- Posted August 4, 2014 by
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Former All-American Gymnast at Ohio State University, Rebecca Ashley Best uses her degree in Fashion/Apparel Design and competitive background in gymnastics to ensure success in her budding career as a real estate agent.
Rebecca Best became the first African-American and just the sixth Buckeye in Ohio State women's gymnastics history to take home All-America honors. Athletics provided her with the steel and strength to persevere in a new, challenging environment.
She thanks her gymnastics background for her stalwart perseverance in the face of starting her career.
"[Gymnastics] teaches you how to persevere over obstacles," says Best. "There are always new skills and challenges that you have to learn and it might take a while and sometimes you might get frustrated and it could take a couple of months to get it."
“Once you finally get it, it just clicks," explains Best.
Business journalist and founder of Forbes magazine B.C. Forbes echoes Best's sentiment.
"The victor in the race is not the one who dashes off swiftest but the one who leads at the finish. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina," said Forbes early on in the foundation of his magazine. "The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race."
There were times when Best almost wanted to quit.
“I am really grateful that I have [gymnastics] as my basis to look back at, because there were a couple of times that I wanted to quit real estate,” says Best. “But I understand the process of just taking it day by day, and you're just going to get better and better at it.”
“[Athletics] gives you order and discipline. It shows you how to schedule and [...] to stick to what you had planned in the beginning to continue with it," says Best. "It's helped me to ground myself. Even if something might be a little difficult for me, it shows me that I can still push through it and a good outcome is going to come out of it if I just continue working with it.”
Her fashion background also influences her work. When at school, she most enjoyed visualizing a project and then being able to tangibly produce it.
She loved how "you can place [your thoughts] on paper and then form them into an actual real object that you can wear."
Visualizing dreams is what she loves most about working with her clients.
Her goal is "to see what a buyer might not be able to see and show them different ways of what they can do with a property." She enjoys reconciling her perspective and the clients' perspective to find their dream property.
She prefers the buyer's side of the business, in one part because it's where she has the most experience but also because she loves helping clients find their new home.
Speaking of "new homes," Best is also finding her way in her new workplace.
"It's actually a really great office," says Best. A mentor helped to guide her through her career and to make her comfortable enough to excel. Thanks to her athletic perseverance and artistic perspective, her office is becoming to her what a new home is to her clients.