Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, CORE broker, Susan Kim.
Who is the living person you most admire? My husband, Paul. He is my heart and my foundation and inspires me every day to believe in myself and strive to be the best I can possibly be. He is an incredible teacher, communicator and role model for what a husband and partner should be. With him every day is truly an adventure and a blessing, and I know there is no limit to what we can achieve together.
Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? This is a tough one. I would probably have to say my hair stylist, Christina Liberatore, whom I have known for 15 years. She always has the best stories from her many years of doing celebrity hair and makeup for fashion shoots, television shows and films. Sitting in her chair is always an entertaining experience.
What is your earliest New York memory? I moved to New York City in the 1990’s. It was the height of Silicon Alley 1.0, which was such an exciting and creative time to be a young lawyer in that world. It was love at first sight, and I knew New York City would be my permanent home. I remember attending a friend’s bridal shower at Windows on the World on top of the World Trade Center. That was the first time I had ever experienced such spectacular New York City views, and it was the only time I would ever visit the original World Trade Center.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Great things never come from comfort zones. If you change your mindset from one of comfort and fear to one of growth and calculated risk, you can change your life.
What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? On a professional level, having the courage and vision to leave behind a successful but no longer fulfilling career as a corporate lawyer to develop my own real estate business. Although certainly not easy, building a business from the ground up has been incredibly rewarding in ways I could never have imagined a few years ago. Lawyers tend to be risk averse and fearful of change, but once I changed my mindset (a process that started with my yoga teacher training), a switch flipped in my head and there was no turning back. The beauty is that I get to do all the things I loved most about being a lawyer – being of service, anticipating issues and solving problems and negotiating and managing complex transactions – but I get to make a real and direct impact in my clients’ lives while staying true to my core values. For that I am truly grateful.
What are your three most treasured possessions? My wedding rings and the bracelet my husband gave me as a wedding gift, the home we designed together which is our sanctuary, and our evolving wine collection and wine books which are the embodiment of our shared passion for wine and exploration. Tying this all together is my yoga practice, which has been a consistent presence in my life for over 15 years and without which I would have none of the foregoing.
Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
What’s your greatest extravagance? Wine and Zalto stemware, often accompanied by amazing food and dining experiences shared with loved ones.
What’s your secret talent? Matchmaking, for lack of a better word. I love sharing my connections and introducing people whom I think might be a good fit romantically, socially or professionally.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Nice!” “Amazing!” “Yes, but…” or “No, but…”