Today I’m flying back from New Orleans (though currently stuck in an airport in Philly) after four days of intense training, masterminding, and networking at Keller Williams Realty’s annual event, Family Reunion. The convention center was packed with 15,000 people. The energy and idea exchange was incredible. I always leave those events feeling inspired and grateful to be part of such a revolutionary organization. An organization, by the way, that was just ranked the #2 training organization in the world across all industries!
This year was a real full-circle moment for me. Six years ago, I attended my very first Family Reunion in New Orleans. This year, I had the honor of being on stage with Gary Keller and other top agents, not once, but twice. It was a bit surreal and when Gary asked me a question, I felt outside of my body and was able to witness the words just flowing out of me. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been on stage at a Keller Williams’s event in the past six years, but being back in New Orleans with Gary two feet from me, instead of two football fields away, just felt right.
My first trip to New Orleans was just a few weeks after registering with KWRI to open the first Market Center in Vermont. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. A few nights before the trip, I lay awake in bed all night. I was scared. Maybe I had taken on too much. Moved too quickly. Didn’t do enough research. It was one of my darkest nights.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
But a couple days later, I boarded a plane to NOLA and my life would never be the same. I remember watching all these Mega Agents on stage with Gary Keller and I knew I had found my home. I had never been around people before who thought as big as I did (even bigger) and who spoke the language of leadership, growth, and resilience at such a high level. Right then, I knew I wanted to be on stage with them. My thinking had been elevated and I would never be able to go back to my previous level of consciousness. My life was forever changed and I knew I was on the right path to achieve massive success and growth.
I went back after Family Reunion and launched KW Vermont. I started my entrepreneurial career as a Realtor, and real estate will always have my heart, but I wanted more. I want to have as many experiences while I’m here on Earth and never want to be limited. So a small real estate team turned into a large real estate team, then we expanded into additional states. I founded a construction management and development company with my brother. Then started a capital firm. Then a coaching and training organization. And then a foundation to strategically give back. And, as you can imagine, I have several other ventures I explore on a monthly basis and will continue to build additional companies that make sense to my overall vision of changing the way people live and play.
I am not actively in production any more and I consider myself a business owner and empire builder first, and a Realtor second, but I will never forget that Keller Williams gave me the confidence and the tools to become who I needed to be in order to live the life I have now. #grateful
Here are my top 5 takeaways from this year’s Family Reunion:
- Think even bigger!
- Who’s money is this anyway? I have been entrusted with a lot of money and does it really belong to me? What can I do with this money that I’ve been blessed with? How much can I give? Shameless plug for the new MREA book coming soon!
- “A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.” – Gary Keller
Small decisions every day add up to exponential rewards. When you’re in the grind, putting in the time and the hard work, you earn your right to be at the top.
- Connections. Be nice, respectful, and kind to everyone you meet. You never know when you might be in relationship with them.
- Don’t compete with your peers. Running along side someone, helping them grow, pushing each other, and finding joy in each other’s successes is a hell of a lot more fun then running the race alone.
What were your biggest ahas from Family Reunion?
Next year – Vegas!