We had the good fortune of connecting with Jansen Klefeker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jansen, how do you think about risk?
I had a conversation with my personal hero, my dad, at the end of 2020 about how my business has grown and he said one thing that I’ve thought about ever since. First he said he was proud of me, which means the world to me, then he said something to the tune of “You’re definitely a risk taker, and you’re quick to take big risks, and the best part is you have a wife that encourages you to take those risks”. I know that as my wife and I move forward in life and our collateral for risks becomes greater, I might take my foot off the gas and risk less, but I know without a doubt right now, being able to risk it all is my best advantage. I see it like this: Risk is like stepping up to the plate in a baseball game, its the bottom of the 9th, bases are loaded, and we’re down by 4 runs. I have to do everything in my power to hit a home run to win this game (metaphor isn’t perfect, but work with me). Everything I do in my business is this scenario to me and all I’m doing is swinging the bat, the only difference is I’m swinging for the fences.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Theodore Roosevelt said “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. This is the core of my teams philosophy. Every agent that joins my team quickly learns that we’re in a business of relationships and by cultivating healthy business practices and focusing on the client’s needs and goals, they’ll in return cultivate healthy, long lasting relationships. I run a full service boutique real estate team that services the individuals that we do life with, and as our relationships grow, our business grows. Not to include too many quotes but Van Neistat, a film maker in LA said “The reward for doing great work is more work”. I love this, because I love my work and a culture on my team is to love what we get to do, and if we do it well, we’re rewarded with more of that work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Dallas, I think we have some of the best areas, restaurants, and growing culture in the US and we are rapidly growing in all areas. I would start my day in East Dallas with a coffee from El Porton and a walk around White Rock Lake. Some midday shopping at Highland Park Village would be on the agenda with lunch at Park House. I’m really torn on what restaurant I’d have dinner at but Georgie on Knox/Henderson has been a recent favorite. If we’re looking at DFW as a whole as our playground for this, I would finish off the night in Fort Worth at Scat Jazz Lounge for a cocktail and live music.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My inspiration and motivation is my wife, Olivia. I am not an artist but I see her as my muse. She is brilliant, supportive, stunning, and encouraging. Olivia is the wife every entrepreneur and business leader wants in their corner. I say this in almost very interview but she is my “WHY” and the reason why I can step out and do what I do. I have a number of mentors, coaches, and leaders in my life that I owe much of my success to: Michael Klefeker, Rogers Healy, Anthony Richards, David Holland, Earl McClellan, to name a few.
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