Why or why not? By spending time with experts in areas
in which you are not familiar, you will find that your own
knowledge and expertise will grow significantly.
Early in my career, I had a boss who would send me
to other departments to inquire about specific topics and
write up a formal research paper. Initially, I thought he was
doing this for my benefit. I later discovered he was using me
as a conduit for his own learning. Either way, it was tremendously beneficial for me and helped to build my network of
experts, some of whom I still rely on today, 20 years later.
5. FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS
In business, nobody achieves success entirely on their
own. Business is about relationships, which is why it's so
important to make time to build them. Beyond seeking
out experts in the disciplines you’re trying to learn more
about, focus on cultivating relationships with coworkers
and industry colleagues in all areas of the business. At
some point in the future, you will need those people—ei-
ther because you need their specific expertise or simply as
a friend. This industry has many peaks and valleys, and very
few of us have gotten through the valleys without a little
help from others. You can be sure that when an oppor-
tunity opens up, the relationships you cultivate will be an
important factor in your ability to level up.
The truth about the so-called ladder of success is that
there really isn’t one, and even if there were one, it would
look different to each person. There is no perfect path to
success. You can do everything I’ve listed above and still run
into roadblocks and disappointments. But the wonderful
thing about the mortgage business is that there are countless opportunities for those individuals who are willing to
work hard and find solutions to problems.
For women in particular, there’s never been a better
time to build a successful mortgage career. The housing
market is healthier than ever, yet there are considerable
challenges facing every organization. With so many companies and opportunities available, there’s no reason why
a woman cannot reach the very top in our industry. Why
shouldn’t that woman be you?
Debora Aydelotte is the COO of Altavera, a loan fulfillment
company providing third-party, end-to-end mortgage origina-
tion services for the residential mortgage industry. An estab-
lished mortgage finance industry leader, Deb has more than
20 years of experience in business line development, risk
management, and operational expansion and improvement.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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