Why I am in real estate.

Real Estate Agent with Real Estate Partners LLC S-51253

I am completely new to the Active Rain community, and quite frankly this is the first blog I've ever written. I even did research on what to blog about because I didn't want to sound stupid, but the funny thing is every idea I saw was something that I would never write. It just wasn't me. So I thought I would share only my experiences personally and my perspective on real estate as well as how I ended up here amongst you all. I have never been a good employee my entire life. No matter the job, the pay, or the hours, I just sucked at it. I would always do fine at first and after a month or two I would tire easy, grow bored, and quit. I started working when I was 13 and went through dozens of jobs, and over the years my confidence continually dropped. I thought I was just not good at anything at all! Meanwhile, I was always dreaming of making it big. I think everyone does that. Of course, I had no idea how I would ever make it "big" or become anything in life. But as I got older I wanted it bad, at the time I didn't know what "it" was but I wanted it. My ambition continued to grow and I started realizing different things about life. I started to notice I thought differently than the people I worked around, they were content, even happy? Who knows. But they had made up in their minds that they would work here until they got old, come in and leave at the same times everyday, and probably make around the same amount through their career. I was not ok with that! I could hardly stomach that. I wanted more.  The question was how? I knew I couldn't afford college at the time but I tried anyways. But I would be sitting in class having the same thoughts I had at work. Taking a class here and there racking up student loans and have nothing to show for it. Something inside me would always burn for more, it was uncontrollable. No matter where I was my thoughts were elsewhere. My thoughts were somewhere trying to figure out how to set me free from this day to day routine. I had a job that I didn't like and I couldn't afford school so what was I going to do? I started reading books about the rich. All of them had something to do with real estate, so I started getting books on real estate. I studied everything I could find on real estate and I fell in love. They worked their own hours, they got paid what they wanted to get paid, and they were free. But the question still remained, HOW. How can I get in real estate? I have no money, no one I know has any money, and I don't even know anyone in real estate besides the people who wrote the books. Everyone thought my ideas were far fetched and absurd. But it was at that moment in my life that I realized what made me different than the people I worked with or went to school with. They were comfortable. And if they weren't comfortable they were taught they had to be comfortable because that's all there is to life. Go to school, 9-5 job, make 30k a year, and retire. They believed the people in their lives that told them their dreams and ideas were far fetched. They took the easy way out. I wanted to be free. So I told myself no matter what, I would do real estate. No matter what it took or how little money I made, I would figure out a way. All of a sudden all of my confidence that had disappeared over the years exploded back. There was no reason to be down on myself for not being built the same. I wasn't built to work for somebody. Some people are and that's completely fine but I wasn't one of them. It was merely psychology. All of it. Everything in this profession is a state of mind and your way of thinking. Once I figured that out, it was game on. I was unstoppable. I did granite for a living. I worked ungodly hours- sometimes 7 days a week (talk about back problems). But I was determined. I continued to study and read everything I could find on real estate. My mind grew stronger. One day I decided I didnt want to do granite for someone else anymore, so I went in business for myself. I knew what people would say, "you need money" ,or "Takes Money to make money" and whatever else they could fathom up in their imagination to make me fail. They didnt understand people like me, they lived off of fear and we lived off of the thrill of opportunity. My spirit was dying from not pursuing my passion of real estate and the only thing I knew how to do was granite so it made sense to go in business for myself, and be able to do real estate. I knew it would work because I wanted it to work. I knew it would be hard and there would be problems but in the end it worked. That business is still here today and is still growing. I started investing in rentals and continued to grow. It wasnt before too long that I had one of the highest producing brokers in my area ask me to come on as his agent. So I did just that, I became an agent and am glad to call him my partner today. I continue to grow daily. When you get down to it, real estate isn't for everybody. Some people need to have the security of a paycheck or simply can't hold themselves accountable to put in the work. Some people need careers. This is a profession. I make as much as I want to make. I plan my day out accordingly to how I see fit, and most of all, having someone tell you that you helped them and they appreciate you for everything you've done for them is a priceless feeling. That is why I am in real estate.

