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Diane Witney has come a long way since her first job at a pharmacy when she was just 15. Here, the Professionals Hills North West agent shares what she loves most about her job, her goals for 2020 and her industry Christmas wish list.

What was your first job?
I am a forward-thinker, so my first job was the result of a work experience opportunity through a program run at my local high school.

I had no real intention of becoming a pharmacist but wanted a permanent part-time job working Thursday nights and Saturday mornings at Miranda Fair. So I did the work experience at age 15 (Year 10) for the week and then asked if they had any positions open and got the job. Then I arranged for my friend to work there too.

What do you like the most about your current job?
Working with Bruce Ignatiou at the Professionals Hills North West, Rouse Hill office. I also love the massive variety in my day that satisfies my creativity and intuition.

What’s the most important part of your day?
Accomplishing what I set out to do. I enjoy property inspections of all kinds and getting out and about meeting people.

Home time is also amazing with a family who is always there for me. This is especially the case now that we have our grandchild Jack.

What’s been the best thing to happen to you in your career? Acknowledgement of a job well done. Being involved in real estate is like project management, timelines and goals along the way.

Assisting sellers to do some weeding, with de-cluttering ideas or getting them the right help painting, high-pressure cleaning to set their home apart.

On the flip side, matching the buyer to the home is the perfect piece of the jigsaw. The best thing is the realisation that I was a part of the solution resulting in the two parties getting on with their lives again with only a brief pause in the process.

What could Santa do for the real estate industry?
Give everyone the day off over Christmas and spread the goodwill all year round.

Will you be making any New Year’s resolutions?
Absolutely. I will be kinder to myself and not say the word ‘should’.

What’s one goal you’ve set for yourself in 2020?
I want to reward my husband Gary and I with a trip to Italy to visit my sister, who has been there for almost four years now. I have never been to Europe, so this reality is achievable.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Until my one thing is done, everything else is a distraction.

I heard it from Sandra Larkin, but originally Gary Keller, the founder of Keller Williams, said it.

What’s a new skill you’re hoping to learn in 2020?
Learn Italian. Work-wise it would be to become immersed in the community I have lived in for the past 20 years raising my three boys, that is The Hills North West. I’d also like to hone the skills I have already learnt.

If you had to start from scratch in real estate tomorrow, what’s the first thing you would do?
Get my real estate licence as quickly as I could, visit and build rapport with the locals and give, give and continue to give.

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