The Secret of My Success

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How do we define success? Is it like the dictionary says: The attainment of wealth, position, honours or the like….The favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours? Or as author Ayn Rand has been quoted: “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rung of opportunity”. Or cookbook guru, Erma Bombeck who tells us “Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one, Helen Keller is the other.” Wikipedia defines it as a level of social status; the achievement of an objective or goal; the opposite of failure. However, Malcolm S. Forbes has been quoted as saying “Failure is success if we learn from it.” The thesaurus lists a number of synonyms for success: Achievement. Easy Street. Fame. Triumph. Accomplishment. Advance. Attainment. Gravy Train. Happiness.

Some of us rate success by the size of our bank accounts, others by the size of our family and still others by their ability to balance life and work. As a Real Estate Agent working in the North Oakville area, achieving that balance remains a constant goal for me. In the past I would have considered that balance more elusive, but as I’ve gained both life and work experience, I realize that the better I balance my life, the better I’ll serve my clients as a Real Estate Agent. They call this career choice “stressful”. A 24/7 job. I call it one of my passions. But one of many. My other passions? Well, I’d have to say my husband, my pets, my family, traveling, horseback riding, working out, tennis, a little beach R & R, shoes, scuba diving, road trips, shopping, reading, HBO’s True Blood, going to the movies, cooking, spending time with friends, patio cocktails…hmmmm, I better stop now!

So ultimately, what is the secret to my success buying and selling Real Estate? I guess I’d have to subscribe to the Albert Schweitzer camp: “Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you will be successful.” And ultimately, rating my level of success not by the number of home transactions I have achieved, but rather by the number of lives I have touched. I recently had a client remark that after we found their home for them and the offer went through, she thought that I was just as excited for them as they were for themselves. Now that’s success!

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