Origin stories are usually reserved for superhero films or autobiographies of those whose work has shaped the fate of entire nations. However, at their very core, they are simply stories that allow people to learn from others whose lives might have an unusual concentration of teaching points.
Dylan Suitor is one such person. Winning a ‘30 Under 30 Award’ during his fourth year in real estate was a shining moment in his promising career for many reasons, not the least of which was his organizing of an educational event that raised more than $100k for charity.
Suitor didn’t get to such a successful point in life by happenstance or dumb luck. When asked about his early life, he often points out how his mother and stepfather were big role models for him. “It was tough love with them,” Suitor explains, “but there was never a lack of guidance. They instilled the go-getter mindset in me. If I could sum it up in a family credo, it would be, ‘be the best you can be – don’t be better than everyone else.’”
With a go-getter mindset and experience with getting things done, it wasn’t surprising that Suitor was picked among over 4,000 people for the Eagle Award when he was 30 years old (especially given the success of the event he organized). The award afforded him to own a Keller Williams franchise of 80 agents, and grow and strengthen it to have 100-agents. The attitude that drove this success was that real estate representatives could, through a carefully implemented progression, advance significantly in the business.
The starting point for progression doesn’t have to be anything big – any entry point into a business would do. The motivation for personal and professional growth has to be there, and it has to steer towards constant self-improvement and always taking that next step further. Falling forward is still forward movement; taking risks nets opportunities.
For realtors, this would mean shifting from being a sales representative to starting to think like a business owner. The next step would be to go from being self-employed to adopting a business owner’s mentality. The final step would be to become an investor.
That is how Suitor moved from winning an award, to owning a franchise, to becoming the owner of multiple companies along the way, as well as becoming a prolific real estate investor who fixes and BRRRs distressed properties with other people’s money. He also invests in apartment buildings, in an attempt to scale an already successful business model.
Suitor’s journey doesn’t end there, however. He’s just getting warmed up for even bigger moves. For example, he’s recently acquired the Silver Styx Golf Course, and he plans to build a townhouse development on it. At the same time, Suitor launched Keller Williams Co-Elevation Realty, focusing on growth through collaborative efforts.
Between his future plans and the goings-on of his investment company, Elevation Realty Network, Suitor, and his associated teams are looking to become the number one real estate team in Canada. As far as origin and journey stories go, Dylan Suitor’s has been a noteworthy one.