Workplace Quality of Life Mandate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

People who live low quality lives, by definition, underperform in their jobs.

Stress, anxiety, exhaustion, always ON 24/7/365 are recipes for crash and burn.

So often (especially in the Real Estate Sales Industry), I hear of “Professionals” who take great pride in the fact that they are working 15 hour days, writing offers at midnight, answering their cell phones EVERY time the darn thing makes a noise.

If you are one of these people, you are disserving your clients, your family and friends, and most importantly, yourself!

The Quotation marks are intentional, because I know that real professionals know that they MUST be sharp in order to perform well for their clients.

There’s no such thing as “not having enough time to take care of myself” . . . It’s a CHOICE to put work ahead of life quality.

Schedule your “Me Time” and friends and family time FIRST . . . then fill the remainder of the calendar.

Sharpen your saw frequently.

Eat your wheaties!

Be committed to your Spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, social well being.

Don’t cheat yourself because when you sell yourself short, every relationship (personal and professional) suffers.


Do it intentionally and enjoy what comes in the form of getting more done with less time and energy expended . . . Yep . . . This is Voodoo wisdom, and it works.

Published by Barry Owen 

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Barry Owen

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Pareto Realty
Nashville, TN

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Comments (6)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are interesting thoughts about quality of life eand workplace performance.  I worked for several years at a software development company.  The employees there were from all over the globe.  Some had been refugees. 

There is a lot to be said for perception of life quality.  I knew many who had been to hell and back, but never really complained.  They just performed the task at hand, and found themselves on a path of prosperity.  

Aug 12, 2020 08:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Barry-you make an excellent point, Barry. We may feel like we're working hard for our family as well as our clients but that can be shortsighted. Work smart and that means pacing yourself. Yes, there are times when you have to take that call on a Saturday night but you'll know when you have to. 

Aug 15, 2020 03:22 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Barry Owen - when we look at engagement surveys we look for the balance.  Too much on the job will create burnout.

Aug 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Chris Ivy
Ivy Vine Investments - Memphis, TN
Sell Your House Fast For Cash In Memphis Tennessee

Great post Barry!  We all need to pay special attention to the quote below you stated.


Be committed to your Spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, social well being.

Aug 16, 2020 08:16 PM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

So true, everything you said. Though, being in the wrong job can sometimes be the cause of the unquality of life. It's important to do some soul searching to get to the root of problems that weigh us down 

Aug 18, 2020 06:52 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Not a good idea to burn your candle from both ends...  thanks for the reminder!

Aug 19, 2020 08:58 AM