Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"There is someone out there that needs my help."

This house of cards construct we call real estate, places so many people under great stress with long lists of uncertainties created by those unseen and unknown. Every one, understandably demanding, WHEN, and all you can offer is, "When the deed has been corrected, tomorrow or next week!"

How do I stay motivated?

Knowing, "If it were easy, anyone could do it."

Knowing, "It is not the transaction that endures, but the intersect of the lives involved.'

Knowing "I have a choice every minute of every day to remove from the souls of those I encounter, the dust of the world that obscures their vision, hides their goals."

If I don't do it, who will? 

Mar 13, 2015 10:47 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh yes.  But, I might choose another store.  HD is sort of my competition.

Mar 13, 2015 09:56 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

We all are human - and this is not so uncommon feeling.

Jul 23, 2018 09:50 PM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

We got to 'Just do it'!

Mar 06, 2018 09:56 PM
Mary Ann Isaacson
JDK & Associates Realty - Brentwood, CA

 I just had that same issue this week. Trying to stay motivated when the real estate world was crumbling around me. I told someone I had to keep going because I'm too old now to be a stripper. lol. They said, "yea, if you got on a stripper pole at your age, you'd probably break a hip"! 

Mar 14, 2015 09:55 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Partner with someone...conference call or meet in person on a regular basis ...kick each other as needed !

Mar 14, 2015 08:25 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Yes, and one thing that has helped me is getting a partner. I can clock out and know he'll be on call for anything urgent. 

Mar 14, 2015 08:11 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have felt that way, but when I look at the overall benifits it fits my lifestyle so well that I don't get tied up in the tough times...I just start making calls to MAKE something happen.

Mar 14, 2015 07:56 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Dennis a few years back I was working 2nd job at mill to get through tough times up here.  Realized I had to make a choice if I wanted to do RE full time.  If I get discourage all I have to do is look back at those hours of wood coming at me on a merciless conveyor.  I am very happy to make a living helping people find their dreams, and be able to move at the end of a day.  With every job comes the downside.  The more we realize those spots the better we can avoid them or work through them.  Keep your head up.  Mark

Mar 14, 2015 05:31 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Oh, Dennis!  I think there is a lot of that going around these days!  I'm hoping that the warm weather is going to help me make a major attitude adjustment.

Mar 14, 2015 03:40 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I have been self employed since I was 22 years old, so,  it would be difficult to get a job unless I was in complete control of my time and income. (That's probably not going to occur) My motivation is my freedom, to determine with whom and what opportunities I choose to work and ultimately determine how I allocate my cash flow. When you lose your excitement for your being, you're essentially IMO, dead.  

Mar 14, 2015 01:29 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

When I feel that way, it means it IS time to turn it off.  Yes, I do get tired of seemingly being on call for everyone all the time, so I take a couple of hours off.  Or a day.  I partnered up a few years ago for this reason.  We both discovered the need for letting it go without sacrificing excellent quality for our clients.  Now if one of us needs to check out, we can.  It keeps me sane. 

Mar 14, 2015 12:37 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

About 20 years ago I considered going for a corporate job with a steady paycheck, but I am long past that, if I need a day off I take it off knowing that my team can get along fine without me.

Dec 15, 2019 08:00 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There are days like that.

Jun 10, 2018 06:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Annette nailed this one!

Jul 17, 2017 05:07 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

One day I am going to collect a paycheck, not really. I have never worked for a paycheck, can't see myself getting one at this point. Stick with it.

Mar 15, 2015 05:22 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Dennis, I do love the freedom of this career as it is very different from teaching and coaching at the high school level for 31 years. I will probably continue until age 70!

Mar 15, 2015 05:19 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Thanks for all the inspiration! I think that maybe its weather related as well, just need to recharge perhaps. I do like the group or partner idea as its hard to talk to those not in your boat.

Mar 14, 2015 11:56 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have felt that way a few times, but then I hear all my clients talk about how bad they are treated or how tough it is working for someone else.  Sometimes I even try to thing of  few rough times I had when I worked for someone else.  For example, I had a client that was yelled at and their job was threatened because they were 3 minutes late.   The memory that cinches it, was when my step-daughter was killed in an auto accident, the HR director made a big deal that I couldn't be paid if I took off.  He said, it's not your blood relative anyway.  I love my Real Estate job.

Mar 14, 2015 03:13 PM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Dennis, each of us has a button we push when pressure nears a boiling point.  My button may not fit your temperment or drive, but you have one.  Often I think of old wise sayings from my dad or some other thinker.  When I read your post, first to my mind was dad's expression when things were tilting against us.  He would say, matter of factly, "Well, ain't nothing going to be all right anyway." Then he put his shoulder back to the wheel and moved forward.  To my knowledge, dad had no "QUIT" button--he was a depression baby.  When I asked, Dad, how are you going to do that?  He replied "With main strength and awkwardness, I guess.  May as well get started," would be end of conversation.

Willie Gayle, motivational speaker and salesman, and author of SEVEN SECONDS TO SUCCESS IN SELLING tells the story of drawing water with a primer pump as a boy.  When he would tire out and let go, his dad would quickly hit a couple more strokes and draw water.  His point: keep pumping, the next stoke could be that sale you want or need.  Keep pumping!

We know "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."  And, I am sure you have heard these two: " When the going gets tough, the tough get going."  My favorite is "Quitters never win, and Winnwers never quit."

Good luck!

Mar 14, 2015 12:08 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Yes, but then I think that I will HAVE to get up every morning and be at work at a certain time.  Now it's my choice!

Mar 14, 2015 09:44 AM
Deb Espinoza
Stage Presence Homes, San Diego Real Estate - Ramona, CA
GRI, Broker, SRS,ABR ePro, SFR, CNE

Always remember; "this too shall pass" and "that's why we get paid the big bucks!"  There is never a dull moment in real estate and the challenges we face only makes us better at what we do :o)

Mar 14, 2015 09:01 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

I don't know if the grass is greener at Home Depot, but they do sell lawn fertilizer that will make grass greener.

Mar 14, 2015 09:01 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I just had a week like that. But I think Barnes and Noble, and Starbucks would be fun. Some days I do get discouraged. I take a bathl, drink a glass of wine, and go to bed early. I usually feel better in the morning!

Mar 14, 2015 12:43 AM