We had the good fortune of connecting with Misty Flanagan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Misty, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson that being an entrepreneur has taught me is that you have to fail to succeed. Failing is how we learn. Failing is how we determine the necessary changes needing to be made to succeed. Failing is how we grow as people and as business owners. Expect to fail & embrace it. I believe most entrepreneurs are over achievers that come from a background where failure was not a regular occurrence so when we fail at building our own businesses, it hits extra hard. Why can we be such a good employee but not a good business owner? Well, because being a business owner is NOTHING like being an employee. Even if you are at the executive level as an employee, it’s simply not the same. There is a learning curve that isn’t taught to employees. That learning curve can’t be taught in my opinion, it needs to be learned along the way. Failing oddly enough also creates the confidence you need to be a successful entrepreneur. To pick yourself up time & time again and continue to build the life & business of your dreams is 1 of the hardest things you will ever do. But it’s also 1 of the best things you will ever do. I am a completely different person because of this journey & because of the success, but mostly because of the failures. I have proven to myself that I can do this & that I will do this & that anything is possible. And now I look at failure in a completely different light. I welcome it because I learn so much each time there is a hiccup in my businesses. And now my motto is “you only fail if you quit” and I will never quit.

What should our readers know about your business?
I have been a full-time real estate investor for almost 4 years and now have multiple businesses in real estate. Guideway Investment Partners was the start of our journey in Nov. 2016.  With that business we have done flips and passive investing and I currently am helping other investors build their rental portfolios while also building our own. Elevated Development is a Houston based residential and commercial investor focused new construction firm that we created in Oct. 2018. Our focus is on new construction and we are currently building 24 townhomes in the inner loop area of Houston. More info on our projects and services can be found by visiting our company website at www.elevateddevelopment.co. We saw a need for an investor focused builder in the area so we created that service. Level Up Remodeling is a Houston based residential and commercial investor focused remodeling firm that we created the end of 2019. We saw a need for an investor focused remodeling company so we created that service and more info about our services can be found by visiting our company website at www.levelupremodeling.com. HER Mindset Matters REI Group is a community and 6 week group coaching program for women of all levels of real estate investing. We pair real estate investing techniques with very specific mindset techniques to help women in real estate launch their life and business to the next level. More info on our community and 6 week group coaching program can be found at www.hermindsetmattersrei.com As you can see, Guideway Investment Partners has expanded greatly over the last few years. We couldn’t have done it or continue doing it without our amazing partnerships in each business venture, our REI community, and without 100% dedication. We saw needs in this industry and decided to do something about it instead of just talk about it and we could not be more excited to continue building these businesses and partnerships in our amazing community for years to come.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We LOVE Houston! It has all of the luxuries of a big city with a small town feel. And the food here is AMAZING! As business owners ourselves, we try to support local as much as possible. A few of our favorite places are The Rustic, Roost, Les Noodle, Henderson Heights, Platypus Brewery, Saint Arnold Brewery, BB Lemon, Osaka, Hay Merchant, and the list goes on! Whatever food you are craving, you can find in Houston! We live in the Montrose area and love running and biking on the Buffalo Bayou trails. Pre-COVID we enjoyed all of the outdoor markets and festivities in the area and are looking forward to those starting up again. Houston is an amazing city with amazing people!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be at this stage in my life and businesses without the amazing support of my life & business coach, Deidrea Kiesling, creator of The Dream Academy. She has not only helped transform my businesses but she has transformed my life. She made such an impact on both that now I have co-founded HER Mindset Matters REI Group with her because I want to help in bringing what she brought to me to other women in real estate. I am now the CEO of my life and business and that is because of the guidance and support of her and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and for us. She has an incredible 1:1 coaching program (The Dream Academy) that would benefit so many women and I hope this Shoutout helps bring more exposure to her services because they are 100% life changing.

Website: www.elevateddevelopment.co www.levelupremodeling.com www.hermindsetmattersrei.com
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