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Conversations with Danielle Benavides

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Benavides.

Hi Danielle, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I come from humble beginnings. I grew up in Alta Loma, CA which is a suburb of San Bernardino County. Growing up, I always knew I was destined to be someone great. At a young age, I had big dreams and over time I felt like those dreams kept reaching out of grasp as life continued to throw curveballs. At the end of my senior year of high school, my mother who was a business owner let go of her business and my stepfather who had a career of 20 years was fired. They both had started abusing drugs and it quickly became evident that they were more focused on their selfish needs than the needs of their own children. I am 12 years older than my youngest sister, at the tender age of six she started to endure a childhood that I can’t even begin to describe without shedding tears. My parents lost their home as I was 20 and from there it really went downhill.

I entered my early adulthood years not knowing where or how I was going to end up. I could not imagine a future that I had once envisioned. I was clouded by so much darkness and fear of what could become of my parents and little sister as I witnessed the tragedy of the lifestyle they were in. I was so upset and angry with them for choosing drugs over my sister. I also faced so much guilt that I could not do anything to save my sister or my mom, or so I thought. I was dealing with all this as I finished my college education. After years of trying to convince my mom and stepdad to get sober, I gave up. I realized that I needed to get myself in a better situation before I can help anyone else. Fast forward to January 2016, I had just lost my grandmother. It has been one of the most devastating events in my life. In addition to my depression, I was involved in an unhealthy relationship. I lost respect for myself and really had lost sight of the strong, courageous, confident woman I once was. During this time, I started to ask myself if I was going to be happy with the life I had chosen in 20 years. The answer was NO, and that is when I decided to take back control of my life. I had to start digging deep and do some soul searching to find that little girl who had the world in her hands and all the hopes and dreams to become someone great.

Luckily for me, as I was working on my personal development inside and out, I had chosen to enter the real estate industry. I did not know that real estate had invested so much time and energy into mindset and being positive. This for me was a huge and eye-opening experience because I naturally have always been a positive person and now that I was doing the work to really get my mindset in the right place and meeting other professionals who shared the same vision was amazing! I knew I made the right decision in choosing this career. I do need to quickly point out – Real Estate is definitely not easy, it is a lot of hard work but mindset and a positive attitude will get you a lot farther especially when faced with obstacles (that is really anything in life). Having the right mindset can help you face life’s most difficult challenges. Within months of me finally surrendering and doing the work to help myself, my mother finally decided to leave my stepdad. She and my sister moved to a women’s shelter and after my sister graduated high school, I had her move in with me as we shared my full-size bed in the bedroom I was renting from my roommate in Huntington Beach at the time. My mom landed a job near us, and she rented a room nearby in Garden Grove. My prayers were starting to be answered. As I embarked on my new journey and becoming the woman I knew I was destined to be, I also gained the credibility of my peers through social media as someone who inspired them. I was uplifting with my captions and really put out positive content to encourage and motivate others they are not alone and they too can overcome obstacles. I started interviewing women business owners that I connected with on social media or women that I had known personally and shared their stories on how they got to where they were on my youtube channel “Dream Big with Danielle”.

It wasn’t long after I started receiving positive feedback on how I helped people get through tough times or motivated them to change something in their life that I had decided to intentionally create workshops designed to empower women and also teach them valuable skills. I focused on women entrepreneurs and reached out to successful women business owners to speak at my workshops. I’ve been in the real estate industry for almost five years and have been a licensed realtor for one year. As many people may have felt major challenges during the 2020 pandemic, I literally have felt nothing but blessed, have carried out a positive attitude during this time and have managed to do really well as a first-year realtor, I would go far as saying I am already in the top 1% of real estate agents due to my volume of deals I have closed. I attribute my success to god, my positive mindset and my family and boyfriend who have been invaluable supporters within the last few years. I have big goals for 2021 and big goals for my career in real estate, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the plans I have! I have so much to look forward to, and I cannot be more happy with what I currently have and what I will have in the future both professionally and personally.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it definitely has not been an easy road. I have faced many challenges getting to where I am at now. I had to deal with my parents who were substance abusers as they attempted to raise my younger sister. It was heartbreaking to witness and I often felt so guilty that I couldn’t do more. What I did have control over was to speak into my sister’s life and be the role model she needed to see. I always spent as much time with her as I could when I was free to at least give her some sense of normalcy in her chaotic upbringing. From the age of 18 to 30, I had moved over a dozen times from Los Angeles to San Diego County and finally settling in Orange County. I did not have parents that I could fall back on in case I needed a place to stay. I was often working two jobs to pay bills. I also faced depression from the loss of my grandmother. I felt guilty and was in a really dark place after her passing. It didn’t help that I was in an unhealthy relationship at the time. I have always had to work for everything I had. Nothing was ever given to me, and I had to find ways to make ends meet, it was a lifestyle that I loathed. I knew I was destined for greatness I just didn’t know how to get there.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Real Estate agent in Orange County that specializes in coastal properties. I am known in my industry for having a strong social media presence which has attributed to about 90% of my business. I am most proud of facing my limiting beliefs and overcoming them by breaking into a market that is highly competitive. What sets me apart from others is that I have a great attitude, and pivot in any situation and always keep my clients happy by exceeding their expectations!

What makes you happy?
Every day I wake up is another day to be happy and enjoy life. There are a few quotes I like to live by, Mind over Matter and if it won’t matter in 5 minutes, five months, or five years you might as well let it go. I have a collection of about 3,000 quotes in my phone. I intentionally place positive quotes or sayings around my house to remind me that I have the power to have a good or bad day. A great day always starts with a great mindset, and I truly believe in that as well! (and a nice outfit to go with that great mindset helps as well 🙂


  • 1,500,000 is the average price home in the market I specialize in.

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Donovan Davani – Boyfriend. Hannah Nuno – Sister. Dream Big with Danielle Workshop – Evelyn Romero, Julia Yi, Porcia Ruiz. Headshot in Black Dress – taken by Ricky Alvarado.

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