By Julie Meggs, Broker/Owner, EXIT Capstone Realty, AL
I earned my brokers license and attained my certification to teach real estate courses back in 2019. At the time, I was with a company that told me there wasn’t a place for me to do anything with it. That I wasn’t needed as a teacher nor a mentor, opportunities were paraded in front of my face only to be inexplicably pulled out from under me, that my style wasn’t good enough and didn’t fit their “model”, they liked their dogs on a leash so to speak. They told me over and over, I just needed to get with the program and sell more houses to be happy. So, in crept depression and self doubt. On the back burner the certification went but I still kept it active because I’d worked too hard to let it go.
Fast forward to last year. During my very first stretch of my RE teacher legs in walks the real estate commission to audit me. Terrifying, right? But it really wasn’t as bad as all that. I felt nervous just because, but I was centered and prepared. This was my chance to prove to MYSELF what I was made of!
I was completely flattered by the assessment of my very first official real estate class as an instructor. Since that day, I’ve had seasoned agents and brokers locally and from around the state contact me and ask for my materials, ask me to teach in their offices and tell me we should require my class of all new agents joining our association. Others reach out just to tell me personally how much they enjoyed being in the room.
I feel like I have finally found the primary directive for myself and my way of helping other agents who seek to improve our profession.
What hit it home for me was that when I met with one of my Regional Owners and showed him the assessment letter, he genuinely shared in my joy. This was such a wonderful feeling being met with a “this is awesome – sky’s the limit” response rather than an eye roll and a “Why would you do that? It’s only going to cost you more money and hours of coursework”.
I can now look back on those responsible for installing that glass ceiling of self-doubt and worthlessness above my head and say SHAME ON THEM! I AM ENOUGH!
So thank you Troy Dooley for your encouragement and support and everything that EXIT Realty has given me. I have finally found my “family”. I don’t know where my path will lead me next, but I know gone are the days of feeling like I’m lost in the crowd, My future is truly shaping up to be one of fulfillment.