We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
For me there is no work/life balance. It is all life. Shortly after starting my Real Estate career 20+ years ago, I realized the balance of freedom and discipline I needed to achieve to be successful. Being successful to me meant enjoying my job, making money, and enjoying my life. The freedom I felt by not being tied to a 9-5 job opened up the world to me. Over time, most of my clients have become friends. I travel with them, attend their and their families weddings, got out the dinner with them, talk with them frequently, attend events with them, they are my friends on social media…..they are a part of my life So my work has become my life balance. I feel like I work and enjoy life 7 days a week. When a friend asks me to represent them in a real estate or get to know a new client, we always have a conversation about the boundries of “work” and “play”. This approach has worked extremely well and has allowed me to have a seemless melding of my work and my life….it all balances.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have been in Real Estate for 20+ and owned a Brokerage since 2007. Breaking into to Real Estate is not an easy task. Everyone wants to tell you the right way to be successful in Real Estate. I listened to everyone….and then went with my gut. I am not a knock on door, cold call, etc. type of guy. So I decided to do what I felt comfortable doing…..I got out an met people. My partner and I went out to dinner and drinks several times a week and always sat the the Bar so we could chat with “strangers’. I volunteered for events, etc., I got involved with me HOA……I did everything I could think of to get my face out there. And it worked. I’ve been mentoring and hiring now for almost 15 years and I tell everyone one the same thing. Figure out what you are good at and enjoy and DO IT. If you try to grow your business doing things you don’t enjoy because someone has convinced you it’s the “right thing”….it won’t work. People can sense joy, enthusiasm, and authenticity. Over years it has made me so happy to see so many of the agents I have mentored become successful focusing on growing their business actually doing things they enjoy doing. And I think people sense that about me also…..or I hope.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love downtown and uptown Phoenix. If the “week’ started on Saturday, we would be headed to the Uptown Farmers Market at Central and Bethany home in the morning via bicycles. Then on to Hula’s on 7th St for lunch, followed by a stop at “The Swizzle Inn” on Bethany Home and then home to lay in the sun. Sunday Brunch spots would be St Francis or Chantico….followed by some bar hoping and meeting up with friends. During the week, a night or two at the Camby would be in order to enjoy the restaurants and shopping around The Biltmore. Then on the The Foundre hotel for a couple nights to explore the speakeasys in the area including Melinda’s Alley, The Pemberton, The Fez, Bliss rebar, and The Grand.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout would, without a doubt, be to my family. We were brought up in an environment of love and respect. My parents treated us like adults from the time we were little kids. We were taught to respect everyone, allow everyone to have their own opinions, and that life isn’t always fair. My parents supported every crazy thing we wanted to be or do. They taught us to just be ourselves and be proud of who we are. My parents also always made an effort to make every person they met fell welcomed and acknowledged. We were also always trying to outwit each other…..I sometimes felt like me family was 70’s sitcom. All of that has allowed me to feel confident in who I am, enjoy meeting and getting to know people, and cherish the characteristics that make us all unique. As I’ve gotten older, much older, my mantra that I repeat all the time is “We are all F….. in our special way….just own it”.