The Reluctant Realtor
reluctant [ ri-luhk-tuhnt ] adjective
unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
struggling in opposition.
I’ve always loved everything about the home. Not only my own, but those of friends and family and even folks I don’t know, like celebrities. I’m curious about what makes a person choose a certain type of home and how they fill it with things they love. I guess it makes sense for me to choose a career in real estate, but I took a long and winding road to get here.
I moved to Virginia in the summer of 1999, at some point before moving here, I studied and took the real estate exam in West Virginia, where I lived before. I ended up moving to Virginia, so I never completed the requirements. I had been working in marketing and found another marketing position in Virginia.
Fast forward a few years, and I’m working in a soul – killing corporate job and once again, I consider a career in real estate. By this point, I’ve been doing some marketing consultation for a few years for a remarkably successful realtor, so the thought is still there that this is a great career choice for me. Then the reality of the long hours and weekend work sinks in, and at this point, I have a small child, so I go a different direction.
Then 2020 comes along like a freight train. I found myself in search of a new job once again, and THIS time, I decide to take the jump. And let me tell you, it was like jumping off a a cliff blindfolded. I am normally a confident person, especially when taking on a new job. I’ve worked exclusively in marketing for nearly 30 years, I’ve pretty much seen or done it all. But this was new, I was…reluctant. When I say the word, reluctant, I mean it not as “I don’t want to do this,” but more as a “Wow, this is a huge responsibility, and I’m terrified.” For the first time at a new career, I struggled with confidence.
Fortunately, I have some amazing friends and mentors in the industry. I’m so freaking excited to jump into this career I can’t stand it. The butterflies (OK, mine are more like dragonflies) are still there, but day by day they’re keeping me on my toes in a good way. I have always been a Type A personality, so my reluctance stemmed from starting over in something entirely new and a true fear of messing up. But every day I learn more, and already have a huge head start from a lifetime of marketing experience.
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