Embrace Who You Are and Run with It

Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired 104763


It’s all about attitude. The real estate business is the best profession in the world. Whether one agrees or not, every real estate agent has the “world by the ass.”

You each march to your own drummer, give or take a law or two. You each punch in and out at your pleasure or degree of indebtedness! You’re a 1099 recipient, and that’s the greatest bonus of all.

This profession is compatible with all personalities. The good, the bad and the downright ugly could make a very desirable income on their own terms.  However, our industry continues to experience a revolving door.

Is it because agents never find their sweet spot in the business? They seem to expand their market rather than fine-tune it. Bigger is never better. Ask Jenny Craig!!

The best advice is to test all of it initially, and then fine tune it. Embrace who you are. Find your passion and focus on it. Learn it inside and out. Become an authority on that one sector of the business, and you’ll always have business. This theory can apply to almost any profession.

Just another thought for the moment….

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Barbara Todaro, Great Grandmother to Caleb, Santino, Aiden and Gianni       

Todaro Team - Retired



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Comments (24)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Barbara... that is one advantage of getting older, or should I say more mature? So much easier to be yourself and make no apologies for it.

Aug 01, 2022 04:13 AM
Barbara Todaro

isn't it sad that most need to be what others expect them to be.....

Aug 01, 2022 04:17 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Barbara, very motivational!!!

Embrace who you are. Find your passion and focus on it. Learn it inside and out. Become an authority on that one sector of the business, and you’ll always have business.

Aug 01, 2022 04:34 AM
Barbara Todaro

thanks, Sham

Aug 01, 2022 05:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Embracing who we are is a must for all parts of our life. It makes our life so much more enjoyable. I totally agree.

Aug 01, 2022 05:08 AM
Barbara Todaro

and we have the ability to make it enjoyable...

Aug 01, 2022 05:35 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that the industry has a revolving door because people don't realize how much work it truly is and they get into it thinking it will be easy.

Aug 01, 2022 05:41 AM
Barbara Todaro

true... but if they learn how "to work it" it IS easy......

Aug 01, 2022 05:46 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Barbara what a wonderful story, thank you for sharing. Bill 

Aug 01, 2022 05:56 AM
Barbara Todaro

my pleasure

Aug 01, 2022 06:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. Your presence in the Rain is so essential even the long lost James Dray came out of the woods to comment! Your wisdom is appreciated. Enjoy your day.

Aug 01, 2022 05:59 AM
Barbara Todaro

it was nice to see James Dray again....

Aug 01, 2022 06:10 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Years ago I heard or read "Wisdom is learning from the failures of others while knowledge is learning from your own mistakes." From those failures and mistakes we grow.

Thank you for your wisdom. Your words are so true. What I know to be true is most people are not comfortable in their own skins and that being uncomfortable is broadcast externally which puts people off. "To thine own self be true" provided we know ourselves.Thank you Barbara Todaro 

Aug 01, 2022 06:11 AM
Barbara Todaro

that was Polonius advice to his son, Laertes.... Shakespeare's Hamlet.... Leanne Smith 

Aug 01, 2022 06:13 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Barbara, I'm grateful for this business. It is one I love! Happy August!

Aug 01, 2022 06:43 AM
Barbara Todaro

you've been Blessed if you love what you do for a living.... that's how it should be for everyone, no matter what they do for work....

Aug 01, 2022 06:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - be who you are.  Everyone else is already taken.  Oscar Wilde may have said it first but the words remain true.   

Aug 01, 2022 07:05 AM
Michael Jacobs


Aug 01, 2022 08:00 AM
Barbara Todaro

Amen to that, brother....

Aug 01, 2022 07:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Teach and you hit the nail on the head ones again with your blog, bigger is not not worth it all the time, fine tuning  a smaller area pays off.  Thank You again>


Aug 01, 2022 10:37 AM
Barbara Todaro

Will Hamm thanks, again.... you're the best....

Aug 01, 2022 11:27 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Barbara this is good advice.  It is a waste of time to try to be someone other than who you are.

Aug 01, 2022 12:02 PM
Barbara Todaro

I agree...but many do that....

Aug 02, 2022 02:56 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

I could not agree more Barbara Todaro agents that specialize will always be sough after and in demand, and great to see another post by you, you have been an inspiration to me and thousands of others through the years.

Aug 01, 2022 01:18 PM
Barbara Todaro

thank you, John Marshall - FORE! for your kind words....

Aug 02, 2022 02:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi BarbaraT- you hit a home run with this one. And yes, this can apply to many professions. When I staffed offices, I focused on getting the jobs (listings) and most of my clients were in the oil & gas field. You continue to inspire us. 

Aug 02, 2022 07:38 PM
Barbara Todaro

it's all common sense.... in the service industry, common sense gets the job done....

Aug 03, 2022 02:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 06, 2022 06:30 PM
Barbara Todaro

thank you, Kathy Streib for your continued support.... I appreciate that...

Aug 07, 2022 04:05 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Barbara - that is what I love about being a consultant.  I love it, I help people and organizations, and I get to be myself.

Aug 07, 2022 05:42 AM
Barbara Todaro

it's easier to be yourself than anyone else in the world..... 

Aug 07, 2022 06:57 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Welcome back.  First one I read after your last retirement.  All the best.

Aug 07, 2022 07:13 AM
Barbara Todaro

I like retirement.....

Aug 07, 2022 08:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Barbara,

Excellent advice as always. Be yourself you will attract those who are lie minded and they are who you want to work with!! It's so much easier to embrace who you are, find your passion and focus on it!

Aug 07, 2022 08:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi James Dray ...glad to see you pop up on Barbara's post! How are you? 

Aug 07, 2022 08:15 AM
James Dray

Afternoon Dorie,  doing just fine.  Still at Fathom Realty.  I'm in charge of three States now, and I've been a tad busy.  Hope all is well with you and your loved ones

Aug 07, 2022 03:11 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Barbara,

It is such a pleasure to read your blog.  You always have something very important to say and we love hearing from you.  Don't be a stranger!  Happy Sunday!

Aug 07, 2022 03:18 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great seeing a post from you Barbara!  Excellent thoughts!  Do what you do best but adapt to changing markets.  That's my mantra ;)  Great way to start out the month of August.  Stay well - we love hearing from you! 

Aug 10, 2022 10:23 AM