanfare or farewell. There was however a Midnight Moving crew. Several agents without their commission cheques, and several clients who are now unrepresented.
While we need to thin the ranks from time to time, and bring in new blood, the likes of which I have seen on this site, this is not the way to go.
If you decide to leave the business, do it respectfully and with the grace and dignity that you entered it with. If you are struggling, look to your peers for a hand up, "I'll teach you how to fish" and if you are here to stay....then look to your left and right and grab a hold of someone who you want to see at the office party next year. Encourage them to be there. Mentor them, build them, lead them.
Success in not determined by how high you have climbed, but how many you brought with you" Wil Rose.
I am Gary, Hear me roar!