We had the good fortune of connecting with John Amini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
It’s almost impossible to hone in on just one lesson, but the one that seems to ring especially loudly right now is simply the fact that, despite conventional thinking, business is best done and success most achieved when you work in the name of others. In my business, the days in which I am sincerely working on the behalf of my clients, and not to strictly my own benefits, are the days that I experience the most fulfillment and the days in which I do my job best.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have been a Commercial Real Estate Broker for about 7 years, now working at CBRE. As a Broker, I essentially own my own business within the company of CBRE. CBRE provides spectacular support and a name upon which I can stand to secure business, but my team operates as a Micro-organization within the larger structure of CBRE. Commercial Real Estate is a relatively easy business to get into. It’s not so easy of a business to stay in. I got in by talking my way into it – talking my way into things is one of my very few gifts. However, staying in it is a whole other conversation. You’re usually given a computer and a phone and told “good luck.” Not being from Houston and without the network of one who may be from here, I had a little bit of a steeper hill to climb. But, with some luck and plenty of hard work, I was privileged enough to have survived the first few hard years as a Broker and, eventually, be asked to join CBRE, undoubtedly the top Brokerage Shop in Houston. If you were to ask what I do differently than other Broker, I’d have to answer honestly. My answer isn’t some glittery, blow your mind answer you’ve never heard before. Simply put, I’m honest, hard working, fun to work with, and a bit of a deal bulldog. Are there other Brokers out there like that? Absolutely. Am I one of them? Yes. So, call me.
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.
Oh man this one’s easy… My Grandfather bought a little slice of heaven in the Texas Hill Country many years ago and it remains in my family today. I would take my best friend (which I’m lucky to have a few and they have all gone to the ranch MANY times) and the below would (has been MANY times) our general itinerary: July 4th Weekend (best weekend of the year) Arrive on Friday night, make some ranch waters, blare some Robert Earl Keen, play pool and sit on the porch until the wee hours of the morning Saturday, slather on Sunscreen, throw on a tanktop and a bathing suit and float in the lake all day. Bring the speaker down to the deck and a cooler full to the brim Come back Saturday evening, a bit redder, and set up the firework show Saturday night Dinner, famous Amini chili and some Texas Pinot Saturday Night – a famous John Amini firework show (famous because rarely does something not go just a liiiiiiittle bit awry)
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?
The list of those who deserve mounts of credit to any success I may attain is limitless! But, I would be idiotic if I didn’t say that my wife, Sarah Beth, deserves heaps of credit for our story. The amount of confidence that she injects into me along with her trust in how I provide for and lead our family simply melts me.
Other: I started a Podcast! Check Open Road here – listen to the trailer, join along, have fun and be inspired! https://open.spotify.com/show/67MQEXDGmrhZ7cn91IaWFv