I started out with nothing and I still have most of it.

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000

Fork in the road

Life can sometimes be a confusing series of forks in the road. Which way should I turn? Which is the best path to take? Of course, the only way to find out is to make the selection and proceed as if it is the only logical choice.

I have taken many forks in the road throughout my life and based on the result I think I did pretty well.

I remember one instance early in my career when I was working at a company that was divesting itself. I so badly wanted to stay in my present position with the parent company that I threatened to leave if I could not get what I wanted. It wasn’t just about money. I wanted to stay in my comfort zone.

But my skill set was needed in the new company and despite my resistance, I was assigned to a new position. In the end, the new company prospered and I did as well. I ultimately became an expert in my field and achieved greater success than I could have known had I stayed in my old position. To this day I look back and smile, reflecting on how wonderfully it all turned out.

Of course, there were other times when I didn’t take the best fork in the road. I didn’t move to California in the 1950’s and buy land. And like a lot of us, I didn’t buy Amazon when it IPOed. So in some respects, I might have made a few choices that could have better altered my future, at least financially. But as they say, money isn’t everything. You wouldn’t know that by looking at the state of the world today, because it seems the whole world views success only in monetary terms.

Like every other agent, I am bombarded daily with phone calls, emails, and texts from people who promise to make me successful beyond my wildest dreams. Perhaps their version of success and mine are not the same. Honestly, I do not want to go to my grave knowing that my greatest accomplishment was the million dollar sale I closed last year. There just has to be more.

Success can come in many forms. Sometimes it is helping others accomplish their goals without compensation. Other times it is trying something that you never thought you would be interested in and find that you enjoy it (I think it is called growth).

Sometimes success could be simply overcoming one of those damn unfair problems that life throws at you even if it wasn’t your choice.

It is often said that we don’t regret the chances we took, but the chances we didn’t take. So when you come to that next fork in the road make your choice as best you can, but above all, don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

Remember, you started with nothing so your success is almost guaranteed. You just need to recognize all you have accomplished and to be grateful for the wonderful journey.

 

Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix & Scottsdale metro area. You can find more great information by visiting his website at www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com.

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Sharon Tara
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So glad that Kathy shared this post. Beautifully written and very inspirational!

Sep 30, 2018 11:03 AM #12
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So true we must remember to enjoy life Joseph Domino 480-390-6011  it is not always about money  so glad Kathy Streib  found this I missed it

Sep 30, 2018 11:27 AM #13
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John Henry
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Wonderful post.  Yes, we are nothing at the beginning.  Interesting how we miss opportunities in hindsight... but this is self-defeating if something we obsess about!  Best to keep in mind: this is the first day of the rest of your life!!

Sep 30, 2018 11:56 AM #14
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Carol Williams
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Love this post Joseph!  I often wonder what my life would have been life... IF!  Life is full of choices and we either gain from them or learn from them... and life goes on.   Thanks for the post.

Sep 30, 2018 12:20 PM #15
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Wish I could say I've chosen all the right paths but what I can say is whichever one I'm on the adventure has been a fabulous education at every juncture. Money may be important but it's not the ONLY thing! Here via Kathy Streib 

Sep 30, 2018 04:04 PM #16
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Hello Joseph- - -too many of us live in the land "shoulda- woulda- coulda ".  Been there/done that. Move on, right?  Yes I realize it can be easier said than done.

 

 

 

Sep 30, 2018 08:50 PM #17
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I think we have to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and celebrate our successes in all aspects of our life! 

Oct 01, 2018 05:29 AM #18
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Hi Joseph

I love the inspiration in your post, and the reminder to keep focused on the being grateful for the journey and remember the successes.

Jeff

Oct 01, 2018 07:23 AM #19
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I've grabbed so many forks in the road over my life that I'm fairly sure I left the intersections a bloody mess. Would be nice if things just settled down a little bit.

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Hi Joe! Wonderful post and I agree, we all started at the same exact level - it's all in the attitude and motivation, if you ask me! Choosing the right path is always the challenge but, when you do take the wrong one, learn from it!

Oct 01, 2018 09:28 PM #21
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Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011   Well said.  The richest people in the world are not those who have the most money...but rather...those who have found happiness!   Sounds like we are a lot alike.  Great blog!!

Oct 02, 2018 05:15 AM #22
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Accentuate the positive...and amazing things can happen !

Oct 02, 2018 05:41 AM #23
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Nathan Gesner
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Excellent title!

I enjoy real estate investing and started out with the idea of becoming a major investor with a ton of doors. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was chasing money and not real happiness. With more property comes more money but also more work and trouble. I'm now focused on building a portfolio that will give me the financial freedom to travel and live where I want (three months in Kuala Lumpur sounds nice!) and to work when I want to, not because I need to. I don't want to wait until I'm 70 to be able to enjoy the things that I'll be too old to enjoy!

Oct 02, 2018 07:02 AM #24
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 Great post.

Like you, I've made some good and some not so good choices in life.

And, also like you, I strongly believe that success is not about the number at the bottom of one's financial statement.

I've had a pretty interesting life; I've learned far more than I knew and am now in a position to do the most rewarding work in my life (aside from raising my children and my grandson) which is helping real estate agents become more effective and efficient at earning a living so they can have more personal time to enjoy their life and their family.

And, best of all . . . I do this for free.

My motive? To help others. It's really that simple.

Thanks so much for this great post.

Oct 02, 2018 07:55 AM #25
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We've all made some wrong choices and some right ones. Best to be grateful for the right ones and forget about the others - then move on!

Oct 02, 2018 10:51 AM #26
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Totally agree - I sign my emails with:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
                  So throw off the bowlines. 
              Sail away from the safe harbor.
            Catch the TradeWinds in your sails.
                 Explore. Dream. Discover."
                                               Mark Twain  
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Looking back over my life I'm confident I've always made the best decision I could at the time based on the knowledge I had in the moment.  I ended up with a wonderfully happy ever after life and couldn't ask for anything more than I have.

Oct 02, 2018 09:42 PM #28
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Joy Daniels
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What a great post to start the morning! Perspective is key when looking back at the forks in the road. Seems like you have a positive yet realistic perspective which is great combo!

Oct 03, 2018 05:06 AM #29
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I enjoy these inspirational blogs.  I had a similar situation before I became an agent--got laid off from a job I loved...took a chance on real estate and now--I love it! so much better than my previous job!

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Those forks in the road can be confusing. I have take the wrong fork and made it turn out alright, it just took longer and had more bumps along the way.

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