Meet the beautiful self made entrepreneur, real estate investor Paulette Sopoci of @PrimRoseHillManor who has the most inspiring story about manifesting her dream home. Every morning as a child, she would drive by Primrose Hill Manor, located in Kawartha Lakes, just North of Toronto and knew one day she would own it. Earlier this year she made her dream come true. “Purchasing Primrose Hill Manor has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done” she recalls. The majestic Victorian heritage sits on over 5,200 square feet of living space. The Manor will host special events from corporate affairs to micro weddings in its splendid scenery like never seen before. “I want people to come here and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. It really is a dream”. More on Primrose Hill Manor Heritage and Paulette Sopoci’s entrepreneurial journey below.
Tell us about your background. Did you always know you would become an entrepreneur?
My parents immigrated from Czechoslovakia in the 50s and came to Canada. It was my father’s dream to own a farm. He grew up on a small farm close to the town called Brezová pod Bradlom. As a new immigrant my father didn’t have the means to purchase a farm right away. That takes a lot of money. But never the less, that was his dream. In many ways the work ethic I have and who I am was instilled upon me since I was a little girl. As immigrants, my parents worked very hard to put food on the table. My mother was a stay-at-home mom with five girls to tend to. This hard work ethic really came from seeing my mom work into wee hours for us, and my father who (to make ends meet) still had a full-time job while running his farm. He would wake up at 4:30 AM to take care of his cattle, then drive an hour and a half to Toronto for his job, then drive home to do his farming chores. He spent his entire life doing that. He was exhausted from his double life but in that I learned lessons about hard work.
When you’re a young girl from a lower middle class family and see beautiful homes, you don’t make the connection and understanding of how to grow or how to achieve this. So I carried on with my life.
I moved to Toronto when I was 18 and very quickly got a job at an entrepreneurial company called Strategic Coach. Back in 1991 coaching wasn’t an industry people recognized. I started in an administrative role but what I was most grateful for is that the owners (Babs Smith and Dan Sullivan) helped me identify what was my Unique Ability was very early on. They encouraged me to do activities within the business that I loved, and develop them. Fast forward three years later I figured out my talents. I loved nurturing relationships, I loved creating value for others, and as a result, sales was the perfect fit. I took the leap into high-commissioned sales in 1994 and I haven’t had a salary ever since. I just finished my 30-year career with Strategic Coach and have now left the company to expand Primrose Hill Manor. Using the concepts and tools I’ve spent my entire life benefiting from, I feel equipped to take on this new challenge.
Tell us about the path that led to Primrose Hill Manor?
It took the pandemic to truly change my lens. I’m a single mom with two beautiful kids and things really changed for me during this time. My friend told me about Primrose Hill being up for sale, and I immediately knew I would purchase it and build a business from it. Purchasing the home came with many ups and downs and immediately after that I realized that I didn’t want to do what I have been doing for the last 30 years. I was ready for a new challenge. During my time at Strategic Coach, I had also built up an e-commerce business. I joined Neora as an Independent Brand Partner (a skincare and wellness line via direct sales). Having an e-commerce business was a smart move.
The pandemic showed how important it is to have multiple sources of income. Gone are the days where you only have one source of income. So building this e-commerce business also gave me the confidence to say I’m going to do only what I love to do. It was a full circle moment.
I was recently awarded “Empowered Woman of the Year Award” by IAOTP and I’m supposed to be going to New York in December to officially accept this award. I am truly honoured to receive this award because so many people know me as a motivated, driven woman but also one who loves to empowering others. That is what I truly love; to empower others to find a dream, be intentional, and work REALLY hard. People often look at successful people and think they have had a lucky break or they never fail. I fail all the time…I just “fail forward”. And that’s the secret to success and building dreams. I never let failure hinder me in anyway. It’s all about having the right mindset. I have my experience at Strategic Coach to thank for that.
Additionally, real estate is where I saw the biggest growth for me. Purchasing my own home at 25, and getting in the door early was key. Buying something I could afford and renovating it to increase its value – this is by far what allowed me to build wealth. I got in the game early and this is the biggest lesson I could teach for any young woman. Certainly in Canada, returns from Real Estate are always favorable.
Owning a home like this makes me feel like it is my duty to help the community, crate an impact in the city in anyway I can.
What do you have in store forPrimrose Hill Manor?
I want it to be a venue for micro weddings, photoshoots, and corporate events. I’ve been renovating for the six months and it’s coming along beautifully. Once the pandemic slows down and renovations are finished, I would love to share it with others – it really is a fascinating Heritage home with so much history attached to it. The magic of Primrose Hill Manor is what attracted me to it in the first place, and that magic deserves to be shared with others.
With all these projects and businesses happening ; how do you stay balanced?
My children definitely teach me how to stay in the present. They are my pride and joy. Also not forgetting to breath, taking time for myself, enjoying my pool and activities such as yoga. Health is a big factor in my daily practice and I always try to integrate time for it in my routine. This project has taken up so much of my time, but it has given me tenfold in peace, tranquility and passion.
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