What do you want to be when you grow up? For years, over…
For years, over various lunches and happy hours, my friends have asked me what I’d do if I didn’t work in commercial real estate. My honest answer is: I don’t know. I genuinely love my job and have never considered another option.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a career I sat around dreaming about as a kid.
Most people would say I was likely to follow in the footsteps of my parents and siblings and end up as a doctor. But this is the career that found me, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
My favourite thing about commercial real estate is working with people! There is no better energy boost than the thrill I get from helping someone turn their dream into reality by transforming an idea into a brick and mortar location. Helping a client find the perfect spot, being at the opening of their business, supporting them and watching them thrive are all great rewards at the end of the day.
I also love that no two days are the same. My career is never monotonous or boring. There is no “one deal” in commercial real estate, and no deal is exactly like another. Whether it’s the negotiation process, finding a solution to obstacles, or even the personalities I get to work with each day, my job is always unique.
Sure there’s a process to my work. I’m still reading and writing offers and reviewing documents, but I can say that in over 20 years, not a week has gone by where I didn’t learn something new. Sometimes the lesson is a new idea of how to get a transaction over the finish line, other times it’s a hard lesson learned on how to do better the next time a situation arises.
Taking a leap of faith and getting my commercial real estate license was the best decision I ever made. I count myself lucky to have found the right crew of like-minded misfits to guide and teach me along the way.
This has been a very satisfying and dynamic long-term career choice.
As the business world keeps evolving, so does commercial real estate. I am excited about what’s to come! I’m grateful to be a part of the changing landscape of commercial real estate and to have the opportunity to keep learning and helping my clients thrive and grow their businesses.
Watching dreams being fulfilled is a dream job.