Today Amy speaks with realtors Jeff Kagan and Joel Pascua who are both life and business partners. The two own a growing, successful real estate agency currently operating primarily in the New Jersey and New York areas, but they are aggressively expanding. Was this thriving enterprise the result of years of planning to create a reputable agency with so many clients? Not at all! A series of life events like so many of us experience brought them to the place they enjoy so much now.
Jeff Kagan wanted to be a veterinarian when he was younger. But by the time he reached college, he chose a major in Communication Arts. Jeff earned an M.A. in Communication Arts and found a position in program scheduling at HBO. Over the next 23 years, he advanced through a variety of positions. He thought he would spend his career at the TV giant, but that was not to be. During a reorganization there, he suddenly found his position had been eliminated. Jeff began searching for another communications position, hoping to build on his lengthy resume. During a period of 3 or 4 months of job hunting and serious thought though, he regrouped. Listen to him describe to Amy how he did an amazing pivot that led to a rewarding second career.
Joel Pascua is a creative man. His earliest thoughts were about pursuing art in some way. As school years went by, he found he also loved math and science. He eventually took a nursing degree followed by an M.S. in Nursing, Community Health & Preventive Medicine. Though he loved working in the emergency room, after he earned his graduate degree, he moved into hospital administration. He, too, felt his career was on a solid track and he foresaw a predictable future. He tells Amy how Jeff’s situation impacted upon his own career and their home relationship. Joel shares how he has managed to find career satisfaction in an area that he had never previously considered.
This episode is chockful of good advice that listeners will find very useful and relatable. Both Jeff and Joel are highly motivated and have great “people” skills. They discuss how they cultivate both clients and good employees by expanding upon their social natures. They talk about working together and how Joel still keeps one foot in nursing, allowing him to have a dual career. They stress the importance of being honest and trustworthy and hiring like-minded individuals. They also expand upon how that philosophy positively impacts their clientele. In all, these two will let you in on their success secret-courage and confidence. They will inspire you to take those next steps forward if the unexpected happens. You will come away with how you should see yourself as multidimensional and capable.
Topics in this episode:
Transitioning from the corporate culture to owning a smaller business Minding your finances to allow you freedom to recreate yourself if and when the situation arises How trust, open mindedness and organizational skills play a big part in striking out on your own Some tips for staying positive during a career change How a hobby or pastime helps keep you centered and focused on your new career path