We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Kauffman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I had to make a decision to work ON myself. Not having a “boss” or being your own boss sounds fun but the truth is that it is hard. It can be hard because figuring out what to do day in and day out isn’t easy when you’re first starting out and it can be hard because if you do know what needs to be accomplished then you’re likely holding yourself to a higher standard than any previous boss would have ever done.
What should our readers know about your business?
The real estate industry can be very boring and tedious when it comes to finding success. People have different views on what real estate agents and brokers do and its usually nowhere near as fun and glamorous as it seems. Thats probably why our industry has an attrition rate over 30%. With no clear sense of direction on how to find success in the industry when first entering , it can be very easy to find distractions and ultimately fail. When I think about some of the things I’m most proud of business wise, its because I had to battle overcome this myself, and more importantly help many other agents do the same,
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Personally I’m a big fan of great authentic Mexican food so you can bet we’d have lunch at some of my favorite spots like Cocina Madrigal, Tacos Tijuana, and Carolina’s. We’d also have to hit a spring training game or two as well. There is nothing like spring time in Arizona. A hike would also be in order for anyone visiting the area. We have so many outdoor activities in the area that you can bet we’d find ourselves outdoors most waking hours.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Last year my friend Michael Bernoff published his first book called Average Sucks. And while it has nothing to do with the real estate business or life, it has everything to do with it. This book helped me change the way I see and talk to myself and therefore pushed me to new heights both personally and professionally.