Who or what is Maine Medicare Options you wonder?
Well, Maine Medicare Options is really just one guy, me, Todd Reagin. I created this business out of a passion I realized later in my life.
Please read my story below …
Taking a leap…
Just over 8 years ago I had a good job at a local newspaper. I had been there 15+ years and had earned the senior sales position, seniority, vacation time and a pretty decent income. I liked my job but I didn’t love it.
There was a lot of anxiety about the future of the newspaper industry and I didn’t feel any sense of reward for my work. Despite all my successes, I felt disconnected with my career. Something was missing.
I decided to take a leap of faith in the worst job market in years and I left my job at the paper. I walked away from the money and the “golden handcuffs” which kept me at the paper longer then I should have ever been there.
Now began my search for a job that would give me purpose. For just over a year, I worked temporary jobs while wondering how things were going to come together. I met with life coaches and mentors and toyed with several different business opportunities. I reviewed different businesses in an attempt to discover what it was hat I wanted.
Discovering my passion…
As I continued my journey, I was contacted by a local health care organization to assist in a 3-month project. Having maintained a steady position for nearly a year with the temp agency, risking a 3-month position posed a threat of unemployment at the end of the project.
Despite the risk, I felt that there was a lot for me to gain in learning another new skill and challenge myself more, so I accepted the project position. This new project was to sell insurance, specifically for anyone on Medicare. Before I could do this, I needed to be licensed by the State of Maine. I studied and I passed my State exam on the first try and was granted a State of Maine Health Insurance Producer’s license.
Now licensed, I met with people in their homes. These people were in need and I was there to help- and help I did! Medicare is very complicated and can be very overwhelming to most people. I was able to help answer their questions and help them understand the nuances of Medicare unlike anyone has done for them before.
Many of these people were in facing reduced incomes after retirement, and I was able to help them save hundreds and even thousands of dollars in some cases, I was helping, I was making a difference, I felt like a hero.
After a couple weeks on the job I noticed that I was feeling very emotional. I sat in my car one day and tried to figure out what this emotion was, and it hit me like a ton of bricks – I felt happy!
I had not felt so good about my job or myself in such a long time I had forgotten what being happy felt like. This was by far the most rewarding job I had ever had and knew before the end of the 3 month project that I had found my new career!
Worth the risk…
This has turned out to be one of my best life decisions.
I took a risk, and am so glad I did. I no longer measure my success based on what my income is, but rather about how I feel at the end of each day.
Through this journey I have found my passion. I have discovered that I truly enjoy working with people who are retiring and love being able to help guide them through a complex decision making process as they prepare to enter the world of Medicare.
There is a satisfaction gained from knowing you’ve helped someone and knowing that they are going to be taken care of after you’re done. Words cannot express the joy I feel helping people every day find the right insurance plan for them, or the numerous times when the gratefulness of the people who I have helped has warmed my heart. It feels right.
I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You to my partner, Tom, for being part of this with me, and for helping me realize my dream while stumbling upon my passion.
Would you like my help?
Click here to contact me today to schedule a time to chat or call me directly at (207) 370-0143.
I LOVE talking about Medicare!