Want to Be successful in Life and Business? Give Back to Your Community

05/26/2015 12:32 pm ET | Updated May 26, 2016
Melissa Tucci

I first learned about Melissa when I saw her Zillow Top Real Estate Agent feature. What has intrigued me about her the most is that she is very successful in real estate business that is very time-consuming while also allocating a lot of her time to charity and community work. This supported my long-standing belief that by giving back to your community and helping charities, you reap immeasurable rewards and bring abundance into your life: personal and business. I've reached out to her to learn more about her life and business philosophy so I could learn from the best and get inspired.

Melissa is intelligent and has a big heart. She is very involved in her local community and is dedicated to supporting charitable causes. She is a big supporter of Rady Children's Hospital, the YMCA, the American Cancer Society and several charities that promote breast cancer awareness.

Thanks to all her community and volunteer work, she maintains a high profile that connects her with her potential customers. I call it a winning life strategy.

In 2001, Melissa found herself dissatisfied with her work in ad sales. She was putting in a ton of work and lots of hours for not much payoff. Melissa knew that she was good at sales, so she decided to pursue a more lucrative role and she got her real estate license. Her first sale opened the door to 5 additional transactions and Melissa's business started to grow like wildfire. Right away, she knew she was a natural fit for the industry.

After becoming a top-producing agent for several independent brokerages, Melissa earned her broker's license and began her relationship with Century 21. In 2005, she bought a small commercial building and opened up her own satellite franchise office.

As a tech-savvy Broker, Melissa is always on the lookout for smart technology solutions to help her efficiently manage and grow her business. She also prides herself on being very professional and detailed oriented. She makes it a priority to respond as quickly as possible to texts, calls and emails . She is highly focused on always providing the best possible customer service and she finds it very gratifying to see her clients enjoying the home buying or selling process.

Her hard work and customer-centric business strategy has certainly paid off. Melissa generated over 40 million dollars in sales in 2014 and was involved in over 122 transactions. She has been recognized as a Century 21 top performer at a global level, earning accolades for Top 1%, #1 for Top Sales Agent and #1 for Top Closed Transactions, month after month.

In May of 2014, Melissa was invited to serve as the official agent of San Diego Padres American professional baseball franchise; they are a member of Major League Baseball's National League West division. In addition to the widespread advertising she's earned through the partnership with San Diego Padres, working with players, coaches and season ticket holders has been a rewarding experience. She is honored to be affiliated with the team and to have them endorse her as their Realtor® / Broker.

Melissa's story inspires me to be a better person and set more ambitious goals for my business growth. I hope you find her inspirational too.