The Kingwood High School girls Cross Country teams have been tearing it up this year. Our varsity girls are ranked #1 in the great state of Texas. Yesterday they proved their dominance taking 7 of the top 10 spots in a regional race.
Two of those girls running are mine; Kendall my 16 year old Junior and Payton, my 14 year old Freshman. As good as Kendall is, Payton is right on her heels. Frankly I’ve been worried all year that Payton could pass Kendall by year end, setting off a nuclear bomb in my home. Yes, my kids are incredibly competitive.
Wednesday night before the big race I hung out with the girls in their hammocks in their room (it’s the “thing” these days). I talked them through the race course, discussing strategy, listening to their concerns, and motivating them to lay it all out there when the gun goes off. Kendall became teary eyed and said, “dad I don’t know if I can handle Payton beating me tomorrow”. Payton responded “I know I’m fast but there’s no way I’ll beat you”. Kendall then said something like “If you do I won’t be mad at you. Run as fast as you can. I’m just dealing with the fact that you are so talented and I’m doing everything I can to stay ahead”. As my daughters hugged each other, shed some tears, and encouraged one another to do their best I couldn’t help but join in on the tear fest.
Thursday morning Kendall finished 2nd overall and Payton 5th, just 10 seconds behind her big sister.
One of the things I’ve been most impressed with in Real Estate is the competitive nature of the Realtors I work with. Often Realtors within the same brokerage are fighting for recognition, awards, rank status, and financial prosperity. Even then, and knowing that helping another Realtor could impact their own sales, I witness Realtors sharing best practices and encouraging each other every day. It’s really remarkable when you think about it.
Life is all about finding happiness. My experience is that the greatest happiness comes from helping others. I applaud those of you who consistently take a little time out of your day to help someone in need. I think you’ll find that it’s often the most successful and busiest Realtors who find time to help others. You encourage me to do the same.
We’re experiencing a lot of change in Real Estate right now. Between TRID and a shifting market there are plenty of needs to be met. My team and I are just a call, a text, or an email away. Don’t be shy to ask, we’re here to be a resource and a help.