Is Real Estate the Best Job Ever?

core values job satisfaction Jun 29, 2023

In his book, The Song of Significance, entrepreneur and author Seth Godin reports the survey results of 10,000 people in 90 countries who were asked to describe the conditions at “the best job they ever had.”


The number one answer was, “I surprised myself with what I could accomplish.” Number two, “I could work independently.”


Also on the list, but nowhere near as often, “I had more responsibility than I expected,” “I got paid a lot,” and last on the list, “I didn’t get fired.”


Doesn’t that perfectly describe real estate?


The people who most love our profession are constantly and pleasantly surprised with how much they can accomplish. They love being able to set their own hours and take days off and vacations whenever they want. They love the responsibility of helping people make the biggest financial decisions of their lives. They love every commission check. And hardly anybody ever gets fired from real estate.


What’s not to like? Right?


How about the toll it can take on health, relationships, and family life? And then there are toxic clients, untrained co-broke agents, inspectors, and appraisers who go overboard to justify their fees, unresponsive loan officers, last-minute snafus before closing, meddlesome government regulations, and don’t get me started on vendors constantly pestering with emails, texts, and phone calls.


Not that I’m complaining, mind you. Or am I?


Isn’t that the ultimate challenge of our business – keeping our attention on the positives, and not allowing the negatives to take up space in our heads?


I am reminded of something Floyd taught us about complaining - that there’s absolutely no benefit in going home and griping about work. Eventually, the people in your life will question your choice. “If you dislike it so much, why are you still there?”


Instead, learn to “hang it on the hook,” before you go into the house. Leave your business “out there,” where it belongs, and give the people in your life your presence. Give them the gift of undivided attention from your positive self. That’s how you make real estate the best job ever – for you and for your family. 

"People who don't budget their personal time and their professional time will eventually pay a high price"

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