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A life changing day away from real estate

We have all had them.  Moments in life that impact us in a way that we did not expect and it changes us in a way we never expected.

Real estate is a tough business and it just gets tougher all the time. It is very demanding indeed. There is so much to learn and so much to absorb. I have spoken to many AR friends over the past year and lately spoke to my friend Tracy Santrock. Tracy and I spoke for over an hour early last week sharing the latest and greatest real estate technology, Search Engine Optimization tools, marketing tools and much more.

With all the success in my career over the past years I always felt there was something else I wanted in my life other than this busy world of real estate and I always felt it would have something to do with children.  In fact, when my broker asked me 2 years ago what I would do if I didn't sell real estate, I responded by telling him "I don't know but I know I want to work with children".

Over a month ago my sister asked if I would volunteer as a scorer for the Junior Golf Program my nephew is part of.  It required that I take a day off in the middle of the week to walk 9 holes of golf with 4 young randomly selected kids that were 11 years of age.  A the time I said "Sure" just thinking it would be a nice break from work and fun.

Well last Thursday was the day for me to be a scorer for 4 wonderful kids, Brandon, Chance, Michelle and Sky.  My job was to keep score and to make sure they all followed the rules of golf. 

Brandon hit his first drive on the first hole and I was in awe!  This kid is a Tiger Woods in the making if I have ever seen one!  This kid is averaging better scores than grown men on a very tough 9 hole course.  His swing is one of the sweetest, purest I have ever seen and I watch a lot of golf.  I told him to remember me when he goes on tour!

Chance had a smile and a happy go lucky attitude that just lit up the place.  It didn't matter if he hit great shot or a bad shot, his attitude and smile remained constant.  He pretty much guaranteed we all had a light hearted great time.

Michelle was a cute little blonde girl that seemed to just be out for a Sunday afternoon drive.  She didn't take the game too seriously and she has a wonderful genuine smile that will light up any room. She just remained very consistent and just kept "smiling" and was just as agreeable and kind as anyone I have ever been around.

Sky was very reserved and her golf game was not real good and I just tried to pump her up with words of encouragement.  It wasn't until the 7th hole until I finally heard Sky say more than one word at a time when she said "Putt it, roll it, hole it" to Chance when he was getting ready to putt.  As I mentioned, Sky didn't golf very good that day and finally, here we are on the last hole.  Brandon, Michelle and Chance have all missed the last putt on the last hole which was about a 5 foot putt and would save par.  I looked at Sky and said "Putt it, roll it, hole it".  She just smiled at me and swung the putter.  The ball went strait in the hole!  Sky had a smile wider than Niagara Falls as she proceeded to get high fives from everyone!

I simply had the time of my life last Thursday and when it was all over I was kind of saddened that it had all come to an end.  What I felt from all those kids is hard to put into words. They all had something special they brought to the course that day and they all touched me in a special way.

I hope that in the hustle and bustle of your real estate career you have something away from the business where you can leave the cell phone in the car and give your heart and soul to something or someone that brings a joy to your heart and allows you to give something back to this great world. The world will not end if you miss a few calls over a few hours. Trust me, it will give you a balance and a purpose that we all need.

I don't think Brandon, Chance, Michelle and Sky have any idea what they did for me that day.

Go out and Putt it, Roll it and hole it!


 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 26 commentsGeorge Tallabas • July 06 2008 12:22PM


So true George.  Real estate can be all consuming---as I sit here Sunday afternoon working away.  A fringe benefit of volunteering as you did is getting your face out there and networking---though it does not sound as if you had ulterior motives at all.  Interesting that you would choose to work with children if you were not in real estate.  There are statistics somewhere showing that many realtors are ex-teachers--I am one of those statistics.

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) over 12 years ago

thats very good george - i was just thinking how my world is so limited to 'real estate' in some way - how i want to do some other things, have new experience , a world where its not all real estate, computers, houses, gizmos, and realtors!  :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 12 years ago

George, Nice Story and  it proves that work isn't everything and certainly is not the only thing. We can contribute to our little corner of the world while All Real Estate may be local, giving time to children is universal, good for you and good for them. Steve

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 12 years ago

George - Thanks for the story and the reminder.  It is amazing how much you 'get' when you give a little.  Sometimes I lift my head up from my computer and find a whole world out there!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 12 years ago


I agree with the sentiment, "Real estate is a tough business and it just gets tougher all the time." This past week has been such a challenge learning how to take and add videos, discussing SEO, blog optimization, backlink central, and other blogger type stuff.  You are a kind soul for spending quality time with me! I will say my friend the juices are flowing and the creativity is in high gear.

