Ashley Jolley | DET Member Spotlight
1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Hey there! I am a licensed Realtor and work at a brokerage called Higbie Maxon Agney, which is an independent brokerage located in Grosse Pointe Farms. I believe that everyone deserves to find the feeling of home and I love helping people find that or achieve it within their own space. In addition to Real Estate, I also love interiors and blog about falling in love with home over at www.ashleyjolley.com
2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far?
I could talk about how I have hit sales goals, met incredible clients, and became my own boss as my biggest wins, but truthfully I think my biggest win was starting. Deciding to jump off the ledge, ditch the comfort zone, and pursue a career that I was passionate about. If I didn’t take the initial first step of ‘starting’ none of my other ‘wins’ would exist.
3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration?
I love listening to podcasts and reading books that motivate me and push myself to dream bigger. Currently my favorite authors are Shauna Niequest, Malcolm Gladwell, and Emily Freeman.
As cliché as it is, I get much of my motivation from my son, Jude, who is just shy of 2. Since he entered my life, everything shifted. I work hard so that I can be the best version of myself for him. I love that I have the ability to kick butt in my career as well as kick butt as a Mom. Being truly present for him is my biggest motivation.
4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from?
If it doesn’t scare you then it doesn’t excite you. I was given this advice from a colleague and it really stuck with me. I struggle with confidence to ‘show up’ and putting myself out there as I am an introvert by nature. Putting the fear aside and gaining confidence has really helped me excel this past year. Although it’s been getting easier to put myself out there and market myself as my business, a little bit of fear and butterflies before hitting ‘post’ or ‘publish’ is a sign that I am still passionate about my goals. If it doesn’t make me nervous then I may have lost the passion.
5. What is your morning routine?
As a mother of a toddler, my mornings are a bit crazy. Usually it starts with cuddling my toddler in bed before I am rushing us through our morning routine to get us out of the house. I like to work from the office a few times a week to keep me focused. Once I can sit down and focus, my mornings start with a cup of coffee, a quick reply to any emails I may have missed, and looking at the current real estate market trends.
6. What is your favorite podcast?
I love How I Built This by NPR about entrepreneurs and how they got started. It puts things into perspective that all great things must start small. I also am a huge sucker for True Crime Documentaries and Podcasts, so ‘Serial’ is a great one and I have been binging ‘Cold’ the last few days.
7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:
Before becoming a Realtor, I worked in Civil Service for five years. I have my Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and worked as a Children’s Protective Services Worker as well as a Juvenile Probation Officer (in both drug court and juvenile sexual offenders) until I burned out and switched to my passion. When I tell people about my ‘past life’ most people are dumbfounded that I worked in that field! I get my Forensic Psychology and Crime fix from Netflix documentaries these days!
8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself?
Stop doubting your worth. I fell into the trap of the imposter syndrome, and felt that I wasn’t smart enough, knowledgeable enough, or talented enough to do what I did. I felt like a fraud. I quickly realized that although I was new to the business, I had a lot of knowledge and if I didn’t believe in myself, how could my clients.