Time is Always of the Essence

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

It's a fact of my life: Time is of the essence. Every real estate pro learns this adage when we embark on this career. But now, asI enter the last leg of my 7th decade on earth, I realize some things must that were important in previous decades are not nearly as important now.


I still need to make a living. But I also need to LIVE in a way that extracts the most possible joy from each day.


Real estate as a career came late in my life, after a previous business of many years succumbed  to the economic crash in the mid-2000s. I’d always been interested in real estate investing someday, and so thought that becoming a licensed agent would do two things at once: introduce me to the business and provide a living when other doors seemed closed to me. And it happened that I fell into a niche that seemed a perfect fit, so it all worked out...for a while.


But there came a point in my real estate career where I felt as if the work had swallowed me whole and all the rest of my life was suffering for it. And I’d also reached an age and life stage where time was more valuable to me than money. The situation called for immediate changes.


I got my life back and my time under control by making an honest assessment of what I loved to do and what I hated doing, what uses of my time were most personally rewarding and which the most draining (meaning I wasn’t having fun doing them).


I also based my choice of what to keep in my life and what to eliminate by taking a hard look at my time of life, my age, and my resources, and how I could make the most of the time I have left.


Finally, I made peace with the fact that no one is great at everything, and everyone finds the most satisfaction in the areas of life where they know they can be comfortable and do well.  So I’ve refined my business, continuing with the parts that I enjoy and excel at, and letting the rest of it go to those who love and do those things better.


I believe we were created to enjoy life rather than to just suffer it.



Comments (10)

Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Your self-reflective post is wonderful advice to us all.  Thank for sharing!

Oct 16, 2017 06:53 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Elva, What a beautiful, thoughtful post. I really enjoyed reading it and appreciate the wisdom it contains. It's not easy to do a hard self-assessment and it takes a lot of courage to make changes but you seem to have made a great transition.


Oct 16, 2017 08:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Sometimes we do need to reevaluate our lives and get rid of those things that are not working well. We do need to LIVE, not suffer. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Oct 17, 2017 03:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Elva Branson-Lee -  when you use your time in harmony with life goals you feel the difference.  I am sure it is working out well for you.  Thanks for entering the contest.

Oct 17, 2017 05:12 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Elva.  I like the way you've chosen to live your life to the fullest.

Oct 17, 2017 05:43 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I told the agents at our sales meeting that if you aren't enjoying your work, then find out why and fix it or find something else to do.

Oct 17, 2017 06:53 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elva, 2015 swallowed me up too with business overwhelming that year.   As we get older, our time is so precious, and it should be enjoyable.

Oct 18, 2017 05:57 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Sounds like you got your priorities in order which is God's way.

Oct 18, 2017 08:48 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Self-assessment is a huge part of time management and finding happiness.  Good job, Elva!  

Oct 23, 2017 08:43 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Our time needs to be managed or not managed, differently at different stages of life.  I am in the last half of my 6th decade so I can identify with your post!

Dec 10, 2017 02:36 PM