Terri King – Coldwell Banker King
What is your company?
My company is Coldwell Banker King. My business is real estate investing. I invest in real estate companies, real estate agents, real estate technology, and real estate deals.
Tell us why you do what you do in 1 sentence.
I solve problems to help people move forward in life.
How are you a revolutionary?
The very nature of being entrepreneurial is in itself revolutionary. Innovating and creating what didn’t exist, driving change and making rain alter the human experience. That changes the world and that’s what dreamers and renegades do. That’s who we are, entrepreneurs.
What 3 valuable lessons about business would you hope to pass onto young women considering becoming an entrepreneur?
- You are not your business. Your business is just what you do. You are bigger than any venture whether it is a success or a failure.
- Persist when you know it’s right. Persistence will trump talent, luck, position, and logic every time. Persistence is magic of defying the odds.
- If you want to achieve big goals, it will take the help of others. You can jump a puddle all by yourself but if you want to leap tall buildings you better build a great alliance of talented people and get shoulder to shoulder with them.
How has business made you more resilient?
Struggle and rejection will either break you or build you. The nature of business is cyclical. It’s up and then it’s down. Oh yeah, and then it’s up again. There’s always a struggle of some kind with the many moving parts and players in the game of business. I always say, if nobody is telling you “no” you aren’t stretching out there far enough. It’s part of the journey for an entrepreneur. It’s our job to push the boundaries and challenge convention, so yeah, “no” is part of the deal. It’s gonna happen. Once you realize it’s not YOU they are rejecting, it’s just an indicator that your plans are not sound and/or you message isn’t the right one for that audience, then “no” becomes a guide post and you welcome the direction.
You play an active role in supporting the regional entrepreneurial community (like serving as a Judge for Hatch This!), why do you think it is important to empower up & coming entrepreneurs?
I have a personal prayer that includes a commitment to “giving back to those coming along behind me.” I believe in this as a social responsibility as well as just in honor of those who gave to me as I was coming along. In the bigger picture, it’s how forward progress in innovation happens.
Emily transforms communities through entrepreneurship and innovation. She is a Branding Specialist and Growth Strategist who specializes in building the framework, platforms, and partnerships needed to be impactful in today’s challenging economy. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the Hatch AVL Foundation, a non-profit foundation supporting high-growth startups of WNC through incubation, regional programming, and events.