When you think of a property tycoon, who (or what) comes to mind? For most of you, we’ll hazard to guess, a middle aged male in an eye-wateringly expensive suit will be in the picture somewhere.
One of Australia’s youngest property tycoons, Stephanie Brennan likes not fitting the mould. She bought her first property in Sydney’s Northern Beaches on her 22nd birthday in 2012. Today she owns properties across three continents, rumoured to be worth around $3.2 million.
Stephanie found her ‘why’ (property investment) early on and is now helping others to do the same. Her business, Eharvest, is an educational resource for aspiring and fully fledged investors.
We speak to Stephanie about her whirlwind career, creating opportunities and trusting the journey.
Tell us a little bit about your career journey
My career journey has been anything but ordinary and not just because of the different industries I’ve worked in, but the experiences each role has offered me.
I started in aged care and ended up at the other end of the spectrum in financial services and education for millennials. Between where I started and where I am now, I’ve been in sales, engineering, pet cremation, government and real estate.
In between working for others, I’ve managed to have a couple of my own businesses. These have been incredible learning opportunities in many ways, from creating a team from scratch to falling out with the wrong business partners, and everything in between.
You became known nationally as ‘Australia’s youngest property tycoon’ at just 24, how did you find yourself in the spotlight?
I never had any previous ambitions to be in the public eye, I was always very shy. My mum actually encouraged me to write in to the local paper challenging a recent article at the time that said property was out of reach.
Nothing could ever have prepared me for what followed. 15 missed calls from journalists, over 500 enquiries in a day to my second business and soon, a long list of media interviews. It just goes to show how one moment of courage can change your life.
What career advice has been invaluable to you?
The best career advice I’ve ever received was from an external careers adviser before I left school, he told me to always be accountable for your actions.
The second invaluable career advice I received was from my parents, who said, “it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you love it enough to want to go to work on a Monday”. Because of this, I’ve always pursued what interests me and I’ve never stayed in roles where I was no longer learning or engaged.
And what would your advice be to aspiring business women?
Try everything and anything until you find what you love. I had no idea what I wanted to do in the beginning and all the experiences that led me to property and where I am now have been incredibly useful.
They have built my knowledge and helped me to connect with people from all walks of life.
Don’t wait for opportunities, create them. If you’re not sure how, just start asking lots of questions. This will usually lead you into creating opportunities for yourself.
The worst-case scenario is you’ll get a ‘no’! Sometimes those ‘no’s are what drive us or lead us to bigger and better things, despite how it may feel at the time.
For me I think the biggest ‘don’t’ which I’ve struggled with myself is to not become demotivated by failure or rejection. Those failures are preparing you for who you need to be to become successful. There will always be growing pains. Like anything else in life, we have to learn and learning only comes from making mistakes. So, if you’re making mistakes, failing or getting rejected you’re on the right path — try and keep it in perspective.
To find out more about Stephanie Brennan and EHarvest, head to the website here.
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