Pay Attention and Take Advice

Updated: Jan 13



Roger and I both live in Greenville and met when we participated in a program called ChangeMakers through the nonprofit, Multiplying Good. Though we have not known each other long, I can tell he is a go-getter and open to new opportunities, like getting involved in his community, that will help him advance his career. I know you'll enjoy his story, which is not only reflective on the past year, but looks ahead at the mark he wants to make in the future.

 

Pay attention to those successful people who know and love you. That’s the best advice I could ever give at this point in my career.


The last year and a half has been very reflective for all of us. As for myself, the reflection period hit strongest in the middle of the summer of 2020.


Let me back up a bit. Or maybe a lot.


I come from a family with strong ties to the local community and had a defined path to a partnership in my dad’s accounting firm (so long as I put in the time and sweat equity). I was graduating college with an accounting degree and was preparing to enter the master’s program on the way to earn my CPA. A family tragedy the week before graduation, losing my dad, had me reconsidering my own goals in life, but I was still determined to at least get that CPA.


Fast forward a year or so, and I’m one tenth of a grade point short of earning my graduate degree, but with a Tax Associate job in hand and the ability to still work towards certification. I was headed to Washington, DC: the land of wheeler-dealers and higher IQ political people much like I thought of myself. This job allowed me to bide some time with a steady paycheck while I sought a job in the city where I could really start to make those moves I always had envisioned. Some career dead ends, a failed effort to earn that CPA, and the hustle and bustle of the big city had me pining for home...or at least the home state.


Fast forward to my Charleston chapter! Beach life, 3pm Tuesday beers by the water, and a commission-based gig in accounting-financial recruiting. What could be a more perfect scenario? Until it wasn’t.


I could not see a future growth opportunity for myself here, not to mention that COVID was making it difficult to make any moves.

Thankfully, an opportunity from a development director at a construction company in my hometown of Greenville came up. I was recommended. FINALLY...the chance to use my strongest skill set, the ability to connect with new people, and make decent commission. COVID brought even more challenges to my life again when this became a lost opportunity from a hiring freeze.


My roommate, and a former college accounting buddy, had just started in this fast-paced industry known as commercial real estate. Big checks were coming, and I had learned through osmosis which soft skills played well.


Back to those successful people who know and love you...and those 3pm Tuesday beers. My best friend and his family were in Charleston for the week, so of course I went over for some drinks and a low country boil. Beer in hand and discussing my plight with his father, who my own late father was best friends with going way back, he gives me the greatest career advice to date: grab yourself a real estate license and move your butt back home where people know you.


Which brings me where I am today. 10 months into my start in commercial real estate, I am proud to say that I have my own office with a firm downtown and I’ve been pegged as a guy who will “make it” in this business since my first few months in.

Pay attention to the successful people who know and love you.

My office sits across from a wall that ranks all brokers in the office by production and I’ve been climbing that list every month. There’s also a plaque listing the biggest deals in company history and I’m sitting here with one or two that could land me there in my first 18 months.


My career is far from mature (I’ve barely begun!) and there will surely be some other twists and turns along the way that are unforeseen. But one thing I’ll never shy from, nor should you, is even the smallest piece of advice from anyone who knows and loves you.



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Roger and I both live in Greenville and met when we participated in a program called ChangeMakers through the nonprofit, Multiplying Good. Though we have not known each other long, I can tell he is a go-getter and open to new opportunities, like getting involved in his community, that will help him advance his career. I know you'll enjoy his story, which is not only reflective on the past year, but looks ahead at the mark he wants to make in the future.

 

Pay attention to those successful people who know and love you. That’s the best advice I could ever give at this point in my career.


The last year and a half has been very reflective for all of us. As for myself, the reflection period hit strongest in the middle of the summer of 2020.


Let me back up a bit. Or maybe a lot.


I come from a family with strong ties to the local community and had a defined path to a partnership in my dad’s accounting firm (so long as I put in the time and sweat equity). I was graduating college with an accounting degree and was preparing to enter the master’s program on the way to earn my CPA. A family tragedy the week before graduation, losing my dad, had me reconsidering my own goals in life, but I was still determined to at least get that CPA.


Fast forward a year or so, and I’m one tenth of a grade point short of earning my graduate degree, but with a Tax Associate job in hand and the ability to still work towards certification. I was headed to Washington, DC: the land of wheeler-dealers and higher IQ political people much like I thought of myself. This job allowed me to bide some time with a steady paycheck while I sought a job in the city where I could really start to make those moves I always had envisioned. Some career dead ends, a failed effort to earn that CPA, and the hustle and bustle of the big city had me pining for home...or at least the home state.


Fast forward to my Charleston chapter! Beach life, 3pm Tuesday beers by the water, and a commission-based gig in accounting-financial recruiting. What could be a more perfect scenario? Until it wasn’t.


I could not see a future growth opportunity for myself here, not to mention that COVID was making it difficult to make any moves.

Thankfully, an opportunity from a development director at a construction company in my hometown of Greenville came up. I was recommended. FINALLY...the chance to use my strongest skill set, the ability to connect with new people, and make decent commission. COVID brought even more challenges to my life again when this became a lost opportunity from a hiring freeze.


My roommate, and a former college accounting buddy, had just started in this fast-paced industry known as commercial real estate. Big checks were coming, and I had learned through osmosis which soft skills played well.


Back to those successful people who know and love you...and those 3pm Tuesday beers. My best friend and his family were in Charleston for the week, so of course I went over for some drinks and a low country boil. Beer in hand and discussing my plight with his father, who my own late father was best friends with going way back, he gives me the greatest career advice to date: grab yourself a real estate license and move your butt back home where people know you.


Which brings me where I am today. 10 months into my start in commercial real estate, I am proud to say that I have my own office with a firm downtown and I’ve been pegged as a guy who will “make it” in this business since my first few months in.

Pay attention to the successful people who know and love you.

My office sits across from a wall that ranks all brokers in the office by production and I’ve been climbing that list every month. There’s also a plaque listing the biggest deals in company history and I’m sitting here with one or two that could land me there in my first 18 months.


My career is far from mature (I’ve barely begun!) and there will surely be some other twists and turns along the way that are unforeseen. But one thing I’ll never shy from, nor should you, is even the smallest piece of advice from anyone who knows and loves you.



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