October Challenge: In My Other Life I

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October Challenge implemented by Jeff Dowler, CRS.... In My Other Life

 

My previous career in HR at Abbott Laboratories paved the way to get me on the path of becoming a licensed real estate professional. I began working at Abbot Laboratories as a Contractor working in various departments where I needed to exceed assignment expectations in order to be converted to an Abbott employee. Temporary positions I held included converting newer software programs used for chemical formulas to manufacture pharmaceutical drugs. It had to be perfect! I was also assigned to the Wisdom Group doing research and editing text and newer chemical formulas with the Pharmacists. From there I was assigned to Pharmaceutical Marketing and Sales where I was converted to an Abbott Employee working on projects for the FDA, Compliance and Regulatory. I also learned Freelance for benchmarking sales and profit margins between Abbott Pharmaceuticals and the competition.  After achieving my Bachelor's Degree, I was promoted to Human Resources in Pharmaceutical Sales and then promoted and transferred to HR Corporate Engineering. That was my last position at Abbott Headquarters at Abbott Park, IL before being relocated to TX to work at HR Abbott Diagnostic Division where I worked in Staffing and Recruitment until I became a licensed real estate professional.

What I enjoyed about my prior employment was Profit Sharing, Vacation, Health Benefits, and traveling to establish Staffing Consulting Companies to work with me at Abbott, to visit and meet College Interns to decide who would be a good fit for summer employment, and travel to Chicago annually for Employment Law and other continuing education in other cities and states.

Issues that brought to me into the real estate business that I did not experience with full-time employment was learning how to set up my own business practices to survive and live within a budget when there was no guaranteed income or benefits. But most important was coming to grips with the fact that if I didn’t sell and complete a transaction, there was no income. Even more frightening was learning there are no fringe benefits in real estate sales such as Health Insurance, compensation for travel and business expenses, and other benefits that came with ease as an expectation or an incentive to join Abbott Laboratories.

What attracted me to the real estate business was identifying my strengths. I am more of a People Person than someone who is content sitting behind a computer 8 hours or more per day. I like to set up my own business practices, hours, and travel plans. I enjoy meeting and working with new people while maintaining a friendship with previous clients. What I recognized is that my prior career laid the foundation and groundwork for commitment, loyalty, structure, attention to details, research, resources, continuous education, compliance, and being ethical at all times while treating everyone fairly. Working with honesty, integrity, and listening is the reason why I am still in business.

 

 

Skills that I acquired prior to being in real estate include developing presentation skills I learned when I joined Abbott through their Toastmasters Club and conducted New Hire Orientation. I enjoyed the camaraderie of my colleagues and joined other clubs, such as the Abbott Running Club and became the most valuable Runner in 1993 winning consistently for my age group in 5Ks, half-marathons, Marathons, and running River-to-River (Ohio to the Mississippi River) with other Abbott employees. I learned discipline, be part of a team, and I took advantage of challenging opportunities. My personal strength is my determination to succeed and what helped me the most to achieve success was to accept the things I cannot change and to change the things I can. What I’m most proud of now after years of experience in real estate sales that I couldn’t have known if I had stayed in the Corporate world is that I don’t need an annual Performance Review by an Employer. My past clients and their referrals are proof that performance is better than expected and this is what keeps me, an energizing former Abbott Rabbit in control and in charge of my life doing what comes naturally to help others succeed in real estate sales.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Sheila Anderson - Yes! That's how I came to live in Texas. The process from flying to Dallas, going back home, getting my offer letter via FedX, putting my house on the market, hearing that my kids had plans of their own and did not want to move to TX because they had plans of their own, fly back to TX to find temporary housing and start my new job took 13 days. It really was remarkable!

Oct 03, 2019 07:49 AM #24
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Will Hamm
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Wow Patricia,  I have learn so much albout you in this contest and you thrill me more and more.  I know you have always been a great writer but there is so much more to you!!!!

