We had the good fortune of connecting with Johanna Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johanna, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
My end goal is to earn enough passive income to be able to spend my time with the people that I love doing the things that I enjoy doing the most whether that be working on new projects, traveling or simply spending quality time with them. I don’t see an end to my career and instead see my path as evolving every moment and growing and learning every step of the way. I never want to stop learning and for this reason don’t think that I will reach an end.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a bilingual real estate agent and I love everything about what I get to do. It is definitely the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, because I truly believe that business is the conduit to personal growth and I know that as my business has grown I have been pushed and forced to change along with it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but from a young age my mother taught us to do everything that we did to the best of our abilities. She would remind us that she would support us no matter what, whether we wanted to be janitors, artists, or anything else to always make sure that we were the absolute best at it.
Thanks to the mentorship and support of my Livian team, I was able to sell 51 homes in my first full year in real estate. Not only did this help me grow as an agent, but it has changed the direction of my life and in turn my families life which is still something I am working on wrapping my head around. I always wanted to be a real estate investor prior to becoming an agent and am currently working on my fourth flip and hope to enter the short term rental market as well soon.
There are too many lessons to outline that I have learned but the most important has been to “Need Nothing and Enjoy Everything.” It is not about the end goal but about each and every moment that gets you there, the journey and that is what makes life so beautiful. If I can leave something behind in this world, it will be to leave the lives of those that I live just a little bit better than before and that will make me the happiest person on the planet.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For anyone coming out of town (and because of my own biased tastes lol) I would have to take them to my favorite Mexican restaurants especially the ones with the best tacos. Having grown up in tiny offices of the restaurants my mother used to work as, I have a deep respect for authentic Mexican food and for this reason would take them to small places like El Paisa, Salsa Verde, Maskaras and of course my mom’s own restaurant The Victoria in Farmers Branch. For drinks, I am a big fan of laid back patios like Taqueria La Ventana or Mi Cocina for something more Tex-Mex and deeply rooted in Dallas restaurant culture. Lastly, we would have to go downtown to hangout in rooftop patios for the best views of the city which there are so many to choose from!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this to my mother for teaching me to never give up no matter how many times you fall and against all odds, my siblings and close friends for loving me with all of my flaws, my team and my second family (Livian DFW) especially Matt and Brian for teaching me everything I know about real estate but more importantly for believing in me when I didn’t have the confidence to believe in myself.
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