Controlling Your Destiny | Justin Lamontagne | Episode 32
The freedom that my job gives me to spend with my kids or take an extra day off¦ is the best part of entrepreneurship. There are challenges, there are scary days, there are scary moments but it absolutely out weighed by the real freedom of controlling Your Own Destiny by Justin Lamontagne
Justin is a husband, a father, a dog-owner, a Rotarian, a Red Sox fan. And he happens to be an expert in commercial real estate brokerage.
In 2013, he was named the Maine Commercial Association Realtor of the Year.
Inspired by his Brother in-law John Lee Dumas, his recent success as Realtor of the year and a grow frustration with the lack of practical resources available to new or transitioning commercial real estate brokers Justin launch the Commercial Real Estate Elite podcast where he interviews top performing brokers and highlighting real-life tools, tips and techniques.
In his free time, Justin enjoys staying active and healthy. He is an avid water skier, snow skier, hiker, golfer and plays organized softball and kickball. He lives in Portland with his wife, Marycelina, their daughter Katherine, son William and dog, Fenway.
- Review family fun photo (image above) – Wife and one daughter and one son
- Balancing family and business by: It is a lot – what I am very careful about is understanding the difference between work and family time. And trying my best not to confuse those times.
- What does Fatherhood mean to you: Confidence. When I first had my daughter, being a dad came really naturally to me. If I fail in my endeavors, I know I am still a success because I know that I am a good Dad.
- I have had a few starts, I believe my start began with the Commercial Real Estate business
- I started in 2006 with a great firm and kept my head down and learned for two years. It was a very challenging time in the market, but I really loved it.
- In 2011 I left to go into a small firm, it was a great move and put me into a partnership track with this firm. I did it successfully and also worked with John Lee Dumas.
- I knew this would be my career and I would be doing it for the long haul.
- My last entrepreneurial leap was my Podcast that I started last year.
- I was not tech savvy and I had to invest some money to hire some folks to help navigate through the process.
- The catalyst that inspired his leap: The firm that I was at, I felt a little too comfortable. And the opportunity with the new firm allowed for greater opportunities. With the Podcast I thought to myself, if it really doesn’t work, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
- My Podcast focuses on providing support to Brokers who are struggling, but are willing to put in the time to build their business.
- Doubt and Fear: I never was afraid of failing. But, part of my business relies heavily on the economy, so that’s scary. With my Podcast I started having doubts when I started writing checks, spending real dollars on a potential cool idea.
- Private Health Insurance: It is very hard, they are very expensive. That’s an expense that I think is more important than my mortgage.
- Intersection between Fatherhood and Entrepreneurship – When you get started you really don’t know what you are getting into. And it’s the same for fatherhood.
- What is one time management tool? I love Evernote and the other thing I use is GotomyPC.com
- Manage Health: Preventative maintenance- Stretching, Yoga, planks, and sports
- Book every startup dad should read: I read for fun- Born to Run
- Commercial Real Estate Elite Podcast – Justin Lamontagne
- Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
- Evernote and Gotomypc.com Apps
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