I have a different thought than perhaps was contained in Thomas P's answer. I believe you have to enter into any business with a trust in yourself and not the other fellow. I realize that there are those that will take advantage of others, but for the most part 80% of the people are trustworthy. Talent is always rewarded, or as an early mentor of mine said, "cream always rises to the top". If you simply learn as much as you can, practice as ethically as is humanly possible and treat others as you want to be treated, in the end it all works out. I offer this after 35 years in commercial real estate, where there have been times that I have been taken advantage of, but on the whole it has worked out. My final thought is be cautious, but remain positive. The business and the world is still a fine place to practice all the good aspects of human nature. There are a lot of fine people here in the business and in the universe in which we surround ourselves.
Good luck Henry.... Rob Baird, CA RE License #544165 (One of the oldest, active licenses in CA) 951 515-5855 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 6, 2010