Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is a literary classic. Fit for all times, and many circumstances. Perhaps you’ve felt that way. At a crossroads, a divergence. Unsure of which road you should take. To the Realtors® and Investors who follow my blog The Red Pill Investor it comes as no surprise that I take an alternative view to conventional wisdom.
Maybe you’ve been in that place, as I have, where you are uncertain as to what you should do. As a traveler in this journey we call life, I’ve found that I have had to survive by my wits, and assistance from my loved ones and friends. Let’s just be clear, there isn’t any “Life’s Instruction Book” that is a practical way to handle many of the “grown up” questions that my inquisitive mind wants to hear.
The author leads us down a path of decision. A metaphorical road of destiny versus choice. Two roads lie before you, a road easy, and another darkened and difficult to discern.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
In my life, I translate this to my choices with Residential Real Estate versus my love and passion for The Red Pill Investor Podcast and Investing in Real Estate on my own behalf.
For over 23 years, I’ve represented banks, customers, clients, and others in their dealings with real estate. To be honest, it has been a rewarding, and financially satisfying trade. Much like the character in the yellow wood, I have happened upon a fork in my road. Between spending time investing on my own and sharing my experiences on my podcast, versus becoming a residential real estate agent again full time.
Perhaps you have been in that point in your life. Deciding between two opposing paths in your life. Both have their benefits, as well as their drawbacks.
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
Residential Real Estate has been a great career, and the path is grassy for me. Perhaps “the better claim” as it certainly would pay financially better than spending time on a podcast or blog sharing the skills that it has taken me a lifetime to learn.
It’s my belief that the Author of Life (as well as the Author of the Poem) had made the choice deliberately difficult for us. Both paths lay equally open, no leaves obscuring the right or wrong way to go…
Oh how we long to keep our options open, and take that first path for another day; yet we know that somehow, “life gets in the way” and we hardly ever will.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
It’s funny how if you know you want to do something, you think to yourself that you can “always come back” if you have to. However, you and I both know that you doubt you ever will. Much like to myself, I always tell myself, “you can always go back to selling residential real estate for others full time again…” but like the author on the path, I doubt I ever should.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I hope to be telling you with a sigh, a sign of hard work expended, and relief felt… in years to come, that when faced with the difficult choice of following my training, or following my passions, I took the scary route… and that it made all the difference.
Have a Powerful Sales Day!