I consider myself very fortunate. Iâ€™m happily married with a very successful real estate career that is growing rapidly in a tough market.
Prior to beginning my real estate career, I was a restaurant manager looking to find a career where I could actually pursue something that I cared about and had passion for. I was already buying, rehabbing and selling homes so it was a natural transition to move into the listing and sales side of the business. Furthermore, working on those houses helped to provide a foundation that was more beneficial to selling real estate than any class that I ever took in college.
In October of 2003, my wife, Samantha, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Three days after the diagnoses, my wife looked at me and said â€śletâ€™s buy a houseâ€ť. It was the spirit that â€śnot even cancer can stop us from realizing our dreamâ€ť that still inspires me today to dream, work, strive and believe that nothing can stop the human spirit that has the strength to believe in themselves in the face of what can be the worst possible set of circumstances anyone can face â€“ their own death.
Three years later, our daughter was born â€“ the beauty and miracle that many take for granted was to us, almost a miracle. The chances that we could have a child were slim and many thought not possible. But the cancer battle and newborn child left us in less than great shape financially and the time I had spent caring for my wife emptied my pipeline of business and I was wondering if real estate was going to be a viable option for me and my family.
Thatâ€™s when I made a fundamental paradigm shift into the online world â€“ the â€śnewâ€ť way of real estate, so to speak.
I took my inspiration from Samantha. Knowing that she could stare death down and truly believe that nothing could stop her, no matter what she faced, gave me the inspiration to believe in myself. That if she could face that, I could find a way to save my career and give our family a safe, stable and secure future.
Fast forward two years to today and we are quickly approaching the five year cancer free mark. This is the gold standard of success that all cancer survivors hope to achieve. It also coincides quite nicely with the success that the internet has provided me in my real estate career.
I have a team of agents working the leads and recently turned it into an official â€śgroupâ€ť, The Ryan Ward Group. Iâ€™ve worked hard, and become a student all over again because to me, providing service to clients requires skill, information and real care for their needs.
Itâ€™s times like this when I reflect back on my story that I like to take a look around a make a few assessments of the other people and businesses that I come in contact with and interact with. Some others that inspire me to be the best I can be.
In the blogosphere, Jay Thompson continuously makes me better. Jay seems to have the same feelings I have about cancer that I do. Jay, Iâ€™m sorry for your loss and Iâ€™d like to share my condolences.
Someone elseâ€™s work that I admire is Louis Cammarosano right here at HomeGain. Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s Louis or the Greater HomeGain philosophy, but, I admire that they position themselves as true partners of real estate professionals, quite different from some other large â€śthird party vendorsâ€ť.
As Iâ€™ve grown, what keeps me in real estate is the same thing that got me in to real estate. I love it.
I have a passion for it and I have a passion for helping people realize their dreams the same way Samantha did three days after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Itâ€™s what makes me tick, what makes me wake up every day and ask myself what I am doing to stay relevant and how I can help others achieve their dreams.
I first got to know you in 2006. We finally met in person in March of 2007. Your success (and Samantha’s) are a daily inspiration to me. It is one of the reasons that I like hanging out with you so much. You help me stay relevant and help others pursue their dreams as well.
I have been close enough to you to know some of your story. Thanks a ton for sharing this with others as well on their journey.
And thanks for being a friend of mine…
August 30th, 2008 at 12:39 pm
I applaud your efforts, I know that you truly work it hard and smart. If I were a buyer or seller in Atlanta, I would be seeking your input.
I am so happy that Samantha not only has a great outlook on life, but also that she has blessed you with a child and her family has rebounded so well from such a difficult situation.
August 30th, 2008 at 12:39 pm
I’ve been able to get pieces of your story from conversations, but I never knew it completely. Thanks for sharing. My opinion of you is even higher than it already was.
August 30th, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Wow guys. Thank you very much. One thing is for sure: we are are dealt cards to play. I don’t like to fold.
August 30th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
Ryan – you are a credit to our profession. I have to look at you in wonder and admiration watching you build an online presence and Real Estate business while caring for a little one at home. I don’t know when you sleep but you have accomplished a lot in the short couple of years I have known you.
August 30th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
Thanks for both the kind words and the condolences.
Great story you have, thanks for sharing it.
August 30th, 2008 at 11:34 pm
Ryan – It amazes me daily the people that I meet or read about (we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet) that inspire others. You are an asset to our business but more importantly, you sound like and awesome husband and father. After all this is what we do for a living to give our families a better life. However, life is really about living and sometimes it takes a story like your story to understand. Good luck in your future career and your life with your family.
August 31st, 2008 at 12:43 pm
Mitch and Jay,
Thank you both for the kind words.
September 1st, 2008 at 7:29 am
I am glad to hear your wife is a surviver. Having a passion and the drive to be successful is a must in this real estate market, glad to hear your efforts have made you and your family successful.
September 1st, 2008 at 8:25 pm
Wow Ryan, I never new how much you had gone through. I always thought that you were just a very driven person and all around great guy. Keep up the great work and best of health to your wife and family.
September 1st, 2008 at 11:29 pm
Very inspirational story. Great family and career is what it’s all about….
Amazing what you have accomplished and I’m sure you will have a huge kw group. I know who I’ll be calling if I get somebody heading your way.
September 5th, 2008 at 5:43 am
Ryan great story! It shows that your wife is a very strong women because of the way she handled herself. Best of luck too you and your family.
July 6th, 2009 at 5:44 am