With the holidays upon us, it’s a great time to reflect on this past year as well as to plan on what we will do differently in the New Year. I happen to be a big believer in the saying “what goes around comes around” – every one of my actions is like a rubber band in that it will somehow come back to me.
Ask anyone who knows me what matters most in my life, and they will tell you it’s my family. I have always held a deep and passionate belief in doing what is best for my family – it’s how I got into the real estate business in the first place. In fact, everything that I have been able to achieve in life is a direct result of putting my family first. I have reaped countless benefits in return.
I believe the same holds true for our extended families – both our fellow REALTORS® and our communities.
For example, the decisions we make at NAR, at our state and local associations, impact all REALTORS®. When we put our fellow members first, we all benefit. I know we have some tough decisions to make in 2009, as we deal with this challenging economic environment. We must keep the good of our REALTOR® family top of mind in all decisions and the actions that follow.
Our communities are another important part of our extended family. When our communities grow and prosper, our businesses will, too. As busy as I am with NAR, I continue to make time to serve my community at home. That way, consumers know that I will not forget their needs. All across this great country there is a huge need for volunteers, whether it’s a charity for the underserved or a civic group. I encourage all of you to use you talent to benefit your fellow citizens. Make service a year-around commitment.
I know that many of us are working hard to survive in the current environment. In my experience, the best way to help yourself is by helping others. So take some time for loved ones, the REALTOR® organization and our communities. I promise you will get much more in return. — Vicki Cox Golder, 2009 NAR President-Elect