Agent: Thomas Myers
I’m Thomas Myers (my friends call me Tom). Thanks for checking out my website, Life Enthusiast Homes. I know the name is a bit cheesy. I hope the name will seem self-explanatory after hearing about who I am, what I stand for, and my vision for my businesses and community.
Let me first start by saying that if you are looking for a hardcore, door-knocking, cold-calling, aggressive salesman type of agent, you can stop here. I am not your guy. In fact, I cringe at the idea of being lumped into the category of “salesman” based on the fact that I sell real estate.
If you are looking for someone who is a human, not a ruthless sales robot, we are off to a good start. In order to maintain the standard of service that I hold myself to (while making sure I still have time to spend with my wife, family, and friends,) I am forced to limit the number of clients that I will take on at any given time. For this reason, I feel it is important to ensure that our values, goals, and expectations are in alignment so that we know that we are a good fit to work together. I have detailed out some of my core beliefs below. If we are on the same page with these, I would love to have a conversation with you about the possibility of working together.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – Yep, the good old golden rule. I treat others how I expect to be treated – with honesty, transparency, respect, and kindness. If you cannot agree to those expectations, we will not be working together.
Giving is living – When I started my real estate business, I was concerned about the stereotypes that plague professionals in the real estate industry – overpaid, greedy, dishonest, unethical, to name a few. To ensure that I never fall victim to the temptation to compromise my character and conscience in order to make more money, I had to ensure that I created the right environment to promote a healthy perspective on money. To accomplish this, I made a commitment to donate to charity 10 percent of every dollar that my business brings in. This contribution is in addition to the 10 percent tithe I commit to giving my church. By recognizing that I always have enough money to give to those in need, I protect myself from the greed and desperation that might cause someone to do something unethical to “close the deal.”
Leave everything better than you found it – This belief was deeply instilled in me by my father at a young age. His instruction was mostly pertaining to the outdoors and environment, but the concept really stuck for me in all areas of life. I want every person to feel that they are better off after having interacted with me. This may be as simple as holding a door for someone or smiling at a stranger or it may be something large like going above to call to ensure that a client is able to close on their dream home.
Life should be fun – I also believe that the real estate process, whether buying, selling, or investing, should be FUN! It is such a blessing and privilege to be able to own a home. When viewing the buying or selling process through that lens, it is much easier to keep a positive perspective on the inevitable challenges involved in a real estate transaction.
Your success will never exceed your level of personal development – I devote a significant amount of time out of every day to grow as a person and expand my knowledge. I research my craft and the local market daily.
It is all about relationships – When I take on a new client, I fully expect to have a new friend at the end of our business relationship. I see people as people whom I can build a relationship with, not “leads” or “prospects” or “my next deal.”
If you have read this far, you are probably resonating on some level with what I’m all about. At this point, I feel it is worth giving you a bit of my background story and what led me to where I am today.
I grew up in a tiny, rural Indiana town called Bloomfield. It was the kind of town where everyone knew everyone. It was the type of place that most people never leave. Growing up, I had dreams of moving to the city and making it big. In my early life, I was fortunate to have parents that were incredibly supportive of my entrepreneurial spirit.
At the age of 9, I began my first eBay business. I bought packs of cards for toys called Rumble Robots (they were super cool!) and resold the best cards for significant profit. Next, I tried my hand, with less success, at selling trading cards. A few years down the road I began buying paintball gear in large lots and parting the items out for profit and to fund my hobby. These ventures set the trend for me finding ways to earn money from my hobbies and things that I was deeply interested in.
Lesson learned – You can make a living doing just about anything.
At the age of 12, with some help from my dad, I was able to underbid the lawn care contract for the church that I attended. From this simple beginning and the word of mouth in a small community, I was able to scale my lawn care business to over 15 accounts by the time I was in high school. This business taught me a great deal about the value of taking care of customers and providing exceptional service.
Lesson learned – I really enjoy working for myself and building a business.
