When I was a new agent, I wanted to succeed so badly. I devoured business and personal development books, dove into blogging and did all the activities a newbie is told to do, such as holding open houses for a plethora of agents, door-knocking, farming and the list goes on. But what I truly needed was a little work-life balance and to take charge of my life pillars. On the surface, it looked as though I was an overnight success -- going from selling three homes in my first full-time year to 30 in the next. Fellow agents whom I admired were now colleagues, and my family could finally afford the comforts in life. One of my team leaders had urged me to secure an assistant, but I chose to be a star agent instead. Do you know what a star agent is? It's not awesome. It simply means I was running myself ragged all over the place -- 18-hour days were the norm. The pressure, self-imposed, to keep up the pace was something like the Jessie Spano caffeine pill episode on "Saved By The...
- You are only as strong as your weakest pillar; audit each area of your life regularly to ensure nothing slips.
- Creating a life by design does not mean being No. 1 or bust. It's mapping out a future that's just right for you and your goals.
- Establishing boundaries for yourself, as well as others, is the first step to a successful career, even before your first sale.