Oct 03, 2019 08:43 AM #25
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Will Hamm - Awe... You'll never know how your words touched me. When I compare myself to others, I'm really nothing. I'm just someone trying to survive in this big world on my own two feet. I admire those of you who have families, spouses, can celebrate together because you're close, are successful in business, and are a close-knit family. I have none of those luxuries here in TX and it hasn't been easy. I think there's a lot more to all of us here and by the grace of God we came together on ActiveRain. I'm glad for the connections with people like you.  

Oct 03, 2019 08:56 AM #26
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Patricia:

Thanks for a wonderful and interesting read about your life!! I knew some of this from your posting, and from meeting you in person a couple of years ago, but I certainly enjoyed learning more! What an interesting life you have had.

Jeff

Oct 03, 2019 11:51 AM #27
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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What an interesting background that brought you to real estate.  So completely different.  I would not have guessed this at all.

Oct 03, 2019 02:45 PM #28
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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP wow that is quite the precious career you had that gave you many, many opportunities. I love the way you learned quickly that getting a real estate license comes with zero benifits and no business plan. You certainly figured out the real estate game!

Oct 03, 2019 03:07 PM #29
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 
Your life story and many accomplishments would take a LONG series of posts to explain! All the best - Lynn

Oct 03, 2019 08:15 PM #30
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Oh my goodness, what an exciting career but, I definitely understand why you took the leap of faith, Patricia. I completely agree that our clients' referrals and repeat business are the best performance reviews we can possibly receive. I much prefer them than the 'generic' ones we received in the hospital setting also - and they were definitely not very objective - done by ONE manager who may or may not like the employee they are reviewing!

Thank you so much for your participation in this month's challenge - I loved learning a little more about you and understand now why you are so successful at what you do too!

Oct 03, 2019 09:47 PM #31
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Anne Corbin
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Patricia, I was also an HR manager. I was driving in to work this morning trying to make up my mind on whether to go back to full-time 9-5 work for benefit purposes since my husband is retiring in less than 3 years. Another choice is to get my broker's license, which is what my colleague here is encouraging and what I will definitely do if I'm going to keep on trucking in this business. I agree with you that the regular paycheck is a great enticement to returning to work. Yet, I've found that the offers aren't piling up in my mailbox as I age. Real estate is so great because of the flexibility and I am able to almost do what I want when I want. I'm blessed my husband's regular income takes care of our expenses and my irregular income fills in the gaps. I've been doing a little praying that I'll be guided in the right direction. My health issues are going to make health insurance so expensive if I don't have a corporate health policy. Not sure I'll be able to afford to stay in real estate LOL

Great post. I hope I have the time after I return from my cruise next week to submit my contest entry. You'll be surprised at my varied careers!

Oct 04, 2019 06:34 AM #32
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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That photo is priceless! Interesting story--I do think onen of the big advantages to this job is being more of your own boss--don't have to put up with a lot of corporate BS.

Oct 04, 2019 10:01 AM #33
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - It's funny how what used to be so comfortable in my past is now ancient history. I don't talk about my former employment anymore. My life is now dedicated to people and real estate. I live, breath, and continue to educate myself. This morning I was at a Forecasting Event from 8:30 - N. I love current affairs and to share what I learned to my clients or those who are interested. Housing is something everyone can relate to! 

Thank you for carving out time for all of us here on ActiveRain to share and be more informed. 

Oct 04, 2019 03:50 PM #34
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - I think with the number of members on ActiveRain, we are a wealth of information. The things we did in our past in our prelicensing days are just the building blocks that we continue to build for our future and others. 

In my opinion, what I did in my former life was for the Company. What I do today is for the state of the economy and that's really, really big! 

Oct 04, 2019 03:55 PM #35
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales - I knew from my Sophomore year in High School I wanted a College education. But it wasn't in my parents' plans or the nuns who approved who could apply and who didn't.

