Strahm Sells!: November 2010

Don’t Dream It, Be It

I Love Real EstateYeah, this is going to be a rah-rah post about doing something you love.  But a very personal one.

I could have titled this post "Why I Became a Real Estate Agent."  But I think I watched the  Rocky Horror Picture Show a few too many times over Halloween - thus the title. The song Don't Dream It, Be It resonated with me in 1975 when them movie first came out and I was in 10th grade.  And it resonates with me to this day.

Why?  If you're not familiar with the song, listen to it here.  In a nutshell, it tells you not to waste your time just thinking about something you want to do.  Just do it.  And they said it much more eloquently than Nike did, decades before.

I got my first real estate license 22 years ago.  Not because I wanted to sell real estate, but because I was about to buy my first home, and really wanted to know how everything worked.  I never like being the dumbest guy at the table.

And I remember as I took the required courses, and sat for the state exam  that I really, really liked it!  But I had a career that was just starting.  It paid well, and was a very regular pay check.  One of my co-workers at the time was doing the same thing I was doing.  He decided to go for broke and enter real estate as a career.  But it didn't work out for him.  One more reason to stick with my trusty old job.

As the years passed, my career grew.  I'm not going to say anything bad about it.  It paid handsomely.  It took me around the world.  Trips on the corporate jet were always a treat.  But it was not something that ignited a fire in me.

It took me a few decades to understand that I really did not like what I was doing for work.  There were mornings I found it difficult to get out of bed.  There were days that I truly dreaded being at work.  It spilled over into my personal life.  When it takes one day to shake off the work week, and then another day girding yourself for the coming work week, a weekend is not very relaxing.

How many times have you said to yourself, "Gee, I wish I could do <fill in the blank> for a living - that would be great!

Don't dream it, be it!

For me it was real estate.  I now love getting up every morning.  It's not work to me.  It's passion.  It's the absolute best change I ever made in my life, because it allows me to enjoy all of the other, wonderful things in my life.  There has not been one minute of regret.  Well, that's not true.  My only regret is that I did not make the career change earlier!

So if you don't like doing what you're doing, CHANGE!  If you think real estate could be your passion, try it!  But if you're already in real estate, and don't like it - CHANGE!

As cliché as it sounds, life really is too short.

So if you come away with anything from this post today, it's going to be an old Confucius saying:

Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life

 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
Broker / Owner
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA

415 North Broad Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

Direct: (215) 853-2624
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Comment balloon 22 commentsRichard Strahm • November 04 2010 10:56AM
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