Adaptability Quotient: Samantha McLean on future-proofing your career in the AI age, embracing change and defining success on your terms


Embracing change is the first step towards lasting success in the real estate industry.

In today’s special edition of the Elevate podcast, Elite Agent Managing Editor Samantha McLean explains why.

Sam takes you back to her appearance on the Leading Ladies of Real Estate’s podcast, Journeys, revealing to host Sally Patch why developing your adaptability quotient is the key to thriving in a rapidly evolving industry.

She also takes a deep dive into how you can use AI to free up time to build more connected human relationships, push yourself ahead of your competitors and future-proof your career.

Sam also shares her journey from aspiring accountant to tech trailblazer and digital publisher, her favourite interviewees over more than 400 episodes of Elevate and how she combats imposter syndrome.

Finally, Sam shares her views on the importance of networking, breaking your goals into manageable steps, grasping every opportunity with both hands, even if it scares you and how to define success on your terms.

“Somebody wise once said to me, ‘People won’t change until the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same’.” – SAMANTHA MCLEAN

Sally and Samantha also discuss:

  • 3:58 – Accountant to tech pioneer: Sam’s journey from accounting to tech trailblazer, showcasing the value of hard work and breaking barriers in the industry.
  • 11:50 – Work/life tilting: How Sam balanced work and parenthood, her identity struggles post-motherhood, and her unique ‘tilting’ approach to life.
  • 15:14 – Creating Elite Agent: How Sam launched Elite Agent despite no formal journalism background, and the AREC speaker that motivated her to take the leap.
  • 20:50 – Goal setting 101: The three essentials you must ‘own’ in life, the impact of quitting the ‘blame game,’ and how to make progress one step at a time.
  • 23:10 – Elite Agent’s ethos: Why Elite Agent champions positive news, encourage agents to be ambitious and embrace their uniqueness in the real estate world.
  • 25:58 – AQ is the new EQ: Why adaptability is the new key to success, the future trajectory of AI in real estate, and the ‘unfair advantages’ it brings.
  • 36:04 – Top interview moments: Sam reveals which interview has been the most special to her over the past 10 years.
  • 38:04 – Power of networking: The importance of networking, why every contact counts, and the lasting benefits of having a mentor.
  • 40:00 – Career highlights: Sam’s most cherished career moments, strategies to combat imposter syndrome, and why she prefers a thank you note over a trophy.
  • 44:40 – Future aspirations: Where to next for Sam…



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