Comments (20)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on your first post, and on your decision to go forward with something you were passionate about. Best wishes on your continued success!

Mar 16, 2016 08:29 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good mornigm William McGuire wow... I loved your story....I've been in the business 38 years and have trained many real estate agents/managers and broker/owners.... you're going to be a "kick ass" agent and I can see you at the top in the future.... good decision to participate on this platform, too....  again, loved your first post and thanks for sharing it, William....

Mar 16, 2016 10:21 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to ActiveRain....it's a great place to learn, share, market and network....and I hope you enjoy it and benefit from all of it, William.... blog away....

Mar 16, 2016 10:22 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

William, real estate sounds like a perfect profession for you, and sounds like you are doing great!   Wonderful first blog, and Welcome to ActiveRain!  

Mar 16, 2016 10:35 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

William McGuire, Well hello and welcome to Active Rain.  Congrats on  writing you first blog post which was very well done.

Mar 16, 2016 11:01 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

By the way William, It sounds like you are very determined and that is a good attribute to have in real estate.

Mar 16, 2016 11:01 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Welcome to Active Rain!  As REALTORS® who have been here for more than 9 years, it's well worth it!


Mar 17, 2016 12:25 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

Real estate is work. It takes years to build up business. It takes pounding the pavement, networking, and meeting people. Most people think of real estate agents as people who make a lot of money for just opening doors. They don't understand how hard it is to make it in this industry. Good luck and continued success William. 

Mar 17, 2016 02:14 AM
Anthony Saunchez
Campa Properties - San Bernardino, CA
How can we be of service

Good first post. we are glad you found your passion and like Barbara Todaro says you will be  a "kick ass" agent .

Mar 17, 2016 03:10 AM
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

Welcome to Active Rain! Great story, we all have to find our passion in order to fulfill a position without passion we have nothing.

Have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!!

Mar 17, 2016 03:25 AM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hi William! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Mar 17, 2016 03:26 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, William.  That was quite a first post!  And welcome to ActiveRain.  We'll have you addicted in no time.

Mar 17, 2016 04:36 AM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Hi William, welcome to the addicting world of Active Rain.  Your right. Some folks are best for 9 -5 jobs.  Sounds like your going to do a great job... making your own way!  

Mar 17, 2016 12:32 PM
Diana L Faulkner
Romanoff Realty - Alamo Heights, TX
Alamo Heights Homes for Sale - Concierge Service

William, every day I pick a hero.  Today, you are MY HERO OF THE DAY.  I loved your story.  As a mentor to younger people throughout my city, you have what it takes to be the best! 


My mentees know that I believe to live a good life:

Work hard.

Love what you do.

Give back.


Exciting to hear that you found your MoJo.




Mar 17, 2016 12:37 PM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Welcome to Active Rain and Congratulations on your first blog post! It's nice to meet you! I look forward to reading more from you!

Mar 17, 2016 01:01 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

welcome to Activerain, there is a ton of great stuff to read here and a great community of members to network and interact with.  Feel free to click on my profile and add or follow me.

Mar 17, 2016 01:33 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

also, congratulations on writing your first blog post.  The comments are a good way to meet and interact with other members.  Feel free when you come visit my blog to say hello or leave a comment.  Thanks

Mar 17, 2016 01:37 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Nice to meet you William, great job on your first post!

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.

Mar 17, 2016 03:55 PM
William McGuire
Real Estate Partners LLC - Madison, MS

Thank you all for such a warm welcome. I look forward to learning from your blogs but most of all, I look forward to making new connections and doing business with you guys!

Mar 17, 2016 04:01 PM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Welcome to Active Rain and thanks for sharing your story.  See, we don't bite!  I look forward to reading more of your stories of your successes ( and maybe some of the not so successes)

Mar 22, 2016 08:38 AM