Working Your "Buzz" Off? It's a "Bee-Zy" World for Women Entrepreneurs!

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 "Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyway." – Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics 

Women have been making a career in real estate for decades. According to NAR, sixty-five percent of all realtors are women. The dynamics of how women manage their real estate business begin to experience a shift. And for the better. Today, more and more women aren't just taking the reins of their real estate business; they're driving the industry and owning it!

The future looks bright for women with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Men dominate the Forbes list of successful entrepreneurs. But, many women entrepreneurs have taken the bull by its horns and refused to accept "mediocrity."

A woman entrepreneur may be challenged to "balance" work and family. As long as the "fire in the belly" burns, many women accept that life may never be balanced. So be it!                                                                                                   

A woman entrepreneur's day may go something like this…." Got one too many turndowns from would-be loan investors? Is the rent due, and do you think it's time to move the enterprise back to the kitchen table? Oh, no! the deal didn't close! The buyer backed out? Got to run to your daughter's dance recital tonight. What's for dinner?" The list goes on. And on.

So, get "bee-zy." Put up your dukes, ladies! Find your entrepreneurial spirit!

Not An Average Worker Bee

You don't have the standard worker bee mentality. You've chosen to set up business away from the cubicle crowd and venture into the marketplace on your own. You go forth each day "buzzing" with ideas. Your boxing gloves are on—ready for any and every business challenge.

Cultivate a "Can-Do" Attitude

Believe in yourself. Your attitude controls every aspect of your life. Look for opportunities in difficult situations. Learn to ask, "why not?" Be cheerful and ready to take on anything. You can achieve what you set out to do by having a "can-do" attitude.


Your persistence and solid work ethic have in common with the bee. Anyone can get a license and start a real estate business, but perseverance separates successful entrepreneurs from average employees. Three out of four startups fail. Just showing up, also known as a good work ethic and persistence, are the critical components that succeed.

Be like the bee. Don't ask too many questions about how it's done. Just do it! The bee doesn't have the perfect aerodynamic shape for a successful flight, but she does it all day long, day after day.

Overcome Fear

By persisting and showing up regularly, you learn not to freeze in fear but instead keep moving forward. Successful entrepreneurial women are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone and go the extra mile. Or five! They leave the security of their jobs and sacrifice their routines' comfort. And pay the price for their success.

When you know retreating under the covers isn't an option, at least not all the time, you gain confidence by experiencing both success and failure and understanding how they are part of the normal business cycle. Have faith.

"Let your faith be bigger than your fear." -- Hebrew 13:6

Don't Let Rejection Stop You

What has been your experience? Think about the last time someone rejected your new project proposal. What did you say to the person who rejected your idea? Did you ask why she didn't like it and how you could improve it? 

Look for better ways. Try different methods. Get back out there. Life goes on. Stay focused on your goals.

Have Confidence and Trust

Confidence and self-assurance are essential armor for facing the world as an entrepreneur. With confidence, you can inspire trust from clients, team members, suppliers, and other people in your industry. With confidence, you can trust yourself to take risks and to have a "growth mindset," a term coined by Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck. Mindset. You can charge into situations even though failure is a possibility.

A positive mindset can be hard to come by some days. Look for humor in workdays. Give yourself a boost every morning. Find a mantra to repeat to yourself to keep your spirits up and your confidence in high gear.

Never let down. And, of course, 

Happy Women's Day!

Comments (44)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a beautiful day in Maryland and it feels like spring. However, we expect some stormy winter weather on Saturday.

Mar 11, 2022 10:53 AM
Aura Alex

Uh, oh! "stormy winter?" I'll keep praying! 

Mar 11, 2022 10:59 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Aura - I was a trail blazer and promoter of women in my career.  I saw women change and shake up whole departments for the better.  I am glad to have two wonderful career minded trail blazing  daughters too.

Mar 12, 2022 03:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Aura Alex ,

I'm so glad that Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday Series as I missed it! What a wonderful post for International Women's day. Very inspiring.

