Real Estate and Kindergarten

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Real Estate and Kindergarten

First Day of Kindergarten

Today as I watched my little guy heading into his first day of Kindergarten, my heart was swollen with pride, nostalgia, and a little lump in my throat.  How did these years go by so quickly? How quickly will the next few years go by?


After waving goodbye, I headed to my real estate office and had some time of reflection. Watching all of the little ones with their brand new backpacks, fresh school supplies, new haircuts, and back to school outfits, I couldn't help but smile at some of the similarities between Real Estate and Kindergarten.


Now stay with me a minute and I think you will get it as well.  During my reflection, I began to remember how my first day of real estate felt. I was eager to begin a new chapter of my life, my pencils were sharpened, and I was all scrubbed up and ready to go.


As newbies to real estate, remember back to the feeling of "what have I done now?"  And, "how will I ever learn all that I need to learn?" There was certainly excitement, yet also a bit of fear of the unknown. The new hallways, rules, and guidelines loomed with a bit of uncertainty.


Another similarity between real estate and kindergarten is meeting all of the new faces. Your fellow agents, Title Company representatives, mortgage lenders, inspectors, and clients were all new. This was a certainly a time that felt like the new kid in school for sure.


My biggest take-away from today was remembering the excitement of a new beginning. As we are all in various levels of our real estate careers, may we never forget to remember why we entered into this field. May we never lose our sense of excitement.


May we enter each new transaction with the enthusiasm and zest that we did early on in our career. Every client we have the privilege of working with deserves our very best. Therefore, let us never forget why we do what we do!


As the new school year is upon us, take a moment to think back to the excitement and wonder of kindergarten. Imagine if we brought that enthusiasm into each and every day of our real estate careers! We would be UNSTOPPABLE!




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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

        Granbury, Texas 

 936-203-0279 Direct

Selling Hood County and surrounding areas! 



 John Maxwell

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Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

I dropped off my daughter today for her first day of first grade.  Why didn't I take a picture like you did?

Aug 17, 2017 06:46 AM #13
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

It's easy to lose that sense of excitement and slowly ease into a life of complacency. I think its important to continue educating ourselves, looking for new ways to grow. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 17, 2017 06:49 AM #14
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Yes - there are many similarities if we just stop to think about it.  And don't forget to take a picture on the last day of kindergarten too!

Aug 17, 2017 09:29 AM #15
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Always have loved new beginnings AND the start of a new school year, both as a student and a parent. 

Aug 17, 2017 10:25 AM #16
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

I remember my first day of kindergarten. I was a BIG deal! Wonderful analogy Paula McDonald 


Aug 17, 2017 11:25 AM #17
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

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Aug 17, 2017 11:26 AM #18
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS how cute are you? Love that you shared your picture.

Aug 17, 2017 11:30 AM #19
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Paula, my wife began a preschool one year ago and has fallen in love with her kids.

Aug 17, 2017 05:07 PM #20
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a nice way to start the morning. I love this post and what a sweet little boy you have there. Can't wait to hear how first grade goes too

Aug 18, 2017 03:05 AM #21
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the photo. Thank you for sharing. Have a good day.

Aug 18, 2017 03:59 AM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent analogy! What a great picture of your handsome boy!

Aug 18, 2017 05:10 AM #23
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Great analogy. Thanks! Sometimes agents or brokers can act like kindergarteners but that's a story for another day!

Aug 18, 2017 06:44 AM #24
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!


Nothing breaks the heart - temporarily - as dropping your child off for the first day of school.  Isn't it amazing when they come home that nothing is broken!

All the love, fear, uncertainty and pride come out in that one moment.

What a great analogy!

Aug 18, 2017 07:32 AM #25
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paula,

What a cutie! If he is like you, he will be quick on the uptake & graduating high school before you know it.

Aug 18, 2017 08:35 AM #33
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Just wait 'till it's time for that little guy to go off to college... in a blink of an eye...

In RE, each transaction is like a new beginning.

Aug 18, 2017 08:57 AM #34
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks for sharing your personal experience and making a great analogy.

New beginnings are important and can have a lifetime impact.

Aug 18, 2017 11:07 AM #35
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Gosh I can barely remember when my kids started kindergarten!  Good inspiration for a post and treasure these innocent young years.

Aug 18, 2017 08:30 PM #36
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have photos of my daughters’ first day in school land my granddaughters’ first day in school. We still get photos of the granddaughters each time a new school year starts. Thanks for bring back wonderful memories.


Not only memories of my family but of my change, twenty years ago, to a new career. Yeah…I was nervous but excited…just like the kids.

Aug 19, 2017 08:48 AM #37
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

What a handsome young man, Paula McDonald!  He looks so happy ... and yes, contented to be heading off to school ...

I've gone 1st days of kindergarten with my own 2 boys.  Now we've gone through a 1st day of kindergarten with one grandbaby ... and this year, one more.  Next year, another!  Time flies too quickly, Paula ... take as many pics as you can and enjoy enjoy enjoy!


Aug 19, 2017 09:21 AM #38
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for the quick memory of my start in real estate.  Just what I needed today.  Thank you! 

Aug 26, 2017 09:28 AM #39
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