If someone told me five years ago today, I would be leading my own real estate team and about to launch my second business I wouldn’t believe them. Now let me start with this, none of this was easy, none of this happened over night and the journey has just begun.
As women, especially in my industry we have to work a little bit harder than our fellow males in order to make our mark. But it is my goal along with the many other women along path that are determined to remove this stigma within society. Now with that being said my glass is only half full and about to over-flow this glass with every step I take.
I worked two jobs while in school full-time, while completing my real estate license. I spent my whole second year with my head literally in the books. I contemplated quitting my licenses more than once, but I knew deep down that this felt right, it was me and the fight would be so damn worth it. Fast forward three years later and I’m proud to have recently launched my very own real estate team. What I’ve learned thus far is that the fear of not doing something is always worse than the fear of not knowing. I’ve sat at tables with men all older than 40, discussing development and real estate. This feeling is scary and intimidating but so worth it once I overcame these hurdles. In these situations, there is not only the pressure of being a young entrepreneur in a mature industry but also the judgement of being a woman. I am here to change this, to remove the judgements, pressures and fears – stay tuned we’re just getting started. It’s important to always remember confidence is key don’t be afraid to show off what you know, no matter what table you’re sitting at.
If I can offer a piece of advice for any female entering any industry, you are as strong as your male superiors, you are as smart and capable. I kept this mind throughout my last few years, after I was told that young females tend to struggle in the development/real estate by one of my old bosses (clearly don’t work for him anymore). I took those words and set out to prove him wrong… I’m doing just that.
When I started in real estate, I knew this was my calling. My passion for working with people and turning their dreams into a reality is truly a blessing that comes with the job. Apart from me having a thing for luxury home design (that’s a little over my budget- for right now). I’ve became highly involved in my industry, from resale, to development of residential properties. As I expand my horizons into the field of real estate, I plan on venturing off into building and residential development. It’s crazy to look back and think that five years ago I was a hopeless student at Ryerson University wondering how my future will unfold. Five years can change your life – dedication and consistency are key. Although I have a lot of work to do and I’m not where I want to be just yet, I know I’m on the right path. Every day is a new day and as woman regardless of the industry, we will always face the insecurities of our male counterparts. Just know that’s a them problem and for us we need to continue on being the bad ass women we were raised to be, because I can guarantee you the future is most definitely female. Who runs the world? … well, you know the answer.
When I started thinking about my future, I was not sure what I wanted to do. What I did know, is that no matter what I had to love what I did, and at the same time, I knew I couldn’t live a fulfilled if I wasn’t making a difference in the life of others. Real estate was never the original plan, really, it was law school. That was the goal, finish my degree in Criminology at Ryerson University and off to Osgoode it was. However, real estate fell in my lap, a part-time job turned full-time career. So here I am, 22 years old and I have selling real estate in the Greater Toronto Area for the last two and a half years. With that I can I say, this was without a doubt the best decision I ever made.