With Nick Vujicic
With President George W. Busch
With my voice coach, Roger Love
With Brendon Burchard
With John Maxwell
With Paul Martinelli
With Ken Davis
With Dave Ramsey
With Michael Hyatt
Alina is a Certified High Performance Coach™, inspired to help people improve their everyday lives. She is also passionate about sharing with entrepreneurs the tools and strategies she used to build a hugely successful real estate business shortly after her immigration to Canada, while homeschooling her 3 children. Alina believes that in order to do more, we have to be more. She has trained with some of the best in today’s business and personal development world including Brendon Burchard, Dave Ramsey, Michael Hyatt, Ken Davis, Jeff Walker and Paul Martinelli. She is also an active member of the John C. Maxwell Team and is dedicated to helping you create a life of purpose, passion and productivity.
Having spent many years living in various parts of Europe, Alina and her husband of over 20 years, Andy are proud to call Canada home.
Having been born in Russia, and having spent many years living in Germany, I would have never dreamed that my journey would one day lead me to finally settle in Canada. I was now happily married and my dream was to homeschool our 3 kids, which was the primary reason we decided to uproot and start again from scratch. It meant learning a new language again, making a new home, new friends, new jobs, new opportunities. It was a huge step out of our comfort zone that meant giving up everything familiar, but we ventured it. It wasn’t easy, but we were determined to make it work, and going back was never an option.
The opportunity to go into real estate presented itself within 6 months of us living in Canada and you can probably imagine the language barrier I struggled with at that time. I was very naive, like most aspiring new agents, talking about how much I ‘enjoyed looking at homes’ and how I would ‘just love showing people houses’. It has a romantic ring to it, doesn’t it? Well, showing homes is only a small percentage of the daily activities of a REALTOR® and I learned that lesson the hard way.
I didn’t have any connections, didn’t have any old school friends, neighbours, co-workers or relatives who might have been a source of referrals in the early days.
So here I was; young, inexperienced but extremely eager. Word spread and people referred to me as ‘that German Immigrant girl who just started in real estate’. And what could she possibly have to offer at her age, lack of connections and poor English skills?
I knew that if I wanted to get anywhere with this new profession of mine, I would need to figure out how to find buyers and sellers to work with. The terms “qualified buyer” and “motivated seller” entered the stage much later. For now, I was burning energy chasing people who didn’t know what they wanted, arriving home exhausted to see my beautiful babies and frazzled husband along with piles of laundry and a sink full of dishes.
I remember presenting my very first offer, feeling like a deer in headlights. There was so much to learn.
More times than I could count I remember holding conversations with clients, not understanding many of the words they were using, trying so hard to catch on and not let them notice it. When I finally got back home, I would look up those words in the dictionary (if I could figure out their spelling) and try to incorporate them in my daily vocabulary. I still have a long way to go. We’re all on a journey, aren’t we?
In my second full year in real estate, I made it to the top 3% of all real estate agents Manitoba wide and shortly after I worked myself up to the top 1% of all 1600+ agents in our province. I have held that rank ever since. Has it been easy? Definitely not. I have been blessed to discover some secrets and principles however which helped me achieve this tremendous success, while the average agent sells only 5 homes per year.
Establishing my own business style and marketing concepts, I sensed the need to start my own brokerage back in 2008. Now if I had thought that being a REALTOR® was a huge learning curve, let me tell you: Being a broker takes the learning curve to a whole new level. To be a consistent real estate top producer is one thing, and I had mastered that; to build and lead a company was and still is my next challenge.
After all, business is easy … until people get involved.
I learned that if I wanted to have something I had never had, I would have to do something I had never done.
Devouring dozens upon dozens of books on leadership, business building and personal growth, I stumbled, amongst many timeless classics, across John Maxwell’s work and was fascinated with the clear, practical and easily applicable message of “Everything rises and falls on Leadership”. I discovered that it wasn’t the exterior circumstances or present conditions that were at the root of who I was, but the way I responded to those circumstances that changed everything and ultimately resulted in who I was becoming. Essentially, if I wanted to be a good leader I would have to start getting really good at leading myself. I knew from then on that Personal Growth was a journey not a destination, and I was ready to embark on it and pay it’s price.
I studied with some of the best in the industries of business, personal growth and communication including Brendon Burchard, Jeff Walker, Dave Ramsey, Michael Hyatt, Ken Davis, Paul Martinelli and John Maxwell and continue to learn and intentionally grow daily. Will you join me?