We had the good fortune of connecting with Caroline Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caroline, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Most who know me will tell you I’m not afraid to take risks. For the most part, that’s true. I do lean more towards taking risks versus being conservative. It’s interesting, risk can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it’s defined as “the possibility that something bad or unpleasant will happen.” As a verb, it’s defined as “to do something that may result in something bad or unpleasant.” But what if Merriam-Webster turned these into more optimistic definitions, you know, something good or pleasant? In my opinion, most people automatically see risk as something negative rather than something potentially positive. But it’s all about mindset and how you think something will turn out. Because I’m an entrepreneur, I am wired a little differently. I see risk as an opportunity. I choose to look at positive outcomes and weigh them against negative ones, instead of vice versa. If you believe you will fail at something, it’s more likely that you will. With entrepreneurship, having the right mindset is crucial. Had I been afraid to take a risk, I never would have become a REALTOR (R) or an investor. The moment I decided to join an investor’s group and get my real estate license, my life changed for the better. I am now able to live a life that I design. I’m 100% responsible for all the results – good or bad. Most would view this as “potentially bad or unpleasant.” I, however, think the opposite, and I’m grateful I was able to take the risk…mentally, physically and spiritually.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A few years back, I decided to leave the corporate sales world to become a full time REALTOR (R) and real estate investor. There are a lot of REALTORS and investors these days, especially in Atlanta, so I have to make sure I separate myself from others. I think what separates me the most is my sincere interest in my clients, their lives, and their investment. As a REALTOR with an investor mindset, I strive to help my clients see more than just the obvious when buying or selling a home. I also want to be the agent they remember going above and beyond with all aspects of their transaction. Most of my business is based on referrals and repeat clients. So exceeding their expectations and helping them make the most of their investment are my priorities. I remember as a kid, I was always the one asked to negotiate terms or make the deals. It’s no wonder I ended up in sales and entrepreneurship. I love the challenge, and I love the relationships I’m blessed to have and make day in and day out. I grew up as an athlete, so I also thrive on the ups and downs this industry brings as well as the constant competition. I’ve learned many lessons along the way, with the result always being the same. As long as I always do my best, do the right thing, stay positive, keep hustling and keep God at the center, I will succeed!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is a fun town to live in and visit. If my best friend were visiting me, I’d take her to several places. For lunch or brunch, we’d go to Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands. For dinner, I’d keep it casual and hit Fellini’s for pizza or Nuevo Laredo for margaritas and Mexican food. Then we’d take in a Braves game or venture to an Atlanta United game, if we could score some tickets. For some exercise, we’d climb Stone Mountain or take a bike ride on the Belt Line or Silver Comet Trail. And for some great live music, we’d check out Eddie’s Attic, a concert at Chastain park, or a concert at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Of course we’d have to check out a few of the breweries in town and maybe make a trip to North GA to explore some wineries. Then to wrap up the weekend, we’d enjoy a church service at Buckhead Church followed by lunch at Barcelona Westside.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to make a shout out to eXp Realty, my brokerage and all the amazing eXp agents worldwide who are eager to help others succeed and eager to make a difference in this world. In particular, I’d like to shout out Glenn Sanford, eXp’s founder. Without him, the eXp opportunity would have never existed. Sincere gratitude to him for his leadership, vision and relentless work ethic… Another shout out would go to Fortune Builders – a real estate investment educational program. Without Fortune Builders, I would not have had the foundation needed to succeed in the investing side of real estate.
Julie Terry Jeff Norton