By the end of this interview you’ll have gained at least one new insight on failure, persistence, humility, or success.
Lauren, the Oklahoma native, engaged in editing, coaching, public relations and sales for companies including The Bleacher Report and Sandals & Beaches resorts before the criss-crosses of life led her towards real estate.
Lauren’s permanent home is in West Hollywood’s historic Harper District. She takes pleasure in sports such as golfing, running and ballet classes when not on the lookout for ideal properties.
I interviewed Lauren Davis over several days, asking her the following questions:
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? And why?
“I think I would want to be able to see the future. Can you tell I’m a realtor? Haha, I want to know whats going to happen! If I’m going to be able to find a client a better house or if they should go with the one they are on the fence on. Also, so many of life’s tragedies could be prevented if we knew what was coming, but that super power is a double edged sword…Although you could be prepared to help people or possibly change things, you’d also not be able to appreciate the present.”
What has been the most inspirational moment of your life so far?
“I think I have had too many to narrow it down to one. I find inspiration in all things good, whether it be watching someone be kind to a stranger in a grocery store line or listening to an interview of an athlete that comes back to reach goals after serious injury/surgery. There is inspiration all around us if we are open to seeing it.”
Tell me about your failures…
“I’ve had many, but the most relevant to what has taught me to have faith is that I went to college twice and neither of the degrees I received did I find a career in. It just wasn’t a fit, I would find a job in the field but then it just wasn’t really working. I finally stopped being disappointed and shifted my views to maybe the fact that my educational choices weren’t reflective of what I was meant to do. Each failure really is an opportunity to reassess possibilities and abilities and how to better use them.”
What could be done to accelerate gender equality in the executive ranks?
“Is that still an issue? I think accelerating it would come from hard work and people not assuming their lack of success comes from what sex they are. I cannot stand when people play the victim card! I have never felt inferior or that I cannot perform to the same standard a man can, so I’ve never seen this as an issue personally. I think the race in business is exactly like a physical race, the runner with the most speed and endurance wins. And the best athletes don’t focus on their losses they look forward, they don’t make excuses for themselves or blame their opponent.”
Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?
“Well its kind of how I got into real estate, I had signed on to do a fitness franchise and ran in circles looking for a spot to open the business in LA, I would find things that weren’t zoned correctly for gym usage or not approved by the franchise. It was exhausting and frustrating. I also had a realtor that I felt like I was always trying to track down or wasn’t listening to the requirements of the franchise, so I’d drive in LA traffic over an hour to see something and it wasn’t big enough etc. I thought to myself if I was a realtor I would make a huge effort to get back to clients quickly and listen to their needs, not waste their time. In the tedious process of looking and nothing happening I decided instead of getting upset maybe I should do real estate school. Then I found passion and realized life leads you to where you are supposed to be.”
If you could go back by ten years, what would be some of the top tips you would give yourself?
“If I could go back ten years, I would tell myself that the little things of social life that I was so hung up on and consumed by would not matter. I would accept that life isn’t fair and instead of trying to make money I would create a career and find passion in it. If you love what you do, no matter what the industry is the money will come. And always focus on what you do have, it helps shift your thoughts to appreciating and the abundances verses negatively dwelling on what you think you need to be happy.”
What’s the first job you ever had?
“My first job was being a lifeguard at a Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the summer.”
Please describe your life in 1 word…
What’s your favourite book?
“Valley of the Dolls.”
What are some of your future aims?
“I want to be a top producer in the LA market, I know I have a lot of competition and a ways to go but let the success of all the wonderful businesspeople around me motivate me and inspire me and I’m blessed to be at an agency where I can learn so much from everyone around me.”