We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Lorimer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Life is all a risk, so what not strive for the highest peak possible? I admire Richard Branson and live by his phrase of “screw it, let’s do it.” I have never been risk-averse. In fact, quite the contrary, I like to run toward burning buildings. If I believed in my own self-doubt, which I have plenty of, just like anyone else, I would not have attempted to be a record producer, but then I was, and had approx. 30 #1’s in the billboard dance charts. I left that biz and joined real estate on the bottom rung and again did not let my insecurities overpower me. Let me be honest here, I have massive insecurity just like anyone, BUT insecurity and self-doubt are bullies, and if you ignore them, they do go away over time. People don’t take the risk because of toxic insecurity that poisons their self-belief, such as, “What if I fail,” “It might be a waste of time,” “What will people think” etc., etc. My mantra is run at all ideas with 200% commitment and at 1000 mph, not because it’s cool to say that but because if I fail, I want to find out quickly rather than have a slow, painful death of mediocrity. I love and respect all folks but have never really paid any attention to “what people think”. If I approach everything in life from the view of abundance and room for all, it’s amazing how the universe opens up. Life keeps getting better and better, or at least I think it does. Either way, I feel like I’ve won.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Along with the usual tourist traps such as the Hollywood sign etc., there are just too many to mention. One of my secret spots is the beach below Geoffrey’s Restaurant in Malibu. If you don’t know how to access it, you won’t find it. I love it so much. I was married to my wife Cindy there over 15 years ago on a misty Sunday morning in October. Fab restaurants are Bestia in DTLA which is simply a marvel of cuisine and Spago in Beverly Hills is our “go-to” and always amazing. The tasting menu at Providence is ridiculously good and soooooo many more.
What words of wisdom can you share?
I was a wild man in the dance music scene, globetrotting every world stage and nightclub before I entered the world of real estate. It was an intoxicating lifestyle in every sense of the word. When I started my next chapter as a real estate agent, I got sober and have been sober for almost 20 years. AA has utterly transformed my life and has been the most inspirational event of my existence. I say this publicly because real estate, like many other careers, is a high-pressure gig, and if you are wrestling with alcohol and/or addiction, I am here to let you know you never need to feel that way again. We are here with open arms and hearts to help.
Ivan Meneses @ai.visuals and @Neuefocus