Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I am a non-conforming-conformist! Who was caught in the madness of Los Angeles! I liked to do a lot of barback horse riding with war paint on! I got to the point in my life that I didn’t want to live anymore. Did I just say that? Why? I was a fucking stud! Living the dream! I thought I had it all! I was a corporate slave for a big, successful pharmaceutical company at 20 years old! Huge ego with an anger issue. Graduated college at 17, lived in Spain/Italy for 3 years, and landed a job with top Pharma company Merck! I was living in the Hollywood Hills driving down the hill to work the Beverly Hills market! Guess what? I was miserable, I couldn’t get out of bed and I just couldn’t go on……Nothing felt right–the peeps, the environment, and the overall energy were off. I yearned for Europe! I missed my poetry class, my painting class, my actor’s studio. I thought I had to fulfill this corporate fantasy of my parents and when I did-I was empty and completely sad. I was making my way up in the hills after another brain-busting day at work and my eye’s caught this home for sale sign and my brain said no-but I served the car violently and followed the signs to this long gorgeous driveway. I was about to turn the car around and this guy yelled—Steve, parked over here. My name was not Steve! I am glad I did not keep driving away because this guy changed my life forever.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Let me provide some back story. My brother is one of the most successful Fund Managers in the county! No really! I used to be really jealous of him! He is so smart and things looked like they came really easy for him. I was wrong! He worked his ass off. We are true brothers now. So sad when family members fight. You know….you have to scratch and claw in the world. You shouldn’t be fighting with your loved ones. Anyway– The Professional Basketball player Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls called my brother about his money problems one day. My brother did a talk for the Chicago Bulls Stuff and I guess someone told Scottie to call him. He lost all his money from poor money management and shady managers. He thought my brother could get it back, unfortunately, my brother is not a magician. Scottie was looking for a deal on a house in Los Angeles and at the time, I had flipped a number of properties in Los Angeles and my brother mentioned that I went to Michael Jordan’s basketball camp twice as a kid (icing on the cake). Scottie Pippen reached out to me and gave me the confidence I so badly needed. In the end, we did not do a deal together, however, he referred some peeps to me.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The most successful people that I know account for every minute of the day! They have a routine and every minute of that 24 hours is accounted for. You need to schedule a balance of work and play. So for example, I start my day at 4:30 am with a stretching session followed by meditation. When you know where you are going throughout the day-it will reduce stress. You have removed the unknown. Solid eating habits make a world of difference as well. Botton line……make sure you take time during the day doing things that make you happy and improve your internal energy.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
When I moved out to California I received a two-week relocation package from Merck. I thought that I should be able to find a place. I was looking at places that were going way over asking and I couldn’t afford to double the deposit. I didn’t know what to do. I thought my ass is going to be sleeping on sunset blvd. The last place I looked at was the place I landed. This guy opens the door and breaks the ice with a great joke and the rest is history. We just had great chemistry. When we negotiated the price of the apartment, I realized I met my match from a taking perspective. Jack has been a mentor to me for over 20 years.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I think we as individuals get too egocentric trying to find our way in the world and develop a sense of purpose. When you feel you made it (whatever that is in your world) and can get off the train and breathe somewhat-that is the time to reflect and help others, but you fall into the trap and get back on the train. You have to realize it will never be enough-their will always be someone who has more than you. It was trying process, but I finally figured out that when you help others it improves your total human energy, and in turn –you will be a more centered and successful person with a total life purpose.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Write down everything you want in life and spend 20 years trying to get it! My dad.
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