Today is a really tough day for someone that I call not only a mentor, but a friend. My mentor and fellow REALTOR, Melissa Morrell, lost her mom to her 6 year battle with breast cancer this past weekend. I nominated her for the United Way Mentor of the Year in 2013-2014 and she was elected one of the finalists, and had they had the event instead of having to cancel it, I am most certain that she would have won :). Melissa takes such good care of me and those around her. She is truly a light in this world, and although her mom has passed on, I know that Melissa will continue to fight for a cure for breast cancer and will continue to spread the light that her mother passed onto her. Since United Way had to cancel their event, I felt it was only fitting to publish my nomination for her:
Mentors are people that jump at the opportunity to pour themselves into another’s life to be part of their journey and make themselves part of something bigger than themselves. In the real estate world, it is very easy to be “me driven” –always going after the sale, always putting your clients and your work ahead of everything else. It is easy to think of other realtors as your competition, hoarding your secrets and advice to yourself. When I first got into real estate with Prudential C. Dan Joyner, my biggest fear was working with people in my office that viewed me as direct competition, afraid of answering my questions and certainly not planning on sharing any wisdom of the trade that might give me an edge over them. On my first day at Prudential, I met Melissa Morrell. Little did I know that this bubbly, effervescent person was going to become one of the best “tools” and friends in my real estate career. She immediately took me under her wing and began pouring her infinite wisdom into me and guiding me on how to launch my career in real estate. She gave me one of the most precious things that you have as a realtor. She gave me her time. Time, that as a multi-million dollar producer, that I know she didn’t have to spare.
Through the weeks and months to come, it didn’t matter when or how many times I called to ask a “weird or seemingly stupid question,” she always answered with patience and wisdom and ending with an encouraging thought. I could also pretty much guarantee she was going to call back in a few days to check up on how things were and how the situation we had discussed had turned out. I trust her advice not only because she is experienced in this industry, but also because of her character that is of the highest moral and integrity that I clearly see displayed in her life outside of the office.
She makes every one that she is with at any given time feel like they are the most important thing happening at that moment—when I know that she has a million other things to be doing at any given time. Melissa makes sure to take good care of every single client that she has. We both share the view that if you take care of people, they will take care of you. Real estate can very easily turn into a money-hungry game, but Melissa keeps the client and their needs and priorities #1 every single time. No matter how crazy things get, she is always able to keep her composure and perspective, letting her consistent positive outlook shine through. This is a piece of life that not many people have mastered. In my opinion, this perspective comes from a person who is deeply founded in their faith and in who they are and what their purpose in life is going to be.
In addition to being a full time real estate superstar, Melissa is a wife and mom to 3 beautiful children. Her mother, a realtor herself who inspired her to get into real estate, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Because Melissa is the go-getter, mountain-mover that she is, she decided to do something with her career to make a difference in this world for the fight against breast cancer. She now donates a portion of every real estate transaction to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She is also serving as the 2013 Co-Chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Greenville. She is the most driven person that I have ever met. She is reliable, and if she says she is going to do something, she not only does it, she exceeds your expectations of what she said she was going to do. She makes the real estate industry in Greenville something to be proud of. She is very business-minded and I knew from the day I met her that she had a vision, and I wanted to go where she was heading.
Rest assured, that when I walk into the Prudential building every day, it is my safe haven. We believe that there is enough business out there for everyone, and I find comfort knowing that in each meeting I am going to see Melissa’s smiling face, get an encouraging word and a big hug before she whisks out the door again. I never realized that when I met Melissa that I was not only going to find a dynamite mentor, but that I was going to find a friend for many years to come.
Who are your mentors in your life? And on the flip side, whose life are you pouring into? Who is benefiting because of sacrifices you make for the greater good? I fully believe that there are times and seasons in life in which you are called to pour into others and then seasons in which you are to be poured into, both are necessary and important, and I am so thankful that Melissa chose me to pour into. I will be eternally grateful!