Today we’d like to introduce you to Bobbie Michelle Bean.
Hi Bobbie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
When I was four years old, my dad and I had a conversation in which he told me that I could do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. I responded, “I can, huh? Well then, I want to walk on the ceiling like Spider-Man.” My dad then grabbed me by my ankles, flipped me upside down, and when my mom returned home, the first thing she said was. “Why are there footprints on my ceiling?”
That was the day I started believing I really can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens me and acting accordingly.
I attended a PWI as a child and was mistreated daily. That did not stop me from being number one on the GPA list out of about 400 students every quarter of every year from kindergarten until my departure in 9th grade.
From there I ventured off to become a graduate of one of the most renowned schools in the country, Walnut Hills high school. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and my master’s in organizational leadership from South University.
I started in the mortgage industry at an early age. I began as a telemarketer which lasted for about two weeks, just long enough for me to realize that I was making $9 hr., to turn a lead into a prospect for someone else to make thousands of dollars off that same person. So, I quickly stopped telemarketing for others and started telemarketing for myself. That just made more sense to me.
I was quite the strategist, so I chose to fill my pipeline with recurring clients aka investors. Once I realized how much money I was making them, I decided that I too should be investing in real estate.
I remember sharing this goal with a manager not of the same persuasion, not of the same gender and much older. When he scoffed at me and insisted, I would never be able to do it, I didn’t know if I was mad because he was racist, sexist, ageist (is that a word?), or all of the above. Nonetheless, I was offended on all fronts.
His discouragement, in conjunction with my terrible credit, could have stopped me. Instead, it fueled me. I devised a strategy to rebuild my credit and own my first home by 25. Unfortunately, I failed at owning my home by age 25, but I owned two homes before turning 26.
I had a great run until the housing market crashed in 2008. No money was flowing. Everything was falling to pieces. Here I was a married, single mom… Let me explain, my ex-husband was incarcerated a year after having my daughter and remained there throughout her childhood and into adulthood. So, here I was, a single mom with property I couldn’t afford because tenants weren’t paying, a career that was not at all working, and a child that depended on me for everything. I was broke, broken, scared, and confused. I thought I did everything right. I invested my money. Why was this happening to me?
God told me, “Why ask why? Just keep it moving, Jonah. You will understand it better by and by.”
So, I put my big girl panties on. I sold my property. I filed bankruptcy; I mean I restructured, as this is the terminology used in other communities; and I kept it moving.
I had to reinvent and start anew.
I started a corporate 9-5 job, recruiting students for a college, and began the climb up that ladder. That climb took me to San Antonio, Miami and Ft Lauderdale, Boise Louisville… It was an amazing experience and thank God for my village. Otherwise, I would not have been able to do it. When I began traveling, they stepped in to help with my daughter, so I could support my family. I am forever grateful for them, but then she got older, and granny and auntie weren’t going to cut it. So, I took a position in Cincinnati and returned home.
Things went well for a while until I was asked to relocate again. At the same time, I realized I was a vampire, working crazy hours, never seeing daylight…to build someone else’s legacy. If I was going to work like that, I’d have to be building my own, and I would remain in Cincinnati. I was not going to uproot my daughter again.
I returned to real estate as an agent in 2016 working with a Black-owned and home-grown brokerage firm, Eurie Realty. I concentrated my efforts on the Black community and people of color because we, to this day, remain underserved, underprivileged, under-resourced; and I want to change that. I want to mitigate the disparities people of color have and continue to face with regard to home ownership.
I started The Ruth Project in 2018 as part of my ministry. The Ruth Project exists to increase homeownership in the black and underserved community by way of its women. Its name is taken from the story of Ruth in the Bible and through The Ruth Project, I facilitate free trainings, devise strategies for others, much like I have and continue to do for myself so that we as a people can stop gleaning in the fields we are meant to own.
Homeownership is the most practical form of wealth and is a catalyst to generational wealth. By providing people the correct information and providing them the tools and resources necessary to be successful, I pray I am doing my small part to change the trajectory of wealth in the Black community.
In 2021, My broker turned fiancé and I partnered to create Winning Team Coaching, a ten-week course and mentorship that provides aspiring investors the tools and resources necessary to be successful in various aspects of real estate. This program has been instrumental in setting so many on the path to financial freedom.
Now, Bobbie Bean is a Renaissance woman. That’s another way of saying I’m into a lot of stuff. I am a fempreneur, through and through.
In addition to me being a real estate agent and investor/flipper/rehabber, I own Air BNBs.
I am a motivational speaker and a good one.
I am a twice-published author and playwright, a journey that has been nothing short of amazing.
My books Through Blind Eyes and Essence of Black Love- the Blueprint can be purchased on Amazon. Although different genres, both are a journey to self-love and healthy relationships. One is just a little…I mean a lot steamier than the other. Both seek God through it all.
I am a mother.
My daughter is 20 years old now. She is beautiful, talented, and more than amazing. She too is a fempreneur. She has an online boutique, Plastiks, and she has a mobile entertainment spa for girls, Pamper Me Pretty that we started when she was 13. She will always be my greatest accomplishment.
