"Passion Drives You...Reason Holds the Reigns"....Benjamin Franklin

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Managing Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Executive Realty

I’ve written and read many posts about setting goals and working a plan of attack in 2012.  Everything I’ve read makes sense and is good planning for the New Year.  However, the one element that is ALWAYS ASSUMED is that all professionals have a passion for what they do.  This applies to all professions, not just real estate.

If you do not have a true passion for your profession, your production will reflect it.  If you do not have your head in the business at all times, your production will reflect it, and unless there is a passion for your work, you will not conduct your business as such.  If you are not passionate about what you do every day, you will not want to do it every day.

There is no method for creating this passion.  Passion is an element that makes one piece of the puzzle fit perfectly with another.  Passion continually allows the dots to connect with little effort. 

To be passionate about your profession is a blessing that not every person will experience.  If you have a passion for what you do for a livelihood, you have truly been blessed.  You should have a smile on your face every day.

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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

there is not too much to discuss here other than some of us have been blessed and others would be wise to find their passion, if they can....not every one is able to do that.....

December 28, 2011 10:55 AM
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Kate Elim
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA
Dockside Realty

Hi Barbara...I do, I do.  Yes, every day (at least at some point) I have a smile on my face and feel passion for my profession.  My only problem is I have so many other passions too...family, friends, my pup, reading, photography, travel, etc.

Kate

December 28, 2011 11:16 AM
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Jenifer Lower
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Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net

Barbara!  Love this post, during the recession our area lost about 1/2 of our agents, obviously, they were not passionate about what they were doing as it was easy to find something else to do rather than buckle down and learn the "new" approach for our market.

December 28, 2011 11:21 AM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Kate....I bet you do have a passion for real estate and everything else that you do....

Jenifer....many who did not have a passion for working in real estate fell to the wayside....but some continue to work in a sloppy manner and are not very successful in how their approach....

December 28, 2011 11:32 AM
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Brenda Mullen
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Hi Barbara-I have a true passion for Real Estate...does it have a passion for me is the question, lol :)!  I am not sure that passion equals instant success..I do think that having a passion to continue the dedication to be successful is the key :)...or not...I could be wrong!  Great discussion Barbara!

December 28, 2011 11:41 AM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Brenda.... you lead the way....the profession does not lead you.... you have a passion for real estate....your tone indicates that the profession is not solid for you.... that means you are not planning properly and marketing properly..... you need a mentor and attach yourself at the hip to that mentor.

December 28, 2011 11:46 AM
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise

Interesting....I learned this many years ago and have tried to coach other agents on this concept....Ironically as you mentioned, a shop I have my hand crafted prim items in is being sold now....the owner really had lost her passion several months ago....although I coached and encouraged her she just really lacked the passion...health forced her to make a decision....but really it had been made many months ago....I just hope that the new owner has a "passion" for the business!!!

December 28, 2011 11:57 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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RE/MAX Executive Realty

Deborah....it's really not a difficult concept to understand..... it's also very easy to identify who is passionate and who is not....

December 28, 2011 12:06 PM
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Doug Rogers
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If you have time this year read Walter Isaacson's bio of Ben Franklin. Ben would have been a mega-Realtor like you!

December 28, 2011 12:07 PM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Doug....I'm far from being a mega Realtor anymore.....those were the good old days....now I'm just a team leader and marketer.... I'll make note of that book and find it for my nook.

December 28, 2011 12:15 PM
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Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC
Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
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Hi Barbara.....the Passion is there, but frustrating at times with other meddling in our Business, such as the Press. Soon Most here will realize the Sky isn't falling.

Happy New Year-Fred Carver

December 28, 2011 12:44 PM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Hi Fred.....Happy New Year to you too..... the sky will never fall in the real estate world.... everyone needs shelter...

December 28, 2011 12:52 PM
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Peggy Wester
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County Real
Think Young Team--Realty Executives Integrity

So true. I oftentimes think about my prior career and how unhappy I was all those years. How nice it is to get up every day and look forward to going to work -- even in the toughest of times.

December 28, 2011 01:32 PM
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Evelyn McCorkle
Search Real Estate University Area Charlotte NC
Helen Adams Realty

Barbara - thank you for your thought provoking post. I had to smile, I love what I do with a passion first and foremost because I am helping people, yes it can be very difficult at times, but I love the challenges that helps me to get better at what I do.

Have a Happy New Year!!

December 28, 2011 01:46 PM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
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Peggy.....glad you found real estate and it's your passion....

Evelyn..... happy to hear that..... it's a fine profession and it gets easier as you become more experienced....

December 28, 2011 02:09 PM
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group

Hi Barbara.  The series and topic of your posts today are right on target.    Passion for helping people drives us in this business.   It can be easy to lose passion temporarily because of an outside distraction.    That is when having a strong, caring office support system is so important in an agent's life and livelihood.  

December 28, 2011 05:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Hi Carol Ann.....a strong support system is a vital part of everyone's success.....

December 28, 2011 05:40 PM
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Brian Madigan
LL.B., Broker
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)

Barbara,

It's the missing link in some cases. often, it's a full and complte explanation of why some people don't do well.

Brian

December 29, 2011 01:52 PM
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Jennifer Prestwich
Your Castle RE Colorado
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster

Amen, Ma!  This is so true.  Passion is what keeps your head on straight and keeps you trucking even when there is no  "reason" to smile.  It carries you through the ridiculous lenders, loss mitigation folks, wacky inspections, obnoxious service providers, all of it.  

Keep smiling!

January 10, 2012 10:26 AM
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Hi Jenn....you keep smiling....ma

January 10, 2012 10:36 AM
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