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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.
Grateful to Know Myself
Now it is not lost on me that the title of this letter will probably sound a bit arrogant, but stick with me on this and I think it will come together & make sense. Benjamin Franklin said there are three hard things in life: steel, diamonds, and to know oneself. Knowing oneself takes time, perspective and experience to do well. As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the blessings that I have been given. I want to encourage us all to slow down this season and take the time to inventory the blessings in our lives. Pausing to consider all of the sources of joy and the good things we have been given brings about a healthy gratitude that will benefit us in many ways and, at the end of the day, we’ll know also ourselves a little better.
I started a snowball about 2 years ago. The thing about a snowball is when you roll it down a hill it begins to gather more snow and grow in size and significance. As we’ve all seen in the cartoons, a snowball can grow to such a size that it will swallow up anything in its path! Now I don’t think we are in any immediate danger of that happening with my snowball, but it has grown and I am proud of what we are creating! My snowball is my team or revenue share group. When I received my first revenue share check, it was not very impressive. Honestly, it was pretty small. But it began a snowball down the hill I was creating. The amazing thing about eXp Realty is that I can continue that momentum down the hill while at the same time, building my hill bigger each month that passes.
We've all seen a Venn Diagram - whether in school growing up or in a business meeting, it's a common illustration to show how things relate to one another. There are overlapping circles and where those circles intersect, there is commonality and mutual agreement. If my life was a Venn Diagram, Rolla Bradley would be very near to the center.
When life gives you lemons: make lemonade.
You've heard it before and you know what to do. It's a familiar saying that we often quote to a friend or family member that's going through a rough time. But can it really be that easy? I find that very few people actually do it. Very few people actually take a bad situation and turn it into something good.
If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat! We all struggle with faith at times. Internally we have a laundry list of reasons why we cannot do something or why we just KNOW something won’t work. It is easy to be the skeptic and come up with reasons why it will fail. It’s easy to watch others take steps of faith and criticize them when they start to sink. But nobody ever walked on water while sitting in the boat!
2019 has given me a heart of gratitude for all of my past clients & friends. It is because of you and your business referrals that has made it our best year yet. THANK YOU for trusting our team enough to share your friends & family as our new clients. We have had the opportunity to serve a little more than 60 families this year!
With the passing of each month, I am surprised at how quickly things change, yet our economy and area march on. A few months ago there was the Lake Dunlap dam collapse and the sky was falling…except that it didn’t. Home prices on the lake (now river) haven’t collapsed along with the dam. More recently we had the Northcliff Golf Course closing down which hit close to home for me. Since my house backs up to the course, I was, at first, a bit frightened by the fear of the unknown. But it will get sold or developed and our area will continue to grow and thrive. People want to be in our area and I’m thankful for that!
It’s been too long since we’ve talked, and I hope you are well! If we haven’t spoken in some time, shoot me a text or a facebook message - I’d love to catch up! For several years, I’ve had this goal to send out a letter to my clients and friends, but I didn’t follow through with it. Well, the wait is over! I’m putting myself out there and getting it done! If you have something that you’ve been putting off for a while, but you know it needs to be done, here’s a small bit of encouragement to get ‘er done!
Mark Lemmons hails from Houston, Texas where his love for Real Estate first began. Growing up in a family who valued and invested in real estate, Mark learned early many principles of Real Estate.