A Glimpse In The Life Of A Realtor Beginnings Of Liza Brazzil
A Glimpse In The Life Of A Realtor Beginnings Of Liza Brazzil
A Glimpse in the life of a Realtor: Beginnings of Liza Brazzil
I’m not the best at writing blogs; in fact, this is one of my first ones I’ve actually put some thought into.
I’ve come a long way from where I now stand. I can’t tell you enough the struggles one goes through to find what they want to do in life. After all, it is the one question you are asked the most, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I’ve come from a humble family along with hard lessons learned from those I was most fond of.
I almost felt like an entrepreneur at 12 years old handling my step dads business. It was great for a while until 2007 hit. All of a sudden nobody was buying pools and my step dads business went south. He went from subcontracting to 20+ different contractors to 1-2 at most. It was a very depressing day that lasted years. This scared me and I had no idea how to help him or what I could do to earn more business. My mind was young, but I did learn a huge lesson in life when you don’t prepare yourself for the unexpected things that may happen.
That’s when I started thinking, “I should probably start working on a career path.”
I’ve always felt it in my heart that I would do something to impact and help others in life. I could never come across what that would be in my young years.
I graduated early from Del Valle High School and grew up in the well-known Montopolis area. Yes, that’s East Austin. Given the negativity put forth from where I grew up, I’ve thought I would never achieve what most could. What a low way to think and it saddened me because I’ve always felt in my heart I would be much more.
This definitely slowed me down and in my junior college years, I began to think, “What’s the fastest way I can come out of this?”
I worked as a teller in Bank One back when 78702 was not the best area to be. I went to the Le Cordon Bleu Academy thinking I would come out a famous pastry chef. I thought to myself, “9 months of school and then I can move on to be famous like those chef’s in the Food Network.”
The school part was not hard, but working in the restaurant business, I started to realize my shot at being something great was little to none. I began to panic. My wages were minimum and I worked 12-16 hour days for the most part. I felt I had no life. The only thing that kept me going was good company from my colleagues and my chef Todd Champagne. I’ve learned much from him and admire him to this day. I unfortunately had to leave and I quit working to put thought into what I wanted to do with my life. I wasn’t sure if to finish college or go a different road. Well why not both, I thought. So, I enrolled myself back to school and started filling out applications for extra money to get by. I applied at the Men’s Warehouse and Travis County. To be quite honest with you, I was hoping The Men’s Warehouse would call me for an interview, but they didn’t. Instead, Travis County called. I did not want them to call me. Although their pay was much better, I felt I wasn’t ready for the challenges and this new field I’m very much unfamiliar with. Well I took the job and started working part time. Tough times came and I needed full time. It was disappointing that I couldn’t even finish college without having to put work first. I took the full time employment and remained there for 5 years.
I even married and had a son. Everything was great and I was comfortable.
Then a chain of unfortunate events took turn and found myself in a difficult position. It meant having to come up with something to do and make money happen. That is very difficult my friends. I’ve always thought about Real Estate, but felt I was not good enough.
Why would I put myself in such a way. I couldn’t understand. Out of this misfortune, this little voice inside my head grew louder. This voice I had put away finally came through. After more than a decade of putting myself down, I finally believed in myself again. I literally said, “Fuck this, I’m going to do what I should have done a long time ago.” I took my fears and set them aside for the sake of my family. I took my Real Estate courses and studied aggressively. I finished them and proceeded to the next steps to take the State and National exam. I’ll admit, I was nervous, but I had to do it.
Guess what, I passed on my first try. I was so proud of myself and excited. I know some family members had their doubts that this would work and that this career is risky, but I’m all about taking risks. I had no idea how I was going to make this work, but I decided to take a leap of faith and make it happen.
This drive inside me fueled me to keep going and to never give up. I had some doubts while I was in training, but I kept reminding myself that I could do this. That I would get my family out of the mess we were in.
I finally joined Roman Lopez. I won’t lie, I feared all Real Estate agents were too good to talk to little miss me trying to get by. I won’t ever forget how unprepared I was at my interview with him. I had no resume, no references, nothing I could have said that was revolutionary...but he hired me. I jumped with excitement when Roman called me back. I still couldn’t believe this was happening to me, but I knew it didn’t end there. Now to prove myself to him. I made many sacrifices, but I needed him to know how badly I wanted this and also for myself to grow in this career. I wanted to be successful and I wasn’t about to stop after this long journey I’ve put myself through.
Fast Forwarding to now. I’m very successful and guys, I’m actually doing it. I still wake up every morning grateful for still being in this career and that says a lot. Real Estate is not easy. It’s not a job you get into and set your own hours. You have to build up to that and have a system that allows you to do so.
I can’t thank my family enough for being there to support me. There were a lot of tears and time away from family, but I now have a system to allow me those luxuries again.
I almost want to cry again because I’ve just viewed my life all over again writing this blog.
I’ve always been a humble individual and will always be. I’m always reminded why I’m here when I help a family get into a home. It’s one of the best feelings in the world to help those find a home when we all know Austin prices have rocketed.
I don’t recommend this career to everyone. For me, it took all the motivation I had to keep me going. It’s still there by the way. I truly love my career despite all the difficulties you face when something goes wrong, but that’s the beauty of it all. You are challenged everyday and it certainly isn’t a job to be comfortable at. When you get comfortable, there is something you aren’t doing to challenge yourself.
That's my story in a nutshell!!
Author:Roman Lopez Phone: 512-947-2250 Dated: April 18th 2015 Views: 540 About Roman: Roman Lopez is the owner of The Roman Lopez Real Estate Team, a full service real estate company spe...
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