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Giving Thanks Is What Its All About

I love turkey, but I love to think about what I have to be thankful for too.

The holiday season kicks off tomorrow (sooner if you believe that once you hear a Christmas song in your grocery store its “official”) and with that comes all the year end lists, the “what I’m thankful for” posts, and lots of general lovey-dovey type stuff. I’m no different. Although I don’t consider myself a very sappy person, I do often reflect on what I’ve got in my life and what I’ve done with it. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet for a lot of different reasons, but I must admit, I had hoped to avoid the dreaded “thanks” post. As I sat down this morning to write, however, a client called me and thanked me for something I did for them recently and it made my day. It was a return on my investment in that client. Sure, I love to get paid, but the thank you call made me feel like the holidays truly were here.

In the spirit of holiday giving, I’m going to return the favor.

The call got me thinking about what I was thankful for. Not just in my life, but more specifically in my career in real estate so far. I have been given so many opportunities since I got my license and each time I think “what did I do to deserve this” or “are these people insane?” Somehow, I feel like I’ve been taken under the wing of just about all of you (and many outside of here as well) and there are many great instances where I have benefited from it in one way or another.

I’m thankful for…

…the support of my wife. She’s been awesome through the early phase of my real estate career. You know the phase…the one where you’re not making much, but spending plenty.

…the opportunity to write here at AgentGenius. Benn and Lani have both encouraged me since day one. Phones calls, tweets, DMs, emails…there’s always something coming at me that keeps me focused when I feel like I’m out of my league surrounded by some many experienced and seasoned agents. I read AG and learned so much from it, then one day I get asked to write for it. That’s like Ripper Owens being given Rob Halford’s job.

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…the agents I’ve met online and learned from, many of whom I would be quick to use the word “friend” in reference to, instead of “an agent I know.” You are all a wealth of knowledge and I feel I have a direct tap into that vein. I read so many different ideas everyday its a wonder my head hasn’t exploded.

…the encouragement to write. I always enjoyed writing, but never liked my writing much. Probably because all my teachers told me I was doing it all wrong. I wasn’t following the rules. Fact is I write how I speak and sometimes it can get messy. Its improving, but with a sense of self that pervades what I write.

…that I found the community and got involved. I might have been doing business the “old way” if it wasn’t for that. Door knocking included.

…a confidence I didn’t think was in me. I’ve always been a bit self-deprecating and always will be (I find it fun to do, because if I can’t laugh at myself once in awhile, I’d be squeezing my head through the door frame), but I definitely have found a new side of myself.

…the fact that I can confidently say to a client who’s relocating, “You’re moving where? I know a great agent in that area, let me give them a call for you.”

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…not having to write any more sappy “I’m thankful” stuff until next year. Do I have to write a post about my New Year’s resolutions too?

So next time you need to be thanked, just read this.

Just read it, because its written to many of you. Thanks for all your help. Thanks for the encouragement and knowledge sharing. Thanks for the opportunities. Thanks for being the kind of agents I aspire to be. Thanks for refusing to be the agents that I knew I never wanted to be like.

Written By

Matt is a former PA-based rockstar turned real estate agent with RE/MAX Access in San Antonio, TX. He was asked to join AgentGenius to provide a look at the successes and trials of being a newer agent. His consumer-based outlook on the real estate business has helped him see things from both sides. He is married to a wonderful woman from England who makes him use the word "rubbish."



  1. Missy Caulk

    November 27, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Matt, your sentence about calling people who you meet through blogging is true, they are friends not agents.

    I get lots of looks when I refer to my friends in TX, Ohio, Florida, AZ they must think I know the world and I do.

    Have a great holiday.

  2. Vicki Moore

    November 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I haven’t been shy about describing the unexpected gold I’ve found through blogging. Glad you’ve found it too.

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