Steve called me one day and asked if I would consider taking him on my real estate team and mentoring him. He's a pretty popular guy around town and knows a lot of people. Oh, and he's super nice.
I laid out my expectations and told him what he could expect from me and our Century 21 Bradley office here in Fort Wayne.
We agreed to terms, and off he went to get his real estate license.
9 days later he called me back and told me he was ready to go.
I laughed because I thought he was joking.
He found a place online that had an accelerated real estate course. He signed up and devoured the course, and then passed his test.
So... 9 days after he decided to become a Realtor, he became one. He had his real estate license. He was now able to help someone with the largest financial decision of their lives.
But he sure wasn't ready to.
His training lasted a few months before he decided that real estate wasn't quite his passion. Actually, it wasn't even close. I'm happy he knew this so early on.
When I train someone, I'm tough on them. I tell them the reality of what we do, and how it's easily the toughest career I've ever had. I beat them up a little bit...
Nothing against Steve at all.
He found his passion and is now able to focus on his creative side, which is his strength. He's doing quite well where he is, and I couldn't be happier for him.
What's the point of all of this?
Almost anyone can become a Realtor. If you have common sense and can study a bit, you're in!
But it's really hard to become a good Realtor.
Some folks think we just open doors and collect checks.
If only it were that easy.
They don't see the constant learning and studying we do.
They don't see the stressful evenings with stressed out clients.
They don't see the hours and hours of preparation it takes.
They don't see the counselor or the teacher in us.
They don't see the concerned parents of the younger buyers we deal with.
They don't see the money we spend on gas, the miles we put on our vehicles, or the daily wrinkles that pop up under our eyes.
I'm not complaining. I love what I do. My career choice has given me all types of freedom, but it came with a price. Amanda and I struggled mightily in the first few years of our careers. But we stuck it out and here we are enjoying the benefits. To say we are thankful is an understatement.