I haven't been here in a while so this post is overdue. Same with Facebook and Snapchat - they have sort of fallen off the map. I'm still irritated about Snapchat being overtaken by Instagram. It's a shame when one larger brand monopolizes a space by copying and then forcing other innovators out of the market. Do better, Zuckerberg. That's a huge topic on it's own right. Anyway, I am begrudgingly mostly on Instagram @soniya.tv -- or YouTube at times: www.soniya.tv. Check those out to keep connected!
Anyway, to be honest with the internet, I have been all over the place literally and metaphorically. I haven't been home in Toronto for better part of the year. I've been exploring business, media and LIFE opportunities in Asia so I haven't been as active in real estate in the past couple of years actually. I have worked with a few near and dear clients but haven't been proactive about it because of these new possibilities. Although I'm not writing off real estate for good, I feel it's imperative to try different things and diversify ultimately.
Schooling typically doesn't teach you to think, ironically. I mean out of all things, you'd think critical thinking would be at the forefront of education. Instead, typically the focus of teaching tends to be (from what I'm aware) to listen and do in prescribed ways - and to get a job Even the jobs you're exposed to in school can be limited. In any case, we're then sort of taught by school systems to figure out *one* thing to pursue in life with your limited knowledge and exposure.
I'm grateful I was exposed to business a bit by my parents growing up (even though my parents wanted me to become well-educated and take on some sort of straight-forward career). Long story short, I started pursuing business officially in my second year of university while I was busy working, volunteering and studying - all to figure out my future career. By the time I graduated, my 'career' was up in the air. I could have pursued further schooling or see where business took me. I thought I'd try the latter, put my full efforts in and lo and behold, business boomed!
Things were great. I was 23 and made a name for myself in the business. Then, of course, I hit a major obstacle. I'll save the details for another time but it was a difficult period in my life. It became a turning point for me: I had the option of continuing full force in the same direction OR step back and look at all my options as the adventurous, entrepreneurial young woman I was. The money and the success of that one route didn't excite me enough because I already gotten a taste for it. I could clearly see how far I could go with it and I could vaguely see how challenging it would be to try new things from scratch. What did I choose? The more exciting option of course! The latter. I didn't feel the need to be boxed into one business when in a sense, it would be there anyway. On the other hand, the other avenues which entice me are time and even age-sensitive. For those who know me, I'm fascinated and drawn to so many things. From startups to art to just the art of being human - this is what I've been exploring more over the past few years. I still do real estate but not as full force or as actively right now - who knows, I may in a few years. However in the meantime, I'm sort of running with the wind and that is only possible because of how I set up myself up initially with my real estate investment business.
Quite a few of people have asked me about what I do or how I manage to travel or do this and that and I hope this is a bit of insight. I'd be happy to share more gradually. I would share what I'm up to now but I am not where I want to be yet so I don't it would make sense to elaborate further just yet! :)
Soniya Siva - avid explorer, entrepreneur, creative, YouTuber & TV host. She has been licensed as a real estate broker for 8 years and as Founder of The Condo Tree, she focuses predominately on pre-construction condos or investment properties around Greater Toronto.