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Why I Chose Real Estate - Now What?

Why did I get into Real Estate? The answer that many people give, I liked to look at houses... but that's not all.

When you get further into the answer, it was about running my own business and working the hours I wanted to work and not having anyone to report to and telling me what to do.

Here I am at my 1st birthday. What's that I'm carrying? A bear piggy bank! I was already looking for ways to fill it up... except my brother, pictured and looking quilty, stole it and all my money when I was 3! I found it when I was in junior high, empty. He broke the ear off to take my money!  I digress...

I got my first job scooping ice cream right before I turned 15. I was young.  At 16, I went to work at a kiddie amusement park.  At 17, I went to work at a movie theatre and watched all the free movies I wanted.  At 18, with the start of college, I started waiting tables and moved up to a trainer and bartender at various restaurants.  After college, I worked at two large companies, I won't say their names.  It seemed that no matter what I was doing, I was always intimidating someone because of my hard work ethics and people got mad.

I graduated college cum laude and let the world know that I had no idea what was next by taping the words "What Now?" to my cap.  My mom was not exactly thrilled with this...

Here I am sitting with everyone waiting for my name to be called...

At my first big job out of college, my boss asked me where I saw myself in 5 years. I told him that I saw the letters CEO after my name. He said that was a little ambitious.  A few months later, as I was searching for a new department to move to as I was bored where I was, he told me "Donna, you're trying to climb up the corporate ladder too quickly."  What exactly does that mean? I'm not allowed to be ambitious?

At my next big job, the same thing happened. I was promoted very quickly, which my immediate boss didn't like. She said, "Back in my day, you had to be in a position for at least 5 years before you could get promoted." I told her that I had a little more ambition than waiting 5 years to move anywhere... After my third promotion in under a year and a half, I sensed the hostility between me and her, and that's when I started thinking about other things.

Even though I saw a nice path that I was making for myself, it seemed that I was always going to have someone standing in my way of what I truly believed I could accomplish. I was also tired of this person taking credit for all my hard work so she could look good. Yes, that's the corporate way, I wanted my own credit. I wanted people to thank me for a job well done.

I had thought about real estate before, but thought I was too young. I mean, how does a 23 year old ask someone much older to trust them in making such a large purchase?  Instead, I waited until I was a whopping 24 to make the move...

I sold 16 houses my first year and 19 the second year... I've grown and grown since. It's now been 11 years.  Did it take me 5 years to get CEO after my name?  No, I did it in under 3!!  I'm my own boss. I can work when I want. I can play when I want. I can take a nap if I want. I can go shopping if I want.

**Are You Packed Yet?**

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
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Austin TX Real Estate

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • July 27 2011 05:28PM


Thanks for posting.  There are very importing ideas in you blog.  I will keep them in mind.

Posted by Sheri Cambareri (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) about 9 years ago
I see so much resemblance with Alyssa... Wow. The entrepreneurial spirit is in born. No one can teach it to you!!!
Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 9 years ago

Donna great story, hard work always pays off and sounds like you had some fun on the way, congratulations. It is nice to see someone take pride in their work.

Posted by David Popoff, RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

I enjoyed reading your story, Donna.  It's certainly motivational!!!  Keep going strong.

Posted by Jean Singleton, Specializing in Your Special Needs (Capital Realty Experts) about 9 years ago


The the heart of it you are a true entrepreneur.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

Dear "Now What",

I LIKE IT! I agree with the attitude, with your reasoning behind the attitude and you were much more patient with the lady than I would have been. You go girl!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 9 years ago

Donna - The best and the brightest women often do not stay in the corporate world.  They become entrepreneurs where hard work is rewarded faster and better.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 9 years ago

You have the energy and talent to NOW WHAT it right to the edge of all things Possible! THX for sharing your story.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

"In my day..."  What hogwash (do people still say that?)!!!  Good for you, now you're CEO of your life!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) about 9 years ago

I could have sworn I came back and rsponded to everyone... apparently my response didn't stick. Oh well, thank you eveyone for your comments!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago

Hi Donna, That's great that you put "What Now" on your cap!!  Really made you stand out in the crowd!  Your insatiable desire to be your own boss and to have direct response from your clients has led you on a great path and journey!  As for being too young, I think your ambition and energy speaks volumes as all your clients have understood. 

All the best to you.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 9 years ago

Donna, gotta love the "Now What?" on the cap of the cap and gown!  Cute post.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago