The older you get the longer your past becomes. If you are lucky you live long enough to make many memories. I’ve been quite fortunate to have many great working years and to have made many great memories.
When it came to working, I have been blessed to have several successful careers. I have also had a few “jobs” that didn’t last long. It seems when it is just a job it doesn’t last long. You move on quickly.
As I reflect back, it is easy for me to say that the years I spent as a Certified Technical Trainer as the most rewarding. You see I was a member of a team that introduced the world to a new data communications protocol called Signaling System 7 (SS7). Without it, you wouldn’t have many of the telecommunications features we take for granted today. Features like Caller I.D. Call Blocking, or unfortunately, the ability to spoof a phony telephone number into your calling identity. It was all made possible through the magic of SS7.
It is hard to express what a privilege it was to travel the globe introducing telecommunications companies to what amounted to a quantum leap in technology. Of course, the bigger challenge was taking an extremely complex subject and presenting it in a way that the average technician could understand. Something only a handful of people in the world were able to accomplish.
How often does one get the chance to learn, then teach the implementation of life-changing technology? Luckily after years of sleeping in airport lounges, strange hotels and meeting thousands of students from dozens different countries. I was able to retire, for the first time. Since then I have been blessed to take my God-given talents to my new career in real estate.
Why real estate? Well I had a great talent for explaining complex subjects. Educating buyers and sellers is a huge part selling real estate. Because I was comfortable in front of an audience I found it easy to make listing presentations. And, unlike many other agents, I can read a deed, interpret a survey or write a contract that will hold up in court.
As I near what could be my last retirement, it is fun to look back at the work that took up so much of my life. But, who knows? Maybe there is time for one more rodeo? Looking back is fun, but looking forward is more exciting.
Joe Domino is now a Realtor® serving the Phoenix & Scottsdale metro area. You can find more great information by visiting his website at www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com.