Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmine Gosey.
Jazmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. I grew up in a family of engineers. I almost had no choice but to study engineering because that’s what my parents felt would set me apart once I hit the “real world.” My dad was the mayor of the little town that I grew up in – Forest Hill, to be exact – and even with his engineering background, I watched him become a political leader in his community, a voice for the voiceless and a creator of opportunity for himself and others. I knew I wanted to do the same! Growing up, I wasn’t sure which box I would put myself in – did I want to study civil engineering to support a future family business focused on developing real estate or did I want to help families and young kids by creating and finding the same opportunities that I was blessed to have growing up through a career in Social Work?
I decided to go a completely different route and studied Chemical Engineering at the greatest HBCU, Prairie View A&M University! Prairie View taught me how to adapt and connect with any group of people, but it was not until a job offer moved me to Minneapolis, MN, after graduation, that these skills were truly put to the test.
I spent four years in Minneapolis, or “one of those ‘M’ states,” as my family would say. I was young, in a new environment and I was surrounded by some of the smartest, most entrepreneurial minds that I had ever encountered. It was beautifully challenging and eye-opening, and most of all – it was necessary in my personal growth.
During, what I didn’t know would be, my last year in Minneapolis, I received one of the worst phone calls of my life. A family member called to let me know that my Dad had suddenly passed away. Struggling with grieving and being strong for my family, I realized I was called to do more than work a 9-5 -sleep- travel repeat cycle- I had a vision and more to give! I was denying myself the ability to operate at my full potential. Life had to be more than this! I knew I wanted to do something to make my father proud!
After relocating and getting reacclimated to Houston, I decided to reconnect with my childhood dreams with my true passion of creating and finding opportunities for others. I created a platform through Real Estate by becoming a Realtor and starting my business Inspired by Nzinga, to fulfill my mission of sharing, teaching and inspiring others to go after their goals and be an example to their community.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Honestly, my biggest battle has been with myself. It is so easy to tell yourself what you can’t or don’t have time to do. The daily challenge is being your own cheerleader and training yourself not to depend on others for confirmation. I set a schedule to make sure I stayed productive and on track with my goals, as well as balance my social life with my Corporate and Real Estate career. The drive must come from within. I am super grateful for my support system, my fiancé and close friends for holding me accountable when I was super hard on myself.
We are our own toughest critics. I had to realize that my “just ok” was someone else’s perfect! And I had to be OK with that in order to get started.
Please tell us about Inspired By Nzinga.
My father gifted me the middle name Nzinga, after Queen Nzinga Mbande. She was a key figure in the struggle against slavery, at a time when Portuguese slave traders and miners were raiding present-day Angola. Queen Nzinga was a fighter, but she was also a charismatic and popular leader, a wise and strategic negotiator. What better way to live up to my name and that gift that my father gave me – “Inspired By Nzinga” was born.
As a Dual Career Agent/Realtor, when I am not introducing first-time home buyers to the home buying process, listing a home, or discovering good income-producing investment properties, I also work as Packaging Engineer.
I believe what sets me apart from others is truly the art of just knowing and embracing myself – my strengths and opportunity areas. I bring my “full self” to anything and any situation that I approach. I am very passionate about setting my clients up for success to build generational wealth and reach their goals. I do this by offering a business perspective, economic consulting, financial planning, and credit repair advice while avoiding high costs for my clients. My transparency in investing and Real Estate is like none other – I do not consult or advise on something if I am not currently doing or have not done myself.
I am most proud of seeing my clients reach their goals and celebrate their accomplishments. Each process is so beautiful, even the tougher ones.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Looking back at the dynamics of my parents’ marriage and relationship with money, provided a foundation in financial literacy and the courage to take risks in order for a greater return. My dad had a very entrepreneurial mindset and my mom was his support and safety net. When I first set out on this journey, I already knew I could be someone’s safety net and supporter, just as my mom was for my dad. However, I think too often as women, we suppress our gifts to allow our men to shine. Today, I realize that you can do both, as far as building a safety net for your own business while planning for your future family. You don’t have to wait until you’re settled down with someone to go after your dreams and if you’ve already started your family, you don’t have to be a 6th man on the team!
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