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Finding My Passion in Real Estate

I was listening to a podcast the other day and the host was asking someone about their “why”:  Why did they originally get into the line of work they’re in? Why did they start the business they own? Why do they do what they do?  

It prompted me to think about why I’m in Real Estate. Ever since I was very young, I dreamed of a job in the military, law enforcement, fire safety–essentially, any job a little boy idolized. As I grew older, it all became clear: what I really wanted to do was help people in a big way.  

In 2007, I went on to pursue my National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification while working at the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club. During this time, I made many friends, learned a lot about the human anatomy, and gained an extensive understanding of the physiology of the body… but it still felt like something I was pursuing selfishly rather than for the purpose of helping others.  

A few years later, as I was starting my first year of clinical rotation in nursing school, I was at a loss once again. I found myself questioning where the real opportunity would be to make a lasting positive impact on those that I would interact with on a daily basis. I realized that paperwork took precedence over patient care in nursing, and I knew that wouldn’t fill the void in me that really wanted to impact others in a positive manner.  

So, I started to dig: what were my passions, interests, and dreams? In this moment, I remembered that I had always been intrigued by Real Estate. With this realization, I started to reach out, make connections, and see what it was all about. Fate took its course, and I eventually landed a job with someone that would become one of my closest friends and mentors, Chris O’Leary. Now, 17 years later, I’m reflecting on why I do what I do on a daily basis.  

Real Estate truly serves the purpose of leaving a lasting impression on everyone I come into contact with. In Real Estate, we help our clients navigate the process of selling and buying homes–the most important investment of their lives. This is my “why”: each day I’m excited to go to work because no two days are the same. I’m eager for the outcome of each transaction because I know that I negotiated to the best of my ability with all of the experience and skills I’ve gained along the way. Most importantly, I work in Real Estate because I love what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.