AREC is being held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 2 and 3.Mr Koeber grew up in Canberra, spent years in the Navy then moved to New Zealand and started working in real estate. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“In the early days I had no idea what I was doing, so a hot tip – don’t be afraid to fail,” he said. As a young agent Mr Koeber wanted to look successful so he got a personalised number plate reading “6SFL1”. His business has skyrocketed thanks to their ‘love your area’ brand — something he said all agents should do and all buyers and sellers should look for in an agent. Mr Koeber finished his AREC 2019 presentation with his favourite saying: “when you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.” “Did the number plate work? No. I didn’t feel successful but I certainly wanted to look successful, some people say I looked like a w**ker,” he said. MORE NEWS: How to survive in a tough property marketMORE NEWS: The life lesson learnt from escaping a bomb blast Despite the challenges he knew he was on the right career path as it was “a career that rewarded effort.” The Ray White Remuera Auckland agent was diagnosed with arthritis at 28 years old, went through a marriage breakdown and then found new love, but through his journey he found the key to success was happiness. “(In the beginning) I got so stuck in that I forgot what happiness felt like … not once did I ask myself ‘was I really happy’,” he said. “Stupidly, I thought happiness would come after success.“Here’s a hot tip — get happy first.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Ray White New Zealand agent Steve Koeber spoke about happiness and success at AREC 2019. Picture: McGrathIT was a statement said to a room full of more than 3000 real estate experts that can be applied to everyone: find happiness first, success will come. New Zealand agent Steve Koeber is no stranger to success, last year he not only tripled his business but tripled the amount of money in his bank account. But that success only came once he found his happiness.