We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Cain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, how do you think about risk?
I was born in a very small town in Eastern Europe. The kind of town where everyone knows each other ha-ha. Although I loved the comfort of seeing familiar faces everywhere I’ve always had an itch wondering what else was beyond my small town.
When I was 18 my parents and I packed our car and I moved 3 hours away from home to go to college. They dropped me off and there I was standing in the middle of a room with my suitcases with girls I’d never met. I was horrified. But then I got used to it and that itch of getting uncomfortable reappeared again.
It was 2017 when I decided there was no better way to spend my summer than to fly across the ocean and explore the United States for 4 months. I was a student at that time and got a job offer as a hostess in a restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Little did I know that one decision was about to change my whole life. I flew back home months later madly in love with no idea what I was going to do.
Fast forward almost 5 years later, I’m married to that same guy I met in Maine.
A lot of the times when there has been a huge change in my life it’s because I’ve said “yes” to something I was scared of. Taking risks gives me adrenaline like nothing else does. Every time I do something I thought was impossible I’m shocked by my own capabilities. I think getting uncomfortable is the most terrifying and at the same time rewarding way of achieving everything we have on our dream boards.
Taking a risk sometimes seems so overwhelming not because we don’t have the ability to achieve a certain thing, but because there’re so many walls and barriers we’ve built in our minds. Limiting beliefs, comparison, and doubt are ways our brain is stopping us daily from truly believing and wanting more in life.
If anyone told 15-year-old Anna that she would be a Realtor in South Florida, building her dream life with her husband I would’ve never believed it. I recently read a quote that said: ” I never fail. I either win or learn”. I think this is such a great way to look at any risk you’re taking.
At the end of the day, I ask myself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?”. It’s usually facing rejection or having to try something a different way. Well, great things are worth fighting for.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started getting into real estate a couple of years ago. I never imagined myself becoming an agent because it looked like such an intimidating job ha-ha! I would read books for fun, took a couple of courses, and watched a ton of YouTube videos. My main idea at that time was to know enough, so when we’re ready to buy a home, it will be a familiar topic for me.
A couple of months later I ordered the school book – again, to read for fun. The truth is, I’d always wanted to build a career for myself. To start something from 0 and master it. So, one day I sat down and I wrote on a piece of paper what I’m good at, what my dreams are, what I want my daily routine to be like, and so on.
Let me tell you, it’s not easy! It’s a business that looks very sexy on TV. When people think of real estate, they think of glamour, high heels, and big commission checks haha. It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m just starting. But I’m here for the challenge, and I’m loving it so far.
When it comes to content creation, I find so much joy in it. Social media is like my playground but for the longest time, I didn’t post anything because I was worried about what others may think of me. At the end of 2021, my mind shifted and I started having fun with it. Since January 2022 my Instagram account grew from 820 followers to over 16K. It’s been awesome and I’m so excited for what’s to come.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay, that’s exciting! We wake up early, grab a coffee from Common Grounds because it’s the holy grail of oat milk lattes, and drive down to Downtown West Palm. I would assume it’s Sunday which means – the farmers’ market! We wait for way too long to grab a green juice from one of the vendors and head to Batch for Sunday brunch! The avocado toast and the cast iron cinnamon rolls are a must!
It’s a hot day so we go to the drive shack to get away from the sun. Golf and mimosas! Nothing else to say. Lunch is at Kapow and we eat too many tuna poke tacos but that’s okay because they’re delicious!
It’s golden hour which means happy hour in West Palm. For the best city view – we go to the Tree House. Really, you should check it out. And it’s the weekend, so they might have a DJ playing.
It’s a beautiful night in West Palm, and we’re ending it off with dinner at Lynora’s and a comedy show at the Improv Comedy Club!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my family. My husband is the person that has seen me grow from the shy girl that didn’t know what she was good enough for to the woman I’m today. I have awesome friends and their support always means so much to me.
I will never forget when in 2017 I walked into a bookstore in Maine and bought a book because I wanted to practice my English. I read “You are a badass” by Jen Sincero in two days and it was. the first book of many that helped me build my confidence.
Some of my favorite books:
1. Can’t hurt by, David Goggins
2. How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie
3. The Defining Decade, Meg Jay