What Would I Do Over If I Could?

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

I have been thinking about what to write about for Grant Schneider's ActiveRain contest/challenge titled "Active Rain Contest: Who Says There Are No Do Overs?".   At first I thought writing about What Would I Do Over If I Could would be easy, but as I thought about it more and more it was more difficult than I thought. 

So after much thought it came to me.  Before becoming a Loan Originator I had already been in sales for 30 years, with 26 of those years doing  Industrial Sales.  Even though I enjoyed my career in Industrial Sales if I new then what I know know, I would have made a career change earlier than I did.

I would have made the transition from Industrial Sales to Loan Origination sooner for a couple of reasons. 

  • First, as much as I enjoyed doing what I did for 26 years in Industrial sales,  there were changes going on as a result of the economy which had major changes on my customer base. The Industrial Sales I did involve Manufacturing and Warehousing.  These two industries began to leave Connecticut in the early 90's, and reduced my customer base.  With a reduction in my customer base, came a reduction in income.  If I had made the transition from Industrial Sales sooner I would not have taken as much of a financial hit as I did.
  • Second, while Industrial Sales provided me with a level of satisfaction and accomplishment, I find the satisfaction and accomplishment of helping, especially First Time Homebuyers purchase a house even more satisfying.  It is a satisfaction and accomplishment which is hard to put into words.  It is a satisfaction and accomplishment which has to be experience in order to truly understand.

My career change has proven to not only have been beneficial financially and improved quality of life, but also an opportunity for advancement I did not have before.  Today I am a Sales Manager, so I get to share what I have learned and continue to learn with those I manage.  I get to be a part of helping them grow their business, and hopefully fulfill their career dreams.  But at the same time I am an Originating Sales Manager, which allows me the opportunity to originate loans, and continue to help Homebuyers achieve the American Dream of home ownership.

Life is to short to live it feeling like you should have made a different career choice.  You do not have to end up at a point in your life asking yourself  What Would I Do Over If I Could?  I regret not having made my decision sooner, but I would have regretted it MUCH more if I had not made it at all.  So ask yourself What Would I Do Over If I Could?  And then act upon it before it is too late.




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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com

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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Old Saybrook, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or souto@snet.net


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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George, our career paths were similar as I too was dependent on the local New England manufacturing base.  My job over 30 plus years was to help people in the northeast move to the South.  Then it was from the South to Mexico. After that it was from Mexico to the Pacific Rim, which was when enough was enough.  This is a business were you know what you 

Dec 20, 2016 07:25 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Hindsight is great but there may be a reason for not taking the other path.

Dec 20, 2016 07:29 PM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

George,  I can relate to your feelings about the satisfaction. Words cannot describe the feelings of helping people buy a home.  It has to be experienced. Even then, we all experience it differently. 

Dec 20, 2016 07:43 PM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George Souto -  I have read several stories like yours and it is not unlike mine.  It is so rewarding to know that you had the courage to do it all over and you are better because of it.

Dec 20, 2016 09:34 PM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, George Souto ..nothing is ever a waste of time....you learned industrial financing and residential...and that lead to a management position.... great career....

Dec 21, 2016 02:55 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Spending time on should have, would have , could have is not productive ...knowing that each life experience makes us who we are and that choices build our success...ahhhh....sweet !

Dec 21, 2016 05:20 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi George - Great story. Life's journey always has lessons for us, and change is a constant. And when we finally discover the right path, it's those lessons that let us make the most of it. You're obviously on the right path now, with everything you need to make the most of it.

Dec 21, 2016 10:16 AM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George, indeed no wonder we like each other, I wish I made the move sooner too, but that is life sometimes it takes longer to make a leap of faith...Endre

Dec 21, 2016 03:08 PM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

George, can't change the past, but it's a good thing you did make this change before it was too late.

Dec 21, 2016 04:59 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Many of us wish we had started earlier but then we wouldn't have had all that other experience that laid the groundwork for where we are today. Eveything happens for a reason.

Dec 22, 2016 07:45 PM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

George Souto  I believe you learned from your experience and what was meant to be was meant to be ....  That is why you are so great at what you do

Dec 23, 2016 12:26 PM #11
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