738. Buy Homes, Not Shoes—Empowering, Educating and Supporting Women
“Because when I left Wall Street that day, my mantra, after I talked with my friend, David, on the trading floor was…. I never want to live with regrets. I have to do this. No matter what happens I never want to look back and say, gosh, I wonder what would’ve happened if I did that.”
Tamara Celeste is a lawyer, real estate broker, entrepreneur, author, speaker and coach. She wrote her book, “Buy Homes Not Shoes (or other stuff), A First-Time Homebuyer’s Guide for Women,” to empower, educate, and support women in their quest to purchase real estate, thus enabling them to build wealth and increase their net worth so that it has a positive financial impact on their lives. Tamara considers herself both mentor and mentee. She believes that you should always give of yourself and at the same time continue to push yourself and never stop learning.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“I’m six feet tall and wear a size 12 shoe, so it was always hard for me to find shoes that fit. When I realized that Wall Street was no longer where I wanted to spend the rest of my career, I came up with the idea of launching a footwear line for women like me who had larger than average feet. I researched the niche extensively, wrote a business plan, financed most of it myself and got a small business loan. Then I found a talented designer, and found an agent in New York who worked with Brazilian factories. I traveled all over the country taking our brand to the different shoe shows. I loved it!”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I finally came to terms with the fact that Wall Street was not what I was meant to do. I took all kinds of tests and talked to several coaches and just kept searching for the answer. Then one day I was talking to my friend, David, and I asked if he had always wanted to work on Wall Street. He said, no, he’d always had his heart set on being a musician, but he had kids and a family and decided that this was it for him. At that moment I realized that I did not want this to be it for me!”
The Most Powerful Lesson Learned?
“I was blessed to have a childhood where there was always family around—grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It was amazing because there was so much love and so much connection. When I look back on my life, my confidence and everything I am today I can attribute to my family who were always there for me, always supportive, and continue to be.”
Steps to Success from Tamara Celeste
1. Family and friends want the best for you, but they are only one source of feedback. Reach out to others in industries or professions that interest you—pick their brains about their experiences in their field. People love to share.
2. Do not be afraid to change course if you find yourself mired in work that is not fulfilling. Do your homework regarding other opportunities.
3. You never want to look back on your life and say to yourself: “I wonder what would have happened if I had done that instead.” Do it!
Connecting With Tamara Celeste
Free ebook download of “Buy Homes, Not Shoes” for our podcast listeners, written by Tamara Celeste. Check out Buy Homes DYT: https://tamaraceleste.com/dyt
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