It was about 6:00 in the morning. I was reading emails, while my wife was preparing to go to work. My youngest son took over my wife's spot on the bed, while my other son took my spot as I was going through my stuff.
My son, who was then six years old, suddenly asked me, "Dad, why did you choose real estate?"
I said, "Fantastic question!" because that's the question I ask my agents when they join my team. I took a step back because it's been 12 years since I answered that question.
I said, "I chose real estate in the beginning because I wanted a flexible work schedule."
My six-year-old follows up, "Do you still feel that way?"
I was thinking, "What is my six-year-old doing? He must be watching a lot of my podcasts or maybe he fell asleep to Tom Ferry last night, which I usually do."
I asked myself, "Wow, do I still feel that way?"
You know, it's actually given me more opportunities than I ever imagined. My schedule is nowhere near as flexible as I ever imagined.
I would not go back to swinging a hammer. I've swung the hammer for a long time. I've bartended for a long time. I can't get the list of everything I've done, from building pools to detailing boats - I've done it all out there.
Even after the pandemic, I was still kind of bartending on-call on Friday and Saturday nights on a popular spot in town only if they needed me, only if I wanted to be there, the spot the bartender wants to get to, right? I work in the good shifts when I want to, yet after the pandemic, when they opened back up, calling me in for a shift, my first shift on I was like, "I just don't want to do this anymore."
I'd rather be home with my wife and kids. I'd rather be watching a movie with them right now, rather than slinging drinks and swinging a hammer. I'm glad I have that behind me. Real estate has just afforded me so many opportunities than I ever imagined.
Watch the full video from On The House Podcast Episode 2 with my good friend Anthony Camardella from the A Team:
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