My Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings are booked.
Every. Single. Week.
Thursday is group bible study. 6:30 AM. 7 guys. 1 hour.
Friday is spent with my dad. 8:00 AM. Just the two of us, 1 hour, sometimes 2.
Saturday is my good friend Nick. 9:00 AM. 1 hour, but mostly 2.
For over ten years I met with a man named Doug Feagles in his offices in Loveland, Ohio for 1 1/2 hours each week at 6:00 AM.
It was my Friday appointment.
He dedicated time to mentor me. We shared our lives with one another over a cup of coffee and a bible. We shared our faith. We learned from one another what it means to be husbands, fathers, and businessmen.
The most important lesson I learned was the value of building relationships.
How you can’t build them overnight. How there are no shortcuts. How relationships require time. How they require curation.
Doug and I haven’t met regularly for over a year now, but today I had the honor to share coffee with him at our local Starbucks. It was good to see him.
After we exchanged pleasantries our conversation turned toward spiritual matters and a theme arose.
We talked about what it looks like to be free. Free from stress. Free from worry and anxiety. Free from peer pressure.
It made me consider my weekly schedule. Does it allow for a stress free week? Does it allow for the freedom needed to operate in life? Do I have it overbooked?
In my real estate practice, I meet with folks all the time.
Clients. Vendors. Contractors. Stagers. Podcast guests. Potential Agents. Current Agents.
Do I ever get burned out doing meetings?
They are NOT meetings. They are people. They are opportunities to build relationships.
Building into people is my calling. I’ll never get tired of encouraging, and coaching, and sharing.
It’s who I am. It’s what I do. It’s what I love.
When you can do everyday what you love–that’s true freedom.