Mar 12, 2022 08:47 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Hi, Grant Schneider; I am not surprised that your teaching and wisdom run in your family and two influential women in your life. Thank you for sharing.

Mar 12, 2022 09:14 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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We don't have to look very far, and there are many "women leaders' here in the Rain!! Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Dorie Dillard Austin TX.

Mar 12, 2022 09:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Mar 12, 2022 06:23 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Aura I owe my gratitude to the 'lady' real estate agent that helped my parents buy their dream home when I was 3 years old and - also asked me to be her 'assistant' that day.  She'd tell me what the room as meant to used as, and I'd let my parents know.  She had a 'lady' blue suit and hat on and I had a little girl blue coat and hat on that day.  I so remember feeling proud to help her.  I have always included kids like she did me on that day many years ago.  She was probably one of the very few agents back in those days.  A true leader of leaders.

Mar 12, 2022 08:15 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

What a cute story, at three years old! You chose a career in real estate, and you admired the "lady in the hat." All I could remember was chasing my older brothers for stealing my three-wheeled bike at three years old! 😅

Thank you for sharing the story, Anna. 

Mar 12, 2022 09:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Aura, what an awesome post you write some wonderful post and this one is really powerful... Just to give you support my middle name is Perseverance:) so glad Kathy Streib  featured your post I would have missed it, Endre

Mar 13, 2022 05:04 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

There have been so many amazing women who came before us Aura and despite the uncertainty of their futures or making a difference, they did, BIG TIME!

Wonderful post, thank you.

Mar 13, 2022 07:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I LOVE this post, Aura - starting with the bumble bee analogy and the cute graphic! 

We have so many women who came before us to thank for opening so many doors for us. We simply cannot allow fear or anything to stand between us and our dreams. Staying focused is key. Endre said 'perseverance' is his middle name...mine is tenacity!

I love your writing style, Aura - WONDERFUL post!

Mar 13, 2022 08:37 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Endre Barath, Jr.; no surprise there! Without "perseverance," you wouldn't have stayed in the real estate business for some 27 years! And be successful!! I am confident that your clients will vouch for the attribute you brought up! 

Mar 13, 2022 09:28 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Yes, indeed, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!; I "ditto" your comment. There have been so many women before us who have inspired and set great examples! And many are here in the AR community!!! 

Mar 13, 2022 09:34 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS, for your very thoughtful comment. I have an affinity for animals around us, and I see their habits and behaviors from different perspectives. Often, they can teach us something. 

I was inspired by Carol Williams the bee analogy when she commented on one of my posts, and we talked about others such as ants and turtles and what animals can teach us. I will write about "turtle" and offer my take on this beautiful creature I have admired since childhood.  

Mar 13, 2022 09:51 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I'm looking forward to it, Aura!

Mar 13, 2022 10:05 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Aura Alex  Great post for women's day. I have never felt in Real Estate I could not win because I was a woman.  In fact, I worked with a man geared office for 10 years . Self confidence is the answer and positive thinking . Don't you think so Aura? 

Mar 14, 2022 10:29 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Hannah Williams, I agree that self-confidence and positive thinking are two keys to success for any gender. I wish you continued success, and thank you for sharing. 

Mar 14, 2022 10:59 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great post applicable to all entrepreneurs women and men alike.

Mar 14, 2022 11:29 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Hello, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, yes, indeed, all entrepreneurs women and men alike! Thank you for being here, reading and commenting.

Mar 14, 2022 04:48 PM
Christine Farnsworth
White Oaks Home Inspection - Dover, TN
Just a TN/KY Home Inspector and Chimney Sweep

I enjoyed this.  It isn't easy to be your own boss... now try to be a woman in a "male" dominated area.  It is really funny to have people call you up and expect a man, and here you have a female inspector/chimney sweep.  

Thanks for the article, it made me smile :)

Mar 15, 2022 06:17 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Hello, Christine Farnsworth; thank you for your read and comment. I love it!!

I can relate to your comment regarding working in a "male-dominated" world. I spent 16 years working in a corporate world, specifically in a "male-dominated" one. I wish you continued success. 😄 

Mar 15, 2022 08:27 AM