Have you ever wanted more out of life? Have you ever woken up in the morning, getting ready for work, and had a nagging voice in your head getting louder by the day saying “there’s more to life than this”? Do you go to a job that you don’t like and look forward to the two days off a week that is called a weekend? If so you’re not alone.
I’m just like many of the people reading this. I was raised by two wonderful parents (I actually say I have the best parents ever, but that’s another story for another time) in middle class Prince George’s County Maryland. Growing up my parents provided well for my sister and I. We lived in a couple nice houses growing up, one on a golf course in a very nice neighborhood in Upper Marlboro. My family was comfortable, not wealthy and certainly not poor but comfortable. I went to private school my whole life, got a car when I was 16, went to college on scholarship, had a government job when I graduated where I moved up the ladder and increased my income pretty rapidly. From the outside looking in things seemed perfect. Everything in life was fantastic except I knew the career I was in wasn’t fulfilling me. The career you decide on takes up a large portion of your life so as many people reading can attest when you don’t like your job it drains you. It weighs on you, each day, going into a place that you aren’t totally fulfilled in.
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even growing up. When I was 16 I was featured on a panel at my church with other entrepreneurs speaking to my peers (many older than me) about the joys of entrepreneurship. I still have clients 10 years later that call me to detail their cars because I do such a great job. I have always been a person willing to take risks and build businesses. I’ve had a lawn care business, car detailing business and I even buy tickets to major concerts and resale them for profit. Growing up, I always had an entrepreneurial spirit but never really found that passion that I wanted to put all of my entrepreneurial energy into, until 2014. In 2014, while working for the government I knew I wanted to flex my entrepreneurial muscle again but didn’t know exactly where I wanted to do that. My dad is a huge influence on me and in a lot of ways seems to follow right in his footsteps. My dad had a career in human resources, so upon graduating college naturally I went into the human resources field. My dad had a part time career in real estate sales, so naturally I thought it would be wise to explore that as well. Growing up, I watched my dad dabble in real estate sales and he would give the good and bad about the industry and I remember being very intrigued by it. I knew that real estate would let me flex my entrepreneurial muscle so I decided to jump in. In 2014 I got my real estate license and haven’t looked back ever since. As in any career, especially working for yourself, there are ups and downs, ebbs and flows but I have loved everything about real estate since I’ve started.
When something is your life’s passion it’s hard to fully “unplug” from it. When you walk in your passion it consumes you, you think about it all the time, you dream about it, you wake up thinking about it because you love it. I’m always thinking about housing prices, mortgage rates, how to negotiate the best price for my buyer clients and how to get top dollar for my listing clients. I can tell you first hand; when you’re doing something you love it doesn’t feel like work.
My advice to all of my readers is to go after your dreams! Life is much too short to do anything less than what makes you happy to get up every morning. Life isn’t easy but when you go after that which is a passion of yours it makes life so worth it. One of my favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Until next month. Live your full potential and have fun doing it!
The Millenial Realtor – Chris