We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Corral and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ve been a business owner for 8 years now and it has definitely taken some time to learn how to approach and maintain a good work and personal balance. In the beginning I sacrificed much like anybody starting a new career or business and it left me with very little time and energy for anything outside of it. I don’t regret it at all because I poured myself into my career and it helped me gain a lot of experience and momentum early on. However, it’s easy to burn out if you don’t learn quickly when to disconnect. Now, as a much more seasoned professional, I know that there has to be a cut off time at the end of the day so that I can decompress and focus on what really matter to me which is my family. Past a certain time, I may answer a quick text or email if I feel it can’t wait til the following morning. It’s so important to create a harmonious balance with the two worlds. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A career in real estate can be very rewarding, but it comes with a lot of challenges. You have to be okay with rejection. You’re not going to get every listing you interview for. sometimes you don’t mesh well with the client and you have to be prepared to save yourself time and energy by knowing when to walk away. Obviously, when starting this career you take whatever you can just to gain experience and make some money, but eventually you get to a point where you can be more selective with what and who you take on. I’m very thankful and proud of the fact that I have reached a level of where I can pick and choose. I have a very loyal clientele. That doesn’t happen overnight. We’re talking long hours, lots of sacrifices, and really trying to stay ahead of the curve in such a competitive field. Another challenge that I have faced along the way is having to deal with uncomfortable situations that as a female you unfortunately can experience in the workplace. I have walked away from many situations with my Pride in tact in my head held high knowing that I did not succumb to any type of inappropriate behavior or invitations. It’s unfortunate that sometimes young females or inexperienced agents are exposed to this type of unethical behavior, but it would be unrealistic to say that it does not exist. The most important lesson that I have learned in business is to always be a straight shooter. This will save you a lot of time and energy and people like to deal with transparency. I think that is probably what has helped me along the way in terms of gaining peoples confidence and trust in business. I am known for my friendly demeanor and fears negotiation skills. I really love pushing the limit when it comes to negotiations and seen that I can get the most for my clients. Regardless if you’re buying or selling I want to make sure that you are happy with the outcome. I guess it’s the thrill of the deal.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston undoubtably has some of the best cuisine in the world. We have amazing restaurants and such a variety that will appeal to anybody’s palate. If I had a friend visiting Houston I would definitely take them to several places that are on my top 5 list including Mastro’s, Caracol, Cuchara, El Borrego and Pappa’s Bbq. We have a pretty diverse city so we could go check out a sports game, Go shopping or hang out at some cool lounges and clubs. For those that are more interested in the arts, pre-Covid we have a lot of great concerts, musicals at the theaters or visit one of the museums.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out is dedicated to my mother, Jeanette. Since I was a little girl I grew up watching her relentlessly working hard as a single mother and business owner. Seeing this work ethic and determination as a child has had a huge impact on the way I think and move. I’m thankful for that example as a woman and a mother.