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Defining What it Means To Be an Entrepreneur

Guestpert : Toni Patillo
Category : Business and Finance
Tags : Entrepreneur, Work, Employee, Business, Successful

Ms. Patillo is the Principal and Broker for Toni Patillo & Assoc.’s, a Residential & Commercial Real Estate Company whose expertise is in the liquidation of properties for people who are selling due to particular circumstances. Leading her own sales team, in standard sales and purchases, Toni Patillo & Associates has a specific niche in Senior Transition sales, Probate, Trust sales, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Short Sales, and Pre-Foreclosure liquidations.

After working as an employee in the banking industry, the legal industry, the entertainment industry it was obvious over time, that something was missing for me. My last 20 years of being an employee for two of the most highly respected and successful entertainment entrepreneurs Dick Clark and Berry Gordy, I realized that through that amazing experience, this is where I got my entrepreneurial wings, and from there my life would never be the same.

In the beginning, I didn’t even know what the term “entrepreneur” really meant. I just knew I wanted to run my own business. I had been a leader, a problem solver, an organizer, an influencer, a natural born sales woman, very optimistic with a lot of drive and inspiration for other people’s companies and I figured if I could run their companies I should be able to build my own and, so I did.

It wasn’t until I was in my 10th year in Real Estate, being self-employed, that it dawned on me that my drive, skill set, optimism, confidence, and passion was consistent throughout the four different industries Corporate Legal and Finance, Entertainment and Real Estate, and that people naturally referred to me as being an Entrepreneur. I learned early on, through self-development, even back when I worked for others it was somehow all tied to mindset. Maybe this is how I developed the courage to start my own business.

This 20-year journey has been quite the roller coaster ride, lots of twist and turns, crazy high moments and what felt like devastating lows. I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s exhilarating, frightening and such a rush. What’s even more exciting today is that we are living in the greatest era of opportunity in all human history according to Daren Hardy, Publisher of Success Magazine.

Because of technology I am re-inventing myself once again. Every business person, and entrepreneur has been affected by the rise of technology. Never have the unlimited opportunity’s been available to so many. You don’t need to have special educational training, a lot of money or special connections to get into the millionaire club. However, what you will need is Passion, Vision, Mindset, Focus, Leadership Skills, Sales Skills, Confidence, Problem Solver, Determination, Drive, Patience, Humbleness, and Faith! Oh and don’t forget the TECH skills. You really must LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you do, otherwise you will quit. You must also know that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON, even when it doesn’t feel good. Most all experiences are lessons. You must also know that ANY AND EVERYTHING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, SO DON’T GET ATTACHED TO THE RESULT OR OUTCOME.

I think the most important thing that few will tell you, is that you MUST KNOW YOUR NUMBERS you will need to understand how to monetize your passion and you MUST MANAGE YOUR MONEY, if you don’t know how, hire someone for that, and WATCH YOUR MONEY. Finally, don’t hesitate to hire a coach to support you and your goals.

It is a Dream and a Blessing to be an Entrepreneur!