Although I have worked with Real Estate Agents for a long time for helping to sell a home, we seemed to be on different wavelengths. Of course our common purpose was to help a client's home sell but I believed we were "coming from different places." I couldn't have been more wrong.
When I signed onto Activerain I felt the same way. The funny thing is, the longer I am on the site and the more I read about Realtors has shown me we are much more alike then I ever would have believed. So, what ARE the common denominators between Feng Shui Consultants and Real Estate Agents?
We CARE very much for our clients. We want the best for them and try to help them in so many ways. We feel their happiness and their pain. We just aren't able to leave all our thoughts of them at the door when we arrive home; they are very much on our minds.
We don't work a "normal" work week or a 9 to 5 schedule. We need to make ourselves available when our clients are available, including nights and most weekends.
Most of us didn't choose this work, it chose US. Or maybe we found ourselves in it and got caught up in it. Although it may be a challenge at times, the fact is we LOVE what we do!
This brings to mind a line from the movie "A League of Their Own." It is based on a true story about a girls baseball team. When one player is getting ready to quit and Tom Hanks asks her why, she replies "It just got too HARD." She didn't end up quitting and neither do we. "After all," he replies, "If it were easy, ANYONE could do it." Not everyone can do what we do.
Simply put, most of us have to pay our own health insurance---or go without. Many people might prefer to stick with the "safe" job with a guaranteed income where they receive benefits. Not us.
Many of us form a real connection to our clients and go on to become genuine friends with them. How many people in how many professions can actually say that? We form some very special bonds that are never broken.
We feel that we have "helped" people. That in itself is a great satisfaction.
A recent fascinating post by Lola Audu showed that many of us do feel the ENERGY in a home. It's real, it exists and the comments all support the fact that most other Realtors feel it as well. If you happened to miss it: How to Successfully Engage the Sale of "The Angry House!"
We don't stick with the safe, corporate jobs we may have once held. We don't leave when the going gets rough. We delight every bit as much as our clients when we have helped them and feel their pain almost as deeply when something goes wrong, despite our best efforts. Real Estate and Feng Shui Consultants are committed to their work and, as it turns out, have MANY common denominators.
*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island providing on site consultations for all of Long Island and New York City and personalized Feng Shui Consultations by phone for those at a distance.