Luis D. Ortiz

Luis explains what he learned this season, how he can now relate to his fellow agents, and why this season was worth it.

on Jun 26

Today, looking back at my life I realize that what I've enjoyed the most during the course of my journey is the journey itself. It's not the outcome or end goal. It is only the process of everything that makes its ending so compelling. There's no trophy without a race.

Now that this season has ended I can only say that it has been an immense pleasure, a great honor and a huge privilege to have been a part of all of this and by this I mean sharing important episodes of my life with all of you. When some of you stop me on the street and tell me how much I've inspired you, that means the world to me. When you call me and ask me to do business with you, that means I've earned your trust and that makes me extremely happy. When all of you tell me how happy I make you, it makes me realize that it has all been worth it. Everything.

When I started in my first season (Season 2) I was in the fourth year of my real estate career. I was passionate, ambitious, energetic, committed, but in a bit of a childish way. I was all over the place. I was the kid without a plan, the guy who rolled the dice in any situation just to see how far I could take things. In a big way, this is how I've learned most of the things I know. I strive for that. However, during the course of my career I have learned that all those qualities are important and special, but will only be effective if I'm able to balance them and use them in the right way. This year to me was all about finding balance. This year was about growing up. This year was about evolving. This year was about stopping for a second and understanding where I'm heading toward and about understanding how to use what I've learned in order to achieve greatness. I'm actually feeling very happy writing this now because it makes me smile. Even now, I'm learning. I am also a bit scared because I know next year I will evolve as the new Luis. Another year will be another great journey that I'm really looking forward to.

First of all, I want to thank all the fans for being so loyal to the three of us and to this show. But most importantly, for welcoming us and for giving us the chance to grow with you, by not judging us and allowing time to give us the benefit of the doubt. We are just like you. We're no different. That's why I love this show, because anyone can relate. This show is about real estate, but it's really about people and everything we do in order to succeed.