We had the good fortune of connecting with Debbie Byrd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debbie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
People often ask me how I ended up in this place or that, from wild experiences or famous people, to acquiring big deals. Things like playing music for Alan Jackson’s family in his backyard once, to helping a friend with a busy week in her business and I ended up making coffee for John Malkovich because of it, taking the time to call on that $60k lot that turned into a $1.5million dollar listing. If you look at who I am overall I have a lots of little talents or gifts, but nothing that makes me a standout in any area. What it really comes down to is that I take a lot of risks. I jump off of a lot cliffs, metaphorically. I don’t always land on my feet either. Sometimes I lose money on a business idea and I don’t eat out for a couple of months. Sometimes I waste a bunch of time that could have been used on something “productive”. Risk doesn’t usually look the way you think it should. Risking sometimes looks like being generous when you don’t have time, or the money. Almost every time something amazing has happened it’s because I said yes to helping a friend or going the extra mile for a client. One thing my dad always taught me is that if you shoot for the top of the world, when you fall, you land back down on earth. But, if you shoot for the moon, if you fall, you still land on top of the world! Don’t just aim big in your dreams and goals. GO BIG in your love and service to others, whether it’s your friends or clients or customers. It’s the hardest risk, but the best reward!
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?
One thing I’m super proud of as a realtor is how I consistently am able to think outside of the box in marketing because of my background in the entertainment industry to get homes sold quickly to the right buyers. I get to represent buyers and sellers all over Fort Worth and the areas surrounding it from Aledo to Burleson to Colleyville with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Sotheby’s is known for luxury and I want people to know that to me, luxury is not a price point, it’s an experience. I’ve moved a lot over the years and I know how hard that process can be sometimes. I think it surprises people how great the buying or selling process can be with actual good service! Besides that I always bring good coffee.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Best Day Ever, Fort Worth edition: Breakfast and coffee at Ascension in WestBend A couple of hours walking around at the Fort Worth Zoo Lunch at Press Cafe with a little shopping over in Clear Fork Dinner at Joe T.’s then hanging out in the Stockyards afterward. Hopefully watching a band play at Billy Bob’s or one of the little bars or outdoor stages. Can we fit all of that into one day? Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is to a small group of friends and clients at Lockheed-Martin who are putting time and effort into revitalizing a forgotten neighborhood in Fort Worth, Greenway Place.