30 Under 30 Honorees of 2021

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Courtney McManus
Individual Salesperson
YellowBrick Real Estate
YellowBrick Real Estate,
185 Plains Road 101E
United States
Individual volume: 
$10.7 million
Individual sides: 

Pondering Success

After being accepted into law school with scholarships, Courtney McManus realized talking about law school was more exciting than attending. She loved her part-time job at a real estate brokerage, so she decided to forgo school. The on-the-job learning curve was worth the climb to run her own business. “Working on commission lit the fire to go to work every day,” says McManus, 26. A bout with COVID-19 in March 2020 knocked her out for a stretch of several weeks. As she recovered, she used the quarantine to develop her marketing plan for the year. “I learned to look at [the illness] from a positive perspective and say, ‘What can I do now?’” she says. When she needs a mini-break, McManus grabs the fishing pole that’s always in her car and heads to the pond behind her office. “It’s my Walden Pond,” she says. “I can relax and release and just focus on what is in front of me.”