Once upon a time I was a broke pastor that loved what I did, but struggled financially, in my personal relationships, and was a bit confused about what the future held. Life ended up taking a bit of a left turn and I got divorced, transitioned out of ministry and into real estate and strove really hard to figure life out. I am not afraid of hard work and found success in the workplace, but I needed to figure out how to succeed in all of life. While this was rewarding both professionally and financially, I was still unsettled and fear had a grip on my life. And I was diligent and persistent to a fault. If I didn’t work all the time, I feared failure. I didn’t know what my future held and needed to grow and mature in some areas in my life. God was gracious to take me down a path of self-discovery and forced me to rely on Him and find contentment and peace with His timing and plan. That was a tough pill for this strong-willed guy to swallow. God used it to bring me to a new level of trust and humility (and I know I still have new levels of both to discover, but all in His timing, right?) and I have learned that God loves me so much, even likes me & is incredibly patient with me!
While I was grateful that He took me down this path, I felt like there was more. Despite my personal growth and having some success in my career, I knew there was still more. I wanted to be able to give back to others and I’ve always felt that I am ‘blessed to be a blessing’! Through a series of events over the course of a few years I was led to the point of buying a brokerage franchise and taking my career to a new place. However, at the 11th hour, after months of back and forth negotiations, that opportunity was taken away as my brokerage decided to grow by acquisition rather than growing organically. At first, I was mad and maybe even a little bitter, but within a few short weeks I decided I didn’t want to be bitter. I wanted to be better! And almost simultaneously, I was introduced to an opportunity that looked like a great fit. I was introduced to eXp Realty and fell in love with the alignment that agents have with one another. The business model fosters collaboration like I’ve never seen before!
We’ve all heard that it is better to give than to receive. I have found that I can give away and pour into other agents and not fear that they will outgrow me. In fact, I want my agents to outgrow me! As I began to share counsel, advice and even the secrets of my success, I was more filled with joy and found that as others prospered, the more my heart was filled. It truly is better to give than to receive! Whether through ownership and investment in real estate or by serving others through real estate as a broker or agent, it really is a business that can both bless and be a blessing. I’m really grateful for where God has brought me and that I can invest in my team as well as serve my clients with excellence! Although I am still a broken individual, I am no longer broke and I’m grateful that I can be a blessing to others. I love serving my clients and helping other agents succeed! Truly, it is better to give than to receive.