Surviving the Test of Time: Teresa Cowart ~ 16 Years in Business
Teresa Cowart had already climbed the ladder of corporate America and started her own thriving business before turning to real estate. And even with all this success, the best is yet to come.
Teresa Cowart chooses joy day in and out, helping make her one of the most successful Realtors in the state. She shows up for life, and has more accomplished before most of the world has wiped the sleep from their eyes.
I have always had an entrepreneur spirit. My grandmother always told me I could be and do whatever I set my mind to. I believed her and have never been afraid of risk. So, after having a lucrative human resource career in corporate America, our plant was closing and I was at a crossroads. I bought a small business but knew I wanted more. I was reflecting and praying about the future and looked up to see a sign advertising real estate classes starting the next day. I went in and signed up. You could say it was literally a sign from God.
If you could change history
I would have read different books at a younger age. My younger self liked fiction, and now I find if you study the super successful, you see the trend and can change your habits. Another change is I would have tracked and measured my efforts more. I am more intuitive than analytical, but you need to track things to know what works.
I really feel the true highlight of my career is yet to come. However, I love being able to take a brand new agent and mentor them to a new successful life. I want to be remembered for making a difference in people’s lives. Whether it’s my family, team, clients or the community, I feel it is important to be present and leave the world better than you found it.
Right before I started in real estate I was awakened by a gun put in my face by my ex-husband. I remember going through every emotion in seconds; mostly fear and disbelief. Nothing can be worse than that one moment for me and the year that followed. However, I snapped into negotiation, determination and mental strength almost immediately. I had to live, and I had to maintain normalcy for my children, I had to pay the bills and it was imperative to keep my head in the right place. It was a dark year and financially a scary one. There was no option but to be smart and survive with my head held high and joy in my heart.
First make sure you really want the life of an entrepreneur. It is a lot of responsibility and not for everyone. Research it and get ready to work harder than you ever have in your life. Don’t go it alone. One of the best things I ever did was hire a coach; a professional in my industry who keeps me grounded.
Motto to live by
My motto is I choose joy. I wake up with it, I fight to maintain it all day and if I have joy when I lay my head on my pillow at night, I win.
Secret to Success
Getting up and showing up. I get up at 5 a.m. almost every day and I have a routine where I work on keeping myself healthy, positive and motivated – then I show up for life! I get a lot of things accomplished before most of the world has wiped the sleep from their eyes.
Re/Max Accent Savannah, Richmond Hill & Pooler offices
 [2013 purchased RE/MAX Accent]
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