I LOVE what I do, and it’s because of you.
I am so thankful to be involved in such a great industry! It’s a privilege to be able to work with the most genuine, generous, compassionate people.
Several years ago, there were days when I wasn’t sure about my choices in life. I felt like making myself happy took more money, better toys, and I was afraid to make changes in my life for fear of ‘losing’ what I worked so hard for.
And I couldn’t sleep. Sunday nights were a terrible mess of stress about the people I had to work with on Monday. I lie awake many nights wondering how I could make a difference, change their mind about what I am willing to do to get that job. Trying to figure out new ways to show how much I cared. How hard I would work. I wanted to be the person they pick to be on their team. It became a seven nights a week issue. It really does matter that much to me.
There is a point in life where you decide that there are things that are more important than money. Family. Friendship. Loyalty. Trust. Integrity. Character. Relationships….
Money is important. Many of you have known me for years. Know how Carman Adair from Arcona personally bailed me out of close bankruptcy. How I had to cash in pop bottles to buy milk for Sarah as a baby. Many of you have been there yourselves! It’s scary! For sure money is a part of happiness…but I realize that money is a tool that allows us to make choices, and it takes many years of hard work and ‘sucking it up’ to get to that point.
However, being driven by money is not an answer to true happiness….is it? You will never have enough, never find real happiness in the things you buy. I realized more and more, the things that truly made me happy; it’s mostly the sense of accomplishment and a feeling that I am making a difference. That I am giving my best effort. That I care, and I show it. Real happiness for me is about making my family proud, about helping my friends….about trying to make a lasting difference in what I do in this life.
So a couple of years ago, I made changes so that my days are filled working with people I truly enjoy working with. It wasn’t always about the person themselves, it could simply be a way some people prefer to do business…and if they are happy doing business that way, then I am happy for them. I just prefer to have a tight relationship built on trust and care. Those are the people I am proud to work with, they think like I do – and I can wake up every day with that sense of accomplishment and wanting to try even harder. It really made a difference!
The challenge for many of my friends is to get out of that trap of working to make others happy. If you can find a way to make these ‘adjustments’ you may find yourself much happier, and still find ways to challenge myself with new opportunities that make life even more interesting (ie: a bakery!). Because once you find a way out of the trap – you will find that those people you have genuine, trusting, loyal relationships can really make you happy. And it just builds from there. It is mutual. It is shared, and like minded people tend to gravitate towards you and your friends….
And it only gets better. The happier you get…..the happier you get. It works.
I hope you get a chance to enjoy your hard earned holidays, the family and everything that matters to you in life.
Thankyou so much!!