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The Big Why

The Big Why is not necessarily as easy to identify as one would think.  It took me years to realize that my real passion is real estate.  I toyed with the idea when I was 17, and promptly set it aside in favor of post-high school travel and adventure, then full tilt into Corporate America.  My Big Why at the time was to make enough money so that I could do whatever I wanted to, whenever I wanted to, and be in the position to ensure those important to me could be helped by me if need be - of course with $$.

Almost 30 years later I had accomplished much of the above, and had known for quite a while that I had an intense dislike for what my JOB required of my time.  2 or 3 roundtrips EVERY WEEK out of Phoenix for 7 years really killed my desire to get on an airplane for anything other than personal "fun" travel, and the car service, hotel, meeting, entertaining routine was very "old".  Where is your office?  Seat 1D.  Literally.  If not there - then you can find me in the America West Club. 

Corporate America

Then I finally woke up to the fact that I did have a choice - and made it.  It seemed that the only thing that didn't require getting on airplanes was real estate!  I exited corporate life after getting my real estate license and never looked back - except of course to help my sphere from corporate with their real estate needs!

My focus these days is on helping people.  Helping them identify and clarify what their real estate NEEDS are, and then helping them achieve their objectives while keeping their best interests at the forefront at all times. 

I was fortunate enough to form a friendship with someone who I consider a mentor.  We had attended the same investment seminar and learned that we both lived in the same community.  He invited me to be one of the founding members of the Rotary Club there, and even though I have moved and am now with a different Rotary Club - the only one that is Internet based! - we are still in close contact. 

I didn't know until several months after we formed a great friendship that he is a Venture Cap guy with a significant net worth.  He and his wife have a nice house and nice cars, but I wouldn't have known by their lifestyle how wealthy they really are.  They are primarily philanthropists helping the community.  For his birthday present to himself he paid for a pool to be built for one of the servers at the Country Club who had 3 disabled children who could only get exercise in a swimming pool.  To learn that information I had to almost arm wrestle him out of it at one of our "mentoring dinners" when he let slip his birthday had been the previous weekend.  I of course wanted to know why he hadn't let me know in advance - and the bottom line was that he doesn't want people to make a fuss about him - he prefers to be in the background and step in and help where he sees the need.

Wheelchair

I did some research one day and found an article published in the mid 90's about him in one of the major business publications alongside a similar article about Michael Dell.   At that time his net worth was over 2 Billion!  Needless to say - I respect his desire for a low profile, and look to him for guidance as well as help support fundraisers for causes he identifies. 

My Big Why has gone from making money with no clear purpose, to helping people with a clarity of purpose.  Not only does that make money, but it is also spiritually rewarding.

 

About the Authors - Updated 2018

If you are considering a Traditional or Short Sale of your home in Phoenix, Scottsdale or any location in Maricopa County Arizona, you owe it to yourself to talk with the BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty to determine whether Tony and Suzanne Marriott are the best real estate Brokers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale metropolitan area to help you with the Successful Sale of your home.

Tony and Suzanne have personally Listed, Sold and Closed more than a hundred Short Sales with the highest list to close rate in the Phoenix Metro Area!

Tony Marriott - Chief Operating Officer - BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Suzanne Marriott - Chief Learning Officer - BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Associate Brokers, REALTORS
BVO Luxury Group
Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Comments

 Nice post Tony. I had sort of a similar experience a few years ago when I went from trading stocks on the NASDAQ to becoming a success in the art world.

 This career shift allowed me to travel to more interesting places and to connect with people I would have never met during my stock trading days and... that in turn has led me to get involved with causes such as WomenInLiteracy.org and several other things. So my BIG WHY came with some really nice benefits I could never have imagined.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 12 years ago
Until we know our 'Big Why', honestly, we'll never truly achieve what our potential is.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) over 12 years ago
Tony great post and it sounds like you have figured life out. It's all about giving. Give until it hurts and then give so more.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago

"Hello Tony"

My aren't you a smart guy! Good. We like smart guys!

Give until you BLEED...Then give some more!

Little pain/Little pleasure...Never hurt anyone. Well almost no one. :0)

TLW "The Lovely Wife"...Do You Need A Bandaid?...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Great timing on this post ... It kind of hit me today that the 'Big Why' isn't about what you can get for yourself, but what you can do for others. That kind of perspective makes it a lot easier to focus in on and realize business goals.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 12 years ago

TLW - I miss your Kum La Kum Lakka - even though I never understood it!

Marti, Christina, Bryant and John - thanks for the comments.  I don't think I have it all figured out - just a bit better grasp than I did 30 years ago!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 12 years ago
Here's one for the road...Kum La Ka Lakka...TLW...ROAR!
Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Tony, I like your post.  When people ask me how I do what I do I normally tell them they're asking the wrong question. Its 'why' not 'how.'  Address the 'why' question for the deeper meaning to anything. On a side note, I referred to you (and quoted) on my blogs at Chicago's Home Weblog and AR.

Posted by Geno Petro (GenoPetro.House) over 12 years ago
Geno - Thanks for the mention and the link!
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 12 years ago
Very nice story, its a belissing to do something you enjoy, keep up the good work.
Posted by Charles Blumenkehl (Blue Asset Management) about 12 years ago

Marti Garaughty  I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain! This topic is still as relevant today as 9 years ago! 2007 and 2008 were particularly challenging years in real estate - but we're still here!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

Christina  I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain! This topic is still as relevant today as 9 years ago! 2007 and 2008 were particularly challenging years in real estate - but we're still here!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

Bryant  I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain! This topic is still as relevant today as 9 years ago! 2007 and 2008 were particularly challenging years in real estate - but we're still here!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

TLW  I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain! This topic is still as relevant today as 9 years ago! 2007 and 2008 were particularly challenging years in real estate - but we're still here!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

Geno Petro  I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain! This topic is still as relevant today as 9 years ago! 2007 and 2008 were particularly challenging years in real estate - but we're still here!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

Charles Blumenkehl  I was remiss in the early days - just now catching up with comments from blog posts since day 1 - thanks for the comment - hope you are still in the 'Rain! This topic is still as relevant today as 9 years ago! 2007 and 2008 were particularly challenging years in real estate - but we're still here!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 3 years ago

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