We had the good fortune of connecting with Kadija Balde and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kadija, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I learned that there’s no such thing as a reward without risk. The higher the reward, the higher the risk, and the lower the risk, the lower the reward. I also learned that risk could take many forms, but it all boils down to embracing the unknown. One of the ways to help cope with risk-taking is through the concept of calculated risk. Being an entrepreneur is a journey of risk-taking. There are no guarantees, only probabilities, but ultimately, I have come to settle that to have what you have never gotten. You must be willing to do what you have never done. Going beyond one’s comfort zone is a matter of risk-taking, and that’s where growth and success reside.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a child, I aspired to be a Gynecologist. I never thought I’d stumble into the real estate industry, but you can’t always predict where or when you’ll discover what you’re meant to do in life. I was taught at a young age that if you want something in life, you must work for it. So that’s what I did. And I worked hard. I got into the real estate industry six years ago when I got injured at work and couldn’t go back and provide for my family.

What sets me apart from many is my commitment to excellence. It’s not just about helping people buy or sell a house. It’s more than that for me, and the rewards are endless. The best part is seeing families who never thought they could afford a home get their keys at closing and walk into their homes for the first time. Helping sellers to sell their homes in a timely manner so that they can either move to another city or state, get closer to family members or upgrade to their dream home.

Sometimes, it is hard. One thing that keeps me going is my “WHY.” I don’t want to get out of bed at 3:30 AM. I want to sleep in, and I don’t want to spend my weekend showing houses, writing endless contracts, or holding open houses, but I do it regardless of how I feel.

Every week, I revisit my “WHY.” If your “WHY” is strong enough, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals. This purpose-driven keeps me going, and I can get out of bed every day and work on my daily commitments.
I do my best to live by this quote “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t” Jerry Rice.

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?
If my friends were to visit, I hope they have a week to spend with me because there are too many places to visit. I will take them first to Texas de Brazil in downtown Fort-Worth. They serve all kinds of meat grilled to your satisfaction, from rare to well done. If you’re a meat-lover, this is the best place to go. This restaurant is a buffet-style more upscale than the regular buffet. They have a salad area, hot items like soup, desserts, and wines. What I like most are their salad and soup. My second favorite place food place is Pappadeaux because, in my opinion, they have the best seafood in town. Finally, I will take them to Southlake town square. This place is surrounded by many restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, and a diverse entertainment area. Downtown Fort-Worth & downtown Dallas has a lot of historical places to visit.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my husband, son, and parents for their support, encouragement, and appreciation of the many decisions I made. I have never seen someone so dedicated to my success as my son. I read a book a while back called the Power of Self Discipline by Brian Tracy, and in chapter eighteen, he said, regularly ask loved ones four questions:

1- Is there anything that I’m doing that you would like me to do more of?
2- Is there anything that I’m doing that you would like me to do less of?
3- Is there anything that you would like me to start doing that I’m not doing today?
4- Is there anything that I’m doing that you would like me to stop altogether?
As parents, sometimes we tend to look at our kids as though they’re still immature children, and it is when we start asking questions and having conversations we discover that our children have grown. So, one evening while my husband was out of town, I decided to discuss this with my 14 years old son.

I asked him the first question, and without any hesitation, he said your real estate business. I was intrigued, and I asked him to elaborate on that. He said, seeing you succeed at your real estate business gives me hope that I can be a freelancer one day. You will be more available to spend time with me, and you don’t have to ask for anyone’s permission to attend my school activities or go out on the weekends. He also said that you would be your own boss, and I hope you will be at a point where you will teach me how to be independent and work for myself. After hearing this, I have decided never to give up on my business or anything. This made me realize that my son is watching and basing his entire future on how successful I become.

Website: www.kadijaBalde.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbalde/

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