Thanksgiving time again. One of my favorite holidays. I like all holidays really, but the thing I like most about Thanksgiving is that everybody can participate and it is a pretty laid back holiday unless you’re doing the cooking.
I woke up today thinking what I was thankful about. Lots of things popped into my head, but one thought really stuck out to me.
I’ve always wanted to be in real estate. I almost got into it back in about 1999 but I wasn’t able to make the jump. You need some reserve income to jump into real estate. It can take a while to get off the ground.
I was again thinking about real estate in 2003. The mother of an old high school friend was a realtor and she was doing really well. I was a little hesitant to pull the trigger, but then Francis said she would pay for half of my real estate school. That was over $500. That was a huge amount to me back then.
What Francis did not realize (or maybe she did?) was that she had effectively removed the last justifiable reason I had to not get my real estate license. Since I was left without an excuse, we went to the real estate school. I plopped down my half. She plopped down her half. The rest as they say, is history.
I’ve always been appreciative of her for doing this, but until this morning I thought it was about the money. I now do not think it was about the money. I think she saw my potential and it was about getting me there.
I have had an incredible time the past 10.5 years since I got my license. I get to talk about houses and neighborhoods all day. I don’t have to tuck in my shirt. I get to be out all over town. I get to wear sandals everywhere. I get to meet a lot of people. And I get to wear sandals everywhere.
A lot of people have helped to get me where I am today. My parents. My wife. Everybody who has ever bought or sold a house through me. All of you are very important to me and I am thankful for all of you…..especially Francis, who was at the right place at the right time and did the right thing.
To Francis and anybody reading this….have a happy Thanksgiving!