Burnout & Recharging the Batteries

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Burnout & Recharging the Batteries



     Those of us with more than a brief time in the real estate industry know all about burnout.  When you care enough about your business & your clients, it's inevitable that at some point you'll experience burnout - that physical and emotional state where you just.don't.want.to.do.anything. 


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     The problem in real estate is that if you don't do anything, your bank account does do something- it shrinks.  Your business also does something - it suffers.



     Some people try to fight through it, some people take a walk, some people take a drink, and some people just unravel.  Me?  I tend to be the 'take a drink' kinda guy (Bulleit bourbon has been flying off the shelves of local stores recently....coincidentally, that's my favorite drink, not sure if there's any correlation there), but even more so, I sometimes just need to get the heck outta dodge.



     This past weekend, I packed up the car, drove overnight last Thursday with some friends and landed myself in Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah for a long weekend of hiking, campling, climbing, cooking, and drinking with friends.  WHOA do I feel better after that. Well, after that and catching up on the sleep I didn't get over the weekend - I'm almost there.  Physically, I'm fatigued because sleep was pretty non-existent over the weekend and I haven't had a chance to catch up, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually, I feel like a new guy.



     What's the point of this post?  Quite simply, to say that if you're feeling the burnout, or if you're ever just fed up with everything & everyone around you, then STOP what you're doing, and fix it.  Whether you need to find your own Zion national park for a weekend, or just get out to do something you enjoy, get away from your desk, get away from your clients (aka get away from your cell phone), and enjoy yourself for a bit.  Whether it's between the covers of a book or dangling over a cliff 1500' in the air - go out and experience some life. It's a great reminder of what really matters, and a reminder of the "why" we work our butts off.  After that reminder, it's a lot easier to get back to work.



     If you'd like to see some pictures from the weekend you can view my google photo album here .  If you like the outdoors and have never been to Zion, you need to make plans to get there.  I don't think there's another place in the world quite like it.






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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

John,  I've been there ... burn out ... more than once. Stepping away and taking time to take care of our self is important for us and for our clients.  This business tends to zap one's energy.  We are after all human ...  not computers running 24 x 7.

Jun 12, 2015 01:55 AM #16
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Kathleen Daniels , speak for yourself!  Bill 2.0 runs a hibernate subroutine for a few hours each night so I can back up data :)

Jun 12, 2015 05:30 AM #17
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thanks for the comments everyone, much appreciated and glad to know everyone has their own good way to deal with burnout. 


R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham I actually forget the exact topic that made me think of this, but it was something I saw in the Q/A section here.  Have yourself a great weekend!

Jun 12, 2015 07:05 AM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You make an important point about burnout and recharging the batteries.  In my first decade of selling real estate, my office was next door to a travel agency.  The 1980s were a very busy time in Sacramento.  I remember going over 200 days without a day off.  There was a lot of exhaustion and sometimes stress.  At the end of that stint, I walked through the travel agency doors, and threw myself on their mercy.

Jun 12, 2015 08:03 PM #19
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have learned to do sort it all out throughout my day all day long. Yes to balance

Jun 12, 2015 11:00 PM #20
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I could not agree more.  We definitely need to recharge from time to time, regardless of the business we may or may not lose. We'll lose more if we lose focus and motivation.

Jun 12, 2015 11:10 PM #21
Derek Mead
RE/MAX Rising - Bloomington-Normal, IL
Derek Mead

Great read John.  I reached that burnout point this week, which helped solidify my choice to book a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil to follow Pearl Jam for a week on their fall tour.  I feel better already and it's not until November! And that whole "take a drink" idea will definitely come into play as well!

Jun 13, 2015 01:46 AM #22
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Great photos in Utah...

Glad you had a good time. Everyone in the photo is smiling...,

Sam Shueh

San Jose, CA

Jun 13, 2015 03:22 AM #23
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I work hard most of the year and try to take 2 vacatins to do just this, get away and enjoy life. It shows what the work makes possible.

Jun 13, 2015 06:27 AM #24
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's like right now.  I'm dog tired.  Long day.  CMA sent to sellers who called a couple of days ago, worked on taxes for a few hours, volunteered at my church to feed 75 kids, stopped back by office to check emails again.  I feel like going to bed.  But I haven't yet done anything for future business, so I will be writing a blog before I head to bed.

Jun 13, 2015 10:48 AM #25
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Meussner your post reminded me of 7th habit from Dr. Steven Covey's book - Sharpen the Saw....recharge your batteries! Love that idea of going for a long drive with friends.

Jun 13, 2015 01:36 PM #26
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

We live 20 minutes from the Gulf Coast sometimes we go late in the afternoon with our lawn chairs and sit on the beach just until the sun is disappearing over the horizon. Then we leave before the mosquito's start attacking. It is refreshing and gives a boost to carry on the next day.

Jun 14, 2015 02:26 AM #27
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Down time always helps. Think the rest of the day will be in my pool watching Nascar with a nice cool beverage! Get ready for Monday. Watch Out World!

Jun 14, 2015 04:24 AM #28
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

John Meussner ... glad to hear that you've found a way to re-charge your own battery.  For me, it's a round of golf.  We each need to seek and find our own way ... because you're right.  It's important ...



Jun 14, 2015 12:10 PM #29
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

The photos were awesome and majectic! Glad you are back on track!

Jun 14, 2015 02:14 PM #30
Brad Lauritzen
Santiago Financial, Inc. - Riverside, CA
Manufactured & Mobile Home Lending

Thanks I needed that.......


Jun 15, 2015 04:56 AM #31
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

John Meussner ~ this post hits home and I can relate "a lot"  Being able to get away and explore things outside of business (at times) is just what the doctor calls for... All work and no play cuts deep and can have a negative result. We have to make time and recharge or else the passion is lost and work gets stale...

When it comes to blogging I hit the wall, and right now I am facing a bit of lost passion... And when the passion is lost, so is my best, and I always want to be able to give it my all, period 

Jun 15, 2015 05:42 AM #32
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

John, we are only human (regardless of what some of us might think) and we all need to take a break from time to time. We'll be getting out of Dodge overnight for Father's Day!

Jun 15, 2015 08:00 AM #33
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the photos. Glad to read that you found some time to enjoy the weekend with friends.

Jun 15, 2015 09:18 PM #34
Ray Stockwell
ZipperAgent - Boston, MA
Director of Marketing

Great advice to us all.  The pictures are really pretty too.

Jun 19, 2015 12:36 AM #35
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