We had the good fortune of connecting with Lionel Mosby Jr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lionel, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I heard a quote once that said, “Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy.” When I looked at the gap between the haves and have nots, real estate ownership was one of the major keys I saw in transitioning an individual from one side to the other. As I looked through the Bible, I realized that when God thought to bless His people, He gave them ownership of land as their inheritance. That was a profound thought to me. It resonated with the fact that so many people who climb out of poverty do so through owning property. I wanted to be a catalyst for helping, not just myself and my family, but many, many others who also wanted to get out of the rat race. I wanted to help people to stop feeling that terrible feeling of wasted money on apartment homes and renting spaces when if they only knew how, they could afford their very own place to call home. And so, Many Mansions was born.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I think is unique about me and my business is the fact that I see clearly that good business practices are simply Biblical principles applied to the business world. That’s why I consider myself a Biblical Entrepreneur. I want everything I do to be based around the loving principles God has set forth in His word. This is what pushes me to go the extra mile for my clients when other agents may not be willing. I understand the pain of not having a place to grow your family or desiring to start building your financial empire, but still feeling lost to how you can go about accomplishing your mission. Jesus made it clear that we are all put here to serve and meet needs. In my capacity, that leads me to address the issues my clients are having in establishing their feet on a firm foundation and for many this begins with their place of residence.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The city of Houston is an amazing city and I’m so elated that God has led me to settle down here. There are a multitude of things to do and places to go. It’s as varied as people’s lifestyles and tastes. If we are best friends, then I would start by making sure their taste buds get a diversity of flavors. Of course, since I’m vegan, I’m partial to those places, but we can definitely hit up other local eateries to suit their tastes as well. Sunday brunch at Mo Better Brew’s is mandatory for any vegan/vegetarian or anybody who just wants good food period. The vegan sushi at Chef Kenny’s is bomb and I would have to get him to check out the culture at Sunshine’s off OST. Of course, Turkey Leg Hut, True Foods and Yard House are great places with their own particular vibes. I don’t know if he has seen or tasted anything quite like Torchy’s Tacos so that would be a must as well. As far as entertainment and chill spots, I would definitely want my friend to experience a night out around City Centre with extended friends and family of all ages. The parks around Houston are varied but offer great places to check out nature like me and my wife’s favorite that we nicknamed, Alligator Park, down off of Highway 6 South. Discovery Green is also another central spot to catch interesting programming as well as peruse through downtown in general. We could stop by Warehouse Live for great music and then slide by one of Houston’s many fly bowling alleys next. Of course, depending on the time of the year, catching one of the many professional sporting events is another must activity. If they want to experience the family events or arts, there is so many artsy and cultural events to check out. Houston Symphony and their unique programs will probably blow his mind. NASA’s Space Center is another great spot if he came down with his family as well as Houston Zoo & Aquarium. There’s also the interactive zoo up north in Humble that I find amazing. Honestly, the places to go and things to do are endless. There’s definitely something for everybody and that doesn’t even include checking out different areas of the city either.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother has always been my biggest supporter throughout all the years of me growing in my entrepreneurial journey. When I first was considering leaving my job with the state of Texas, I called her and she made me feel so comfortable with moving forward and believing in the gifts God gave me. From when I was a child up until now, she continually speaks life into me by making me feel like I can do anything. I know my goals are possible because of her and I know I connect with my clients better because I’ve seen her interact with her patients so lovingly over the years. When I’m partnering with my clients to help them find their dream home, it’s natural because of what my mother placed inside of me.
I also want to shoutout my wife who has been such a blessing since she has come into my life. Having someone who you can do it all for is what keeps you going when you feel like you’ve run into a dead end. It is what inspires me to impact as many people as I can because I see her passion pouring out open the community when she sets up programs for those who are less fortunate than us. She inspires me to continue thinking about the reasons behind what I do and not just simply the material ways people are impacted.