Guest Blogger Kathy Holmes: Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People for Business & Personal Success

kathy holmesI feel both honored and privileged to be asked to contribute to the Herg Life blog. To put into mere words what this means to me, is a challenge in and of itself.

But that is one huge aspect of what the Herg Life is… to challenge yourself on a daily basis – whether it’s running up and down three flights of stairs to be in better shape, rather than take the elevator, or it’s still jumping fences on my horse when I’m in my 60’s.

I joined Adam Hergenrother’s world almost three years ago when I moved my real estate business to Keller Williams Vermont and I am still amazed by what it feels like to be surrounded by and supported by a group of like-minded thinkers and doers, people who “walk the talk” and set examples for the rest of us. Individuals who actually believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to. They challenge me to challenge myself and take the harder route or set a bigger goal. It is not always easy (usually it is not), but it is where I experience the most personal growth.

Why I Love the Herg Life:

  1. I am in a space where the people around me understand that your business and personal life are intertwined and not separate worlds. They understand that to be the best you can be in business, means you have to be at your best physically and mentally as well.
  2. I know that when I say things that the “main stream” thinks are weird, like, “Whatever you think you create,” or “Whatever you put your attention on expands,” I will be completely understood, supported, and encouraged.
  3. I am encouraged to take time out of the work day to meditate, not once, but twice, because it will make me mentally sharper and physically in a better space to handle the daily stresses that come from business.
  4. kathyI am challenged to ask myself the question, “What more can I do or give?” -whether it be to my fellow agents, the community or friends and family. Because of that, I recently began a conversation with the Boys and Girls Club to volunteer to read to young children – something that is very  much beyond my comfort zone, because I have to allocate time and travel to do this, but I know I would get more out of the giving of my time and myself.

I am so glad that Adam brought Keller Williams to our little state of Vermont and that it came at a time in my life when most people my age are winding down. The culture and environment at Keller Williams Vermont gives me the tools to create what I need for what’s next in my life… for a better quality of life than I ever dreamed possible.

Kathy Holmes, licensed since 1982, is CEO of The Holmes Team at KW Vermont. To learn more about her journey or her real estate business, please email




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