Discover Your Why – Christine Rudolph – Australia
One of my favourite sayings about success is fall down seven times, get up eight.
25 years ago as a starry eyed television presenter, marrying my handsome prince charming and believing in the blissfully happy ever after fairytale, I had no idea that the significant setbacks which lay ahead, would one day be the foundation for my career in Real Estate.
My husband and I worked very hard in our early 20’s, saved enough to buy property, renovated and built up a small portfolio at a young age. He had a flourishing business and together we had big dreams for our future.
We were blessed with the birth of a beautiful daughter and being the eldest of 8 children, I regarded motherhood as a woman’s ultimate gift and responsibility. I swapped my career as a successful journalist and newsreader, to embrace motherhood and support my husband in his business.
Misfortunate unexpectedly struck in our blissful early years of marriage and our world quickly unravelled. My husband was no longer able to work, our business was sold and I went back to work to support us in an attempt to save us from going bankrupt.
We had no choice but to sell everything, the pressure cost us our marriage and I was left to bring up our daughter alone, educating her and keeping a roof over our heads.
The experience of losing everything and selling our properties, gave me a less than positive insight into the real estate industry and a strong dislike for agents.
We naively made every wrong mistake…choosing agents who over quoted and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. I made a quiet commitment to myself to one day go into real estate to be of service to others and to provide not only transparency, but more importantly, the support and empathy required by clients in such stressful situations.
10 years ago, while working in a secure, well paid corporate position and seeing 40 nearing the horizon, the sudden death of my beautiful father in 2006 was a turning point which made me realise life was short and there was no time for regrets. I decided to take the leap of faith and follow my calling to be in real estate.
As a single mother, with a mortgage to pay and young daughter in a private school, this was not a decision I took lightly and was fortunate to find a wonderful employer, Christina Guidotti, now an international speaker and mentor, who gave me my break.
The lessons I have learned from my failures have been key to my business success.
1. No matter how many setbacks in life, success is in remaining resilient and persistent.
2. Having personally walked in the shoes of many of my clients, experiencing death, divorce, debt, downsizing has given me an incredible insight and capacity to provide support and empathy when selling their homes.
3. The level of service we provide and the amount of effort put into real estate are rewarded not only financially, but more importantly, with the respect and gratitude of our clients.
4. Treat our clients the way we would like to be treated. I always think back to my worst experiences with agents and remind myself constantly of the significant responsibility we have in helping our client’s achieve the best possible price for their biggest asset and moving them with the greatest care and respect to the next chapter of their lives.
5. Our greatest setbacks in life are often our greatest gifts.
6. It’s never too late to start again. What the mind can conceive, it truly can achieve.
Remaining on the real estate rollercoaster has always been about focusing on a long term view. Having seen a GFC and challenging markets, success is about riding out the difficult times, looking for solutions, surrounding yourself with mentors, people who believe in you and most importantly, backing yourself to believe that you will succeed.
Many say real estate is a competitive environment. In my own case, I have never focussed on the competition, but instead, focussed solely on continuing to strive to be a better agent and provide the highest level of service and committment to my clients. I believe in taking a long term view and building a business based on solid relationships and integrity.
Finally, the most important motivator for me always at the forefront of my mind, is;- What is my Why?
At times when I felt like giving up, I’ve only had to look at the beautiful little face of my daughter who depended on me and think about giving her a good life and being a strong role model. I am so proud that she too has chosen real estate as her career, working in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
My why continues to be to leave a legacy not only to my daughter, my nieces and nephews and siblings, but to others of all ages in this industry. Above all, I want to be respected as an agent who is authentic and with integrity.
I am an empty nester now and look forward to the tremendous rewards real estate offers in having choices. For me these are the flexibility to travel to visit my daughter and my extended family as well as the ability to create a wonderful financial freedom for the future. I have been fortunate it has provided me the means to slowly rebuild a small property portfolio and my next big dream is to help my daughter into her own home.
And finally being ever the romantic, I look forward to enjoying the ultimate rewards of this incredible career with the financial security to revel in the golden years of my life, flying first class off into the sunset with my future prince charming!
About the Author
Christine Rudolph (Brisbane, Australia)
Christine Rudolph is currently ranked in the top 2% of Ray White Agents internationally, having being awarded a prestigious Alan While Elite Performer’s award in both 2016 and 2015. Christine has also been awarded the Ray White Award for Excellence in Marketing 2015 and is consistently ranked in the top 5 Courier Mail agents for Queensland.
2016 Alan White Elite Performer Award
2015 Alan White Elite Performer Award
2015 Ray White Queensland Excellence in Marketing Award
2016 Top 5 Courier Mail Advertiser
2016 100% Ray White Customer Service Satisfaction
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