We had the good fortune of connecting with Venus Howard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Venus, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” I can’t ever read this without having to stop from tearing up. This quote means so much to me in so many ways. Don’t let the critics matter – if you’re striving to be better and making mistakes and getting up and trying again you’re the one in the arena – you’re the one continuing to strive to be the best version of you. I just LOVE it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have been a local Realtor for 20 years this year. In my business we are all about CULTURE. First culture in our team and expanded to culture for our clients. We strive to create an exceptional experience during the clients home buying or selling transaction, however we are not just transactional. At the end they are put on our MVP list – which we do monthly giveaways and create a little fun and anticipation each month of what they may be. They get brownies or cake on their birthdays. Real Estate isn’t easy – it’s a lot of hours, a lot of missed weekends and evenings with family in the early years. But by pouring into our database of past clients our business has converted to primarily repeat and referral business and that is the highest honor – having someone come back multiple times or have them refer their family and friends to us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Good question. We’d definitely have dinner at Cativella, Chop House, or Guard and Grace. If our world was normal, we’d take them for a drink at Union Lodge No 1. We’d explore the Union Station with them! Depending on their interests we may take them to the Art Museum, or the Aquarium. We’d head up to the mountains for the day. Definitely stop for breakfast at Snooze and Sams No 3. We would spend some time taking them to a couple breweries. If it were summer, botanic gardens, red rocks. We would take a hike. There are so many places to go in the Denver area. I’d have to really think about this one further for a full itinerary.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I was a single mom at the beginning of my career. I didn’t have many options with child care or the availability of funds to pay for child care. I would absolutely not be here today without the support of my son’s grandparents – Trudy and Jerry. They were always there to be a safe place for him when I was at work and helped me so much through those early times in my career when I wasn’t quite yet financially solvent. I wouldn’t be the person I am today or the business owner I am today without them.
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