My name is Alicia Gordon, and I'm one of the founders of MaxSold.com. I became an auctioneer after working a farm sale with my husband and my father-in-law, and we had to hire another auctioneer to come in and help. And it was the farmer who approached me at the auction who was watching me clerk, spot bids, and he came to me and he said, "Alicia, have you ever thought about being an auctioneer yourself?"
That night, I came home, and I looked at my husband, Barry, and I said, "I think I'd like to go to auction school." And he said, "Well, if that's what you wanna do, you do it." The first thing I ever sold were actually cattle. That's a first for a female auctioneer to be selling in a cattle market. And I had to gain the respect of all the farmers that were there to buy, because they were a little unsure of a woman selling cattle.
So, at that time, I was 22 years old looking out at, I don't know how many farmers would come to the auction, but back in the day probably 100, 150 farmers would be sitting there looking at me while I was auctioning cattle. I had no problem dealing with stereotypes. I just had to prove myself that I could do the job. I would get up at 5 a.m. and start pulling things out of a house, set them up, call the auction for four hours and then take everything down and. But when I went home, I never really wanted to go to sleep, 'cause I think the adrenaline was still running.
Well, I think that work-life balance is important, but I think it's probably different, depending on what kind of job you have, how happy you are working in where you're working, because if you really enjoy what you're doing, then it's not like work, and you already feel like you've got a work-life balance.
Back when I was raising children, there wasn't a lot of extra time between children and working. Now, of course, since I've been replaced by a computer, thanks to MaxSold.com, I have more time to myself. And I do other things. I like to golf. I like to curl. We used to do many, many charity auctions for various public schools. Then, we spent a lot of time raising money for the local hospital and using those auction talents in ways to help other people. Follow your dreams.
Follow your passion. Do not be afraid to fail. With failure, you learn meany things. And you just get up and keep going and fight for what you believe in. I'd like to wish all the women out there a happy International Women's Day.
Go out there and celebrate, because you've worked hard, and you deserve it.