He was a high-school junior on Sept. 11, 2001. That day, he realized that life was short, and there was no point in waiting to go after his goal—a real estate career.
In 2008, Engle took a big risk, moving from a traditional business model to a 100 percent commission, virtual company. The move required him to drain his accounts and max out his credit cards, but within three years, it paid off. Realty Source has 200 real estate professionals, and turnover is low. Growing up in an apartment with a single mom, Engle always wondered what it would be like to have his own home. Now, he knows. "I understand the motivations of a first-time buyer and the importance of home ownership," he says. His advice: Don’t wait to go after your dreams.