She Inspires: Interview with Veneis Little
Today’s first “She Inspires” interview is with a friend of mine that I’ve known for nearly 10 years! In all the years I’ve known her, the essence of who she is has never changed. She’s funny, assertive, intuitive, smart, and her drive to climb higher and be better is pleasantly contagious. More so, I appreciate the passion she has not only as an entrepreneur, but for her community at large. Seeing her growth throughout the past several years and to see where she’s headed, I’m so honored to have her as the first feature. I introduce to you, Veneis Little.
SMM: Veneis, for those who don’t know you, or don’t know you well enough, tell us a little about yourself.
VL: I’m a Realtor with Lombardo Team Real Estate with an emphasis on Millennial, Luxury and Military Home Buyers and Sellers. My educational background includes a Master’s degree in both Psychology and Business from Webster University and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College. I have a 10 year background as a Mental Health Counselor, which has actually been very helpful, because Real Estate is a people business. During my 10 year career, I learned the importance of trust, integrity, ethics, and empathy—principles that form the foundation of my business philosophy.
SMM: What inspired you to make the career change from Mental Health Counseling to Real Estate?
VL: As a woman ages I believe she learns more about who she is. I always felt my path was “bigger” than what I was doing. Not taking anything away from the mental health field; I do still practice part-time independently now. I fell in love with entrepreneurship and realized I could still help people just on my terms.
SMM: What has been your biggest challenge with starting this career/lifestyle change and how have you overcome it?
VL: Oh there have been so many!! The biggest would be perseverance. The biggest challenge I think is to believe in oneself continuously when you aren’t seeing any results. Most businesses fail in the first five years and most realtors leave in the first two. Also, for some reason everyone thinks realtors are automatically wealthy. That could not be further from the truth! We work on absolute 100 percent commission. I also had the issue of being a sales professional. Coming from a helping profession I had a perception of what sales people were like and had an issue with business focused careers. I’m going into my third year of real estate and have learned that I’m still helping people, only in a different way. I also give back to philanthropy or ministry based organizations at the close of every sale. But in all honesty, I work very hard. Real estate is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! And I love it!
SMM: What are you most excited about moving forward?
VL: I’m most excited about doing life on my own terms. Mastering my business, becoming a local expert and doing more projects I’m passionate about: Philanthropy, Fashion, Real Estate and Ministry.
SMM: Can you make a recommendation of any books, YouTube channels, or influential people who keep you inspired?
VL: For books, the book of Proverbs. There is a lot of wisdom there! On YouTube – Grant Cardone, Ted Talks, Terri Savelle Foy, and Jasmine Star, to name a few. For people, my deceased grandmother, Oprah Winfrey, women like you (Desirae Ofori), Tatiana Cabral Smith, my childhood friend Luana Munoz, and my business friends.
SMM: What nugget of wisdom or advice would you give to someone who’s interested in making the leap to follow their passions?
VL: Just do it, and keep going! “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” -Confucius
SMM: Thanks Veneis for taking this interview! Continue to soar as you follow your dreams and passions.
Check out the following links below to get in contact with Veneis Little and to learn more.
Facebook: Veneis Little-Real Estate