We had the good fortune of connecting with Mindy Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mindy, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
When I transitioned from the corporate world to real estate, I never stopped using my alarm clock. Although being self employed means “flexibility” in work schedule for many – I viewed the flexibility as something that would come WITH my hard work, not before it. I knew that in order to reach my goals, I needed to first understand with clarity what my goals were, how much time I needed to allot to them and what areas I needed to focus on, and I knew that I needed a workspace that supported me and my vision. Before I had the money to invest in an office outside of my home, my basement became my office and I WENT TO WORK there, every day. I got up at the same time I would have if I had to travel to my corporate job, I got dressed in the same clothes and shoes that mirrored by professional attitude and commitment, I even put my coffee in a “to go” tumbler instead of pouring it into a mug – and I gathered my things, headed downstairs, and didn’t come back up until my day was over. Not only did this morning routine help me to transition from the corporate sector with its structure and boundaries, but it also helped me develop a mindset that would later be solidified by the success that I manifested, the relationships that I built, and ultimately the team that I created.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of the Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First, a female owned and operated residential real estate team serving the Southeast Valley. Founded by a single mother who knew that the real estate experience could be better, our real estate business is built on the pillars of client centric care – authenticity, integrity, compassion, and fierce fiduciary. Our tag line used to be that working with us was like working with your best friend, and the intention of course was to convey that you are not just a number to us but ONE of us – but we didn’t like the connotation that it wasn’t a professional relationship or that the relationship may come with some of the drama that actually could occur IF you were working with your best friend. We now say that we are here to help you move forward and the tag line is intentionally vague because moving forward has a very different definition depending on where you are at in your life, and we believe our strong suit is meeting our clients where THEY are. We work with a lot of people who are experiencing transition in their life and we specialize in the nitty gritty. We help with the coordination, the negotiation, the emotion of buying, selling or investing in real estate and see the real estate transaction as part of a bigger picture of change – whether for an individual, a family, multiple generations, or for the sheer purposes of a financial play – we take one of the biggest life events that many of us will ever face and break it down into bite sized pieces for our clients from the perspective of an advisor, a mentor, a partner, and an advocate. My leadership style has evolved over the last decade as I transitioned from the corporate sector to an all female run organization and I’m so grateful for the lessons that I’ve learned along the way. I learned that leaders often have to make hard, unpopular choices, and that it can be very lonely at the top if you are leading from your head instead of your heart. I learned that leadership comes in many different shapes and colors and the more you know yourself, the more you have clarity around who energizes and who drains you, the more you understand what fills your cup and who you can serve best, the more you believe in yourself and your purpose – the better you can help others in their journey. As women I think we often feel our role is to be responsible for others success rather than supportive of others success – I am constantly struggling with myself, do I provide enough value, am I as motivating as I can be, is my style impactful, do I ask the right questions, am I making a change in this world? Ultimately, this passion for self-improvement, empathy for others, and a desire to leave my impact on the world is the key to growing a team who in turn can leave an impact on our community and our clients.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a proud native of Arizona so am absolutely obsessed with supporting our local communities. If you are moving to a new city and aren’t sure where to start – check out the organizations that support nonprofits through volunteerism, local business owners through membership programs, and the local Chambers. In Arizona, I’d refer you to Hands on Greater Phoenix for the first, Local First Arizona for the second, and as leaders in the South East Valley – the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for the third – all of whom will help you get connected with the heartbeat of this town. They say that Phoenix, where I was raised, is the biggest small city around – and in many ways I’d agree, even after nearly 40 years of living here. I’d also say, that there are some GREAT small towns that would make amazing day trips – so while I’ve get plenty of urban recommendations for you from Copper Star Coffee to T-Bone Steak House – I wouldn’t miss Jerome for a haunted evening listening to live music at the Spirit Room, some bargain hunting in Bisbee, wine tasting in Sonoita, the Velvet Elvis Pizza in Patagonia, a tarot card reading at the red rocks of Sedona, a hike through Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and a relaxing night under the stars at Arcosanti. Looking for some specific shops to visit while in town, I can’t help but plug my favorite shop for jewelry and gifts (Bunky Boutique), my go to for local Arizona goods (D’Vine Gourmet), and my newest obsession – Locavore – which brings a farmer’s market experience to your doorstep.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Along my journey, I have mirrored the successful habits I’ve seen in others – from a young age it was my parents who worked hard, my teachers who seemed to have an endless tool box of experiences to share, and friends who I would watch almost from the outside as I learned from and with their choices. I’ve always been an avid researcher, data gatherer, investigator, problem solver – some may call it the habits of a highly sensitive person. Intuition, trusted or not, has always played a role in my decision making and over the years I’ve owned my tendency to believe that with hard work, anything is possible. I have an endless thirst for self improvement and get immense energy from hearing others tell stories of triumph, dedication, creativity and living a life by design.