Of course there are do-overs

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

This post is in response to an ActiveRain contest, "Who says there are no do-overs?" The rules are to share something in work or life that did not work out and how we worked to fix it or do it differently the next time.

While mistakes are common in everyone's life, including mine, this is not a post about a mistake per se, but about a do-over in life.

My first "real" job was at 16 when I started working at a department store while in my senior year of high school. I worked about 50 hours a week, and in thinking back, it was then I got addicted to the wonderful thing called a paycheck. I was able to purchase some items of my very own, as well as take care of the car my parents let me use. It was a great thing! As soon as high school was over, I took off for the city, lived with a friend in Staten Island, and worked for the next few years in several jobs in downtown NYC. Then it was back up to my home town where I worked at a furniture store for a year or so before getting hired at a major telecommunications company.

That was the start of a long career in the same industry. I did not have any particular affinity for the business, but was able to find something I liked about every single job I had. After a year or two, I would get bored with a specific position and would look for something within the company that was more challenging. A few years later, I was ready for a new assignment again. Many of those job changes were promotions, and I worked my way from union positions to management, and from a team member to a team leader. I just moved along in various jobs until I stopped being able to find something I liked about my work. When my team was constantly being reduced in size, while my workload and responsibilities continually were increased, I found myself becoming burned out. The money and benefits were great, but satisfaction with my career was not.

"Screech"...

do over buttonThat was the sound of me deciding after a few years of thinking about it, that with thirty years of service with this one company it was prime time for a do-over. I had a 401K, a healthy savings account, and was anxious to try something else.

Of course, leaving a relatively secure job with a company where I had worked for three decades, making friends and becoming an expert with "the ropes," was a difficult thing to do. I was scared, but I knew I would always regret it if I didn't try something else. I was almost 50 and wanted to enjoy whatever I decided to do with my life going forward. As the only person responsible for my life, I knew I had to make a change.

So I left that company and spent a month or so investigating various work options. I soon decided to jump into real estate. Within four months of leaving my corporate job, I had a real estate agent license and was ready to go. And what a do-over this was. I alone am responsible for whether I succeed in this business or not. There is no paycheck waiting for me at the end of the week and no paid holidays or benefits. There's no safety net.  If I don't work, I don't get paid. If I do work, I sometimes still don't get paid. I only receive income when I get to the closing table or a lease signing. I'm the one who has to do all the marketing, accounting, product development, analysis, and so on for my company. It's quite a responsibility!

So am I sorry I left?  No! I am living my life the way I want to live it right now. I am meeting people, making new friends, and embracing a totally different type of business. Everyday is unique, as is every person I help. I love what I do, and while my income is nowhere near the levels I enjoyed while in a corporation, it is increasing year over year.

Do-overs can be scary and challenging, but for me, the scarier thing would be to not try. So I am thrilled with the decision I made six years ago. And who knows, perhaps sometime in the future, it will be time for yet another do-over. And I am sure I shall accept that challenge with gusto.

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

428 Main Street

Armonk, NY 10504 *

* still supporting Monroe NY, Orange & Rockland counties.

 

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Wow Kat Palmiotti, I LOVE this story!  What a lucky broker you have and oh, how I wish I had you in my office!  It's so refreshing to hear someone who realized upon entering this business, that success is up to YOU!  Great job and congrats on the feature!  

Dec 20, 2016 08:42 PM #14
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Kat on the attack!

Dec 20, 2016 09:48 PM #15
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Jeanne - One of the things i found frustrating with corporate work is that someone else would make the major decisions about, for example, what new product would get introduced, without knowing the details behind what it would take to get it out or what the customers actually wanted. Here, I'm the one that decides these things.

Grant - We all are!

Pat - I love getting paid!  Hahaha.

Alexandra - Thank you!

Scott - Thank you! Being in control has both challenges and rewards!

Dec 21, 2016 03:26 AM #16
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Beth Atalay - I took the ferry every day to work - in 1978 and 1979. I'm thinking that was probably before your time!

Lise Howe - Good for you! Most of my friends thought I was crazy. And my coworkers also.

 

Dec 21, 2016 03:29 AM #17
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Kat Palmiotti
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Jeff - I do enjoy this career!

Ed - Absolutely!

Chad - Thank you. The first year or so I wasn't a full-time agent because of some life issues - about four years ago I totally focused on the business, and it's been a fun time since then!

Debe - I sure do realize that, and thank you for the kind words! 

Jeremy - Haha.

Dec 21, 2016 03:47 AM #18
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Lot of wisdom here!!!

While mistakes are common in everyone's life, including mine, this is not a post about a mistake per se, but about a do-over in life.

Dec 21, 2016 04:34 AM #19
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It is amazing how one started and ends up is crazy to me. Great post

Dec 21, 2016 05:27 AM #20
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Making the transition from a secure job to real estate can be very tedious if not prepared. You were Kat and realized that your success depends on you! Congrats on the feature.

Dec 21, 2016 06:05 AM #21
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Good morning Kat. This is terrific. You can choose to live or simply put your time in. Glad you took the chance.

Dec 21, 2016 06:53 AM #22
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Kat what a wonderful post and explanantion about our business which many clients don't understand. Glad you enjoy the business and that you are increasing your business and income steadily.

Dec 21, 2016 07:26 AM #23
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Sham - Thank you

Harry - We all have our own journeys to make!

Wanda - All of our successes in whatever we do depend on us!

Sheila - EXACTLY! Choose to live or just mark time. 

Nick & Trudy - Thank you for your comment and the follow!

Dec 21, 2016 07:37 AM #24
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Great story Kat.

Dec 21, 2016 10:12 AM #25
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Mike Bjork
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Absolutely, Kat!  Changes, especially with our financial and living arrangements, are very scary.  I remembered a similar path.  I worked in the high tech industry, which I left in 2002 to do mortgages.  I was affected by the Dot.com bust and thought I would be more secure with my own destiny by working for myself.  Haven't regretted it since!

Dec 21, 2016 10:55 AM #26
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Great story Kat! I too left the telecom industry less than a year ago. It is a scary jump to make indeed. Forgoing steady pay and great benefits to not knowing when the next paycheck is coming is daunting. Making the change was a great decision and like you stated, business keeps growing! It is nice to be in charge of all aspects of your own business.

Dec 21, 2016 01:56 PM #27
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Hi Kat- I agree with what you said..."the scarier thing would be not to try."  You will be able to look back on your life with no regrets!  

Dec 22, 2016 05:17 PM #28
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Kat

There will be a number of do overs in our life.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 22, 2016 10:27 PM #29
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Kat

Congratulations on being awarded a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 22, 2016 10:29 PM #30
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Lyn - Thank you!

Mike - Good for you! You may have regretted, though, NOT doing that.

Tom - It is definitely great to be in charge of our own businesses! 

Kathy - Exactly, "what if, what if?" doesn't sound appealing to me.

Lou - Yes, we can all have a bunch of do-overs if we want them.

Dec 23, 2016 03:24 AM #31
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Amazing! Thanks for sharing. My story is very similar with a few different twists. I believe we all end up in the right place at the right time. Have a great day, Kat!

Dec 23, 2016 05:14 AM #32
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Kat, this is eery. I just finished writing mine, and will publish it tomorrow. I happened upon yours, and I swear we are like twins in what we've decided to do in our lives and how it affected us emotionally and fiscally. Yours was so well-written! When the time comes, I hope that you'll take a glance at it--I even used the same term "real job"--so uncanny!! 

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