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The first person that comes to mind when I think of doing a post of someone I admire is my sister.
When I think of a motivated, confident, and inspirational person to share with my readers I think of Jamila Souffrant. She works full time in Corporate America, she was a real estate mogul at 22, and she is a phenomenal mommy of two little boys, and she just so happens to be my sister as well. (Yea, I know I’m pretty lucky)
My sister was one of the first women in my life to empower and enlighten me on all of the tools to become a successful, self sufficient, and a happy young woman. She has been the guiding light that shows me it doesn’t matter where you start but with hard work and the work ethnic of a champ you can make it in this world.
A little about Jamila Souffrant. Jamila graduated from Adelphi with a degree in business and received her masters in Real Estate from NYU. While in undergrad she started with MetLife as an intern and got a full time job there right after graduation. Within a couple years of graduation she owned her first property, a condo in the renown Brooklyn neighborhood Dumbo. Ten years later she is an entrepreneur, the proud mom of two amazing little boys, and she started her blog, Journey to Launch. She has been an amazing light in my life, and I am thrilled she has created a blog to share her jewels with the world.
Want to read more about her? Read here.
I decided to interview her to share a little about her blog’s mission and how she became the girl boss she is today.
Why did you create Journey To Launch?
I was looking for a creative outlet to express myself. I am still figuring out what I want to do in life, which sounds kind of crazy because I’m in my thirties and, I still have not found my true calling. I know I have a knack and special ability with financing and budgeting because of what I have been able to accomplish up until now and my goals. So I figured why not teach and inspire other people while I am on my journey to financial success and freedom. I felt like a blog was the perfect outlet to do that.
Her mission: Through this site, Journey to Launch, I want to teach you what I’ve learned through a little trial and error and a lot of discipline over the years. My goal is to help you eliminate debt, save more money and increase your net worth.
What do you think are the most important qualities needed to become successful?
Resilience is very important. There will be a lot of things that will not work out right away or that will fail and you have to keep trying and trying. It sounds cliche, but you really have to be able to bounce back from setbacks because there will always be setbacks. Anyone you meet that is successful they will say that they had setbacks that could have deterred them, but they kept going.
Consistency, structure, and dedication. You have to be consistent, but it is interesting because I also see that most successful people that you read about wake up early like before 6am, they don’t watch much TV, and they don’t waste their days. They are very organized and strategic with their time, they don’t waste it.
What would be your best financial advice to college students and twenty- something year olds?
Listen, going into massive debt is unfortunate and not worth it. Unless you have a specialized degree, but even with a medical degree you can go to a community school, pay half of the price, and still get a great education. You are paying for the name when you go to these private schools, it is like a name brand. Unless you have a plan where your career field makes “x” amount of money, you will graduate with so much debt that you cannot afford the lifestyle that you want to live. I would say take out the least amount of loans as possible and pay them off as soon as possible. You should be working while in college to pay them off.
I would say to just be smart with your money. While I was in college I had a paid internship, and I saved about 80-90% of my income. My advice is if you are making money you should save it. You need to be responsible and pay your bills, but don’t go spending on the latest fashion.
With this attitude you were able to buy your first condo (key word: buy not rent)
Yes, while I was intern, I worked and saved throughout college, and I got the opportunity to purchase my first property. If I was not saving, I would not have had the money. You never know what opportunities might occur so you want to be prepared for them. Also, I wanted to buy not rent my condo because I knew owning real estate was a great way to built wealth.
Want to read more about how she became a real estate mogul at 22? She outlines it in her post: How I Became a “Real Estate Mogul” at 22.
If you could say anything to your younger self, what would you say?
I would say to relax and enjoy the moment. Because I feel like at every point we think we are old, and you’re not. Really enjoy the moment because things seem so dire in the moment like it is the end of the world, but it is not. What affected me when I was 22 is not that much of a big of a deal now.
Jamila has written a blog post specifically on this topic: Financial Advice I’d Give To My 20 Year-Old Self
What do you hope to accomplish with Journey To Launch?
I would love for it become a real inspiration for people and what I write will help change people’s mindset and habits. You don’t need to work forever and retire at 65. If you save right and invest right you can live the life you want. I would love if other women, and men too they are not excluded, would come to my site and have the urgency to change their financial habits and be successful. I want to start a movement of people not wasting their money and becoming financially independent. I just want to inspire as many people as possible.
Now if you have read any of my other posts about saving and taking action you can probably see where I get it from now. Saving 80-90% of your paycheck isn’t easy, and I am still working on this. But honestly it is a great way to jump start your journey to financial success.
The only way my sister was able to own her own property in one of Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhoods is because she saved. The only way I will reach my goal of paying off my student loans by 22 is by saving. It is so important, and when you are finally on your way to becoming the you, you aspire to be, those bags and night outs that you didn’t spend your money on will be all the more worth it.
I hope you guys enjoyed and take something from this interview, and if you want to hear more of Jamila, you should head over to her blog, Journey To Launch.
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