We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenniffer Maldonado-Cintron and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jenniffer, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The most important decision for me was to commit to my success and go through the path less taken. Many times, this meant going against other people’s dogmas and dealing with a lot of uncertainty. I understood quickly that people, including my parents, wouldn’t agree with me about leaving my six-figure income as an engineer in a Top Fortune 500 company at a time when my career was picking up to starting from zero in the real estate investing industry. This meant forfeiting their fears and understanding that they were trying to protect me without letting their dogmas take an active role in my life. It meant learning a lot of new things in a short period of time. Success meant breaking through any of my limitations in many areas of my life, never finding excuses or blaming anything for why I couldn’t succeed. Full responsibility was on me. That was scary. It meant embracing a journey of many potential failures and dealing with the waves of emotions associated with that. Willingly, you go against your survival instincts.
Being willing to succeed on your terms is one of the most exhilarating experiences in life. I feel I accomplished so much because I do believe in what Zig Ziglar says: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” I managed not only to succeed in investing in real estate but, also, in inspiring, supporting and providing an environment to thousands of women in this space, from opportunities to invest to providing resources, knowledge, experiences, and more so that they can do the same.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I do love sharing knowledge, experience, resources, and ideas to help my money partners succeed non only in their real estate investing arena but in life. From running a women’s real estate network community to individuals asking about other resources, they know I love problem-solving. It’s a matter of service, Life without service and relationships is meaningless to me. I want my investors not only to become savvy in their real estate investing decisions but to have options. I guess this comes from my parents-my dad was a police officer and my mom, a nurse. They were about service and still are.

For me, service starts with the simplest things in life like picking up groceries for an elderly person, creating a group to help plant trees with Puerto Rican friends that turns into an international group. My services extend to producing great returns through my real estate investing opportunities for hundreds of investors. Everything started with my friends calling me to invest with me because they saw me transition from the corporate world to a real estate entrepreneur. Don’t get me the wrong-the journey was tough and they know it!

Despite all my efforts for 2 years of learning and trying to invest, I found myself with $35 dollars in my account. I couldn’t pay my electric bill. The mortgage was coming due. My credit cards were maxed out. I was alone trying to survive to follow this real estate dream that was about to vanish. My spirit was fading rapidly. I did take my resume and apply for a new job. In the middle of negotiating my new salary, I remembered my commitment to succeed in this, and I couldn’t just give up. Even if that meant being homeless or starting up all again. It took a lot of courage, perseverance, and a big commitment towards personal development. It took to make peace with failure and know that it is part of the journey. I was willing to fail but not willing to stop trying.

By honoring my struggles, learning with other people, and even creating my community, I was able to succeed. I’m one of the founding members of a women’s real estate investor community. My courage and my commitment come from knowing that they have my back and I have theirs. When I don’t feel strong enough, I borrow their confidence or I bring my strength because now it is not only me and my family but an entire community that needs role models like me. We created a community where we share knowledge, experiences, resources and we swap ideas to deal with our daily challenges. Through our community, I have been able to go beyond regular success quickly and bring hundreds of women in real estate up with me on the journey. We are making money! We are building long-term relationships. They said it – it is like a sisterhood if you are willing to not only get support but give it when we need each other.

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?
Inside and closed to Los Angeles:

1. Santa Monica Pier Bike ride / Walk in Beverely Hills and STart Streets
2. Hike in Los Angeles National Forest / Hollywood Sign and Observatory
3. Dinner at Yamashiro – Asian Fushion / Smorgasburg Food Truck Area
4. All museums are pretty cool (Peterson’s Car Favorite)
5. Concert in the Hollywood Bowl
6. An old movie outside with blankets longes

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success is not allocated to one person, one book, or one thing. I don’t think that anyone can say that. Every experience in our lives leads us to the present moment. Every person touches your life positively or negatively. I’m grateful for each of them as I turned into who I am because of all of them. I will say that the 5 people who played an important role in my success are the following:
1. My mother was pushing me to do my best. Having a B in school wasn’t acceptable to her. She taught me to have an excellent work ethic and to strive to do my best.
2. Second is my student counselor in Engineering School-Neysa Lopez. She was the first person who told me that I was extremely talented and that I was meant to become a leader. She taught me by example to trust myself. She gave me simple and complicated tasks to complete. Every moment she showed me that I could go as far as I allowed myself to go. Although, sometimes I had to borrow someone else’s confidence.

3. Luis Mustafa- a leader at Johnson and Johnson. He was my boss at my first job as an engineer. He taught me the importance of not only understanding the environment where we worked and the rules of the game but, also, how to deliver results effectively. He believed in me and gave me the opportunity to succeed beyond what was expected of me in so many ways. Some of the jobs he gave me required not only a lot of technical knowledge but the importance of delivering on time. I was just an intern. He is still my favorite boss.

4. I read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and real estate became an obsession for me. I knew that real estate investing and bringing opportunities to busy professionals and entrepreneurs was my calling. Everything in my heart, body, and spirit just knew without hesitation. Now I read a lot, one book weekly.

5. Tony Robbins. One of the most powerful breakthroughs in my entire life was going through his coaching classes. One of the coaches gave me the courage to take a leap of faith and quit my six-figure income job. He made me see in just 30 minutes what was most important for me. Without hesitation, I turned in my resignation letter a week later. I know I studied engineering because of the status that comes with it. I wanted to fit into this box that my parents had for me. I was raised in a low-income environment where my parents lived paycheck to paycheck but, deep inside, I knew that there was something better for me, something more meaningful.

So, I decided to follow my heartfelt mission to leave this world a better place by helping other people to create wealth through real estate investing so that they could become who they wanted to be either in real estate or by using real estate as a vehicle to follow their dreams.

Website: www.jenmaldonado.com

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Image Credits
1. Liz Wikstrom Barlak 2. James Korin

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