Ok, so I have worked in the hospitality business for 25 years. But circumstances in my life guided me to follow a dream and get my real estate license. This was October 2007. I got my provisional license, joined a company in January of 2008. I was still with my hotel. I started with my sphere of influence and taking advantage of the wonderful training classes that were offered for FREE!!! Then dropped off to take Post Licensing. So needless to say, all that work with my sphere has to be done again.
While I was working my sphere, everyone would congratulate me but ask, why would you start now? You can't make any money, the market is too slow. My answer was, what a perfect time to start. This way I have to really learn the business, go after the business and can use the wisdom of age to my advantage. Of course I might not be so confident if I didn't have a paycheck from another job coming in. On the other side of the coin, that paycheck has held me back. So as it turns out, after 21 years with the hotel, it is being sold and I am being kicked out of the nest. But my strong faith has kept me positive and do you know what? I got my first listing off a lead referral last Saturday. I got another lead from that listing and a long time client of mine is relocating people to his business here and needs 1 more Realtor. So, you can have a new career after 40. I may not be a top producer yet, but I know I will be! So for all of you that are starting a new career. Thumbs up to you and thumbs up to me. We have the courage to succeed. And the market is only down if you convince yourself of that. It may be slow, but nothing stops until the world comes to an end, so there are clients out there. I look and myself say "I believe you can succeed in this new career".
You can't go back so you may as well go forward. That's my take on 40 something and starting over.