The Luck of the Irish
As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, I was thinking about luck. I don’t know if there really is such a thing. I think we have a big hand in creating our destiny. Maybe I just think that because I’m not Irish and I can’t fall back on that “luck of the Irish” thing. Are Irish people actually lucky? I don’t know. All I know is I have had some incredible things happen in my life. Some may call it luck but I truly believe I had something to do with it. I believe in God and that He can make anything happen, but I also believe that he made the Universe and Energy and when we use those two things, we can make a lot of things happen.
I have had amazing experiences and met some incredible people. Why did I choose to leave warm, beautiful, sunny Arizona in 1997 and move to Nashville Tennessee, a place I had never been? I felt led. How did I meet, and get to sing with great musicians like Paul Rodgers, Peter Stroud, Ed Roland, Mike Reno, Wally Palmer, Jack Blades, Jeff Carlisi, Robin Zander, Rick Springfield, and countless more? How did I decide to try my hand at real estate and grow it into a team that helps hundreds of people a year? Luck? At the right place at the right time? Knowing the right people? Probably a little of all three, but if I hadn’t taken chances, if I hadn’t spoken up, if I hadn’t moved to Nashville from Arizona at a young age, knowing only one person, I believe I wouldn’t have had those opportunities.
Now that my life is more about making other people’s dreams come true, I think the same principles apply. In real estate, as in most businesses, you have to take some chances. You have to speak up. And sometimes, you have to be at the right place at the right time. Some things you can do to give you a better chance is to talk to those that have done it before. Ask friends or family about their experiences. Talk to your Realtor about what you can expect. Don’t go into it blindly. Make sure you are comfortable with what you are embarking on. You may be buying or selling your first home, wanting to invest in your first rental property, or moving across the country. Make sure you have professionals on your side to help guide you.
“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.” Denzel Washington
In my journey, I ask a lot of questions along the way. Whether it was starting out in music or later, starting out in real estate, I learned that I will never know it all, and I will always be human. Get advice and guidance from others, take a few chances, and I wish you the “Luck of the Irish!”
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.