Keeping busy and looking for part time work in Naperville...

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential
Good morning!!
 
I woke this morning looking for part time work…
 
Looking for something to keep me busy during the days of winter when the days are short and the weather is cold…
 
Looking for something to fill these days which are less busy with real estate activity than I need or want to admit...
 
Although I have been selling real estate for over 14 years, the truth of the matter is that a career in real estate sales can be very challenging…
 
There are no guarantees. No retirement plan. No health insurance. No benefits. And no salary…
 
My days are spent prospecting for new business. Meeting new people. Shaking hands. Networking…
 
I am good at this. I enjoy people and connecting. I do it well…
 
However as I sit this morning, I must be honest with myself and with you the reader...
 
Over the last several months, I simply haven’t been selling enough homes. I make no excuses…
 
I have not been showing enough homes to new buyers. I am not meeting with enough new sellers and taking on enough new listings…
 
Despite my best efforts, I am finding it increasingly difficult to stay on top of my obligations, and I am falling behind. This is a very uncomfortable place for me to be…
 
As you know, this year has been a rebuilding year for myself, my brand, and my business…
 
Through this rebuilding, I have found a belief in myself that I didn’t know existed. I am a more confident, caring, loving person then I have ever been…
 
I am happy with who I am, my abilities, and feel great looking in the mirror every day. For the first time, I can honestly say I love the person I see in the reflection…
 
And that is a wonderful feeling…
 
I have discovered skills within me that are opening new doors to me…
 
I have a gift for connecting. For communicating. I am open, honest, and relatable. Others find hope in my story, and that brings me great joy and meaning…
 
I still need to be realistic, however. I need to continue to regroup, rebuild, and live to fight another day...
 
For I am a survivor…
 
Yet I am also a work in progress. My story is not finished. There are many chapters left to be written, and I am excited to write them…
 
I look forward to today, tomorrow, next year, and the years that follow.
 
And I am ready to take on the challenges that life brings, for the challenges I am facing today are just an opportunity for my growth...
 
Ken
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Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ken. If you are in a good mentally, keep on keeping on! You'll get back on track. Enjoy your day!

Dec 02, 2019 05:04 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good morning. If you love what you do, perhaps finding a new way to find clients would be the way to go (or perhaps not!). We all have to find our own path. Best wishes.

Dec 02, 2019 05:09 AM #2
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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The more income streams we can flow in, the better! 

It is empowering, and takes the pressure off RE biz . . .

I know agents who drive part time for UPS . . . have side businesses . . . and of course I do too! The trick is to have flexible hours so you can work in RE when needed . . .

Dec 02, 2019 05:16 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Ken - I like what Candice A. Donofrio advised about the need for flexibility.  You don't need more stress with a typical job - even a short term one - find/create one that fits you and your goals.  Good luck. 

Dec 02, 2019 05:47 AM #4
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ken, the following statements are the best part of this blog post:

As you know, this year has been a rebuilding year for myself, my brand, and my business…

 
Through this rebuilding, I have found a belief in myself that I didn’t know existed. I am a more confident, caring, loving person then I have ever been…
 
I am happy with who I am, my abilities, and feel great looking in the mirror every day. For the first time, I can honestly say I love the person I see in the reflection…
 
And that is a wonderful feeling…
 
Ken, it IS a wonderful life! You will figure things out and shall prevail!
Dec 02, 2019 06:43 AM #5
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ken- It sounds like you're on the right path and as you know, it's not one that is overnight. The others have excellent suggestions and if you don't know this already, ActiveRain is one tremendous support group. Have you thought of a mentor who can help guide and encourage you towards a new way to keep your pipeline flowing?  

Dec 02, 2019 02:14 PM #6
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Ken,
Life is a journey and it doesn't always take us down the road we thought we wanted to be on. But EVERY road has it's rewards.  Whatever you do, enjoy that journey of discovery... within yourself and beyond.

Dec 03, 2019 09:28 AM #7
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Ann Marie Holland
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL

"For the first time, I can honestly say I love the person I see in the reflection…"

 

That will make all the difference. 

Jan 02, 2020 07:28 PM #8
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