Larry Conrath Realty
Larry Conrath Realty
I am a realtor, in a rural, college town.
I am very eclectic with diverse interest and friendships so I spend a lot of time reading, studying and following almost random thoughts and ideas. My doctor told me I have ADD when I was about 50. My work habits may not be the best example but I've found ways to deal with things in my own style and I have had a fair amount of success doing things my way. Although there are always a variety of task to do, I always put people first when the opportunity arises.
Take some risk early, even if you fail, better to fail a few times early on. Get up and try again. Most successful people have failed one or more times before their successes. Many of them will fail again and start again. Everyone has a story and struggles. Find positive and uplifting programs and people to plug into to help keep you motivated and encouraged. Begin early and always strive to be a better person, better with others, better at what you do and better at what you want to do.
Here's the first step for college students
Find people who you think are successful in the field of your interest and pursue them as mentors and friends. Stay in touch with older friends and mentors. Be the one who picks up the phone and calls, stops to visit, writes letters. Don't give up! The power of association is everything. Where you will be years from now is a direct result of the people you associate with.
"I repeatedly considered working for the Boy Scouts as a professional. Friends discouraged me from the idea. In the appraisal business and later as a financial planner I often came to conclusions and recommendations different from the majority opinions."
Target where you want to be and go for it. Aim High! Don't be the one to tell yourself no, preventing your own progress. Plenty of others will try to do that for you. Do your homework and don't accept anything as fact just because others think it is so. Form your own opinions and be prepared to defend them with good reasoning. Don't be cocky about it but take the chance that you just might be right and they might be wrong. Stick to your ethics, even when it costs you to do so.
I was independent early, started my career during down cycles of the economy, had 5 kids and 20 yrs as a single income household. I took risk, had some successes and failures and I went through a bankruptcy to start fresh again.
Apparently I'm adult ADD, not ADHD. I've always thought I was just diverse & eclectic. ADD often also means you're pretty bright but you have to find ways to cope. I tried meds but did not like them. I'm a great worker, maybe not a great employee.
I got lucky when a high school teacher helped me to get employment that allowed me to start college. I worked my way through (6 years for undergrad). Family thought I was wasting my time but I wanted the knowledge & education. I had a thirst for it.