Describe your business/career/what you do in a few sentences.
As a trusted Real Estate Advisor I serve my clients in the Greater Toronto Area. I have worked for over fifteen years as a financial professional (CPA, MBA) for some of the Canadian largest Real Estate corporations including our parent company Brookfield Office Properties.
I have developed not only strong negotiating skills but also technical knowledge on how to identify great investment opportunities and how to structure a good deal.
What ignited the spark in you to start your business? How did the idea for your business come about?
Finding myself investing and creating wealth through real estate I decided to help as many people as possible to achieve their real estate goals and dreams.
What is your definition of Leadership? What does leadership look like to you?
Leadership is showing other people the way to succeed and operate at an efficient and effective way. Leadership is teaching, and as you teach you also learn more in the process.
Being a female leader sometimes has its challenges. What are some of the challenges you have faced as woman in power and how have you overcome them?
Being a woman actually gave me powers that men don’t have so well developed. Intuition is one of them; women normally have a higher level of intuition and empathy. I love to develop and use my leadership skills. I love to empower other people as I feel I also grow myself when I do that.
Describe to us what being of service means to you.
Being of service means being able to listen and understand the needs of our clients, family, friends, colleagues and also, our own needs.
What does success mean to you? Have you achieved a level of success that you are proud of?
I believe success is something we seek everyday. Our life is made up of lots of successes and failures. Our failures show us the way to our success. I am very proud of being able to be an accomplished professional while being able to build a beautiful home and family with my husband and keep the fire of our relationship after forty years of being together. Yes, we met in High school.
As a heart-centered businesswoman what would you say has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your business? And how have you handled it?
Certainly, the biggest challenge for a woman is to handle our obligations as a mother, wife, homemaker and our professions. It is a very delicate balance but it is also important that we don’t forget about ourselves. I have had difficult times balancing that while my kids were small but I was able to succeed!
What tools can we develop and nurture, as businesswomen, to manifest the success we want?
Powerful tools are: Meditation; self-awareness with a combination of self-love and strong faith.
What does being confident look and feel like for you?
Being confident is to go on regardless of our normal fears
What would you say is the biggest thing other women (your clients perhaps) struggle with when it comes to feeling self-confident personally or professionally?
I see normally bigger problems in the older generations because we were so used to be dependant on our partners.
How have you changed since becoming a successfully entrepreneur?
I have learned that we have to follow our instincts but also a defined strategy. We have to keep learning and developing. Success is something we have to achieve every single day.
What has been your biggest challenge? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge is time limitations and the way to overcome that is to be super organized and avoid wasting time in unproductive activities or relationships.
What sets you apart from other entrepreneurs/companies in your line of work?
Quality of work and professionalism sets always people apart from the rest.
Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
I admire the way technology in general has brought people together but I think it could be also something that make people lonely and superficial. For example Facebook is an incredible company but you have to know how much and how to use the technology or it could be negative for you and your business.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years? 10 years?
In 5 years I see myself enjoying the success of my grown up company with a small team and in 10 years I see myself starting to delegate more and more on the team to start the succession planning and enjoying live even more, Travelling and relaxing with my husband. We have done a lot already so it will be time to start harvesting!
What in your life is really important to you?
Many things are important to me but I have my priorities:
2) My relationship with my husband
3) My career
What makes you unique and how has that quality helped you to date?
I am a hard working person and very persistent on my goals with a big faith.
- The next place I want to travel: French countryside
- My favourite colour: Blue
- The last movie I watched: Yesterday
- Sweet or Salty? Sweet but I also enjoy salty or a combination
- My favourite game/toy as a kid: Dolls and dresses
- The best meal I make: Roasted salmon with herbs
- Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert but depends on the situation
- The book I am currently reading: Dare to lead, Brené Brown
- My favourite way to relax: To walk or Yoga
- The most recent practice I have added to my life: Meditation
- Cat or Dog person? Dog person but I love animals in general.
- Your best personal attribute/character trait? Loyalty
Patricia Gonzalez de Grieco, MBA, CPA, CIPS is a Sales Representative with Royal LePage Terrequity Realty and you can find her here:
- Website: https://livingcanvasreality.ca
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livingcanvasreality
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livingcanvasreality/