For the most part, I coasted through school, earning good grades with very little effort. Like all parents with the best of intentions, I was encouraged to go to school and become a doctor so that I could have a safe, high-paying job. I was very fortunate to earn a full scholarship to the state school that was practically in my backyard – Indiana University. College was a rude awakening in comparison to my high school classes. I didn’t do poorly by any means, but I could no longer earn straight A’s without studying.
During my sophomore year, I became obsessed with health and fitness. Shortly after, I got a job at the local nutrition shop – Complete Nutrition. Through an unexpected series of events, I went from part-time help at 20 hours per week to full-time manager within five months. I was now working full-time and going to school full-time, which taught me a great deal about how to prioritize and manage my time. At that time, I hadn’t yet developed my passion for learning, so prioritizing meant excelling at work.
By my junior year, I had decided that I didn’t want to be a doctor anymore, but I didn’t care to change majors and start school from scratch. I pushed through and finished my degree with the intention of eventually franchising my own nutrition shop. The owner of the store that I worked at was a very savvy businessman and I truly admired him for it. I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, but he was an incredible mentor. It was his suggestion that I began reading books on personal development that have played a major role in how I view the world. It was this that began my thirst for knowledge and growth.
Lesson learned – You become the average of the people around you. Choose your friends and social circle wisely.
In 2013 as I was nearing graduation, I was approached with a job opportunity by a friend who I had previously worked with at Complete Nutrition. He had graduated, started a career in advertising sales, and since become the area manager for that company in less than three years. After witnessing his meteoric rise to success in this company and the income he was earning, I decided to accept his job offer. I began working for him doing business to business sales for phone directory advertising. I quickly realized that this wasn’t for me. I was miserable as my days consisted of cold calling and door knocking. I was tasked with making 40 face-to-face sales calls per day, which in my mind translated to interrupting and annoying 40 people per day.
Lesson learned – Money does not equate to happiness or fulfillment. I left a job that I loved, where people sought my advice and I was able to help them, for a job that I hated for the prospect of making more money. This was one of the most significant defining experiences in my adult life.
Fortunately, as fate would have it, my territory was changed after a successful close out of my initial project. As I was struggling to get momentum in my new sales territory, my apartment lease was drawing to an end and I needed to find a new place. My girlfriend at the time, who I was dating long-distance, had been pressuring me to move to Florida. In a sales meeting, my friend/manager pointed out that I seemed unhappy. The next day, I gave my notice. Next thing I knew, I was on a one-way flight to Florida to find a new job and a place to live.
I had a handful of interviews lined up that seemed promising. One day, in between interviews, I decided to stop and look at a brand new apartment community that was being built. With one foot out of the door, I asked if they happened to be hiring. I landed the job as a leasing professional. This introduced me to the world of real estate. I found that I loved helping people with their housing needs. I loved connecting with people and establishing relationships with them. I was also fortunate to see behind the curtain of what a successful real estate investing operation looks like. This sparked my interest in learning everything I could about real estate and real estate investing. It was at this point that I decided to get my real estate license.
Lesson learned – Have faith and take the leap. Some things will randomly work out better than you could possibly ever plan for. Sometimes it is best to go with the flow and see where life takes you.
Luckily the amazing woman that had convinced me to move to Florida had ended up agreeing to marry me. My wife was instrumental in encouraging me to make the leap to selling real estate as a full-time venture. After starting my career in real estate, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
There you have it – all of the major events that have shaped my beliefs about life and business.
More about me:
I have been happily married to my wife, Tatyana, for two years. We purchased our first home together just over a year ago.
I am a bit of a travel junkie. I do my best to get out of town at least once each month.
In my spare time, I enjoy a wide variety of hobbies such as building furniture, spending time outdoors, golfing, playing paintball, training Jiu-Jitsu, reading, and spending time with friends.
I am a member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church.
I love wearing crazy socks.
I truly believe that I can impact the world in a positive way.
As a real estate agent, I understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why I am dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for each of my clients. I take great pride in the relationships I build and I always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.
Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With my extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to my clients, I am your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice.