How many people do you have in your life that you can't wait to see again or interact with again? This can happen in different types of relationships but the significant part is how they make a difference in your life. I would like to highlight three of these relationships and how they have affected me.
Robert: Robert is my best friend in real estate and I met him in 1992. I had been in real estate for three years and I was making the transition from the foreclosure sale market to traditional listing real estate. I remember when i got my first listing that year and other agents were trashing me as not really a worthy agent since I had specialized in foreclosures to begin my career. He had brought a buyer to my listing back in the days where as a listing agent you were present. I remember how kind he was and positive he was. His buyer didn't make an offer but I never forget his attitude towards me. I joined a RE/MAX agency primarily because he was there and if he was typical I wanted to be a part of it, so in 1993 I made the change. We stayed close friends to this day, we fish together as you can see from the picture of the stripped bass, and he and his wife were the witnesses to my marriage ceremony with Charlene. We all need that special person in our lives that love you, cherish you, and you give back in return.
Mike: I had been diagnosed with cancer in August 2008 and my wife and i were flying to Houston to M.D. Anderson. We had a baby sitter staying at our house for our poodles and at an early morning flight we decided to get an airport shuttle. I remember crying all the way to the airport thinking that leaving Oklahoma City was leaving life itself and the unknown ahead of me was terminal. Mike was our driver who grew up in Syria and left for America for a better life. he was sad with me because I was out of control and worked to reassure me not to be so down. It made a difference for me for someone who i have never met being so supportive and it gave me a ray of hope. Over ten years later, every time I take a plane which is a lot of the time, I have Mike take me to the airport. I know in a way it is more expensive but money cannot make up for that feeling of a connection that helped me get through the lowest i have ever felt. I hope Mike never retires, or at least retires after I do.
Victor: I had been introduced to elance.com by Pat Zaby probably about 12 years ago. It was where you could hire anyone in the world to outsource to for a low price with great work. Elance.com became Upwork.com but before the change I found Victor is 2009. Victor is from Eastern Europe and I needed someone to edit videos for Youtube.com. He created these wonderful video bumpers with fly ins, edited the sound, size, and lighting, and help me create huge demand for people who needed short sale help. He went from that which he stills does today, to creating PowerPoint's for my real estate classes I teach, seminars I speak at, and also auto-calculating spreadsheets for investor properties, and a few other things. Victor has saved me a lot of tome and money and has stayed loyal to me also, and give me still great prices because i helped his business and have recommended many people to him. I have never met Victor like Mike and Robert but he like them have made a difference in my life.
Cherish always these folks and never forget to thank them and tell them what they have done for you. You can never do it all, and you should never feel like you are alone. I am better for this.