At its heart, Keller Williams is a company of growth – growth of our people’s businesses, mindset and abundance. The journey of personal and professional growth is not always clear-cut – hurdles may pop up and, yes, we may stumble or even fail. We grow by learning from those who have gone before and from the obstacles we encounter along the way. Success doesn’t mean never failing – it means picking yourself back up after a failure and soldiering on with a new perspective and just as much energy and enthusiasm as before.
Within every failure and challenge lies opportunity.
When, shortly after Gary Keller co-founded Keller Williams, 10 of our top agents packed up and left to join a competing brokerage, Gary convened the first Associate Leadership Council (ALC) and reinvented the company. In 2011, after going backward in agent count and profitability, we launched the Growth Initiative and started down a historic path to unprecedented prosperity for our people. And now, recognizing that technology is rewriting the rules of our industry, Keller Williams formed Labs to ideate, test and develop the next generation of real estate technology, side by side with our agents.
I'd like to invite you into our latest issue of Outfront Magazine - where we highlight failures together with subsequent successes. You will meet agents who have leveraged setbacks – both personal and professional – to drive them to all new heights. And, you’ll find practical turnaround strategies to power through any obstacle toward the big business – and big life – you’ve always imagined.
John Davis, President & CEO
I Lost $10 Million in a Matter of Moments
Vija Williams of the Kirkland (Wash.) market center lost millions in a matter of moments – and most of her team within a few months. Looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened to her.
Learning Leverage the Hard Way
Jennie Wolek of the Keller Williams Realty Advantage (Okla.) market center knows the pains of failure as well as the rewards of the rebounds. A combination of fast-paced business growth and rushed hiring led her to burnout. Through BOLD, she rediscovers her passion for selling real estate and builds an expansive network.
From Food Stamps to Six Figures
A leap of faith into a career in real estate takes Ryan and heather Bigger from food stamps to six figures in just 18 months.
The Big Why Behind My $40 Million Business
Instead of being sidetracked by industry changes, Tom Francis harnesses twists and turns as chances to build a business that supports his family of 10 and BIG life.
Changing Lives With My Voice
Unwilling to compromise her morals, Shannon Selig, a team leader in Portland, Maine, puts her music career on hold to find her true voice - training others to be successful at Keller Williams.
Photography: Ryan Kelly