Robert Shaer

Founder/CEO of Shaer Group™
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I am a business developer at a private investment bank in California. I also own a digital reputation management company and invest in other startup companies. Business Development gives one the privilege to meet many successful people in diverse industries and niches, allowing one to always learn something new from the various trades. We all have that entrepreneurial drive inside of us, so I started Shaer Group using my knowledge in reputation management and my connections in the digital domain, which allowed me to excel in the world of social media and digital management.
 
What attracted you to your company? What keeps you there?
Honestly, I was never attracted to banking before, but after being involved in it, I have learned how valuable it is to create strong relationships that last beyond signing a contract. Meeting CEOs, COOs, and other business leaders gives me a clearer vision of what type of business interests me most and where I’d like to see myself in ten years, which is crucial to envision when you’re paving your road to success.
 
Your current company aside, name another company in any industry that you admire and explain why.
Recently, I have gained admiration for CoreLogic, a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services. CoreLogic is an innovative, future-focused company whose vision is to deliver unique property-level insights that power the global real estate economy. In order for business leaders to make smart decisions, they require accurate information. CoreLogic provides information intelligence in real estate, mortgage finance, automotive, insurance, telecommunications or the public sector to identify and manage growth opportunities, improve business performance and manage risk.
 
How did you become good at what you do? What steps do you take to keep improving?
I surround myself with the right people. This allows me to grow my skills and understand the different opportunities out there. Here are a few habits I have adopted to help improve myself and my endeavors:
(1) Taking my time when making decisions. If I’m time-pressed, then I take three deep breaths to eliminate any impulsive action.
(2) I write down ten ideas each week and stick the list to the back of my phone to make sure I work on them each day. I follow up at the end of the week to see how far I have worked toward those ideas.
(3) I make sure to read as many books or articles relevant to any of my ten ideas. I highlight and write down quotes to further cultivate my knowledge.
(4) Most importantly, I ask many questions; even if those questions are rhetorical. I make sure to find an answer for each of them.
 
Where do you expect to be in 5 years?
I would like to be on the front cover of Forbes Magazine.
 
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
Many corporations focus more on their customers and not its own employees. Being consumer-focused means delivering the best customer service by hiring and training the workforce in order to deliver and exceed expectations. Such a company will empower its employees with enough knowledge to make decisions benefitting the customer. Developing a culture of happiness in the workplace and recognizing that there are external and internal customers are important for a company aiming to create a better experience. I believe we need more companies to appreciate the value of the happy workplace philosophy, attracting people to work with the company, and moreover, to work for them.
 
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Firstly, I learned that time is a key asset. It allows me to make many mistakes, learn from them and use that knowledge to grow. It’s hard to accomplish all your goals, which is why I write down my ideas every week and work to accomplish as many of them as I can. Secondly, it is important to value your family and your close friends, but even more critical to be independent of them because one will face many obstacles in life that must be resolved by yourself. Thirdly, appreciate the little things in life, as they all add up to become a part of something great. We usually only see the results and not the difficult process and failures one has gone through to achieve them. Finally, always be thankful for where you are in this world. Be glad your eyes opened this morning and be appreciative for the negative people that walked into your life. They have taught you who the positive ones are. Like the quote says, “You can be anything you want to be in this world, just don’t be ungrateful.”
 
What are your priorities outside work? What do you care about?
My family, my happiness, and my friends. Spending time with family and friends is a cure for our emotional health. Now that I live across the world from my parents, I always make time for a quick video call with them even for a few minutes.
 
How do you measure success at work? In life?
Success for an organization is its culture. Having a happy workplace culture builds confidence in the employees and attracts customers and other potential personnel to the company. As for individuals, I believe being self-satisfied is what makes us successful. Personal development begins with self-awareness, understanding who we are, our values, beliefs, and purpose in life. This gives us a sense of direction for the things we want to achieve to focus on these recognized goals.
Being the best that we can be builds confidence and motivation from within to take certain actions and to be resilient through the tough situations that we will face in life. Being self-aware allows us to understand what we desire in this lifetime and which relationships are worth investing in.
 
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
Being the change the world needs is the first step to a change in this world. Spreading positivity can make other people feel good about themselves, and that speaks a lot about who we are as a person. Many are lost, depressed and hurting in this world. However, it only takes a few positive words to empower them and transform their perception of life. Having good intentions for others doesn’t cost a dime, and a few words could really go a long way with some people. Pay it forward.
Building a community that motivates one another and permitting growth and success is my next project in life. I have already started on it.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman