“Don’t Come Back ‘Til You’ve Made Something of Yourself!” – Words to live by for Rodolfo Duq
Written by Allison Parker
Photos by Kelly Klemmensen Photography
Pure ambition. Entrepreneurship. Commitment.
No truer words can describe Rodolfo Duq.
Rodolfo remembers his grandfather’s words to him when he left Colombia to move to New York City, “Don’t come back until you have made something of yourself.” It was no joke, and Rodolfo took his grandfather seriously.
Rodolfo’s grandfather instilled in him a commitment to his responsibilities and tasks – when you start something, you finish it. He remembers building a house for his aunt from the basics – moving cement, talking to engineers, and the like. His first job was at a baby-goods store selling bottles and cribs. At 15 years old, he was traveling 40 minutes on a very populated bus to work. Sales from a young age was in Rodolfo’s blood.
At 18, he was on the move to NYC with his grandfather’s challenge clear in his mind. Working various jobs from assistant to superintendent to McDonald’s, Rodolfo perfected his mastery of the English language and set his mind to college. Soon after working two jobs, he found himself a position at Donna Karan NYC in sales and hit it as a million-dollar producer. His dreams of having a nice house, a beautiful wife, and beautiful kids were always on the forefront.
At 25, Rodolfo was able to be independent and finally return to his home country of Colombia to tell his grandfather that he “had made it.” Sadly, his grandfather was not there anymore. Rodolfo recalls a poignant moment when he realized he couldn’t tell him all he’d done, all the work, all the hours, and all the success that has happened just under 25 years old. He had even started college (Queens College).
Destiny brought him to meet his future wife, Simona, in NYC. Rodolfo notes, “We learned from each other, and she encouraged me when I was about to give up from college education.”
He recalls, “[Walt] Disney once said something like ‘a kick in the teeth might be the best thing that could happen to you in life!’ Boom! Got rejected by a corporate job that I really wanted – I believe that was a breaking point where I could have gone in another direction… Instead of crying a river, Simona and I went on to open our own venture, a spa in the middle of Manhattan, Fifth Avenue. Because if you dream, hey, you better dream big. Still under 30, we funded it, and we were open through sweat and tears.”
The couple went on to open a mobile food-cart business and a coffee shop during their time in Manhattan. (Wife Simona is now a skincare therapist/owner at ReVive Spa in Ballantyne: @ReVivesthetics.)
Rodolfo’s entrepreneurial spirit and the quest for more quality family time led him to a career change. He initially started the real estate license process in NYC. When the couple had their first child, Chloe, they moved to the Carolinas to make family life a priority over the hustle and bustle of NYC.
The family is loving life in the Carolinas. Rodolfo and Simona and their two beautiful children, Chloe, 6, and Jack, 1, love going to explore parks and having family reunions on the weekends.
Answering the “why real estate” question, Rodolfo shares, “Having great people skills, and having so much experience working with so many diverse people with so many different professions, I knew my call was to work with people. Why not help them with one of the most important investments in their lifetime? I helped people with baby bottles, with high-end clothes, and burgers, why not their HOME? Who can be better to give them individualized care, a next-level service, truly trying to understand their needs, and being alongside them at any obstacles that might appear during the process?”
Rodolfo is passionate about creating relationships as well as clients for life. He thrives on positive reviews and recommendations. His friends, clients, and network can be found at @homesincharlotte. Want to be friends with Rodolfo? Connect with him there!
“As a REALTOR®, I am thankful with every single interaction, and I make sure I let them know that I appreciate their time, trust, and commitment. Many times, clients I help send their family, friends, and ex-wives to me and that feels remarkable. It energizes me and makes me work harder because I know people remember me. I made an impact in their life, and they trust me.”
Rodolfo offers this advice to all who have goals, whether real estate or beyond: “Concentrate on what you do best, and don’t be an impostor; people can spot that from miles.”
Coming literally from the ground up, Rodolfo adds in conclusion, “Success comes from what some people call luck, ‘preparation meets opportunity’ – a difficult transaction, a dream made true, a completed goal. Anything is possible with hard work and a little bit of ‘luck.'”
To reach Rodolfo, please contact him at (704) 750-9124 or firstname.lastname@example.org