Every once in a while, our paths cross with someone that shines a little brighter than the rest. A person whose story inspires us to look within ourselves and do better. A person like Macy Dunn, whose courage to pursue her dreams and the perseverance to see them through continues to motivate those around her.
Macy’s real estate journey began four years ago when she left a toxic marriage and decided to take her happiness into her own hands. But with no job, no degree, and her precious 8-month-old daughter counting on her to make things work, she needed money—and quick.
It may sound like the beginning of any rags to riches story, but Macy wasn’t your typical damsel in distress. She had a fiery determination to make a better life for her and her daughter. She turned to real estate in pursuit of a flexible schedule that would accommodate her busy life as a single mom. “Real estate became very attractive to me,” Macy said, “because I knew if I hustled hard enough, I could make it.”
And that’s exactly what she did.
It wasn’t always easy, though. Her confidence was at an all-time low as she struggled to make ends meet, working her way through several brokerages who only seemed to set her up for failure. That is, until she met her family at 580 Realty. Macy said she began to see big changes when she found a boss who believed in her, even when she didn’t.
“I’m super grateful for my support system that I’ve found within 580 Realty. If you were to look up a work family in a dictionary you would find a picture of our 580 squad. They’ve created a workspace that is set up to make sure myself and my fellow realtors succeed. From everything like extensive in-office training to having a kid area with toys and books for the days that my assistant—my now 4-year-old daughter—can come to work with me.”
After just one year with 580 Realty, Macy broke the multimillion-dollar mark—she had sold over $2 million in real estate! And she expects to triple or even quadruple those numbers this year. Today, she’s one of the top two agents—excluding the owners—at 580 and ranks among the top in southeastern Oklahoma.
But for Macy, it’s about more than just the money. She has a passion for helping people that is her true life’s calling. And it’s fulfilling that passion that makes her feel like a success. “Helping people achieve their next step in life and being there to see it all unfold is the absolute best,” she said. “Whether that’s helping a first-time home buyer planting their ‘roots,’ or helping an investor build their real estate portfolio, it’s all a pretty magical experience to see and be a part of.”
We asked Macy if she had any words of wisdom for someone in a position similar to where she started four years ago. She responded, “We have a saying within 580—it’s to ‘burn the boats.’ Meaning, if you were driving a boat to an island where your goal lived, once you arrived, you set your boat on fire because there is no option for failure or to turn back. The only option is to achieve the goal. And that’s exactly what I did. I burned my boat.”
Her advice to others like her? “Identify your goal, or dream, or destination and BURN THE BOAT.”