Other than the advise below, if you want to get into real estate, then you have to do it wholeheartedly. To be honest with you, this is not an easy time to get into the business, but you also have successful rookies.
This young lady in my office, with less than 1 year of experience just put a $1.2M, all cash, offer in; this is not counting quite a few other deals she closed so far.
However, she works day and night; whatever you read or head in the book or classes, she does that. She farms the neighborhood, holds open house every weekend, writes notes, talks to people, writes newsletter; the whole thing. She gets discouraged sometimes, but she does much better than some of the long time agents in the office.
Real estate is a difficult career to get into and be successful at; there is a lot of commitment and sacrifice on your part.
Other than the exam, which is easy to pass, unfortunately, for serious Realtors; there is a lot to learn. You need to know the contracts in and out, the real estate law and practices, how to market both you and the properties, how to follow through when there is a transaction, on and on.
You need to have at least six months reserve for your living expense and marketing expense. As an independent contractor, your company will do some advertising for you, but you are responsible for most of the others. Find the right brokerage to work for - a successful one and the one that will give you proper training and support, you will need that to get started.
But it can also be very rewarding in very many ways. That's another article to write.