I also know that golf is your true passion! I've been beginning to think that you were in the mode of "all work and no play".  I'm glad to see that you were able to take some time out of your busy day to help the four children on the golf course.  What a fantastic way to give back to the community and an enjoyable one also. 

You are the best George!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 12 years ago

George, I am glad to hear of your outside real estate work with children. I volunteered in a similar fashion with after school tutoring of elementary school kids and meals with a church group and I know I got more out of it than them. Keep up your efforts in this area, you are a natural. We are all so much more than real estate.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago

Hi George...Well, here's one for TLW's six word challenge.

Children make the world go round!

They are capable of bring so much joy to our lives.  They simply have no idea!  They need us too though and I am glad that you shared your time with them.

Cheers to your smart sister.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 12 years ago

Pat - Thank you very much and I hope you can get away from the rigors of real estate and be blessed by doing something you really love.

Liz - So true my friend. 

Alpine Lakes Real Estate - Yes, real estate is not my whole world...thanks.

Virginia - Yes, there is a whole world out there waiting for us.

Tracy - I have saved comments in the past that have touched me and I am saving yours!  One thing that I want to correct my friend is that golf is not my passion.  People are my passion and that is why I love real estate and love children so much.  Golf is simply a way for me to escape the rigors of a high stress career but people have always been my passion my friend.  Pat yourself on the back because you are one amazing lady.

Gary - Good for you.  I am so happy you are involved in childrens lives.  They are truly a blessing from above. All my best to you my friend.

Kathleen - Yes my friend, children bring more to us than they will ever know. Thank you.


Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

I love to go with our grandchildren golfing they are so fun to be with. Our grandson plays hard at it but our granddaughter you never know where she might end up. The oher day it was in the spinkler that running on a closed fairway.

Posted by Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors®) over 12 years ago

What a great experience.  I love working with kids - and it give me a lot of joy.  I volunteer with several groups that interact with children -- it makes one realize what is really important in life -- and it makes us honest.  thanks for sharing this experience.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 12 years ago

Vicki - Good for you.  Those are times to treasure for sure!  Have a great evening.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

Joan - Amen my friend. Children just light up my world!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

George, taking a few days off here and there is good for the soul.  I remember those days of golfing.  What fun!  And you got to work with 4 great children.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 12 years ago

Kay - So very true my friend. Have a great evening.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

George, that's great.  I'm sure those kids are saying the same thing about you.  You don't have any idea what you did for them that day.

I have taken time out to fundraise for the local high school lunch program and transit system tickets for the underprivileged children.  Kids shouldn't go to school hungry and they shouldn't walk for miles in the bitter Winter, to get to school. They can't learn when they're hungry or cold.

I have also been involved in other causes: filling a stable (buying animals for families in 3rd world countries); breast cancer research; local animal shelters, etc. 

I like to think I'm doing my share, but it's never enough.  I need to dedicate more time to good causes.  Although I get great satisfaction and cry a lot of happy tears when I see how happy a client is, moving into a new house, it's nothing like what I feel, when I'm able to collect thousands of dollars for the hot lunch program (with the help of many, of course, but it's still a great feeling).

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 12 years ago

Sylvie - Good for you. There is so much more to this world than working 24/7 in real estate and that day with those 4 wonderful children just left me with such a great feeling that money and possessions cannot come close to giving me joy like those 4 children did.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

Children are real life angels who not only touch our hearts but leave a permanent footprint.  I'm so glad you had that opportunity George.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 12 years ago

George, I know the feeling. I coach my sports over the years. Seeing a kid smile is the most rewarding thing you can imagine. These kids are just trying to do their best. No stress or worries. Enjoy every chance you get. I Do!

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 12 years ago

Kris - Very well put and 4 Angel footprints were left on my heart last Thursday!

Frank - Good for you my friend.  Keep up the great work and thank you.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

George~Children really do have a way of making you see what is important in life!  I'm glad you got to help with the golf tournament.

Hope you are having a

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Kids always brighten up my day and sounds like they did the same for your day as well!  Balance is hard to achieve in real estate but taking a break once in a while helps keep me sane :)

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES) over 12 years ago

Pam - Thank you

Patricia - Yes, children lighten up my life and make it easier for me to put the business of real estate aside.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

Kids do warm your heart and put a smile on your face, they have a way of taking us away from our own thoughts and into their worlds.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 12 years ago

Cindy - So true my friend.  Children have always had a warm place in my heart.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

That's wonderful you're able to step away and enjoy the very reason why you work so hard. Good for you.

Posted by LS Rogers Realty (LS Rogers Realty) over 12 years ago

Trunda - Thank you very, very much and have a great weekend.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago