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“Failure is an opportunity, an opportunity to come back better and stronger than before,” former Marine and Engel & Völkers agent Kirstie Ennis said at Inman Connect New York on Wednesday.
Ennis was shattered when her career in the Marine Corp. ended after a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. She suffered from traumatic brain injuries, lost a leg and her sense of identity.
But after some “tough love” and a discussion that gave her some perspective from her father, Ennis pulled herself together and took on life with a vengeance.
She set out to redefine what “disabled” and “injured” meant and she summited Mount Kilimanjaro and raised more than $150,000 for clean water for the local Tanzanians, among many other things. She also started a foundation.
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