“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a simple question, that we hear often, from the time we start grade school until we graduate high school. While most kids my age knew what they wanted to do fairly young, my path to discovery was a bit different. My name is Brian Allen, and I’ve been asked by many, “Why be a real estate agent?” I suppose when most people think of the job “real estate agent” they don’t assume that the job could actually be rewarding and fun, rather than just another job. However, for me, becoming a real estate agent did even more than bringing simple joy to my life; it became my calling and allowed me to make a difference in the lives of people like I never imagined was possible. Let me back up for a second.
I was a digital director at an advertising agency for years. I mean life was pretty darn good, okay? There were some stressful moments, but my life was pretty good, and I liked what I was doing well enough, I suppose. It was a way of living, and it took care of my family. While I enjoyed the people I worked with and even the great money I made, I never quite felt like what I was doing was making me happy. Truthfully, the job was just a job, and it was unsatisfying because I never did anything with meaning. That is, until happened across the quote above by Maya Angelou.
This struck me, and hard! When I was in advertising, I felt as though what I was doing was hollow and self-serving. Quite frankly, I was very good at it, but I was a slave to my industry. I had done it all: graphic design, web design, digital marketing, video, 3D animation, architectural & landscape design, and even owned my own Marketing Company, which had been a lifelong dream come true. But, I was without joy. I felt hollow. I was broken.
I read the quote above by Maya Angelou, and I realized that no matter how much work I did, how much advertising I produced, and no matter what I said, it would never make a difference to anyone because it did not not make people feel.
I dwelled on this thought for months, and then I purchased my own home. I felt taken care of, in good hands, and was washed over by joy when the purchase was finally made. It was then that I knew I wanted to make other people feel the same way I did after purchasing a home. I decided that I wanted to be a part of that kind of team. I wanted to influence that pivotal point in a person’s life in a positive light. I needed that opportunity to make a difference. I could feel the urge for a vocation for helping people feel safe, happy, and comfortable.
Since becoming a Real Estate Agent I have found that it is not only an opportunity, but a calling upon my life. It is a natural and relaxed way to meet people and introduce them to places that make sense, and I have a sincere desire to help people no matter what their needs may be. When a person or family decides to purchase a home, it is an incredibly important time in their lives. I wanted to do something with my life that fit, and when I became a Real Estate Agent, it was like putting on a pair of gloves that were made just for me.
Now, my one-year-anniversary is this week, and I can honestly say I’ve helped a lot of people. I might not have shown a house every day, but I have every week! I’ve had numerous shows, and I love being in houses. All because I decided that, overall, the only thing that mattered in my life was no longer money, but making a difference. I’m not saying that real estate is the only job that can do that. I’m simply saying it’s the job that did it for me. It is my hope that everyone can find a job that fills them, and if that job involves helping others, that’s even better! For me, it was important that I have the opportunity to be a part of people’s lives in a way (and time) that truly made a difference to them. I want to help change people’s lives.
My life is no longer about making a sales pitch, worrying about making a quota, or the possibility that a customer may not make the purchase. When people come to me, they are already in the market to buy a home. It’s not my job to try to force someone into making a purchase. Instead, it’s my job to match a person or family with the house that is truly for them. To see a person or family’s faces light up is the true reward!
If you do decide to change your path. Find a place that better suites your family. If you’re looking to assess your financial ability to buy a home in Durant, OK, let’s set up a time to chat. Click here to book a time in my calendar.
Brian A. Allen is a new Realtor and is full of energy, excitement and zeal for every sale. He spent most of his career in marketing and now applies that skill set to the homes his clients want to sell. Click here to learn more about Brian A. Allen