The roadmap was preset by my parents - after graduation I had to leave the house and get married. I got married but did not want to start out with a family. Sure, I wanted kids, but on my terms. I worked in downtown Chicago making better money than my spouse. Vietnam Vets weren't so lucky getting a decent job. About 2 years later I got pregnant and continued to work after she was born. it wasn't until my 8th month of pregnancy with my second child that my spouse put his foot down and said, I had to stay home with the kids and quit my job. 

I yearned for education. The kids and I spent our days while he worked at the library, museums, and piano concerts. It wasn't until he passed away that everything changed. I was faced with being in survival mode. I worked hard to make a living. There was no life insurance. No pity parties. No support - financially or emotionally. So when you say that is "quite the precious career you had," it is not how I saw it. I never thought I had it easy or better than anyone else and I continued my education and provided for my kid's education too. They were the hardest years of my life.  

Oct 04, 2019 04:09 PM #36
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lynn B. Friedman - as they say, the grass is greener on the other side. I could not do the things you do. You are remarkable!

Oct 04, 2019 04:14 PM #37
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - the last thing I wanted anyone to think by entering this challenge is that I have a problem with my ego. Because that is definitely not the truth. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth or a script to read in advance. The vast majority of choices were not mine. There were so many (and there still are) greater people than me. 

Moving to TX, saying goodbye to my kids because they were ready to be (in their minds) on their own was seriously hard and just about caused me to have a heart attack. They are grown and have done well for themselves, but its as if that umbilical cord is tightly wrapped and there isn't a day I don't think about them. Real Estate keeps me busy and focused on tasks on hand. Having somebody remember, I'm more than just a salesperson showing houses is rare. 

Oct 04, 2019 04:22 PM #38
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
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Anne Corbin - HR people have stressful jobs - there's no doubt about it! In my case, the whole HR Department was let go with severance packages because of changes made outside of our Division's control. Within the first year after that occurred 2 died and 1 had a very unfortunate experience. Every job has its pluses and minuses. What happened with Health Care is a national tragedy. It put so many people into precarious situations. Lives were changed and each time you hear about a medical procedure or health issue, you can't help but get the chills.

For me and everyone in a real estate career, it's very difficult to manage without proper health care, vision, and dental. It's like a teeter totter effect or merry-go-round. There are many highs and many, many lows. Each one has to decide whether to hang on or let go. Those are tough decisions. 

Putting things into perspective, there's no greater gift than love and when you have the love of family, you are in the top percentile. We only have one heart and one life to live. 

May no one cast a shadow over your days. You have a spouse and you have choices. With the grace of God may you receive the sense of life as a gift and decide how to make every day priceless. After all, life is the treasure. 

  

Oct 04, 2019 04:41 PM #39
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - Amen! I had to eat a lot of crow!!!

Oct 04, 2019 04:42 PM #40
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Yes, I totally agree with you, Patricia! I recently had a discussion with someone who, basically accused several of us who were on a list of top agents, "priviledged." It takes a lot to ruffle my feathers but, coming from a military background (and there's certainly NO money there during enlistment!), paying my way through college and earning every single thing I have - it just struck me the wrong way.

I had to WORK for everything I have - there is no "priviledge" here and to me, it was a bigger insult than calling me 'ugly' or 'stupid!'

Don't ask me why but, I think it's because, like you, I lived it and I KNOW how hard I have worked for what I have. 

I never thought you had a big ego either - it's the work-horse mentality that I relate to in you - no silver spoons! 😉 

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 

Oct 04, 2019 07:55 PM #41
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
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Patricia I am so thankful you entered this and we were able to find out more about you.  I am not suprised by all of your accomplishments, you are definitely in the right place and I can see how everything you have done in the past has made you as successful in this business as you are today.  You are exactly where you need to be and such an encouragement to all of us here in the Rain.  Your writing skills and encouragement to all of us and what a blessing to everyone you meet.  Have a beautiful day!

Oct 11, 2019 05:35 AM #42
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No wonder!  You have achieved so much prior to starting real estate that real estate must not have been that difficult  When you're held to a higher standard and have to prove yourself, that's a great making for an agent! Congrats on your accomplishments.  Love seeing your "earlier" photo :)

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