Leadership? The Question You Need to Ask Yourself with Candice Schott

Written by Jamie Hunter

January 27, 2022

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At 23, Candice Schott landed a job right out of school at IBM — a company she thought she would be with for her entire career. After spending a handful of a years working in various departments with the corporation, she began to get an entrepreneurial itch.

“I decided to take my real estate license while I still worked there,” Candice said on the Leading With Nice Interview Series podcast. “I was doing that at night while I was working full time at IBM during the day.”

She would eventually leave IBM to pursue real estate — her ticket to becoming an entrepreneur. But it wouldn’t be easy.

“I was one of those people that thought if I tell everybody I’m in real estate, they’re going to use me, and of course, six months goes by, I have no idea what I’m doing, and I end up basically running through all the money that I saved to leave IBM,” she said. “I actually had to get back into the service industry and started bartending again to make some money while I was trying to figure out real estate.”

Seventeen years later, Candice is now a partner at Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices, Toronto and has enjoyed a rewarding career as a realtor. And although her career path wasn’t linear, it was her passion for the real estate business that kept propelling her forward.

“People that just look at [real estate] from the money perspective, they’re never going to win,” she said. “It’s not about the money. It’s about helping people and truly being passionate about what you do. Are people going to play professional baseball if they hate baseball? Well, no, they’re professional baseball players because they’re passionate about actually playing that sport.”

Candice stopped by the podcast to chat about taking chances and pursuing dreams, her experience in the real estate industry, and a whole host of tips for small business owners. Check out the episode below.


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