We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Jolly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jim, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
What inspires me the most are those that have worked hard all of their lives to get to where they are, or were, and now it is time to move on, either by choice or divine intervention. We want to offer them, or their family, a way to “Discover Brighter Horizons” through helping them to move to another place in life, or their family to have less on their shoulders as they have laid them to rest. They have worked hard to gather their lives treasures together, and put many hours of time, effort, sweat, tears and loving memories into their possessions. We want to take that weight off of them, or their families, in passing those treasures onto others that can give those treasures the same love. There is much work and stress that goes into moving on in another direction in life or death. Someone has to carry that burden, whether the burden brings eventual joy in another location, or brings heartache in the passing of a loved one. We want to be that person to carry that part of the burden, and allow them, or their family, to take a deep breath as we carry the load. We also know that there are expenses in moving on, whether it is in a retirement community, or final expenses to the family through a passing of a hard worked life. We offer clients and families the lowest expenses, for our service, then most other teams that do the same service, saving the families hundreds of dollars to use as they move on.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a husband and father first, but have been an educator all of my life. I spent 34 years as an Art teacher in Pennsylvania working with children and young adults, teaching them creativity and freedom through self expression. I loved working with children and loved the excitement that they showed as they entered my classroom. I have to say that there are many wonderful teachers and people out there, and it is hard to say what sets me apart from those others because it was “those people” that taught me to be the person that I am today. But, I would have to say that the thing that sets the “few” apart from others, and what I inherited from them, is that forgiveness goes a long way. To be a successful business person, teacher, father, husband, neighbor, and more, we have to be forgiving. We all have faults. Forgive others faults and move on. Nothing is easy in life, and hard work is difficult, but rewarding. I had to go through the trenches and insults. I had to fall and get up again, over and over. But, as the “teacher”, my spirit is to teach others the wisdom that I have learned so that their journey will be a road with less burden…if they are willing to listen. I have learned along the way that all people have a good place in their heart, if you only want to be patient to find that place in them. Patience can be difficult, but others have been patient with me, so I need to give that back to others. These are the things that I want to world to know….forgiveness, patience and hard work will always pay off. You just need to trust that and not give up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I came to Texas, and the Dallas area, six years ago. I have never regretted that decision, and I know that there was a purpose behind that move, and that purpose shows itself daily in my life. Texas is such an exciting place to be and live, and a great place to visit. There is so much history and art in Texas and in Dallas. Lower Greenville Ave is an amazing place to visit while in Dallas. The Granada Theatre is a place that nobody wants to miss. The art, the live performances, the ceiling murals, the food, drinks and concerts, and there is something new each week and with each visit. Of course, you can’t come to Dallas and not go to Gilley’s and ride the mechanical bull and have a dink at Jack Daniels Saloon. If you are a history buff, then the obvious place to visit would the Texas School Book Depository and walk the steps of those that were there on Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963 when we lost President John F. Kennedy. Also, if you venture outside of Dallas, then you certainly want to go to the Stock Yards in Ft. Worth and stay at a old cowboy resting spot or see the rodeo in the evening, or not go so far outside of Dallas to visit Rockwall and take a sunset cruise on Captain Scotts “Seawolf” on Lake Ray Hubbard. There are always fun and exciting things to do in and around Dallas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people, that I can name, that have supported me, have given me encouragement and love, and have stood by my side every step of the way. My wife, Cheryl, helped me to transition from a very dark time in my life and into the “light”. She has been by my side every step of the way, and has supported each of those steps and gives me great direction and clarity when my thoughts, on a decision, are not so clear. My sister Lilly, who works with our team, is one of the hardest working and most loyal team players that I have ever had. She also pulls me back to reality when things get tough. My friend, and partner, Tom Hyatt, has covered my back, without reservation, every step of the way. He has my back and has never allowed anything to throw me off course in our journey as a team. My parents were very Godly people and taught me love, forgiveness, respect for others, and that hard work will always have its reward in the end. Finally, and most importantly, God has given me the strength and wisdom to weather the storms in life, and in business.
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