This morning I read a short post by Debe Maxwell on aging and do you feel old or are you just aging. When I turned 70 I thought about the Jimmy Buffett song called A Pirate looks at 40 and how my birthday made me look in the rear view mirror and how did i get here so fast? So to all the young and new agents out there I have to say something to you that is heartfelt and comes from a little bit of guilt:
I Apologize for my unfair advantage over you, my age.
Okay I lied, I don't feel one ounce of guilt at all. In fact I am dancing just thinking how I am crushing you. You say I should have some empathy? I guess so because in my 40s getting into real estate you didn't give this sucker an even break but yes I do feel for you. Not enough to stop and give it up to you and in fact you have to take it from me just like I had to take it from you. The only way to do that is knowledge and experience so I will tell you this. After constant education and not just to get my license renewed, as well as losing count after over 3000 successful closings, I do hope you understand the difference in the advantage of being young or old in a profession. In real estate, being older can be an unfair advantage. Not only that, it is one of the few professions that rewards getting older so realize that as long as you wake up in the morning and look forward to your real estate day, keep going.
And I will share a secret with you, I am having the best year ever and I have one more confession, I am an addict. That is the first step in a twelve step program but I am not going to step two. You see I am addicted to success, I am addicted to helping others fulfill their dreams of creating wealth through investing in real estate, and I am addicted to this business. Hint, it gets better every year and that is just too cool. So understand this, I wish you no harm, I hope you get to my position and fulfill your own dreams, and please be grateful to this business, don't look all the time at the bad side, there is always a bad side. I will do my best to help you but I have one warning for you: Beware! Joe Pryor the old dude is on the loose and he is armed with knowledge and experience and he is considered dangerous.