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You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ―A.A. Milne

“I read this quote anytime that I experience self-doubt,” Ruben Arcila, of Long & Foster Real Estate, begins.

Two years into his real estate journey, Ruben has faced challenges and obstacles; he’s faced self-doubt, as well as doubt from those around him. Through it all, he’s learned to rise above uncertainty, trust his own skills and intuition, and, perhaps most importantly, persevere.

Coast to Coast

Ruben was born in Silver Springs, Maryland. He lived there until the age of 8, when his family picked up and moved across the country, landing in Utah. But at the age of 19, Ruben returned to his home state to begin anew.

After high school, Ruben spent four years in the restaurant industry. He was making enough money to support himself, but by his second year in the business, he knew he needed another path forward. “I was desperately searching for a career that would suit my personality,” Ruben reflects. “And as luck would have it, I came across a book about real estate investing. After reading this book front to back multiple times, I knew I was destined for a career in real estate.”

At 22 years old, Ruben was officially licensed and was on his way to building a life that supported his goals. He is ambitious, driven, and committed, but that doesn’t mean doubt doesn’t rear its head from time to time. “When I became a full-time REALTOR® and no longer had a steady paycheck, my mom was very worried. But now that I’ve been able to maintain myself for over two years, they tell me they feel inspired to see me chasing after my dreams.”

Lessons Learned Along the Way

In the past two years, Ruben has not only built a successful business; he’s gained countless skills. “I have the ability to build rapport and gain people’s trust rather quickly. This unique gift has allowed me to connect with listing agents and continue winning deals for my clients throughout this competitive seller’s market that we are currently living in,” Ruben explains.

Admittedly, Ruben takes on a lot of stress for his clients. Whether he’s managing deadlines, inspection punch lists, appraisal issues, or financing obstacles, he deals with obstacles by reminding himself that he can only control what is in his power. The rest, as he says, “is up to the will of the universe.” Ruben stays grounded by taking daily walks in nature, napping regularly, exercising, eating clean, and getting a good night’s sleep. “I love the constant challenge. The discomfort forces me to grow. I stay motivated by focusing on who I can become,” Ruben explains.

For Ruben, success is defined in three categories: a healthy lifestyle, strong relationships, and a career that allows him freedom. Real estate has not only allowed him a career with freedom but has helped him improve his health and relationships as well.

“This is why entrepreneurship has always been so alluring to me,” Ruben says. “There were several times I wanted to quit, but every win I experience is a testament that I am doing the right thing.”