So you've probably heard that I'm now a REALTOR® with my family's business, Team Clayton of RE/MAX Professionals. You've probably also asked yourself, why? Or said, that's random. Fair enough.
Over the last three years, I went from owning my own cleaning company and cookie company, to working for a dynamic new startup. All to jump in to real estate—a little random, I know. However, there's more to it than that.
Entrepreneurship is exciting and I love it, but what was missing from all my other work was a bigger purpose—the spark that helps push you through the ups and downs of the J.O.B.—so I sat down with myself, thought about the life I wanted to live. Prayed.
That's when I decided to stop ignoring that voice in the back of my head, shouting "REAL ESTATE!" That voice has always bugged me about helping my parents grow their business. Most of the time, I took that to mean consulting with them and helping them build their company. Little did I know a few years ago I would end up joining the team myself.
So, I took the plunge, started Real Estate school, and I finished in two and a half weeks. I passed both my school and the state test on the first try. Everything was falling into place and showing me this was the right choice. Not only that, other good things started to come into my life as well.
Then, I got to work and saw what my parents had been building. They were ready to hire a buyer's agent and start doing what it took to aggressively grow their business. Team Clayton was ready for Kyle Clayton, I just had to step up. So I did. It was time for me to be a bigger part of this family team.
Of course, working with your parents can certainly be a minefield, but it's easy to see how much mine have grown and changed over the years—it's a good reminder that we're all human. And knowing how my parents communicate and think about things can also be a huge asset when dealing with the everyday give and take of working on a team. Plus, we're motivated by each other to grow our family business and bring it to a new level of success.
Soon after, I took my first buyer out, showed them a property and found their dream home. At that moment, I knew this was the work I was suppose to do. They had a sparkle in their eye and a joy that exuded from them; knowing they were about to buy their dream house. Even better, I was helping make that happen.
Sometimes the right choice isn't easy to make, but when you reap the rewards of that vision and effort, you know it was the right one. I suddenly felt like all the work I had done in the past, was to help me get to this place. It also has helped me connect with my parents in a new way.
Now I am helping people, working to make their dreams happen, and it feels so good! Plus, I am still the entrepreneur I always was, just with a better focus and bigger purpose.
Thank you for always supporting me, it means more to me than you know.