Are there any practices that you put into place for your-
self or for your company that help keep you on track for
Yeah, it’s all about the mindset. I’ve been a big follower of
Tony Robbins and Darren Hardy. [My team] reads books
together and we talk about them once a week. When I
wake up I do my prepping every morning. I meditate, I do
my affirmations. It’s really all about the mindset and who
am I surrounding myself with, what am I thinking about,
what am I listening to. You can have all kinds of challenges
as an entrepreneur or just in the business, and it’s all about
how you are able to overcome that or respond to it all. So,
the mindset is a huge thing for me. Coaches and mentors
have also helped me keep my mindset in the right place.
Can you share what some of your greatest challenges
have been and how you have overcome challenges as a
young female in the industry?
Yes, one of my challenges has been finding a good balance
between finding good talent and the talent that aligns with
our purpose and our vision. Because I’ve found talented
people, but they’re not in alignment with our culture and
they’re not in alignment with the vision. So, although I feel
like maybe it’s taking me a little longer to build, I’m realizing
that finding that balance is what’s more important in the
long run. That is the best thing for Innovation Title.
Also, people just telling me that I shouldn’t start my business, people telling me that I’m crazy for wanting to do something, but when you find something that is bigger than you and
you really feel it, it doesn’t matter what people tell you and it
doesn’t matter if you get the no’s and you get the push-backs.
You have to believe in yourself and know that whatever decision you’re making, that if it’s from that higher self, you’re making the right decision, and things will align for you. It doesn’t
matter that you get the push-back from others.
Are there other things about managing millennials that
are important, maybe specific to the generation or just
as a whole that you’ve found to be very helpful?
Yeah, there’s a lot of misconceptions. Everyone thinks that
we’re not loyal and that we’re lazy, that we job hop, and
that we don’t believe in home ownership. None of that is
true, so just learning and understanding why our generation
thinks or behaves a certain way is very important.
We just want there to be a meaning and a purpose behind [what we do]. If you create some sort of environment
that there’s a deeper meaning for it, that will attract millenni-
als. Secondly, we really crave authenticity. Lastly, understanding
the desire for flexibility. If you’re able to accomplish it, you
can do it working remotely, working from a coffee shop, it
doesn’t matter. So, you have to be open minded in under-
standing that we want to live our lives now and that we
really want to enjoy life now, not 20 years from now.
Is there anything that you would share with managers or
industry professionals to help raise up more successful,
For the managers, I would say be of empowerment to
these young girls. I don’t believe in the old way of ‘I’m the
boss and you all do as I say’ type of leadership. I believe in
leadership as empowering from underneath and building
up. So, encourage them, empower them, be strong. We as
women are very nurturing and we are also very powerful,
so knowing that you have both and you can still be in your
feminine essence and still be powerful. So be nurturing
and be bold, definitely empowering the girls and helping to
push them into believing that they can accomplish much
more than they think they can.
What piece of advice would you give to young women in
I very much believe in coaches. I’ve had a coach ever since
five or six years ago and recommend that highly to others.
Secondly, be yourself. That’s something I would tell everybody. The more that you find yourself and you find your
truth in who you are, people will start attracting themselves to you.
I’m super passionate about the youth and letting you
know that you can accomplish anything and don’t let the old
school mentality and the old stories that are dying of people
telling you that this is a man’s world and we don’t want you
to succeed. That’s old! Let’s create a new story. We can accomplish whatever we want and we are very powerful. And
if you’re not in the right company that allows for that space
for you to be able to really be yourself and be the best self,
there are many companies today that do empower that and
believe in that, so maybe it’s not a good fit. You, yourself, are
able to accomplish whatever you want, so dream big.
Kristin Messerli is the Managing Editor for
Mortgage Women Magazine. She can be contacted at