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Meet Trailblazer Nicole Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Smith.

Nicole, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I graduated from the University of San Diego in 2009, at the height of the Recession. It was challenging to get a job, much less start a career in an exciting field. I moved home for a few months and began working for a non-profit in the events department. For a long time, I thought that I wanted to be a professional party planner, so I started off down that road. I side-stepped to the hospitality industry in 2010 and began working for the Oxford Hotel. It was a great job. I loved my co-workers and the hotel was so magical and historic. I took a lot of pride in my position as an assistant front desk manager. I was with the hotel for about two years and then decided I wanted to move to the mountains so I accepted a position with Vail Resorts in Breckenridge. It was a great winter, skiing and living in the solitude of a small town, but quite frankly, it was too small for me. So, after that season, I moved back down the hill and was re-hired with Sage Hospitality working as a conference and events coordinator at The Westin Westminster.

Here, I met some wonderful women who quickly became friends and mentors. I really enjoyed working there but after a year, I knew I wasn’t in the right field for my skill-set or ambitions. I learned a lot from working in a corporate environment, and those skills help me in my administration and organization daily. Ironically, I was laid-off right about the time I had decided to get my real estate license. I had to learn fast, since I didn’t have an income to support me through the transition, but fell in love with most aspects of the career and embraced the change. I have now been a Realtor for almost six years, and I can truly say that I have found my calling. I love my city, and I love my clients and it’s a really wonderful use of my one and only life! I find being a real estate agent challenging on a daily basis, and I learn something new in every deal. I think that coupled with all of the wonderful clients I am fortunate enough to assist through the process of buying and selling, make it my dream job every day.

Has it been a smooth road?
Hell no! Self-employment is not for the faint of heart. There are ups and downs, tears and celebrations, however, I have wonderful friends, family, clients and a fiance that love me and encourage me to stick with it because they know that it makes me happy and I’m very good at it.

My advice for other women starting their journey is to work your ass off. You’ll need to pivot. Your plan will get totally derailed. You will get put-down and rejected. Take it one day at a time. Find your tribe. Save some money. Read a lot of articles, books, and blogs about other women and how they got to where they are today. Practice words of affirmation and positive self-talk on a daily basis. But most importantly, be kind to yourself, be patient, and be grateful for the things you have and the gifts you have been given.

We’d love to hear more about West + Main Homes.
I am a Residential Real Estate agent. I work primarily in the Central Denver area, and West and North in Broomfield, Arvada, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and Lakewood- but have clients all over the metro area and in Colorado Springs. I have been licensed for six years this coming June and work with the team at West + Main Homes. Since I can remember, I have always had a fervent zest for people. I am thrilled by new challenges every day. Grateful to do what I love; guiding all my clients step-by-step through the home buying and selling processes. In my real estate experience, I find a particular gratification in assisting and educating Home Buyers throughout the process as well as Move Up Buyers and Sellers with life changes or growing families. I am excited that Denver is rapidly growing and happy to share my real estate knowledge of the city with old and new residents. I pride myself as honest, optimistic and extremely knowledgeable about the market and homes I sell.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I recently read Jen Sincero’s, “You are a Badass at Making Money” and it really gave me the boost I needed to reaffirm my confidence in what I do. I highly recommend it to EVERYONE. It is not completely about money, and it is not only for business owners. You don’t have to read her first book as a preface to this one. I will be reading her two others this year.

I have also been loving following Rachel Hollis (@msrachelhollis) on Insta and find her incredibly motivating. This girl has such a thirst for life it’s contagious!

As for ‘workbooks’ I recommend “The Go-Giver”, by Bob Burg and John David Mann. I was introduced to this book when I first started my training as a ‘Ninja.’ A selling method that is customer relationship focused, with the intent of attracting the best customers by asking the right questions and providing true value rather than ‘selling.’ It’s a sales approach that makes you feel good about what you because it comes from a place of abundance and service.

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Madie Linder, Drew Jensen

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