How I Balance My Business & Personal Life

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

This month Jeff Dowler is hosting an ActiveRain contest/challenge titled "The Challenges of Work-Life Balance - Your Personal Story".  In his contest/challenge Jeff challenges us to Write a blog about the challenge we face in trying to balance our business and personal life, and what we do to balance them.  Jeff's question of How I Balance My Business & Personal Life, is one I have to not only ask myself, but one I had to answer early in my life if I was to ever be truly successful.

The Real Estate and related industries are very "time" demanding.  We are on call 24/7 yet we need to incorporate our personal and family life into those hours.  We can have a successful business, but if our personal and family life is not equally or more successful, we have failed.  What good is business success if we do not take the time to enjoy it with our family and friends?

It is so easy to get consumed in our work.  The demands our clients, and referral partners put on us can eat up all of our time very quickly, especially when problems arise in a transaction.

For me the way I have been able to maintain balance between my work and personal life has been to prioritize what is truly important to me.

  • God
  • Family
  • Business

Establishing the priorities was the easy part.  Keeping from dividing up my time in the reverse order was the hard part, and requires a constant reminder of those priorities.  I need to constantly remember that:

  • First and foremost the number one factor in the success of my business, has been my faith and reliance on God to see me through whatever comes my way.  From my very first day in my sales career God has been a part of it, and that has given me an incredible peace of mind to know no matter what He will see me through whatever I face.  I truly believe that, and He has shown it to me over, and over.
  • The support of my wife.  She is an incredible woman, who has put up with the crazy amount of time my business demands of me, especially early on.  In the 42 years I have been in sales,  she has put up with phone calls at all odd hours.  You know what I mean, the phone rings in the evening, weekends, holiday, and yes even vacations.  She has put up with the lean times we have been through and did without.  She never complained, and kept on supporting me no matter what.  To say I am thankful to have her as my wife does not come close to what I feel.

Through my faith in God, and support of my wife I have been able to keep focused on the first two priorities, and not let the 3rd priority dominate my time.  How I Balance My Business & Personal Life is not easy, because the 3rd priorities is constantly trying to move up into the #1 spot.  It is a constant battle, but a battle I must win, if I am to maintain balance, and achieve true success in my life.



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George Souto NMLS# 65149 is a Loan Originator who can assist you with all your #FHA, #CHFA, and #Conventional #mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes #Middletown, #Middlefield, #Durham, #Cromwell, #Portland, #Higganum, #Haddam, #East Haddam, #Moodus, #Chester, #Deep River, and #Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's a well thought out and written post about how you balance your personal life, George!

May 23, 2017 07:17 PM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is about priorities and keeping a watch on it. You have yours solidly grounded and in the right order, George. It makes for a happy life.

May 23, 2017 07:46 PM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi George - you have your priorities in the right order. The first two insures that the other will happen. 

May 23, 2017 08:21 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Focus with the support of the important faith and life partner are the building blocks not only to a successful career....but a rewarding life....and you know exactly how that feels.

May 24, 2017 01:25 AM #4
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

What a wonderful post, George. It brought tears to my eyes it was so heart-warming. You've got your priorities straight for sure.

May 24, 2017 04:11 AM #5
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

George, I love your balance and how you do it so well and with such dignity and spirit...your success is seen in your life and clients!

May 24, 2017 04:11 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning George. I am glad your faith and your wife have given you the basis for your balance.

May 24, 2017 06:37 AM #7
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Beautifully expressed and written post, George Souto ... and you show why you have been married for 40+ years too.  I'd say the "luck" runs both ways in your relationship ...


May 24, 2017 09:13 AM #8
Shon Kokoszka
ICON Coaching - Austin, TX
Coaching and Training to increase your income

This is so true. Priorities are so important. Especially now in this time, with so many distractions. It is important to keep your eye on what matters most. 

May 24, 2017 10:55 AM #9
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

George Souto that is really good and oh so true. I needed to read this, thank you.

May 24, 2017 06:39 PM #10
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi George -- with your firm understanding of what's important to you, I'm sure you'll win that battle, and keep #3, business, where it belongs.

May 24, 2017 08:07 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George no wonder I like you and we are friend you have your priorities in order, need to learn from you:)Endre

May 24, 2017 11:05 PM #12
John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

George, thank you for being so open about your life.

Success comes when we have our priorities right.

Yours are solid.


May 25, 2017 06:21 AM #13
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi George

A well done and enjoyable read! Thanks for your entry! You clearly have your priorities in order!


May 25, 2017 09:11 AM #14
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives





I love your values and how you said it from the heart. You really do great things for others because of the great man you are. 

May 27, 2017 07:42 AM #15
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

The contribution of our loved ones should not be taken for granted. A good spouse will support and encourage their partner, and your wife has graciously done that for you. Congratulations on a life well lived.

May 28, 2017 09:54 AM #16
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Wonderful - having the priorities set up is key to no letting that #3 sneak up to #2 or #1 status.  As for your wife - bless her.  I think sometimes this business can be harder on our spouses than us if they don't understand why we have to do what we have to do when we have to do it.  Thankfully John is in the business with me.  We did have an agent in our company who had a husband that got so frustrated that she would answer phone calls and emails in the car on the way to their "date night."  She figured the car ride was a good time to get done, he figured the car ride was the beginning of date night....anyway, great post. -Kasey

Jun 01, 2017 01:49 PM #17
Karen Sackett
BizEBee Virtual Assistants LLC - Suffolk, VA
BizEBee Business Services

Balancing life and work is such a hard thing to do. Finding a balance that works for your family takes a lot of trial and error. I have found that putting my family's needs in the front has been helpful, but not always fruitful! Making goals with the whole family involved helps also because then when work has to come first, they understand why. Thanks for this post!

Jun 22, 2017 11:19 AM #18
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