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Luis: I'm Evolving Every Day

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

By Luis D. Ortiz

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.

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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.

This reunion was very important and I'm glad we had it. It made me see everyone's point of view and made me realize that is not about being right or wrong because we were all right and wrong. What matters is that our intentions came from the best of places. There are always two sides of the coin and in any argument one must see that. I did tonight. Ryan has always carried a wall in front of him to protect himself from what he is so afraid of running into; disappointments, betrayal and being taken advantage of, but, In the end, we can all see how great of a guy he really is. Fredrik also. Fredrik, just wants to be understood and loved.

He genuinely wants to help others. But he also wants to make sure the people he is helping are aware that he is being helpful. He wants to feel appreciated. That's his own way. What really matters is that he really means well.

After tonight, I promise that I will try my best to make an effort to understand other peoples points of view, with an open mind, before entering into a battle. Of course, I must always be careful.

One thing is clear, we will never stop disagreeing, arguing and fighting with each other because we're competitive. It's our competitive edge which brings out the best in us and I'm sure we all will agree to that. It stimulates our crazy minds. We wouldn't be around each other if we didn't have that. That's what makes us better. We are three highly passionate individuals who came from very different upbringings and are fighting like crazy deadly warriors to achieve everything we can while we are able to. We just want to be the best. And for us, being the best is not measured by money.

When men lie together in lust, it is a surrender to the passions, and does nothing for the excellence in us, nor does any other, jealousy among them, but when men lie together and knowledge and virtue are pass between them, that is pure, and excellent when they compete to bring out the good, the best in each other, this is the love between men, that can build the city state and lift us from our frog pond. -- Aristotle

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