Money Can't Buy You Happiness

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What's Your Big Why?

When you think about success in real estate, your thoughts more than likely go directly to making money...and a lot of it. But there are two things you need to be very clear about.

  • Why are you a real estate agent?
  • What does success mean to you?

If you don't have a clear definition of why you do what you do and what success means to you, you will NEVER feel successful.

Year after year you may continue to increase your volume goals. If you don't make those goals, you will beat yourself up and feel like a failure. If you achieve your goal, you'll want to increase them the following year. It's almost like a reflex, because that's always how you've run your business.


When you don't have a clear definition of what success looks and feels like, you keep reaching for more and therefore, never satisfied. Never happy and you have no idea when enough is enough.

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How Much Money Do You Need?

Have you taken the time to write down your expenses to see how much money you need to live your life?

Do you know how much money you spend in your business? How about how much profit you want to make? Have you given that any thought or are you happy to run a business that breaks even? Even worse, are you losing money every year?


How much money do you need to earn to pay your bills and earn a profit? Write that number down and that becomes your goal.

If you achieve that number you have a decision to make.


  • Do you want the maintain that number for the next year?
  • Do you want to increase that number based on increased expenses?
  • Do you want to increase that number based on a desire to increase your profits?

You're running a business and therefore must start thinking strategically. You can't afford to run your business by the seat of your pants. You need to know your numbers.

It's important for you to know when you've reached a goal and celebrate that achievement.


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Changing Brokers

Agents will often chase happiness by changing brokers. The assumption is, if I get a higher split, I'll be happier. The mistake agents make is making the move for money.

Money shouldn't be the driving force because you will still have the same feeling of failure if you don't set a monetary goal.


As the old saying goes, "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." But I like to say, " the grass is always greener where you water it."

What are you doing to water your grass?


If and when you decide to change brokerages remember this, "wherever you go, you take you with you." What are you going to do differently at your new brokerage? If you don't have a clear plan, stay where you are and save yourself a lot of trouble.

Money Buys Freedom

Money can't buy you happiness when you don't know how much money you need and what you plan to do with it. Why do you need money?

  • To save for retirement
  • Care for an aging parent
  • Pay tuition for your children
  • Contribute to your community
  • Travel the world
  • Purchase a new home
  • Buy a new car

Money gives you options. Freedom if you will. But it's important for you to know exactly what you want to do with the money you earn.

When you know why your are a real estate agent and why you need to earn a certain amount of money, it's much easier to stay focused and do the work. Your "why" is a great motivating factor.


It's time to be more intentional about your goals and your why so you can experience what real happiness feels like.

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Comments (2)

Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Eastvale, CA
Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA

Very well written and very enjoyable read. Makes sense. We need to understand our why so we can be successful whatever that means to each one of us.

Jan 10, 2019 07:02 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

Hi Candy,
Everyone needs to know their personal "why" or each day is just a job.  It needs to be a mission.  Thanks for the post.

Jan 10, 2019 07:38 AM