We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Gregory and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, how do you think about risk?
If you’re not afraid to fail, what do do you risk losing? Any pursuit towards a desired outcome whether its in your person life or in your business requires some degree of risk. If you’re opposed to taking risks, being an entreprenuer isn’t for you. There’s various different forms of risk that people fixate over, the social risks of letting someone down, the financial risks of losing an investment, and even the political risks of publicizing your viewpoint are what many people weigh through when making heavy decisions. Unfortunately, the majority of people end up getting so fixated on the scenario they’re facing to the point where they never take action to begin with, we’ve all seen this in either ourselves or someone close to us. But what many people don’t put enough energy into is failure. Failure is often an untouched topic when it comes to personal and financial growth. My biggest priority as a growing business owner has been to leverage myself into positions where I can easily recover if I end up facing a setback or “failure”. This ultimately translates to : – I don’t have a fancy car that I can’t afford, nor do I have a car payment. Instead I put my money, and the money of others into cash flowing assets (Real Estate) that provide passive income. – I don’t have any children or dependents that rely on me. I don’t think having a spouse and children should be viewed as negative, but this allows me to spend long nights out of the house working on projects, and the mental capacity to put 100% of my attention towards accomplishing my goals. I also don’t like having to ask for permission or looking at a calendar when it comes to traveling. If a bunch of my friends want to go for a surf trip in Mexico, I don’t have to convince my wife and ask my boss for permission. I just go for it! I’ll simply work remote and hopefully score some fun waves. – Everything I own could be easily stored in my sexy Mazda 3 that I paid cash for. I’m a minimalist. The point of this is that I don’t spend money I don’t have on things I can’t afford, to impress people I don’t even know. Even though its super fun to drive down Mission Blvd in a supercar, trying to maintain such a lifestyle comes with its fair share of difficulties. The combination of these things allow me to take calculated risks much more easily because I’m not afraid to start from scratch. I’m not afraid of losing everything. And I’m not afraid to reinvent myself. Having the freedom to back up and start again has been my biggest asset as an entrepreneur. Not necessarily having to exercise that freedom, but just knowing it’s there.
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?
Simply put, I take everyday homeowners and people looking to buy their first property and I help them create generational wealth through buy and hold investments. Making money in Real Estate really isn’t all that complex, and it doesn’t have to be either! I help bridge the gap for individuals who are looking for safe investments with attractive returns, both in California and out of state. I’ve also partnered on a few startups that range from short term rental management to a tech company that specializes in connecting clients to trusted agents, lenders, and builders within the industry. I’ve always had a passion for Real Estate, I’ve worked in the business since I was sixteen. When I first got started in San Diego I took some time to really understand the market and industry down here as a whole, I observed EVERYTHING very objectively and got a feel for what the flaws are. Now I’m just doing my best to fill the gaps and fix any potholes in the industry that I’m able to recognize. Ultimately, I want to help more people in the industry succeed and I want to see more people make more financially savvy investments.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start the day with a dawn patrol surf session at a surf break that cannot be named for liability reasons. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of good surf breaks across San Diegos beautiful coast line! If you’re starting out, I recommend that you hit Mission or Pacific Beach. But If you’re an experienced surfer looking to get pitted on a heavy winter day I’ll recommend a surf spot that you’ve definitely already heard of before… Blacks! Wetsuits optional… If you know what I mean. And If you don’t understand what I mean, you will once you get there. I’m also a big burrito guy so we would follow up on that surf session with a burrito from either Nicos in OB or even The Taco Stand in La Jolla, but in all reality you really can’t go wrong with any taco shop you find yourself at here in San Diego. You just can’t get good Mexican food anywhere else like San Diego, and if anyone tells you that you can then they’re lying to you! The relationship between Burritos and San Diego is pretty similar to New York City and Pizza. Once that burrito settles we’d find a good place to get some work done or relax in the sun. That could mean setting up a hammock near Mission Bay and reading a good book, or grabbing a cup of coffee and taking some calls at Balboa Park. Being at either of these places will give you a good mix of the city and inspire some creative thinking. After we’re tired of people watching we’ll hop in the car and send it to North Park. Here, we’ll hit a brewery for a nice beer and lunch before heading back west to catch the sunset. I recommend Ocean Beach widely recognized as OB, where you can always enjoy a beautiful sunset but also a strong dose of positive vibes. I’ve spent a lot of time in different cities but nothing quite compares to the quirkiness on OB where bringing your dog is required and shoes are optional. After the sun goes down the energy goes up! If you’re looking to enjoy the nightlife I’d send you to Gaslamp or PB, they both have their different vibes but one isn’t better than the other…. although many people will likely disagree. And If partying to the taste of overpriced teqilla isn’t your thing, and it’s definitely not mine… there’s never a shortage of chill friends looking to have a campfire on the beach or BBQ some late night fish tacos. Whatever you decide to do in San Diego, you really can’t go wrong! It’s San Diego Baby!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is to my entire family, my extremely supportive friends, and everyone who gave me a chance early on… Thank you. My parents Rosie and Scott Gregory in particular, without your guys’ encouragement and support on this journey I don’t know where I’d be. I also have very diverse and intelligent business partners who work extremely hard to make our dreams a reality. Our sights are aimed high and we’re not stopping anytime soon! SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ENCOURAGING SOULS!
Other: If anyone has any questions about Real Estate or needs a good recommendation on a California Burrito, my phone number is 619.643.2444