My Idea of Fun

Education & Training with TEAM Hughes Real Estate School REI#ZH1003093

When I was younger, my idea of fun was quite different than it is now.  Thank goodness for paradigm shifts because I’d miss the mark if I was out every night drinking, dancing and carousing.  When I think about all the times I did things like that, it’s as if I wasn’t the one doing them, but rather, someone else did them in my name.  It’s a funny thing about age.  The older we get, the more “establishment” we become, and the realities of our past become memories that fade along the way.


My idea of fun today has more to do with our students and our real estate school.  I still love being out of the house with my husband, but our jaunts are much more civilized and less fool hearty than years gone by.  I enjoy teaching, and sometimes health issues make it difficult, but I like to think I can persevere.  My idea of fun is to stand (more sitting nowadays) in front of a class and take a concept that is completely foreign to them and watch their faces as I explain it in a way they will understand.  To me, it’s great fun to have a student “get it.”  When I ask the class how they did on a chapter quiz, and many of them smile, nod their heads, and volunteer how many questions they got wrong, it’s fun to see them meeting the challenge.


My idea of fun is to see another person succeed.  I am not greedy.  I don’t have to be the center of attention, I no longer must win, I no longer want to be the only one who knows something.  I don’t have to prove myself anymore.  I’ve arrived.  After all these years, I finally have arrived and I pretty much know what I’m talking about most of the time.  That’s such fun for me because when a student asks a question, I can answer it without hesitation.  There just aren’t that many more questions out there about the practice of real estate that I haven’t yet heard. 


Life can be ironic.  Without calling names, I can tell you there are people in my life who do not value me.  They don’t want my advice, they think I’m old and in the way, and some are even disrespectful about it.  My idea of fun does not include those people.  I have found the most important thing in the world to me.  I want to make a difference to someone, and my idea of fun is when I know I’ve made a difference to a student. 


We run our Fast Track class every month, and each month I get to have fun.  If you’ve been thinking about a real estate career, let us know if we can help.  Not only would it be an honor to serve you, but it would also be great fun.

Comments (2)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, my idea of fun was much more reckless than it is right now.  I now break easier.

Jun 12, 2017 04:17 AM
Carrie Hughes

LOL!  Hey, William!  We all break easier nowadays!  Thanks!

Jun 12, 2017 04:41 AM
Randy Hilman REALTOR® Associate Broker
Randy Hilman Homes in partnership with Bean Group - Moultonborough, NH
Guide & Mentor to Home Buyers & Sellers

Good morning Carrie Hughes. I regret that you feel there are people within your circle of influence who do not value you and your contribution to the enrichment of others. I don't know you, but I do.  I value everyone who strives to make a difference in the lives of others.   Change does not belong to another person or another time.  We are the change we seek, said former President Barack Obama.  I am grateful to you for caring enough to make a difference.

Jun 12, 2017 05:07 AM
Carrie Hughes

Thank you for your kind comments, Randy.  It's a struggle to know some family members no longer value you and we get older, but life has a way of coming around in cycles, so I try not to stress about it.  By the way, I am from the Seacoast area of NH and have family in Kittery.  Nice to hear from a fellow Yankee!

Jun 12, 2017 05:35 AM