Steve Cachia is the founder & CEO at listsocial, a property sales platform built to empower both sellers and buyers.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I have been in and around real estate since the age of 18 (1998), starting off as a property manager, then moving on to running the IT department of the Stockdale & Leggo Corporate.
After leaving S&L, I opened up a Video Store, and during that time, built a real estate CRM business which I built up to 500 real estate offices and sold off the business in 2016. My current role at listsocial is a combination of everything that I have learnt over my career, ensuring our clients receive the best possible experience while ensuring marketplace growth.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
First thing in the morning, I take the kids to school, then get straight into work, answering emails to get them all out of the way before getting really into my day. I then code for 3-4 hours of application development time, as the platform is constantly changing and growing.
Then lunch. After lunch I prospect for new investors on LinkedIn for 1-2 hour, as we are currently in an investment round. I had a Zoom meeting with a prospective investor, processed a settlement of one of our sales as well as launched a new listing for sale. Then dinner with the family, 2-3 times a week have a hit of tennis, then a little TV before bed.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
All our staff are 100% remote work. I have been remote working for the last 18 years, so I’m used to a remote working life. I couldn’t do it any other way. I have been lucky enough to see my two daughters, who are now 10 and 15 years old, grow up, and be a part of important milestones, instead of just seeing them on a recording.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
Being a founder/business owner work-life balance is extremely important as it’s very hard to switch off mentally. As we are in our 2nd year of listsocial, the first 2-3 years need a lot of commitment, but it is still important to make time for the things that are important to me, like spending time with my wife and kids and playing tennis. Having a healthy mind helps you focus better at work.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
Yes I have started exercising regularly, by having a hit of tennis 2-3 times a week.
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
At the moment I’m very time poor, but I do listen to the occasional Gary Vee content, and more real estate related content from Tom Panos.
7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Elon Musk. I’m curious how he can spread himself over so many revolutionary companies.
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Finding the right balance is different for everyone. As long as you are happy and healthy, and have meaningful career motivations, then balance will occur naturally. I talk to many people and always find something holding them back from happiness, or they blame everything that is happening around them for why they aren’t happy.
We are on this Earth for a finite amount of time, so why be miserable. Choose happiness, which can only come from within. I live my life by this mantra. “It’s not what happens, it’s how you react to it.” The power of this statement makes you realise that you have the power to create whatever life you want. So go for it!
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