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  • Writer's pictureChris Muellenbach

Passion & Burnout

In the past week, I've spoken to many of you in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and Madison. A common theme has emerged: with this year's spring market, many of you have been working hard and showing incredible dedication to your clients. However, there seems to be a looming sense of burnout.


This has led me to reflect on a powerful quote by Simon Sinek: "Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion."


Our work in real estate is undoubtedly driven by passion. We care deeply about our clients, our team, and our success. However, even when we are passionate, the demands of our profession can sometimes push us to the edge. I want to address this and emphasize the importance of balance and well-being.


Recognize the Signs of Burnout

It’s crucial to recognize when you are reaching the brink of burnout. Symptoms include persistent fatigue, loss of motivation, irritability, and a decrease in performance. If you’re experiencing these, please reach out—whether it’s to me, a colleague, or a professional.


Take Time for Yourself

Remember, taking breaks is not a sign of weakness, but one of wisdom. Schedule regular time for activities that rejuvenate you—whether it’s spending time with loved ones, engaging in a hobby, or simply taking a walk. Your mental and physical health is a priority.


Set Boundaries

While our clients are important, so are your boundaries. Communicate clearly with clients about your availability and stick to those boundaries. This helps manage expectations and ensures you have time to recharge.


Leverage Team Support

We have an incredible team. Don’t hesitate to lean on each other for support. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, delegate tasks when possible or seek advice from a colleague who might have a different perspective.


Passion with Purpose

Reignite your passion by reminding yourself why you chose real estate as your career. Reflect on the successes and the clients you’ve helped. Sometimes, revisiting your purpose can provide a much-needed boost of motivation and clarity.


Open Communication

If you’re feeling stressed or burned out, please don’t keep it to yourself. Together, we can find solutions and support each other through challenging times.


Our passion for real estate drives us, but it's equally important to ensure that this passion is sustainable. Let’s commit to working hard, but also to taking care of ourselves and each other.


Let’s support one another and create an environment where we can thrive both personally and professionally.

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