I am a daughter.
My 81-year-old parents are the apple of my eye. I am so blessed to still have them pouring life and love into me. I shared something my father taught me. I would be remiss if I didn’t share some mommy wisdom. My mom taught me “Love is an action,” Periodt!!! I action them to death every day of my life.
I am a God-fearing, God-worshipping, God-loving woman
I’m big on spiritual wellness because if your spirit is not right nothing else can or will be. So, I encourage everyone to pour into yourselves daily.
Now, me personally…Rather than listen to music while fighting this stomach that won’t leave me alone, I listen to a Word. A Word from God is what I need to keep it moving. Most days I work out to TD Jakes. I believe TD Jakes to be a true vessel by which God speaks, and that is what I need. I encourage you to find that thing that feeds your spirit and eat up.
I think that about sums it up! I pray I haven’t bored you to tears.
Thank you for this opportunity.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, the road was not, and is not smooth. Being that we are talking about a journey down the road of life, I would expect nothing different.
Some bumps I flowed past were a crashing market, recession, divorce, broke and brokenness, sickness, death, separation, single parenting, time management, sexism, racism- being in a constant state of anger at the treatment of your people…
Life does not stop trying you. We all deal with bumps.
I am so glad I grew up in an era where karate movies were the highlight of my Saturday mornings. I developed an affinity for Bruce Lee who said, “Be like Water.”
A bump in the road can’t stop water. It flows over it, under it, around it, and sometimes through it. Either way, it keeps flowing right on past it. That’s what we have to do with bumps that are guaranteed to come.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Bobbie Michelle Bean is the personification of “Every Woman.” Bobbie’s dynamic, authentic, and unrelenting personality has been the catalyst to her success and growth in the real estate industry and various business ventures. The former Executive and mother of a young, budding fempreneur juggles motherhood in between being a Real Estate Agent, Investor; Serial Entrepreneur; Author, Playwright, and Speaker.
Bobbie entered the world of real estate and investing at an early age and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many aspiring real estate investors throughout the US, both male and female alike. Bobbie continues to expand her influence, offering her expertise and mentorship through The Ruth Project, a movement she established to increase homeownership in the black community by way of its women.
Bobbie runs several successful businesses including Winning Team Coaching, Table for Two Catering, and Bobbie Bean Publishing LTD. Bobbie is also a twice-published Author. Her latest book Through Blind Eyes has been transformed into a riveting stage play, the first in a series telling the stories of women of color surviving colorful life.
Through it all, the grind, the hustle, and the victories, nothing on earth matters more than family to this Cincinnati native. Bobbie’s greatest accomplishment is her beautiful daughter. Bobbie states “I filled my daughter with love, encouragement, and so much self-worth that her cup ran over leaving no room to receive the nasty untruths the world would have her believe about herself.”
Bobbie demonstrated a work ethic unmatched by many, making sure her daughter was watching and learning, so they would understand the effort necessary to be successful at anything. As a result, her 20-year-old daughter has successfully launched her second business, and Bobbie could not be prouder.
One of the biggest challenges successful women faces is finding balance between work and family. Bobbie was not exempt. Her ex-husband and father of her child made choices that left her to raise her daughter alone with no financial support. Yet, through hard work and dedication, Bobbie provided a prosperous future for her family. This meant long hours, late nights, and distant commutes. Now, while perfect balance only exists in a utopia, Bobbie has managed to create some modicum of that ideology through her priorities, practices and her tried and trusted village who helped her over the years manage to make family first.
Boss life is not always peaches and cream. Bobbie can attest to that. She has been on the ropes, even hit the canvas a time or two, but each time she got up. Each round she came out smarter than the last learning, adapting, adjusting, and reinventing. The bouts Bobbie has faced over the years made her the champion she is today. Having excelled from the boardroom to the WFA office (Work from Anywhere office), her endeavors, her investments as well her lessons over the past 20 plus years have pivoted her into a position where she can show others how to diversify their portfolios and create several streams of income.
Bobbie Michelle Bean is always thinking for the future, strategizing to execute her next move. That is the signature of a Queen-pin. Think, plan, do! Bobbie shares her secret to success.
“Someone once asked Edison how it felt to fail 10,000 times at making the light bulb. His response was, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.’ This is my motto. When I purpose in my heart to do something, I do not fear failing. Failing is not an option. I just get pumped up and ready to learn several ways not to do something.”
What do you think about happiness?
God, Family and Food
God: Without God, I can do nothing.
Family: I love love. God blessed me with parents who instilled that in me and plenty of family who adheres to it.
Food: I learned how to read helping my grandmother cook. Those were beautiful memories. I have and continue to create beautiful memories teaching the young ones how to cook.
I helped my mom by learning how to cook. She was a businesswoman doing it all. My love for cooking gave her some time to herself where she could sit back and relax and enjoy someone else’s labor.
Food brings family and friends together. I take great pleasure in seeing people I love, unable to move after scarfing down one of my delicious meals.
My fiancé and his family are vegan. I learned to cook delicious vegan food so that we could break bread together.
Jesuses believed in breaking bread together, and so do I.
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