Hi Justin. For me...the positives outweigh the negatives (even though it comes with a hefty overall price tag).The positives.... first let me say I adore this industry. I like the ability to take control of my life, my finances and my future. I can do absolutely anything with my life. It also makes us grow as a person...makes us realize just how resilient we are as human beings. We also help others get through something as emotional and challenging as buying or selling the largest investment of their personal life (and often during their times of sorrow: sickness, death, divorce). Overall...It is the best sense of accomplishment you could ever, ever imagine. This industry is incredibly, incredibly rewarding...for me it outweighs the NEGATIVES:... Real Estate is not for the thin skinned. It's not for someone that struggles to keep a good attitude and sense of humor. It's not for someone unable/unwilling to work *incredibly* long hours and that can not "bounce back" continuously. It an industry that forces a "never say uncle" attitude. It's emotionally draining... one minute up the next minute down. One day you'll have worked with several terrific agents...the next you'll work with some agents with different standards *ENTIRELY*. It's a little frightening at times when you generate ever penny to feed your children and nothing is scheduled to close (it happens...give up? or work harder!!) Lastly... Being a Realtor is incredibly, incredibly financially draining. If the general public realized how much we pay out...and to whom and for what and our level of expertise.... they would appreciate more when they do come across a hard working, educated Real Estate Agent ...instead we are often viewed as over paid, slackers and less educated than a door .... it's unfortunate, unfair and certainly not true.... but that's just the way it is. Like anything else in life... it is what YOU make it. Hope this helps.