We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexa, how do you define success?
My definition of success changes as I do, no matter how hard I try to fight it. I remember years ago, sitting in one of my first sales meetings towards the end of the year. We were talking about resolutions and goals for the upcoming new year. They had each of us complete a worksheet answering what 5 goals that we’d like to hit personally. The whole idea is that your personal goals will always motivate you more than your professional goals. What ties the two is you will undoubtedly need to do well professionaly, to be able to afford the life you want personally. I patiently waitied my turn as we went around the room sharing. I heard goals like going back to the Bahamas or upgrading to the latest and greatest new car. The more I heard, the more I worried about my own answers. I was a 28 year old single mom that up until now, was on a very fixed income. My 5 goals looked very different than my new peers.
1. Stop living check to check
2. Take the kids on an annual family vacation
3. Have a small savings for emergencies
4. Always be able to get them the things that they need
5. Be able to start helping others the way that they’ve helped me
Looking back now 4 years later, constantly trying to reach the next stage of my life, I have to remind myself of all that I have accomplished. There is no “annual vacation”, there are many. I’m ready and prepared for all of their needs like field trip costs, new clothes, doctors appointments, and there’s even some left over to take care of their wants as well. I’ve been able to do more for friends, family members, and complete strangers. Although things like our trips and our savings may grow as I do professionally, the root goals remain the same, and I truly belieive that those goals are my definition of success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Account Executive at Great American Title Agency. I help Realtors, Lenders, and Real Estate Investors with their business. I started as a virtual assistant, mobile notary, then processor, and just kept working my way up. No task or new learning opportunity has ever been “not my job”. I’ve jumped at every chance to grow and to become more valuable to my team. I whole-heartedly love what I do and I know it’s what keeps me motivated and moving forward. I’ve learned since being in sales that being younger doesn’t have to be a weakness, in fact it’s proven to be quite the opposite. As a Millennial, online marketing and social media have come to me very naturally. As a creative individual, graphic design has also come to me just as easily. Finally, as a total people pleaser, getting to know my clients and truly caring about them inside and outside of work has helped me take care of any pain points they’ve run into as well as being able to find new ways to build on what’s already working for them. I’ve grown up in this industry and have actively worked in it for the past 15 years. The day that I realized I’d never know it all and there was always going to be someone or something to learn from, was the day I think I became most ready to help others.
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.
Oh I love this. First off, it’s definitely Summer and they are very understandably worried about visiting Arizona during the hottest time of the year. I, however, am not worried at all. We would have to eat at LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles for breakfast for sure. We could joke about splitting the massive portion of biscuits and gravy, but ultimately would decide to get an order of chicken and waffles as well so we can get a taste of everything. They’d have to roll us out the front door. Then drinks would probably need to happen at The Perch Brewery for no other reason besides we’d get to catch a buzz while attempting to have conversations with the hundreds of rescued birds on site. I would take them to visit everything that Northern AZ has to offer. We would jump off waterfalls near Payson and hike to the top of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, all the while pretending to not breathe as heavy as we are. We’d camp just past Christopher Creek and do our best to catch fish at any one of the many lakes nearby. We’d float the Salt River and keep our phones ready to capture images of the wild horses, making sure to crop out any leftover beer cans from the shot. We’d hang out by the pool, cocktails in hand, listening to whatever music I put on because they can’t figure out the bluetooth. Just as their body starts to acclimate to the warmer weather and they start to really appreciate our state, it’s time to turn around and head back home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my Mom who has supported me throughout all the changes in my career. Some days would run long and weekdays would sometimes turn into weekends. I’ve always known that I could lean on her whenever we were in need. Not only has she been a huge help personally, but I wouldn’t have even thought of going into this industry if it weren’t for her. She’s been in the Escrow and Title world my entire life and the reason I’m where I’m at today.
Other: If you can’t find me by searching AlexaRaeAZ, try looking up Lexi Williams on any social platforms. I post more on my personal pages. I prefer 70% personal with just a dash of professional.