The real estate market turned out to be a lot more interesting than I expected, and being a real estate broker/ agent/ salesperson is starting to feel more challenging and fun than I had thought. The job calls for a lot of initiative, creativity, the understanding of what others need and want, and a strong determination and fierce will to stay true to who I am in the face of keen competition.
The industry attracts people from all walks of life because the reward is handsome for anyone who figures out how to win others over. The business is more about how many people like you and how much they like you than it is about how much you know about real estate and how much you can save for your buyer and make for your seller (although appearing knowledgeable and that you have your client's best interest at heart definitely helps to get more people to like you at the initial stage). But I suppose everyone else had that figured out a long, long time ago.
I have been working on being nice, friendly and warm, and although I do feel that sometimes that gives certain people the idea that they can walk all over me, it is refreshing to be liked.
One thing about me that sticks is my lack of patience. I still want everything done yesterday, and to pick up a new skill in one day. I still find failures unacceptable and ambiguities painfully frustrating.
And I am still obsessing over my hair. My 4th cut in 2 months:
I will start trading again next week. As I've mentioned before, there will be no real money involved this time. I will be sim trading just ONE method/approach/strategy/ and will track its performance in the next 3 years. Results will be posted the way they've always been posted.
Am in the midst of creating a new website for my new career. I've gotten a domain name and paid for it, but am tempted to get another one so I can continue to use juzjules. Hmmm....
I get the keys to my new home in mid Oct. My interior designer started working on conceptualization and sourcing of material a month ago, and hacking starts the day I get my keys (yes, I am hacking walls again, and flooring). I might document the renovation process - only if it's going to be a lot of fun doing so. There will be a house-warming this time, and it will be held over 2 to 3 days. Traders who wish to meet up: I'll be most glad to have you (do drop me an email so I can send you an invitation).