11 Nov 2013

Lessons from a storyteller

MarkTwainI love Mark Twain. He is a timeless storyteller who looked at life in a direct and uncomplicated manner. He offered sound, sensible advice that is still relevant today, and I embrace his timeless wisdom.

In fact, my husband recently came across a Mark Twain quote that he thinks was custom-written with me in mind: “The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”

I love what I do, and why wouldn’t I? I have the good fortune to interview people, listen to their life’s goals, and help them begin their dream career in real estate.

Of course, some of those conversations involve explanations (aka excuses) for why someone hasn’t entered the real estate industry:
• “I always wanted to sell real estate, but it just wasn’t the right time.”
• “I needed to wait until the children were in school.”
• “Everyone said I would do well, but I wasn’t sure.”
• “I’m trained to be an attorney, accountant, teacher, etc. but it’s no longer fun.”

I understand. They’re hesitant to do something new. They’re afraid to fail. They’re comfortable, but maybe unhappy, in their current jobs. So back they go, spending more of their lives doing something they don’t enjoy, always wondering what might have been.

If Mark Twain was alive today, he might offer them this bit of wisdom:
• “Twenty years from now, you will more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”

Or perhaps:
• “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming task into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

So put away your excuses, and let’s get started on the first day of your new vacation – um vocation – as a Realtor®.


By: Barbara O’Rourke (Director of Career Development) – Guest Blogger

Allen Tate Companies
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