Rewards matter...

By
Real Estate Agent with Real Living Real Estate Solutions

 

If you can find a "Vocation"  that is fun and rewarding, then "work" becomes an oxymoron...

Living in Florida for the past 10 years, we enjoyed the real estate market almost always trending upward.  I would describe our career as mostly fun and rewarding.  Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed the contraction of the real estate market, it's still fun but would you call it rewarding?

What is the difference between "Work" and "Vocation"...  to borrow a brief definition of both, work is the focus on completion of tasks and a vocation is work demanding of a special commitment...

Clear as Mud?

To simplify... it's about redefining your work in what makes it rewarding to be a real estate agent... and I don't mean money... here are a few thought starters:

...freedom

...creativity

...community

...purpose

...hope...

We enjoy a great life as real estate agents, I challenge you to pick up your favorite book or buy a new selection that will help you work toward enhancing your definition of reward... whether it's the Bible, or the 7 Habits; either way, if you're working strictly for the money then you are a long way from a vocation...

 

Tuesdays with Tony

 

Comments (6)

Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Tony,

If money were everything, most of us would have nothing! With that in mind, work to pleasure yourself and others.

Apr 10, 2008 05:57 AM
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Tony,

If money were everything, most of us would have nothing! With that in mind, work to pleasure yourself and others.

Apr 10, 2008 05:57 AM
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Tony,

If money were everything, most of us would have nothing! With that in mind, work to pleasure yourself and others.

Apr 10, 2008 05:58 AM
Douglas Garbe
Real Living Real Estate Solutions - Orlando, FL
Real Living Real Estate Solutions

Tony- Great point!  Take the model of communism.   In Cuba, for example, you wage is determined by the amount of education you have chosen to pursue.  You get paid more as a Doctor not because you are more important, but because you spend far more years studying your subject.

Here is the catch, though.  The difference in pay between a Teacher and a Doctor are absolutely minimal.

The difference in pay between a Teacher and a Janitor are absolutely minimal.

Get the point?

Believe me, I am not endorsing either Cuba or Communism.  What I am trying to point out is that one of the main influences in Western Culture is how much money you will make on your job.

Take a job you love for little pay, or take a job you hate for lots of pay.  I know what I would do.

After all, I am a member of this Western Culture. 

I took a job that I THOUGHT would have a big pay off.  And maybe one day it will, again.  Ironically enough, as I prepare for the pay off, and as I learn more about this vocation, I find myself relieved to have chosen a job I actually like.

Sometimes a backwards approach works as well.

Thank you Tony for another insightful blog.

Apr 10, 2008 07:57 AM
Jeffrey deJESUS
eXp Realty of California Inc. - Daly City, CA
Realtor®

Money is good but the feeling on accomplishment is so much more worth it.

Apr 10, 2008 10:23 AM
Anonymous
Tony Marino, Broker, ePro

Thanks for the comments...  I am not suggesting a not for profit situation or eliminating financial goals... I just think long term, your overall focus has to be broader than money.  I also find, that after I refocus on making a difference in other people's lives, I generally make plenty of money...funny how that works...

Apr 10, 2008 02:05 PM
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