Is Your Real Estate Career Being Eclipsed?

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

Is Your Real Estate Career Being Eclipsed? 


In light (or should I say the absence of), our recent solar eclipse yesterday I was inspired to pen this post. As everyone stopped what they were doing to observe this amazing event, wasn't it interesting to note how everything else going on in the world just stopped if only for a few moments! For just a brief time, we all looked upward, took in the amazing sight and momentarily just stopped.


The dictionary defines the word "eclipse" as an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination.  Hmmm, an obscuring of the light. Interesting.


As I reflect (ha ha) on the solar eclipse yesterday, I am reminded of making sure that I take time to stay focused on what is truly important. Yes my real estate career is extremely important, but have I allowed for the light to be obscured by things that are not really helping my career? What are my time wasters? What are my activities that are not "income-producing"


There are many things that can "eclipse" our focus on our businesses. Too much time on social media, not enough time strategizing or goal setting, or going from activity to activity with little or no time blocking. All of a sudden, our busy lives can literally "eclipse" our path. We realize that things have become obscured and we are blocked.


Use these naturally occurring phenomenons to re-focus, re-center, and to re-think. Set your goals, make plans, strategize daily. I believe that if we take time to do these things, we will stay focused. I certainly don't want my real estate career to be "eclipsed". I prefer to keep the light right where I need it.


Don't allow anything to "eclipse" what you are working toward. Shine the light brightly and keep the things obscuring your goals at bay! Shine on my friends!



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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Paula

This is an excellent analogy that works well not only for our business but for life in general. Sometimes we have control over those things that eclipse our focus, sometimes we don't. But it's how we respond, and when, that matters.


Aug 22, 2017 05:23 PM #4
Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Hi Paula McDonald - nice reminder and thanks!

Aug 22, 2017 06:14 PM #5
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paula,

Wow! That is some deep philosophy out of a few minutes of an interesting distraction. Ours was mostly covered by clouds. Would those be the minutae in front of the eclipse, like distractions taking you down a useless path from a general time waster such a social media?

Aug 22, 2017 07:58 PM #6
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Paula, you're one wise woman! Loved your 'reflections.'

Aug 22, 2017 08:55 PM #7
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Nice post and a good reminder. Congrats on the featured post!

Aug 22, 2017 08:57 PM #8
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


With written goals and focus a real estate career will stay on purpose . . . . and not eclipsed.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 22, 2017 09:04 PM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on being awarded a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 22, 2017 09:05 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Refocusing, recentering and rethinking are things we need to continue to do!

Aug 23, 2017 03:07 AM #11
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Love it!! Well said and thanks for the "sage"....

Aug 23, 2017 03:41 AM #12
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Great analogy - and yes we all need to focus on our 20% and stay away from the time wasters

Aug 23, 2017 05:05 AM #13
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Of distraction there is no end....Sample everything own nothing and stay aware

Aug 23, 2017 06:35 AM #14
Betsy N. Robinson - Serving the Sandhills, NC
Everything Pines Partners, LLC. - Whispering Pines, NC

Paula - So well written - and, yes, most Americans stopped what they were doing for a brief few moments and the birds sang and traffic and clatter subsided.  Now if we could just do that everyday perhaps some semblance of peace and civility could reign again.

Aug 23, 2017 06:40 AM #15
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I love the timely analogy. We must constantly check to make sure that the most important things in our life and our business are not being eclipsed by the less important.

Thanks so much.

Aug 23, 2017 06:58 AM #16
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thanks for the blog, Paula. I was just thinking yesterday that I've been lax in setting goals for each day, week, month. Time to get off activerain and get back to work!

Aug 23, 2017 07:21 AM #17
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Paula, it's so easy to lose focus and get distracted, no matter what our jobs are, it's important to have a plan and working that plan.

Aug 23, 2017 08:02 AM #19
Graig Griffin, SIOR
Utah Advisors | Windermere Commercial - Salt Lake City, UT
Commercial Real Estate - Utah and Nevada

As a coach of top agents, one of the things I see regularly is failure to work on our craft, and by this I don't mean lead gen, biz mgt., or production - I mean learning to be a better agent for the client.  Clever marketing or momentum from reputation can counterbalance a skill set that is being eclipsed by more accomplished agents, but not for long.  The only way to stay relevant long term is to relentlessly train for excellence.  It's also the best protection from interlopers like Zillow and Homie...

Aug 23, 2017 09:18 AM #20
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Timely post!  It actually felt good to have so many pp stop and wonder at nature on Monday--a collective experience!

Aug 23, 2017 05:54 PM #21
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A good reminder that we probably all know what we need to do but are not doing to be more successful. Allowing ourselves to be pulled aside from what we need to focus on.

Aug 24, 2017 06:27 AM #22
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Staying focused is one of the most important traits in any career.  Isn't that one of those things we were supposed to learn in elementary school?

It is so disheartening to see agents fall into a pattern of self destruction by allowing themselves to be distracted.  Mainly these days by some damned electronic device!

Aug 25, 2017 07:46 PM #23
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Timely post!  Love your analogy and how we should take time to reflect.  I guess that's what my post was about today - reflection.  We didn't get to see much of the eclipse here, an out of the ordinary cloudy day!

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