DOSE OF INSPIRATION // interview with joe fairless (+ a gift!)
One of the great things about trying out a new career is all the amazing people you meet through it. 

I've been so inspired by these fantastic entrepreneurs, and I want to start sharing some of their wonderful work and excellent advice with you all. As inspired by several other bloggers (notably Tara Victoria, from whom I borrowed the last question!), I decided to start up an interview series to get to dive deeper in these awesome people's knowledge. 

First up is Joe Fairless, a sort of business and marketing guru I met through his Skillshare class. I previously talked about how helpful this course was to me as a beginning (read: noob) entrepreneur, especially because the extraordinary amount of thought and time Joe puts into the class and helping individual students.

His willingness to help is particularly remarkable in the face of how many hats he wears and how many projects he has going on! He explains it best, so I'll let him take the floor...

(Oh, and check out the bottom of the post for an awesome gift Joe is giving everyone!)

Tell us a little about yourself! What do you do? 

I raise money from private investors and buy apartment communities with them. We then split the profits. I find the deals, manage them and handle the finances. They fund the deals. But, that's a far cry from what I USED to do! About a year ago I was the youngest vice president at an award-winning advertising agency in New York City. I climbed the corporate ladder pretty quickly but realized that I just didn't care to go any further. I wasn't fulfilled and needed a change. So I left the ad agency world and started my own real estate investing company. 

I also have a consultation practice where I help real estate investors to buy properties and put deals together. 

...I also teach a class on Skillshare that helps beginning entrepreneurs structure their new business (and that's how I met you!!!). 

...I am ALSO writing a book on how to have a remarkable career. It's called Join the Remarkables: 75 Tips to Have a Remarkable Career and is due in 2014. You can download a chapter for free here!

How did you come to do this type of work?

I've been investing in real estate on the side since 2009 while I worked at an ad agency. Once I left the ad industry I had to figure out my next steps. So I took my experience in real estate and my background in marketing/advertising and combined it to create my own company, Fairless Investing.

What has been the biggest hurdle you had to overcome to achieve your goals? What helped you overcome it?

What has been your proudest movement in this journey?

Paying my investors exactly how much I'd projected I'd pay them. I'm sure they would agree that this is a highlight too! :) 

Who are some of your biggest inspirations or role models?

I am CONSTANTLY INSPIRED by different people. 

  • Terry Fox, the one-legged runner who inspired all of Canada in 1980 when he ran over 3k miles across Canada to raise awareness and money for cancer research. 
  • Magic Johnson who was diagnosed with HIV and had to quit the sport he loved, only to then become an uber-successful business man worth over $500 million because of his vision in investing in inner city development. 
  • Elon Musk who believes in what he does so much that he has risked it all multiple times.
...and those three are just from last week. 

I could go on and on because I am constantly seeking inspirational figures. 

Kids who grow up with limited resources but end up doing great things, Will Smith and his fierce drive to accomplish goals, my 98 years-young grandma and her never-ending caring soul, my late-grandpa and his humor and love, my mom and her unconditional love and pursuit of personal growth, my stepdad and his willingness to treat me like his son, my dad and his resilience no matter what challenges life poses, etc... Seriously, this is a BIG area of focus for me.  

What advice would you give new creative entrepreneurs without a business or marketing background?

Know what you want to create. Find people who have successfully done a similar business. Learn how they did it. Apply. 

Any projects coming up you want to share?

I'm excited my next apartment community deal. I'm excited about my book that's due out in Dec of 2014. I'm excited about the real estate that my clients are buying. And, I'm excited that I'm living life doing what I love to do. 

And just for fun... coffee or tea?

A green drink please! I don't drink coffee or tea (or soda!). Just water, green veggie drinks and booze. 

Thanks so much for so generously sharing your story and advice, Joe! 

Seriously, I cannot recommend his course highly enough for those of you (like me) who have no idea how to create a business model or plan... and lucky for you all, he's providing an awesome discount on his class

Check out the class here, and use coupon code DIANA to access the discount. Oh, and Joe's offered anyone who signs up a 30 minute free phone consultation on their project! Kind of ridiculously awesome.

xo Diana
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