Re: Another Amazing Realtor Story…Should I start hiding? - Posted by Jim IL
Posted by Jim IL on April 04, 2000 at 22:11:43:
It is good to see a “Brother” coming into this business.
I too used to work in Law Enforcement/Corrections.
I served my last few years supervising a shift in the crossbar hotel. (I worked for the county Sheriff where Deputies did double duty as “cops” and “C.O.'s”.)
Let me tell you, leaving that secure enviroment, in all forms of the statement, was scary at best.
But, it sure is nice to have weekends off when I chose, not mandatory O.T., and a uniform of MY CHOOSING! (not too mention not too many people try to fight with investors, or call them names constantly.)
The freedom I felt that glorious day I quit is a feeling I will treaure forever.
That day I walked into roll call, handed the Sgt. my badge and a letter of resignation, I promptly got on my motorcycle and raced home, yelling at the top of my lungs that I was free. I am sure I looked like an idiot raising my arms into the air as I yelled on my bike.
And sure, after leaving I felt a certain sense of loss.
The Badge is a lifestyle, not just a JOB as you know, better than those who have not walked the walk.
And, certain things will ALWAYS be in your personality.
Your constant sense of needing to observe EVERYTHING around you, and watching your back.
But, I have found that my experience inside has helped me develope problem solving skills far greater and faster than most. It is easy to not be afraid or experience fear of a deal when you are used to fighting and facing home made knives daily.
(Yes daily, I worked in a typically understaffed , over crowded max county jail.)
After all, negotiating a home sale is way easier than getting some banger to drop his shank in a fight, right?
So, go for it, and good luck.
Welcome to life on the “outside” my brother.
Sometime when your in chat here in CRE we can swap “War stories” and De-brief a bit about the J.O.B., and I’ll show you the ways I have correlated my inside ecperience to this world in R.E.I.
Take care, and welcome aboard,