How have my experiences influenced my professional life as raised by Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker our co-hosts, here is part two of our February Active Rain Challenge. In case you missed my first post, I include the link here (My life is not a story it is " My Non-Fiction Life" ) I have always noted my parents had a huge impact on my life.
Following graduation from Notre Dame Boys High School in Fairfield, CT, I left home for the first time to attend college in Ypsilanti, MI. As you all can remember, it’s quite an eye-opening experience when you leave home for the first time particularly if you head out of state. After a very structured and disciplined upbringing, here I was at Eastern Michigan University with absolutely no structure and no discipline and no parents to watch over my every move. During my two semesters at EMU, I did manage to join the Track and Cross-Country Team where I had the good fortune to run with the Olympic caliber track and cross-country star, Gordon Minty. Let me clarify that when I crossed the finish line, he was already showered.
Once I received my citizenship papers, I was ultimately accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. This was an eye-opener on a completely different level! Even more than at home, every minute and every hour was planned, accounted for, and controlled. The best analogy I can give is one of being on a roller coaster ride, with the difference being that this was now my life. Now-a-days as a Beverly Hills Realtor, I have this same roller coaster ride experience in various transactions having represented clients who could afford $100 Million-dollar vacant land parcels as well as clients who needed to sell a $25K land listings just to mention a couple of examples.
After leaving USMA, I earned my Airborne Wings, my Ranger Tab and become an Infantry Platoon Leader Executive Officer Company Commander. These accomplishments taught me how my decisions bore responsibility not just for my own welfare, but for the welfare of my men as well. When I was promoted to Brigade Headquarters Commandant where I was the Company Commander, every Brigade Staff Officer out ranked me; hence I had to influence them to do what I needed to run a smooth operation. Not an easy task dealing with higher ranking people and egos. This experience greatly helped shape my real estate negotiation skills.
Less than 2% of the U.S. Army achieves Airborne Ranger status. Airborne school has a 60% attrition rate while Ranger school has a 50% attrition rate. This is another parallel of being a Realtor in Los Angeles; while there are over 10,000 licensees, the number of annual sales does not come close to this number.
My various experiences have greatly influenced my success as a Beverly Hills Realtor. My Berkshire Hathaway real estate office sits on the world-famous Rodeo Drive. Ironically, I seldom go to the office as I find working from home more efficient and makes me more accessible than commuting in the infamous Los Angeles area traffic. Unlike my days at EMU, I work very well without supervision or a structured environment as I am the hardest critic of my actions. My consistent annual productions is enough proof for my manager that I’m working, and whenever I do need to pull him in with a question or concern, he is readily available to me. Since I’ve worked remotely for well over 15 years, the Pandemic shutdown didn’t cause any anxiety or adjustment to my day-to-day work life.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the animal farm loves my working from home. Frequently I’ll get a phone call and a client will ask if it is a good time to talk and will get a laugh when I say “of course, I am just walking my dog”. In an instance where a message goes into voicemail, I always return a call quickly which has always been an important secret of my success.
In conclusion, what do I still hope to accomplish in life? The answer is simple, it is not to write a book about my life, rather it’s quite the opposite, that is to read as many of the books in our home just waiting to be read.
Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) email@example.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708